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Sometimes he will transport those who this force is also the meafure of danger, put themselves under his influence to and danger is the measure of honour. regions which no traveller has yet visit. It must also be remarked, that there is ed, and will sometimes confine them great difference between a boast of what with invisible bands till the charm is dif- we shall do, and of what we have done. folved by a word, which will be placed A boast when we enter the lists, is a dethe last in a paper which he shall give fiance of danger; it claims attention, them.
and it raises expectation: but a boait Nor does he fear that this boast should when we return, is only an exultation draw upon him the imputation of arro- in safety, and a demand of praise which guce or of vanity; for the Knight, is not thought to be due; for the praise when he challenged an army, was not that is thought to be due is always paid. thought either arrogant or vain: and Let it be remembered, therefore, that if yet as every challenge is a boast, and the Adventurer raises expectation, he implies a consciousness of fuperiori- proportionably encreases 'his danger; ty, the oftentation is certainly in pro- and that he alks nothing which the portion to the force that is defied; but publick Mall desire to withold.
No II, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER II, 1752.
PALMA NEGATA MACRUM, DONATA REDUCIT OPIMUM.
It is, however, certain, that to think Nor does this disposition always enis to labour; and that as the body is sure success, though the want of it never affected by the exercise of the mind, the fails to render application ineffectual; fatigue of the study is not less than that for the writer who sets down in the of the field or the manufactory. morning, fired with his subject, an]
But the labour of the mind, though it teeming with ideas, often finds at night, is equally wearisome with that of the that what delightedd his imagination of body, is not attended with the same ad- fends his judgment, and that he has lost vantages. Exercise gives health, vigour, the day by indulging a pleafing dream, and cheerfulness, lound fleep, and a in which he joined together a multikeen appetite: the effects of sedentary rude of splendid images without perceivthoughtfulness are diseases that einbittering their incongruity. and Thorten life, interrupted reft, taite- Thus the wit is condemned to pass less meals, perpetual languor, and cause- his hours, those hours which return no kls anxiety.
more, in attempting that which he canNo natural inability to perform man- not effect, or in collecting materials ual operations has been observed to pro- which he afterwards discovers to be unceed from disinclination; the reluctance, fit for use: but the mechanick and the if it cannot be removed, inay be sur- husbandman know, that the work which
they perform will always bear the same on his merit, form a very erroneous opi. proportion to the time in which they are nion of his happiness: they conceive employed, and the diligence which they him as perpetually enjoying the triumphs
of intellectual superiority;
as displaying Neither is the reward of intellectual the luxuriancy of his fancy, and the va. equally certain with that of corporal la- riety of his knowledge, to silent admirabour; the artificer, for the manufacture tion; or listening in voluptuous indowhich he finishes in a day, receives a lence to the musick of praise. But they certain fum; but the wit frequently know not, that these lucid intervals are gains no advantage from a performance short and few; that much the greater at which he has toiled many months, part of his life is passed in solitude and either because the town is not disposed anxiety; that his hours glide away unto judge of his merit, or because he has noticed, and the day, like the night, is not suited the popular taste.
contracted to a moment by the intense It has been often observed, that not application of the mind to it's object : the value of a man's income, but the locked from
every eye, and lost even proportion which it bears to his ex- to himself, he is reminded that he lives pences, justly denominates him rich or only by the necessities of life; he then poor; and that it is not fo much the farts as from a dream, and regrets that manner in which he lives, as the ha- the day has passed unenjoyed, without bit of life he has contracte:', which ren- affording means of happiness to the ders them happy or wretched. For this reason, the labour of the mind, even Will Hardman the smith had three when it is adequately rewarded, does not sons, Tom, Ned and George. George, procure means of happiness in the fame who was the youngest, he put apprentice proportion as that of the body. They to a taylor: the two elder were otherwise that ling at the locm, or whistle after the provided for; he had by some means plough, with not for intellectual enter- the opportunity of sending them to tainment; if they have plevty of whole- school upon a foundation, and aftersome food, they do not repine at the in- wards to the University. Will thought elegance of their table, nor are they less that this opportunity to give his boys happy because they are not treated with good learning, was not to be mitceremonious respect and served with ed: learning, he said, was a portion filent celerity. The scholar is always which the D-v-l could not wrong them considered as becoming a gentleman of; and when he had done what he by his education; and the wit is con- ought for them, they must do for themferring honour upon his company, how- felves. ever elevated by their rank or fortune : As he had not the same
power they are, therefore, frequently admitted cure thern livings, when they had finish. to scenes of life very different from their ed their studies, they came to London. own; they partake of pleasures which They were both scholars; but Tom was they cannot hope to purchase; and many a genius, and Ned was a dunce: Ned fuperfluities become necessary, by the became usher in a school at the yearly gratification of wants, which in a lower salary of twenty pounds, and Tom soon class they would never have known. distinguished himself as an author; he
Thus the peasant and the mechanick, wrote many pieces of great excellence; when they have received the wages of the but his reward was sometimes witheid day, and procured their strong beer and by caprice, and sometimes intercepted supper, have scarce a with unsatisfied: by envy. He passed his time in penury but the man of nice discernment and and labour; his mind was abitracted in quick sensations, who has acquired a the recollection of sentiment, and perhigh relish of the elegancies and refine- plexed in the arrangement of his ideas ments of life, has feldom philosophy and the choice of expression. enough to be equally content with that George, in the mean time, became a which the reward of genius can pure master in his trade, kept ten men conchase.
stantly at work upon the board, drank And yet there is scarce any character his beer out of a silver tankard, and so inuch' the object of envy, as that of a boasted, that he might be as well to pass successful writer. But those who only in a few years as many of those for see him in company, or hear encomiums whom he made laced cloaths, and who
thought themselves his betters. Ned and declared, that he would rather perifh wilhed earneitly that he could change. upon a buik with cold and hunger, than ftations with George: but Tom, in the steal through life in obfcurity, and be pride of his heart, disdained them both; forgotten when he was deal.
No III. TUESDAY,
NOVEMBER 14, 1752.
-SCENIS DECORA ALTA FUTURIS.
Hercules strangled two ferpents in the
cradle: I shall therefore open with this SIR,
circumstance; and have prepared a co
become a very serious concern, mous length, with internal springs and and the curiosity of mankind is perpe- movements for the contortions, which tually thirsting after novelties, I have I dare lay, will far exceed that most altobeen at great pains to contrive an en- nishing one in Orpheus and Eurydice.. tertainment, in which every thing shall Any of the common-fized parti-colourbe united that is either the delight or ed gentry, that have learnt to whimper aftonishment of the present age: I have and whine after being hatched in the egg not only ransacked the fairs of Bartho- in the Rape of Proferpine, may serve for lomew and Southwark, but picked up this scene: but as the Man Hercules every uncominon animal, every amazing must be fuppofed to be of a preternatuprodigy of nature, and every surprizing ral bulk of body, the Modern Colotlus performer, that has lately appeared has practised the tiptoe step and tripping within the bills of mortality. As soon air for the ensuing parts. Instead of a as I am provided with a theatre spacious sword of lath, I thall arın him, in conenough for my purpose, I intend to ex, formity to his character, with a huge hibit a most sublime Pantomime in the cork-club. inodern taite; but far more oftentatious The first labour is the killing the in it's feats of activity, it's scenes, deco- Nemean Lion, who, in imitation of the rations, machinery, and monsters. A fable, thall drop from an oiled - paper sketch of my design I Mall lay before
We have been long accustomed you; and you may possibly think it not to admire lions upon the stage; but I inconsistent with the character of an shall vastly improve upon this, by makAdventurer to recommend it to publick ing our conqueror fay him upon the notice.
spot, and cloke himself with the skin : I have chosen for the subject the Fa. I have therefore got a tawney-coloured ble of Hercules, as his labours will fur- hide made of coarfe ferge, with the ears, nith me with the most extraordinary mane, and tip of the tail, properly bushevents, and give me an opportunity of ed out with brown worited. introducing many wonders of the mon- Next to this is the destruction of the Arous creation. It is strange that this Hydra, a terrible serpent with seven ftory, which so greatly recommends itself heads; and as two were said to sprout by it's incredibility, should have hitherto up again in the place of every one that escaped the search of those penetrating was cut off, I delign by the art of my geniuses, who have ruminaged not only machinery to exhibit a fucceflive regethe legends of antiquity, but the fiction's neration of double heads, till a hundred of fairy tales, and little history-books and more are prepared to be knocked off for children, to supply them with ma- by one stroke of the aforesaid cork-club. terials for Perseus and Andromeda, I have a beautiful canvas wild boar Doctor Faustus, Queen Mab, &c. In of Erymanthus for the third labour; imitation of these illustrious wits, I shall which, as Harlequin is to carry it off call my entertainment by the name of the stage upon his shoulders, has nothing HARLEQUIN HERCULÉS.
in it's belly but a wadding of tow, and In the original story, as a prelude to a little boy who is to manage it's mohis futurę vietories, we are told that, tions, to let down the wire jaw, or gnath
the wooden tusks: and though I could accident I have now guarded against, by rather with he were able to grunt and having lined the roof and jaws with thin growl, yet as that is impossible, I have plates of painted iron. faught the urchin to squeak prodigioully To personate Geryon, who had three like a pis.
bodies, I have contrived to tie three men The fourth labour, his catching the together back to back; one of them is hind of Meralus, whose feet were of the Famous NEGRO who swings about brats and horns of gold, I fear I must his arms in every direction; and these omit; because I cannot break any com- will make full as grotesque a figure as mon buck to run flow enough. But he the man with a double mark. As Har. is next to drive away those enormous lequin for his eighth labour is to deliver birds of Styinphalus's Lake, which were this triple-form monster to be devoured of such prodigious bigneis, that they in- by his cannibal oxen, I shall here with tercepted the light with their wings, and the greatett propriety exhibit the NOTED took up whole men as their prey. I Ox with six legs and two bellies; and have got a flock of them formed of leather as Diomede must be served up in the covered with ravens feathers: they are a faine manner as a meal for his flerh-eatlittle unweildiy, I must confefs; but I ing horses, this will furnith me with a have disposed my wires so as to play good pretext for introducing the BEAUthem about tolerably well, and make TIFUL PANTHER-MARE. them flap out the candles; and two of
After these I shall transport you to the largeit are to gulp down the grena- the orchard of the Hesperides, where you dier, ftationed at each door of the Itage, will feast your fight with the green pawith their caps, muskets, bayonets, and per trees and gilt apples. I have bought all their accoutrements.
up the old copper Dragon of Wantley as The sixth labour is an engagement a guard to this forbidden fruit; and when with the Amazons; to represent whom, he is new burnished, and the tail fome. I have hired' all THE
what lengthened, his aspect will be much AND WOMEN that have more formidable than his brother dra. been lately exhibited in this town. The gon's in Harlequin Sorcerer. part of Hyppolita their queen is to be But the full display of my art is replayed by the Female Sampson, who, ferved for the last labour, the descent after the company has been amazed with through a trap-door into HELL. the vast proofs of her strength, is to be Though this is the most applauded scene fairly flung in a wrestling bout by our in many of our favourite pantomimes, I invincible Harlequin.
do not doubt but my HELL will out-do I shall then pretent you with a pro- whatever has been hitherto attempted of spect of the Augean stable, where you the kind, whether in it's gloomy decorawill have an arrangement on each side of tion, it's horrors, it's Aames, or it's devils. seven or eight cows hides stuft with I have engaged the engineer of Cuper's ftraw, which the fancy's eye may as Gardens to direct the fire-works: Ixion easily multiply into a thousand, as in a will be whirled round upon a wheel of tragedy-battle it has been used to do blazing faltpetre; Tantalus will catch at half a dozen scene-Shifters into an army. a refluent flood of burning rosin; and Hercules's method of cleansing this Sisyphus is to roll up a stone charged Hable is well known; I shall therefore i with crackers and squibs, which will Jet loost a whole river of pewter to glitter bound back again with a thundering exalong the finge, far furpassing any little plofion : at a distance you will discover clinking cascade of tin that the play- black fteams arising from the River house or Vauxhall can boast of.
Styx, represented by a stream of melted As he is next to seize upon a bull pitch. The Noted FIRE-Eater also breathing out fire and names, I had pre- Thall make his appearance, fmoking out pared one accordingly, with the palate of red-hot tobacco- pipes, champing und noítrils properly loaded with wildl- lighted brimstone, and swallowing his fire and other combustibles; but by the infernal mess of broth. Harlequin's unfkilfulness of the fellow inclosed in it, errand hither being only to bring away while he was rehearsing Bull's part, the Cerberus, I have instructed The MOST bead took ítre, which Ipread to the car- AMAZING NEW ENGLISH CHIEN SAcule, and the fool narrowly escaped fuf- VANT to act the part of this three-headed fering the torment of Phalaris. This dog, with the affidance of two artificial
noddles fastened to his throat. The cules, will be properly characterised by fagacity of this animal will surely de Pantaloon; and the servant, whose busilight much more than the pretty trick of ness it is, as Homer says, 'to shake the his rival, the human hound, in another regions of the gods with laughter, entertainment.
Thall be the WONDERFUL LITTLE Thus I have brought my Hercules NORFOLK-MAN, as in all books of through his twelve capital enterprizes; chivalry you never read of a giant but though I purpose to touch upon some you are told of a dwarf. The fellow other of the Grecian hero's atchieve. with Stentorian lungs, who can break ments. I shall make him kill Cacus glailes and shatter window-panes with the three-headed robber, and shall carry the loudness of his vociferation, has enhim to Mount Caucasus, to untie Pro- gaged in that one scene, where Hercules metheus, whose liver was continually laments the loss of his Hylas, to make preyed upon by a vulture. This last- the whole house ring again with his bawlinentioned incident I cannot pass ing; and the wonderful man, who talks over, as I am resolved that my vulture in his belly, and can fling his voice into thall vie in bulk, beauty and docility, any part of a room, has promised to anwith the so much applauded STUPEN- swer him in the character of Echo. DOUS OSTRICH: and towards the end I cannot conclude without informing I doubt not but I hall be able to tri- you, that I have made an uncommon umph over the SORCERER'S GREAT provision for the necessary embellishments GELDING, by the exhibition of my of singing and dancing. Grim Pluto, Centaur Nesfus, who is to carry off the you know, the black-peruked mo.arch, LITTLE WOMAN that weighs no more must bellow in bass, and the attendanithan twenty-three pounds, in the cha- devils cut capers in flame-coloured stockracter of Deianira; a burthen great ings, as usual; but as Juno cherished enough for the oftler who is to play the an immortal hatred to our hero, the thall brute-half of my Centaur, as his back descend in a chariot drawn by peacocks, must be bent horizontally, in order to and thrill forth her rage; Deianira, too, fix his head against the rump of the fall vent her amorous lighs to soft airs: man-half.
the Amazons, with their gil:- leather The whole piece will conclude with breast-plates and helmets, their tinHarlequin in a bloody shirt, skipping, pointed spears and looking-glais shields, writhing, and rolling, and at length ex- Thall give you the Pyrrhic dance to a piring, to the irregular motions of the preamble on the kettle-drums; and at fiddle-stick: though, if any of the fire- Omphale's court, after Hercules has reoffices will ensure the house, he shall figned his club, to cclebrate her triumph, mount the kindled pile, and be burned I shall introduce a grand dance of di. to ahes in the presence of the whole au- ftaffs, in emulation of the Witches dance dience.
of broomsticks. Nothing of this kind Intrigue is the soul of these dumb fhall be omitted, that may heighten either Thews, as well as of the more senseless the grandeur or beauty of my entertainfarces : Omphale, therefore, or Deianira, ment: I fall therefore, I hope, find a must serve for my Colombine; and I place somewhere in this piece, as I can. can so far wrest the fable to my own not now have the WIRE-DANCER, to purpose, as to suppose that these dangers bring on my DANCING-BEARS. were encountered by Harlequin for their I am, Sir, your humble Servant, lakes. Eriftheus, the perfecutor of Her. A
No IV. SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1752.
FICTA VOLUPTATIS CAUSA SINT PROXIMA VERIS.
neral entertainment as the relation appear to be produced in a regular and of events; but all relations of events do connected firies, that they should follov Dot entertain in the same degree. in a quick succeflion, and yet that they