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fectually reaches all that is aimed at by self-love, without designing it. To this add, that though we should be impartial, yet not severe in the judgment we pass, and the demands we make upon ourselves; watchful against the infirmities and errors too incident to human nature, but not supposing that we shall be entirely free from them, nor afflicting ourselves beyond measure to find that we are not. Such an overstrained severity breaks the force of the mind, and hinders its progress towards perfection. In the choice of conditions, or making any steps in life, it is a dictate of wisdom to prefer reality to appearance, and to follow Providence as our guide: to be more indifferent to life, and all things in it, which the less we value the more we shall enjoy. And, lastly, to consider that the happiness of the present state consists more in re. pose than pleasure ; and in those pleasures that are pure and calm (which are likewise the most lasting) rather than in those which violently agitate the passions. Happy are we, when our pleasures flow from the regularity of our passions, and even course of piety and goodness, an humble confidence in the mercy, of God, and from the hope of immortality! Not to be contented without a perpetual succession of other pleasures besides these, is the way never to know contentment.
ON NOVELTY. One advantage of our inclination for novelty is, that it annın, lates all the boasted distinctions among mankind. Look 2013 with envy to those above thee! Sounding titles, stately ou ings, fine gardens, gilded chariots, rich equipages, what are they They dazzle every one but the possessor; to him that is tomed to them they are cheap and regardless things; they 41? him not with brighter images or more sublime satisfactions the plain man may have, whose small estate will just enario to support the charge of a simple, unencumbered life. He enters heedless into his rooms of state, as you or I do under ou sheds. The noble paintings and costly furniture are lost he sees them not; as how can it be otherwise, when by fabric infinitely more grand and finished, that of the stands unobserved by the inhabitants, and the everlastus, of heaven are lighted up in vain, for any notice that mora, of them? Thanks to indulgent nature, which not only pras children originally upon a level, but still, by the strengti principle, in a great measure preserves it, in spite of an of man to introduce artificial distinctions.
To add no more-is not this fondness for novelty, wie us out of conceit with all we already have, a convincing.""* , future state ? Either man was made in vain, or this only world he was made for: for there cannot be a great
ich not only placed her
y the strength of this
t, in spite of all the care less for novelty, which makes
onvincing proof of vain, or this is not the
stance of vanity than that to which man is liable, to be deluded from the cradle to the grave with fleeting shadows of happiness. His pleasures, and those not considerable neither, die in the possession, and fresh enjoyments do not rise fast enough to fill up half his life with satisfaction. When I see persons sick of themselves any longer than they are called away by something that is of force to chain down the present thought: when I see them hurry from country to town, and then from the town back again into the country, continually shifting postures, and placing life in all the different lights they can think of : “ Surely,” say I to myself, “ life is vain, and the man beyond expression stupid or prejudiced, who from the vanity of life cannot gather that he is designed for immortality.”
Spectator, No. 626.
THOMAS TICKELL. 1686–1740. THOMAS TICKELL, the bosom friend of Aldison, was born in Bridekirk, near Carlisle, in Cumberland, in 1686. At the usual age he entered Oxford University, where he devoted himself to his studies with great industry. He was early introduced to Addison, and gained his friendship, which was never for a moment violated. Addison, it is said, had the affection of a father for Tickell, who, in return, loved and venerated that great man with a warmth of zeal which no filial affection could exceed. In consequence of this connec. tion he made several contributions to the Spectator and Guardian, though his papers cannot all now be identified. While negotiations were on foot that preceded the peace of Utrecht,' he published his poem entitled « The Prospect of Peace." Though it has not much merit as a poem, it presents some noble thoughts on the general subject of peace and the duty of nations to cultivate it among each other, which, if practised, would make the world much better and happier. In 1717, when Addison was made secretary of state, lie advanced his friend Tickell to the post of under-secretary, a situation which he filled with equal advantage to himself and his patron.
The decease of Addison, 1719, was severely felt and most sincerely lamented by Tickell. To the collected works of his great patron, who had on his death-bed left him the charge of publishing them, he prefixed an “ Elegy," in memory of their author, “to whose beauty and pathos," says Dr. Drake, hi no language can do justice." It is this, indeed, on which his fame as a writer chiefly rests; though his verses on the “Cato' of Addison, and his ballad of "Colin and Lucy," have much merit. His promotion and prosperity ceased not with the death of Addison. In 1725 he was created secretary to the lords justices of Ireland, a situation of dignity and profit, and he held it till his death, which took place on the 231 of April, 1740.
ON THE DEATH OF ADDISON.”
1 The treaty of Utrecht was signed in 1713. 2 This was addressed to the Earl of Warwick, Addison's step-son,
Blame not her silence, Warwick, but bemoan,
Can I forget the dismal night that gave
Oft let me range the gloomy aisles alone,
In what new region to the just assign'd,
Oh! if sometimes thy spotless form descend;
That awful form, which, so the heavens decree,
RICHARD BENTLEY. 1662–1742 Richard BEXTLEY, one of the most learned men, and perhaps the greatest classical scholar England has produced, was the son of a farmer near Wakefield, in Yorkshire, and was born in 1662. He was educated at Cambridge, and became chaplain to Stillingfleet, Bishop of Worcester. In 1692 he was appointed to the lectureship instituted by Boyle, for the defence of the Chris. tian religion, and he delivered a series of very able discourses against atheism, which were highly popular. His next public appearance was in the famous controversy with the Hon. Charles Boyle, Earl of Orrery, relative to the genuineness of the Greek Epistles of Phalarus. Most of the wits and scholars of that period joined with Boyle against Bentley; but he triumphantly established the position that the epistles are spurious. Though professedly a controversial work, it embodies a mass of accurate information relative to historical facts, antiquities, chronology, and philology, such as, we may safely say, has rarely, if ever, been collected in the same space; and shows low thoroughly digested and familiar was the vast stock of reading which Bentley possessed. At the end of the “ Dissertation on Phalarus,'' Bentley denies the genuineness of the « Fables" which bear Æsop's name.
It would be impossible, in this mere sketch of his life,3 to enumerate all his subsequent works. They were mostly of a classical character, and from the great learning and research which they displayed, established his reputation, not in England only, but on the continent, as the first scholar of his age. In one labor, however, he signally failed: it was in his edition of the Paradise Lost.” Assuming that, from the blindness of Milton, and, consequently, from the necessity of his dictating his thoughts to others, many verbal errors must have been made in transcribing, he undertook to make " emendations" with. out number, in that immortal work. It proved a most signal failure, and showed that, however learned he was in classic lore, he was destitute of true poetic taste and feeling, and could not enter into the lofty conceptions and sublime flights of the great English bard. One of his emendations" will suffice here. The sublime line,
1 Addison's tragedy of « Cato." ! See this controversy spoken of on page 342. 8 Read-Dr. Monk's Life of Bentley, a most interesting as well as learned piece of biography: also a life by Hartley Coleridge, in his "Lives of Distinguished Northerns.
“No light, but rather darkness visible," Bentley renders,
"No light, but rather a transpicuous gloom;" thus verifying his favorite maxim, that no man was ever written out of his reputation except by himself.
After a life of great literary labor, and enjoying some of the highest honors in the church, this distinguished scholar died on the 14th of July, 1742.
fi de exercise of it, and the extent of its province. For the
WILLIAM SOMERVILLE. 1691-1712.
AUTHORITY OF REASON IN RELIGION. We profess ourselves as much concerned, and as truly as (the deists] themselves are, for the use and authority of reason in controversies of faith. We look upon right reason as the native lamp of the soul, placed and kindled there by our Creator, to conduct us in the whole course of our judgments and actions. True reason, like its divine Author, never is itself deceived, nor ever deceives any man. Even revelation itself is not shy nor unwilling to ascribe its own first credit and fundamental authority to the test and testimony of reason. Sound reason is the touchstone to distinguish that pure and genuine gold from baser metals; revelation truly divine, from im posture and enthusiasm : so that the Christian religion is so far from declining or fearing the strictest trials of reason, that it everywhere appeals to it; is defended and sup ported by it; and, indeed, cannot continue, in the apostle's de. scription, “pure and undefiled” without it. It is the benefit of reason alone, under the Providence and Spirit of God, that we ourselves are at this day a reformed orthodox church: that we departed from the errors of popery, and that we knew, too, where to stop ; neither running into the extravagances of fanaticism, nor sliding into the indifferency of libertinism. Whatsoever, therefore, is inconsistent with natural reason, can never be justly imposed as an article of faith. That the same body is in many places at once ; that plain bread is not bread ; such things, though they be said with never so much pomp and claim to infallibility, we have still greater authority to reject them, as being contrary to common sense and our natural faculties; as subverting the foundations of all faith, even the grounds of their own credit, and all the principles of civil life.
So far are we from contending with our adversaries about the dignity and authority of reason; but then we differ with them
anchet bover and eulogist of fiel.l--ports was born in 112, and was
ne, sending to the account of liis friend Slienstone, the poet, drank
mile is best known by bis poem, entitled the Clase," which still
are frequently vivid and beautiful. He has also written an. a l prem, cailed Field-Sports, which describes the amusement of
e Hobbinol, or Rural Games,' a mowk hervir; al many pieces of Shinkous character. Of the latter, the lines to Addison show much ung, and just appreciation of tlic character of that great and good man
BEGINNING OF A FOX-HUNT.
Ere yet the morning peppa
In all the ce lead the grass, or hen to the
nach likely haamining with ay, and they range