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the fight of a multitude of people who feem pleafed with one another, and partake of the fame common entertainment. I could not but fancy to myself, as the old man flood up in the middle of the pit, that he made a very proper center to a tragick audience. Upon the entring of Pyrrhus, the Knight told me that he did not believe the king of France himself had a better ftrut. I was indeed very attentive to my old friend's remarks, because I looked upon them as a piece of natural criticism, and was well pleased to hear him, at the conclufion of almoft every fcene, telling me that he could not imagine how the play would end. One while he appeared much concerned for Andramache; and a little while after as much for Hermione; and was extremely puzzled to think what would become of Pyrrhus.

When Sir ROGER faw Andromache's obftinate refufal to her lover's importunities, he whisper'd me in the ear, that he was fure fhe would never have him; to which he added, with a more than ordinary vehemence, You can't imagine, Sir, what 'tis to have to do with a widow. Upon Pyrrhus his threatning afterwards to leave her, the Knight fhook his head and muttered to himself, Ay, do if you can. This part dwelt fo much upon my friend's imagination, that at the clofe of the third act, as I was thinking of fomething elfe, he whifpered me in my ear, Thefe widows, Sir, are the most perverfe creatures in the world. But pray, fays he, you' that are a critic, is the play according to your dramatick rules, as you call them? Should your people in tragedy always talk to be understood? Why, there is not a fingle fentence in this play that I do not know the meaning of.

The fourth act very luckily begun before I had time to give the old gentleman an anfwer: Well, fays the Knight, fitting down with great fatisfaction, I fuppofe we are now to fee Hector's ghoft. He then renew'd his attention, and from time to time, fell a praifing the widow. He made, indeed, a little mistake as to one of her pages, whom at his firft entering he took for Afyanax; but quickly fet himself right in that particular, though, at the fame time, he owned he fhould have been very glad to have feen the little boy, who, fays he, muit

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needs be a very fine child by the account that is given of him. Upon Hermione's going off with a menace to Pyrrhus, the audience gave a loud clap, to which Sir ROGER added, On my word, a notable young baggage!

As there was a very remarkable filence and ftilnefs in the audience during the whole action, it was natural for them to take the opportunity of these intervals between the acts, to exprefs their opinion of the players and of their respective parts. Sir ROGER hearing a clufter of them praise Oreftes, ftruck in with them, and told them, that he thought his friend Pylades was a very fenfible man; as they were afterwards applauding Pyrrhus, Sir ROGER put in a fecond time: And let me tell you, fays he, though he speaks but little, I like the old fellow in whiskers as well as any of them. Captain S ENTRY feeing two or three wags, who fat near us, lean with an attentive ear towards Sir ROGER, and fearing left they fhould fmoke the Knight, pluck'd him by the elbow, and whisper'd fomething in his ear, that lafted till the opening of the fifth act. The Knight was wonderfully attentive to the account which Oreftes gives of Pyrrhus his death, and at the conclufion of it, told me it was fuch a bloody piece of work, that he was glad it was not done upon the ftage. Seeing afterwards Oreftes in his raving fit, he grew more than ordinary ferious, and took occafion to moralize (in his way) upon an evil confcience, adding, that Orefies in his madness, looked as if he Jaw fomething.

As we were the firft that came into the house, so we were the last that went out of it; being refolved to have a clear paffage for our old friend, whom we did not care to venture among the juftling of the croud. Sir RoGER went out fully fatisfied with his entertainment, and we guarded him to his lodging in the fame manner that we brought him to the play houfe; being highly pleafed, for my own part, not only with the performance of the excellent piece which had been prefented, but with the fatisfaction which it had given to the old man. L

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Cuncti penè patres, ea cùm reprehendere conor,
Que gravis Afopus, que doctus Rofcius egit;
Vel quia nil rectum, nifi quod placuit fibi, ducunt ;
Vel quia turpe putant parere minoribus, et, qua
Imberbes didicere, fenes perdenda fateri.

Hor. Ep. 1. 1. 2. v. 80

IMITATE D.

One tragic fentence if I dare deride,
Which Betterton's grave action dignify'd,
Or well-mouth'd Booth with emphafis proclaims
(Tho' but, perhaps, a mufter-roll of names)
How will our fathers rife up in a rage,
And fwear, all fhame is loft in George's age!"
You'd think no fools difgrac'd the former reign,
Did not fome grave examples yet remain,
Who fcorn a lad should teach his father skill,
And, having once been wrong, will be fo ftill..

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fuggeft to your confideration whatever may pro- . • mote or prejudice them. There is an evil which has prevailed from generation to generation, which gray hairs and tyrannical cuftom continue to fupport; I hope your Spectatorial authority will give a feafonable check to the fpread of the infection; I mean old mens overbearing the ftrongeft fenfe of their juniors by the. mere force of feniority; fo that for a young man in the bloom of life and vigour of age to give a reasonable. • contradiction to his elders, is efteem'd an unpardonable infolence, and regarded as a reverfing the decrees of. Nature. I am a young man, I confefs, yet I honour the gray head as much as any one; however, when in " company

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company with old men, I hear them fpeak obfcurely, er reafon prepofterously (into which abfurdities, prejudice, pride, or intereft, will fometimes throw the wifeft) I count it no crime to rectify their reafonings, ⚫ unless confcience muft truckle to ceremony, and truth 'fall a facrifice to complaifance. The ftrongeft arguments are enervated, and the brighteft evidence difappears, before those tremendous reafonings and dazzling • difcoveries of venerable old age: You are young giddy-headed fellows, you have not yet had experience of the world. Thus we young folks find our ambition · cramp'd, and our lazinefs indulg'd, fince, while young, we have little room to difplay ourselves; and, when old, the weakness of nature muft pafs for ftrength of fenfe, and we hope that hoary heads will raise us above ⚫ the attacks of contradiction. Now, Sir, as you would ⚫ enliven our activity in the purfuit of learning, take ⚫ our cafe into confideration; and, with a glofs on brave • Elibu's fentiments, affert the rights of youth, and pre⚫vent the pernicious incroachments of age. The generous reasonings of that gallant youth would adorn your paper; and I beg you would infert them, not doubting but that they will give good entertainment to the mo intelligent of your readers.

So these three men ceafed to answer Job, because be was righteous in his own eyes. Then was kindled the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite, of the kindred of Ram: Against Job was his wrath kindled, because he juftified himself rather than God. Alfo against "bis three friends was his wrath kindled, because they had found no anfer, and yet bad condemned Job. Now · Elihu had waited till Job had spoken, because they were elder than be. When Elihu faw there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, then his wrath was kindled. And Elihu the fon of Barachel the Buzite, an> · fwered and faid, I am young and ye are very old, wherefore I was afraid, and durft not be you mine opinion. Ifaid, Days bou'd speak and multitude of years should teach wisdom. But there is a spirit in man; and the infpiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding. "Great men are not always wife: Neither do the aged

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underftand judgment. Therefore I faid, Hearken to me, • I also will fhew mine opinion. Behold I waited for your words; I gave ear to your reafonings, whilft you fearched out what to say. Yea, I attended unto you: And behold there was none of you that convinced Job, or that fwered his words; left you should fay, we have found out wisdom: God thrufteth him down, not ma man. Now he hath not directed his words against me: Neither will I anfwer him with your Speeches. They were amazed, they anfwered no more: They left off Speaking. When I had waited (for they spake not, but food fill and answered no more) Ifaid, I will answer alfo my part, I alfo will The mine opinion. For I am full of matter, the fpirit. within me confiraineth me. Behold, my belly is as wine • which hath no vent, it is ready to bottles.

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Have formerly read with great fatisfaction your papers about idols and the behaviour of gentlemen in those coffee-houses where women officiate, and impatiently waited to fee you take India and China fhops into confideration: But fince you have pafs'd us over in filence, either that you have not as yet thought us worth your notice, or that the grievances we lie under have escaped your difcerning eye, I must make my ⚫ complaints to you, and am encouraged to do it becaufe you feem a little at leifure at this prefent writing. I am, dear Sir, one of the top China-women about town; and, though I fay it, keep as good things, ⚫ and receive as fine company as any o' this end of the town, let the other be who it not for a club of Female will: In fhort, I am in a fair way to be eafy, were it

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