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May you enjoy a long continuance of the true relish of the happiness heaven has bestowed upon you. I know not how to say a more affectionate thing to you, than to wish that you may be always what you are; and that you may ever think, as I know you now do, that. you have a much larger fortune than you want..
Your most obedient, and
moft humble servanty,
ISAAC BICKERSTAFF.. THE
TA T L E R.
No 51. Saturday, August 6, 1709.
Quicquid agunt homines-noftri farrago libelli.
Juv. Sat. 1. v. 85
Whatever good is done, whatever ill
White's Chocolate-house, Auguf 5.
The history of Orlando the Fair. Chap. II. WORTUNE being now propitious to the gay Orlando,
he dressed, he spoke, he moved as a man might be
supposed to do in a nation of Pygmies, and had an equal value for our approbation or didike. It is usual for those, who profess a contempt of the world, to Ay from it and live in obscurity; but Orlando, with a greater magnanimity, contemned it, and appeared in it to tell them fo. If therefore his exalted mien met with an unwelcome reception, he was fure always to double the cause which gave the diftafte. You see our Beauties afa feet a negligence in the ornament of their hair, and adjusting their head-dresses, as conscious that they adorn whatever they wear. Orlando had not only this humour in common with other Beauties, but also had a neglect VOL. II.
whether things became him, or not, in a world he contemned. For this reason, a noble particularity appeared in all his economy, furniture, and equipage. And to convince the present little race, how unequal all their measures were to an Antediluvian, as he called himself, in respect of the insects which now appear for men, he sometimes rode in an open tumbril, of less fize than ordinary, to show the largeness of his limbs, and the grandeur of his personage, to the greater advantage: At other seasons, all his appointments had a magnificence, as if it were formed by the genius of Trimalchio of old, which shewed itself in doing ordinary things with an air of pomp and grandeur. Orlando therefore called for Tea by beat of drum; his valet got ready to have him by a trumpet to horse ; and water was brought for his teeth, when the sound was changed to boots and saddle.
In all these glorious excesses from the common practice, did the happy Orlando live and reign in an uninterrupted tranquillity, until an unlucky accident brought to his remembrance, that one evening he was married before he courted the nuptials of Villaria. Several fatal Memorandums were produced to revive the memory of this accident, and the unhappy Lover was for ever banished her presence, to whom he owed the support of his just renown and gallantry. But distress does not debase noble minds; it only changes the scene, and gives them new glory by that alteration. Orlando therefore now raves in a garret, and calls to his neighbour-skies to pity his dolours, and to find redress for an unhappy Lover. All high Spirits, in any great agitation of mind, are inclined to relieve themselves by poetry : The renowned porter of Oliver had not more volumes around his cell in the college of Bedlam, than Orlando in his present apartment. And though inserting poetry in the midft of prose be thought a licence among correct Writers not to be indulged, it is hoped the necessity of doing it, to give a just idea of the hero of whom we treat, will plead for liberty we shall hereafter take, to print Orlando's soliloquies in verse and prose, after the manner of great Wits, and such as those to whom they are near allied.
Will's Coffee house, August 5.
A good company of us were this day to fee, or rather to hear, an artful person do several feats of activity with bis throat and windpipe. The first thing, wherewith he presented us, was a ring of bells, which he imitated in à moft miraculous manner; after that, he gave us all the different notes of a pack of hounds, to our great delight and astonishment. The company expressed their applause with much noise ; and never was heard such a harmony of men and dogs: But a certain plump merry felllow, from an angle of the room, fell a crowing like a cock so ingeniously, that he won our hearts from the other operator in an instant. As soon as I saw him, I recollected I had seen him on the stage, and immediately knew it to be Tom Mirrour, the comical actor. Heimmediately addressed himself to me, and told me, he was surprised to see a Virtuoso take fatisfaction in any representations below that of human life ; and asked me, whether I thought this acting bells and dogs was to be confidered under the notion of Wit, Humour, or Satire ? Were it not better, continued he, to have some particular picture of man laid before your eyes, that might incite your laughter? He had no sooner ipoke the word, but he immediately quitted his natural shape, and talked to me in a very different air and tone from what he had used before ; upon which, all that sat near us laughed; but I faw no deftortion in his countenance, or any thing that appeared to me disagreeable, I asked Pacolet, what meant that sudden whisper about us for I could not take the jeft. He answered, The Gentleman you were talking to, affumed your air and countenance fo exactly, that all fell a laughing to see how little you knew your Telf, and how much you were enamoured with your own image. But that person, continued my monitor, if mer would make the right use of him, might be as inftrumental to their reforming errors in geiture, language, and speech, as a dancing master, linguist, or orator. You see he laid yourself before you with so much address, that you faw nothing particular in his behaviour': He has fo happy a knack of representing errors and im
perfections, that you can bear your faults in him as well
as in yourself: He is the first mimic that ever gave the A beauties, as well as the deformities, of the man he acted.
What Mr. Dryden said of a very great man may be well applied to him :
-He seems to be
You are to know, that this Pantomime may be said to be a species, of himself: He has no commerce with the rest of mankind, but as they are the objects of imi. tation ; like the Indian fowl, called the Mock-bird, who has no note of his own, but hits every found in the wood as soon as he hears it ; so that Mirrour is at once a copy and an original. Poor Mirrour's fate, as well as talent, is like that of the bird we just now spoke of; the nightingale, the linnet, the lark, are delighted with his company; but the buzzard, the crow, and the owl, are obferved to be his mortal enemies. Whenever Sophronius meets Mirróur, he receives him with civility and respect, and well knows, a good copy of himself can be no injury to him ; but Bathilius fhuns the street where he expects to meet him ; for he, that knows his every step and look is constrained and affected, must be afraid to be rivalled
in his action, and of having it discovered to be unna. "tural, by its being practised by another as well as himself.
From' my own Apartment, August s.
Letters from Coventry and other places have been sent to me, in answer to what I have said in relation to my antagonist Mr. Powell; and advise me, with warm lan. guage, to keep to subjects more proper for me than such high points. But the writers of these epistles mistake the use and service I proposed to the learned world by such observations: For you are to understand, that the title of this Paper gives me a right of taking to myself, and inserting in it, all such parts of any Book or Letter which are foreign to the purpose intended, or professed, by the writer : So that suppose two great Divines should argue, and treat each other with warmth and levity,