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think the worst of the Ethicks, and liable to fome Exception, escap'd the Versificating Ninnyhammers spoke of in the Dunciad.
Being naturally now led to the Epistle of the Characters of Women, which is a Corollary to the other Epistle; we heg Pardon of our Readers, being refoly'd to make no Quotations from it that may offend the Fair, to whom we bear a more tender Regard, than to repeat, what is enough that it has been once faid. Mr Pope, as we imagine, took the Liberty to address it to Mrs. Blount, though some few Lines in it may seem to the contrary: She is a Lady to whom Mr. Pope has had an uncommon Respect and Regard for many Years; he had a very early Acquaintance with her, and soon distinguished her from the Croud, by a Letter he wrote in Verse, which he sent to her with the Works of Voiture, in which he compares her to Madamoiselle Paulet, the first Favourite of that French Wit, and imagines him plac'd in the Elysian Fields, while he beholds her perusing his Lines, at the same Time confessing her fairer than the Rambouillet. Soon after the Coronation, this young Lady was oblig'd to leave the Town, and in that Tine of Absence, Mr. Pope first felt how uneafy it was, to live without the Sight and Company of the Perfon that takes up most of our Thoughts, nor that he imagin’d their Friendship would ever be carried to fuch Heights as it afterwards was ; a young Lady in the very Bloom of her Youth, Mistress of such agreeable Qualifications, both acquir'd and natural, it might have been thought would have been too vain and fickle to remain long in one. Mind, as to Profellions of Friendship, of how little Value are they in common among Men? Few Women are capable, that is, have Constancy enough, to abide long by any Refolution, as yet none was made, it was only
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First then I went by Water to Hampton-Court, unattended by all but my own Virtues ; which were not of fo modest a Nature as to keep themselves, or me, conceal'd: For I met the Prince with all his Ladies on Horseback, coming from Hunting. Mrs. : Bellenden and Mrs. Lepell took me into Protection (contrary to the Laws against harbouring Papifts). and gave me a Dinner, with something I lik'd better, an Opportunity of Conversation with Mrs. Howe. We all agreed, that the Life of a Maid of Honour, was of all Things the most miserable ; and wilh'd that every Woman who envy'd it had a Specimen of it. To eat Westphalia-Ham in a Morning, ride over Hedges aud Ditches on borrow'd Hacks, come home in the Heat of the Day with a Fever, and, (what is worse a hundred Times) with a red Mark in the Forehead from an uneasy Hat; all this may qualify them to make excellent Wives for Fox-Hunters, and bear Abundace of ruddy complexiond Children. As. foon as they can wipe off the Sweat of the Day, they must fimper an Hour and catch cold, in the Princess's Apartment; from thence (as Shakespear has it) To Dinner, with what Appetite they may and after that, 'till Midnight, walk, work, or think, which they please? I can easily believe no LoneHouse in Wales, with a Mountain and Rookery, is more contemplative than this Court; and as a Proof of it I need only tell you Mrs. Lepell walk'd alone with me three or four Hours by Moonlight, and we met no Creature of any Quality but the King, whd. gave Audience to the Vice Chamberlain, all alone, under the Garden Wall.
In short, I heard of no Ball, Assembly, BaffetTable, or any Place where two or three were ga