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Here sir George Davis ended, and there- | a chair for the use of his lady. Embroidered upon the duke of Tuscany assured him, that clothes and laced linen were quite laid aside ; he had the lion from that very friend of his. he was married in a plain drugget, and from I am, Sir,

that time forward, in all the accommodations your most obedient servant,

of life, never coveted any thing beyond clean. and constant reader, &c.' liness and conveniency. When any of his ac

quaintance asked him the reason of this sudden

change, he would answer, ' In single life I could No. 147.] Saturday, August 29, 1713. easily compute my wants, and provide against

them; but the condition of life I am now enBonum est fugienda aspicere alieno in malo.

Publ. Syr.

gaged in, is attended with a thousand unfore

seen casualties, as well as a great many distant, It is a good thing to learn caution by the misfortunes of others,

but unavoidable expenses. The happiness or

misery, in this world, of a future progeny, will Having in my paper of the twenty-first of probably depend upon my good or ill husbandry. July, showed my dislike of the ridiculous cus. I shall never think I have discharged my duty tom of garnishing a new-married couple, and until I have laid up a provision for three or setting a gloss upon their persons which is to four children at least.' But, pr'ythee, Frank,' last no longer than the honey-moun; I think says a pert coxcomb that stood by, why shouldst it may be much for the emolument of my dis- thon reckon thy chickens before' upon ciples of both sexes, to make them sensible in which he cut him short, and replied, ' It is the next place, of the folly of launching out no matter ; a brave man can never want heirs, into extravagant expenses, and a more magni- while there is one man of worth living.' This ficent way of living immediately upon marriage. precautious way of reasoning and acting bas If the bride and bridegroom bappen to be per- proved to Mr. Foresight and his lady an uninsons of any rank, they come into all public terrupted source of felicity. Wedlock sits places, and go upon all visits with so gay an light and easy upon them; and they are at equipage, and so glittering an appearance, as present bappy in two sons and a daughter, if they were making so many public entries. who a great many years hence will feel the But to judicious ininds, and to men of expe- good effects of their parents' prudence. rience in this life, the gilt chariot, the coach My memory fails me in recollecting wbere and six, the gaudy liveries, the supernumerary I have read, that in some parts of Holland it train of servants, the great house, the sump- is provided by law, that every man, before he tuous table, the services of plate, the embroi- marries, shall be obliged to plant a certain dered clothes, the rich brocades, and the pro- number of trees, proportionable to his circumfusion of jewels, that upon this occasion break stances, as a pledge to the government for the out at once, are so many symptoms of madness maintenance of his children. Every honest as in the happy pair, and prognostications of their well as every prudent man should do some. future misery.

thing equivalent to this, by retrenching all I remember a country neighbour of my lady superfluous and idle expenses, instead of fol. Lizard's, squire Wiseacre by name, who enjoyed lowing the extravagant practice of persons, a very clear estate of five hundred pounds who sacrifice every thing to their present vanity, per annum, and by living frugally upon it was and never are a day beforehand in thought. beforehand in the world. This gentleman un. I know not what delight splendid nuptials may fortunately fell in love with Mrs. Fanny Flip- afford to the generality of the great world : I pant, the then reigning toast in those parts. could never be present at any of them without In a word, he married ber, and to give a lasting a heavy heart. It is with pain I refrain from proof of his affection, consented to make both tears, when I see the bride thoughtlessly jigging her and bimself miserable by setting out in it about the roum, dishonoured with jewels, and the high mude of wedlock. He, in less than dazzling the eyes of the whole assembly at the the space of five years, was reduced to starve expense of her children's future subsistence. in prison for debt; and his lady, with a son How singular, in the age we live in, is the and three daughters, became a burden to the moderate behaviour of young Sophia, and how parish. The conduct of Frank Foresight was amiable does she appear in the eyes of wise the very reverse to squire Wiseacre's. He had men! Her lover, a little before marriage, aclived a bachelor some years about this town, quainted her, that he intended to lay out a iu the best of companies ; kept a chariot and thousand pounds for a present in jewels; but four footmen, besides six saddle-horses; he did before he did it, desired to know wbat sort not exceed, but went to the utmost stretch of 1 would be most acceptable to her. 'Sir,' rehis income; but when be married the beautiful plied Sophia, 'I thank you for your kind and Clarinda (who brought him a plentiful fortune) | generous intentions, and only beg they may be be dismissed two of his footmen, four of the executed in another manner: be pleased ouly saddle.horses, and his chariot; and kept only I to give me the money, and I will try to lay it

Pas est et ab hoste doceri.

Ovid. Met. Lib. iy. 428.

out to a better advantage. I am not,' conti- years, very fervently applieil himself to prayers; nues she,' at all fond of those expensive trifles ; and scarce ever went out of the grotto in which neither do I think the wearing of diamonds he made his residence, for fear of exposing can be any addition, nor the absence of them himself to the danger of offending God. He any diminution, to my happiness. I should be fasted in the day.time, and watched in the ashamed to appear in public for a few days in night. All the inbabitants of the country had a dress which does not become me at all times. such a great veneration for him, and so highly Besides, I see by that modest plain garb of valued his prayers, that they commonly appied yours, that you are not yourself affected with to him when they had any favour to beg of the gayety of apparel. When I am your wife, Heaven. When he made vows for the health my only care will be to keep my person clean of a sick person, the patient was immediately and neat for you, and not to make it fine for cured. others.' The gentleman, transported with this It happened that the daughter of the king excellent turn of mind in his mistress, pre- of that country fell into a dangerous distemper, sented her with the money in new gold. She the cause of which the pbysicians could not purchased an annuity with it; out of the in- discover, yet they continued prescribing recome of which, at every revolution of her medies by guess; but instead of helping the wedding-day, she makes her husband some princess, they only augmented her disease. In pretty present, as a token of ber gratitude, the mean time the king was inconsolable, for and a fresh pledge of her love ; part of it she he passionately loved his daughter ; wherefore

, yearly distributes among her indigent and best one day, finding all human assistance vain, be deserving neighbours ; and the small remaiuder declared it as his opinion that the princess she lays out in something useful for herself, or ought to be sent to the santop Barsisa. the children.

All the beys applauded bis sentiment, and

the king's officers conducted ber to the santau, No. 148.] Monday, August 31, 1713.

who, potwithstanding his frozen age, could not see such a beauty without being sensibly moved.

He gazed on her with pleasure ; and the devil 'Tis good to learu even from an enemy.

taking this opportunity, whispered in his ear

thus : 'O santon! don't let slip such a fortuThere is a kind of apophthegm, which I nate minute: tell the king's servants that it is have frequently met with in my reading, to requisite for the princess to pass this nigbe in this purpose : That there are few, if any the grotto, to see whether it will please God to books, out of which a man of learning may cure her; that you will put up a prayer for not extract something for his use. I have her, and that they need only conie to fetch ber often experienced the truth of this maxim, to-morrow.' when calliog in at my bookseller's, I have How weak is man! the santon followed the taken the book next to my hand off the coup- devil's advice, and did what he suggested to ter, to employ the minutes I have been obliged him. But the officers, before they would yield to linger away there, in waiting for one friend to leave the princess, sent one of their number or other. Yesterday when I came there, the to know the king's pleasure. That monarch, Turkish tales happened to lie in my way; upon who had an entire confidence in Barsisa, vever opening of that amusivg author, I happened to in the least scrupled the trusting of his slaugh. dip upon a short tale, which gave me a great ter with him. I consent,' said he, 'that she many serious reflections. The very same fable stay with that holy man, and that he keep her may fall into the hands of a great many men as long as he pleases: I am wbolly satisfied on of wit and pleasure, whó, it is probable, will that bead.' read it with their usual levity; but since it When the officers had received the king's may as probably divert and instruct a great answer, they all retired, and the princess semany persons of plain and virtuous minds, I mained alone with the hermit. Night being shail make no scruple of making it the enter- come, the devil presented himself to the santon, tainment of this day's paper. The moral to saying, 'Canst thou let slip so favourable an be drawn from it is entirely Christian, and is opportunity with so charming a creature? Fear so very obvious, that I shall leave to every not her telling of the violence you offer her; reader the pleasure of picking it out for him if she were even so indiscreet as to reveal it, self. I shall only premise, to obviate any who will believe her? The court, the city, and offence that may be taken, ihat a great many all the world, are too much prepossessed in notions in the Mahometan religion are bor: 1 your favour, to give any credit to sucb a report

, rowed from the holy scriptures.

You may do any thing unpunished, when armed

by the great reputation for wisdom which you The History of Santon Barsisa.

bave acquired.' The unfortunate Barsisa was There was formerly a santon whose name so werk as to hearken to the enemy of mapwas fjarsisa, which for the space of a hundred kind. He approached the princess, took her

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out to a better advantage. I am not,' conti- years, very fervently applied himself to prayers; nues she,' at all fond of those expensive trifles ; and scarce ever went out of the grotto in which peither do I think the wearing of diamonds he made his residence, for fear us exposing can be any addition, nor the absence of them himself to the danger of offending God. He any diminution, to my happiness. I should be fasted in the day.time, and watched in the ashamed to appear in public for a few days in night. All the inhabitants of the country had a dress wbich does not heoume me ut Besides, I see b yours, that you the gayety of ap my only care wi and neat for you others.' The gei excellent turn sented her with purchased an ai come of which wedding-day, sl pretty present, and a fresh pled yearly distribute deserving neighb she lays out in si the children.

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There is a ki have frequently this purpose : books, out of wh not extract SOD) often experience when calling in taken the book 1 ter, to employ the to livger away th or other. Yester Turkish tales hap opening of that ai dip upon a short many serious refle may fall into the of wit and pleasu read it with thei may as probably many persons of shall make no scri tainment of this be drawn from it so very obvious, reader the pleasur self. I shall on offence that may

1 potions in the Mahometan religion are bor: 1 your favour, to give any credit to such a report. rowed from the holy scriptures.

You may do any thing unpunished, wben armed

by the great reputation for wisdom which you The History of Santon Barsisa. have acquired.' The unfortunate Barsisa was There was formerly a santon whose name so weak as to hearken to the enemy of man. was Parsisa, which for the space of a hundred, kind. He approached the princess, took her

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