Title: English humorists of the eighteenth century : Sir Richard Steele, Joseph Addison, Laurence Sterne, Oliver Goldsmith
Year: 1906 (1900s)
Authors: Steele, Richard, Sir, 1672-1729 Addison, Joseph, 1672-1719 Sterne, Laurence, 1713-1768 Goldsmith, Oliver, 1730?-1774 Thackeray, William Makepeace, 1811-1863 Hogarth, William, 1697-1764, illus
Subjects: English literature English wit and humor
Publisher: fresh York : The Century co.
Contributing Library: The Library of Congress
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feature out of his counte-nance, at the 2nd he became the face of a spout, at the 3rd ababoon, at the 4th the head of a bass-viol, and at the 5th a pairof nut-crackers. The whole assembly wondered at his accompUsh-ments, and bestowed the ring on him unanimously; but, what heesteemed more than all the rest, a country wench whom he hadwooed in vain for above five years before, was so charmed with hisgrins, and the applauses which he received on all sides, that shemarried him the week following, and to this day wears the prizeupon her finger, the cobbler having made use of it as his marriage-ring. This paper might perhaps seem very impertinent, if it grewserious in the conclusion. I would nevertheless leave it to the con-sideration of those who are the patrons of this monstrous trial ofskill, whether or no they are not guilty, in some measure, of anaffront to their species, in treating after this manner the HumanFace Divine, and turning that part of us, which has so great an226
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THE SPECTATOR image impressed upon it, into the image of a monkey; whether theraising such silly competitions among the ignorant, proposingprizes for such useless accompUshments, filling the common peoplesheads with such senseless ambitions, and inspiring them with suchabsurd ideas of superiority and pre-eminence, has not in it some-thing immoral as well as ridiculous. ACCOUNT OF A WHISTLING MATCH No. 179.] TUESDAY, September 25, 1711. [Addison.] Centurias seniorum agitant expertia frugis:Celsi praetereunt austera poemata Rhamnes.Omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci,Lectorem delectando, pariterque monendo.—HoR. I^IAY cast my readers under two general diisions, the Mer-curial and the Saturnine. The 1st are the gay part of mydisciples, who require speculations of wit and humour; the othersare those of a more solemn and sober turn, who find no pleasure butin papers of morality and sound sense. The former call everythingthat is serious stupid; the latter look upon everything as
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