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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - January 7, 1752, London, Middlesex The Go ventGarden Journal By Sir ALEXANDER Cenfor of GREAT BRIT J A N U A R Y 1752 To be continued every TUESDAY and RedtuntSaturnia In Old himfelf is come to T hath I a commonPradiice with in all to complain of the Badnefs of their own and as readily to commend the Goodncfs and Virtue of their So that it is eafy to fix on feveral in which have been the Subject of equal Satire and Succeeding Ages have fung forth the Praifes of certain Periods of and have recommended them as Ex amples to Pofterity which if we be lieve the as well as who lived in thbfe very abounded with all Kinds of Vice and The prefent notwithftanding its Improvement as well in as in Art and doth not efcape from this cen forious Difpofition with all the Reafon which we have to fet a Value on Preference to fo many Ages and in v there are ilill Ibme few at this very and in this very who would that Learn every Thing worthy of Com were never at a lower Ebb than they are at prefent among As I am of a different Opinion from thefe and as I am naturally in clined to catch at every Opportunity of Pa I hall here endeavour tofnew that we are far from deferving any fuch Cha racter and that we may be compared with many other Ages and Countries very much to our To fay the often lament the Badnefs of their own as they do the Badnefs of their own by too injudicious a As in thelattier they are always lifting their Eyes to thofe who mine forth in the greateft Riches and Splendor in the they have always in their two or three of thofe Commonwealths which have made the greateft Figure in Hiftory if they would act in the contrary and en deavour in both Cafes to make the moft ad vantageous what comfortable Inftances would their own Experience af ford them in the and Hiftory in the other To purfue therefore this Method on the prefent Occafion the firft Inftance I hall give is that of Sodom and Now though the Sins of thefe two Cities are not very exprefly fet forth in from the I think it very rea fonable to that they at fotntwhaf worfe than we are at The according to and the if we believe fome Hifrori may like wife afford an advantageous The muft furely be allowed to have been worfe than if we believe the Account given by Strabo of the rich Temple of in this at which above a Thoufand Whores officiated as We read likewife in other that they a under the Appellation of who was the tutelar Deity of all Lewdnefs and De the moft profligate and abandoned in fuch were faid Kopivfli to or to be as bad as a Corinthian which I be applied to us for it is much better to have no Religion at as is at prefent our than to profefs fuch Religions as To avoid I will mention only one more and thefe are the Romans during the Reign of of whom take the following fhort Account which Tacitus gives us as a Summary of the prodigious Lieentioufnefs of thofe fays my built a Veflel in Agpppas Lake in this which was towed by he furnifhed out a The Barges were adorned with Gold and Ivory j and the Rowers all placed above each accord ing to their or fuperior Skill in the Science of Nero had ran facked various Countries for every Kind of Flefh and and the Ocean itfelf for Sea Fifh Upon one Bank of the Lake were erected which were filled with Ladies of the firft Rank on the other Bank were expofed to a Number of entirely All Kinds of Lewdnefs were now acted over as the Night came the neighbour ing and all the Buildings near were and refounded with As for he defiled himfelf with every Kind of Luft nor did he then feem to have left any Man ner of Debauchery unpractifed i and a few Days he contrived to outdo by being publickly with theutmoft to one of his infamous a Fellow whofe Name was On this the Veil in which Women are married was thrown over the Roman and all the nuptial even to the Payment of the Brides were Nor did he flop here but which in a lawful Union between the is committed to and the was now acted over in the Face of the I have drawn this Picture at as it is moft curious I Hi ftory affords and thofe of my at to whom it is I doubt be pfeafed with feeing other Pictures of the fame Kind might be drawn from the latter Ages of the Reman Empire but I chofe this rrom Ne ros as it a very few Years re moved from the latter Days of in which the glorious Romans feem fo entire ly to have refembled our noble From what hath been faid may appear the Injuftice of thefe general and outrageous Expreflions agarnft the Wickednefs of the prefent which WQ often hear from the Mouths of illiterate and inconfiderate and with Repetition of which I do not care to affront my polite And now furely it muft be that we do not live in die worft of but I will not be contented with this Con I will now attempt to that we live in the in other that this is one of the virtuous Ages that ktf h ever appeared in the And if Liberty be as it furdy to be the greateft of all rings to any nothing can be more than that we enjoy this in the pureft Doth hot every Manin this fpeakT and and even whatever beft pleafeth him It is there are fome few enough only to prove a Rule in which this natural Liberty hath been a little iiiui
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