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Covent Garden Journal (Newspaper) - March 24, 1752, London, Middlesex Co vent By Sir ALEXANDER DRAWCANSIR Cenfor of GREAt Price 3 MARCH To be continued every TUESDAY and SAf Nitifirum fapere eft utik Et tempeftivumpueris cohcedere fnfling Purfuits true Wijdom eofis away Ant haves to Children all their bildijh HE Mind of Man is compared by Mon taigne to a fertile which tho it be left entirely un ftill re tains all its genial Powers 5 butfnftead of producing any Thing lovely or pro fends forth only Weeds and wild Herbs of various which ferve to no Ufe or Emolument The human Mind is indeed of too ac tive a Nature to comtnt itfelf with a State of perfect Reft or There are few Men fuch arrant Stocks or Stones as to be always fatisfied with or to come up to that Defcription in Lucretius Morlua cui vita eft prope jam atq videnti fomno partem majorem content Paul defcribes thefe Men better writing to the he fays fome of them are fA Doing no hut lujywg themf elves in Or as the La tin Author expreffes the fame Sentiment Gratis anhdans multa agendo nibil Puffing and fweating to no Purpofe em ployed about many and doing no The Original of Diverfions is certainly owJng to this aclive Temper For to what Purpofe were they as the very Word in our Language im pli reread off Idlenefs than ro the Generality of there is HOC I believe much heavier But if we look a little deeper into this we hall find that there is im planted in our Nature a great Love of and an equal Abhorrence of This difeovers itfelf vrry early in Children 5 moft of as I have are never better pleafed than when they are employed by their El The fame Difpofition we raay perceive in Men in thofe particularly to whom Fortune hath made Bufinefs and whom Nature very plainly appears never to have defigned for Andyet how common is it to fee thefe Men play ing at if I may ufe the Expref and pleafing themfelves all their Lives with the Imaginatiori that they are not idle From this bufy Temper may be derived almoft all the Works with which great Men have obliged the Hence k was that the great Artifix Nero arrived at fo great as he himlelf tells us he in Mufic to which he applied with fuch unwearied Induftry on the that ftvcral Perfons counterfeited in order to be carried out of the Theatre from hearing If Domitian had not been of a bufy as well as a cruel he would never have employed fo many Hours in the in genious Employment of which he is fuppofed to have brought to the higheft Degree of Perfection of which that Art is Hence it is fo many induftrious Critics have fpent their Lives in all fuch Reading as was never as Pope hath it witnefs the and allread Zachary who to compile thofe wonderful Notes to his muft have ran facked not only all the but all the Trunks and Bandboxes in the Didymus the Grammarian was another Labourer of this Seneca tells that he writ 4000 Books in fome of which he enquires into the Country of Homer in who was the true Mother of JEneas whether Anacreon loved wenching or drinking moft Sappho was a common Prof rltute with other fuch with if you had already fluffed your your Study ought to be how to get it out twife as he was in had a great Inclination to this Kind of He purfued fays Sue c ufq ad ineptias to a Degree of folly and Ridicule For he ufed to afk the 1 of whofe Company he was very fuch Kind of Queftiofls as Who was the Mother of Hecuba By c what Name Achilles paft among the 4 Daughters of Lycomedes What Songs the Syrens ufed to fing Cardinal who was afterwards Pope Alexander the was a Ge nius of this He proclaimed a pub lic Prize for that learned Man who could find a Latin Word for the Word He likewife fpcnt feven or eight Days in fearching whether a came from or Mofco from DC from whofe Memoi s I have taken this fays that he had formerly dif covered that the Cardinal was Homme de Minutiis for that the faid in a Difcourfe on the Studies of his had told De Retz that he had writ two Years with the fame I cannot omit the excellent Remark of my tho not to my prefent Pur c It is fays this is but a Trifle but I have often that little Things afford us truer Symptoms of the Difpofitions of than great What but the utmoft Impatience of could prompt Men to employ great Pains and and Expence in making large Collections of But and fuch other wonder ful Productions while others from the fame Impatience have been no lefs bufy in hunting alter Menders of every as if thf ywere at Enmity with and defirous of expofing all her Er The Greeks have a Word for this Ir They call it and ner Neither of which All Imaginable Care hatb been taken to Jupfly ike Subscribers with this but nvtwithjlending any tic man er Lady fbould not have received on fending their Names either to cr the Univerfal Regifter oppofic CecilStreet in the they will be carefully fupplied for the
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