Saturday, March 15, 1760

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Universal Chronicle And Westminster Journal (Newspaper) - March 15, 1760, London, Middlesex AN D Numb. 103* ESTMINSTER JOURNAL. To be Published every SAT U, R DAY, Price Two-Pence Half-Penny. From SATURDAY, March 15, to SATURDAY, Marsh 22, 1760. * The I dx.e r, ^�*102, .jSfGfflftj&& MAR, the Son of Euffan, *Mfe^Nfc had palled feventy-five �i^mmi^M years in Honour and 0 m... Profperity; the Favour of three fucceffive Califs 3had filled his Houfe with .. ... ... Gold and Silver, and whenever he appeared-, the Benedi&ions of the People proclaimed his Paffage. Terreftiial Happinefs is of fhort Continuance. The bright Flame, is wafting its Fuel; the fragrant Flower is paffing away in its own Odours. The Vigour of Omar �began to fail, the Curls of Bounty fell from his Head, and Strength departed from his Hands and Agility from his Feet.- He gave back to the Calif the Keys of Truft and the Seals of Secrecy, and fought no other Pleafure for the Remains of Life than the Con-verfeof the "Wife and the Gratitude of the Good. . The Powers of his Mind were yet unim-. paired. His Chamber was filled by Vifi-tants, eager to catch the Dictates of Experience, and officious to pay the Tribute of Admiration. Oaled, the Son of -the Viceroy of Egypt, entered every Day early, and retired lite. . He was beautiful and elo-quent; Omar admired his Wit, and loved his Docility. . Tell me, faid Cakd, -thou to whofe Voice Nations have liftened, and whole Wifdom is known to the Extremities of Afia,- tell me how I may refemble Omar the Prudent. The Arts by which you have gained Power and prefervednt, are to you no longer neceffary or ufeful ; impart to me the Secret of your Condutt, and teach me the Plan upon which your Wifdom has built your Fortune. Young Man, faid Omar, it is of little ufe to form Plans of Life. When I took my fifft Survey of the. World, in my twentieth Year, haying-confidered the various Conditions of Mankind, I faid thus to my-felf in the Hour of Solitude, leaning againft a Cedar, which fp�ead its Branches over my Head : Seventy Years are allowed to Man ; I have yet fifty remaining: Ten Years 1 will allot to the Attainment of Knowledge, and ten'I will pals in foreign.Countries ; I fhall be learned, a-id therefore ihall be honoured,-every City vvili ftout at my Arrival, and .every student will foliate my FriendGiip. Twenty Years thus parted will ftore my .Mind with Images, which I"ihall. be bufy Vol. III. . ^ through the^Reft of my Life in combining and comparing. I fhall revel in unexhaufa-ble Accumulations of intellectual Riches; I ihall find new Pleafpres for every Moment, and fhall never more-be weary of myfelf. I will, however, not deviate too far from the beaten Track of Life, but will try what can be found in female Delicacy. I will marry a Wife beautiful as the Houries, and wife as Zobeide; with her I will live twenty Years in*the Suburbs of Bagdat, in every Pleafure that Wealth can purchafe, and Fancy can invent. I will then retire to a rural Dwelling, pafs. my laft Days in Obfcurity and Contemplation,, and lie filently down on the Bed of Death. Through ray Life it fhall be my fettled Refolution, I will never depend upon the Smile of Princes ;' I will never ftand expofed to the Artifices of Courts; I will never pant for publick Honours, nor difturb my Quiet with Affairs of State. Such was my Scheme of Life, which I impfefTed indelibly upon my Memory. ~ The firft }?art of my enfuing Time was to be fpent in Search of Knowledge, and I know not how I was- diverted from my De-iign. I had no vifiBle Impediments without, nor any ungovernable Paffions within. I regarded Knowledge as the higheft Honour and the moil engaging Pleafure ; yet Day ftole- upon Day, and Month glided after Month, till 1 found that feven Years of the firft ten had vanifhed and left nothing behind them. .1 now poftponed my Purpofe of Travelling; for why fhould I go abroad while fo much remained to be learned at home ? I immured myfelf for four Years, and ftudied the Laws of the Empire. The Fame of my Skill reached the Judges; 1 was found able to fpeak upon doubtful Queftlons, and was commanded to ftand at the Footftool of the Calif. I was heard with Attention, I was confulted with Confidence, and the Love of Praife faftened on my Heart. I ftill wifhed to fee diftant Countries, listened v.ithRapture to the Relations of Travellers, and refolvcd fome Time to afk my Difmiifion, that I might feaft my. Soul with Novelty; but my Prefence was always neceffary, and the Stream of Bufiriefs hurried me along. Sometimes I was afraid left I mould be fufpe&ed of Difcontent, and fbme-times left I mould be charged with Ingratitude ; but I ftill purpofed to travel, and therefore would! not confine myfelf by Marriage. In my fiftieth Year I began to think that the Time of Travelling was paft, and thought it belt to lay-hold bn the Pleafores yet in iny Power, and indulge myfelf in domefticfc Pleafures. But at Fifty no Man eafily finds , a Woman beautiful as the Houries, and wife as Zobeide. I enquired and rejected,- confulted and deliberated, till the fixtieth Year-made me afhanied of gazing upon Girls. L had now nothing left but Retirement, and for Retirement I never found a Time, till Difeafe forced me from publick Employment. Such was my Scheme, and fuch has been its Confequence. With an infktiable Thirft for Knowledge I trifled away the Years o� Improvement; with areftlefs Defire of feeing different Countries, I have always te-fided in the fame City; with the higheft: Expectation of connubial Felicity, Lhave always lived unmarried; and with unalterable-Refolutions of contemplative Retirement, I am going to dye within the Walls of Jiagdat* the [n*. 948. WESTMINSTER JOURNAL. By Tho. Touch it, of Spring Gan&wjr, Efqj To the A U T H O R, fcfc SIR, THAT a Militia is the natural Defence tsf a Country js a Truth, .whicifc I believe never yet was disputed. But this general Propoifltion. admits of as-many Exceptions as the perpetual Application of a Remedy to a Difeafe, for which, it is looked upon to be a Specific. An equal . Attention mull be paid to the" State of the: Body politic in one Cafe, as to that, of the-Body natural in another; and in this Dif- , cernment, as I apprehend, confifts the'real Difference .between a. regular Phyfieian andi a.Quack. "Where the Heart of a whole People, is found (as there is Reafbn to bejieVe of ther-Englijh at this Time) towards their lawful' Government, a national Militia, well armed and moderately difci'plined,' is an infallible Prefcription -for the public Safety againi| foreign Invaders, during, the late "Alarms,'! occafioned by the Rumours of a Defcent upon this Ifland, and the aclual Attempt: that was made by ThurotirhJreiMd;.iVwomd be the Height of Malevolence to deny that our Militia made, what the military[Otitic-aien of the Army called'a goodFace f., naf-xa there the isaft Grounds to doubt tfiat'they 1 would not have afted up with a; Spirit an-fwerable. to theit Appearance.

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