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in case he survived him ; but Mr. Roubiliac dying first, rendered the gentleman's grateful intention of no effect.
Parody of the Soliloquy in Hamlet.
To hunt, or not to hunt? That is the question-
Puzzles the will, and makes us rather pines
The Greyhound :-A Fable.
Altera poscit opem res, et conjurat amice.
As o'er his prey a greyhound stood,
Lymington, April 3, 1765.
A letter from Algernon Sidney, Esq. in answer to one, persuading his return to England quickly after the Restoration.—Sir,—I am sorry I cannot in all things conform myself to the advice of my
friends; if theirs had any joint concernment with mine, I would willingly submit my interest to theirs; but when I alone am interested, and they only advise me to come over as soon as the act of indemnity is past, because they think it is best for me, I cannot wholly lay aside my own judgment and choice. I confess we are naturally inclined to delight in our own country, and I have a particular love to mine; I hope I have given some testimony of it. I think that being exiled from it is a great evil, and would redeem myself from it with the loss of a great deal of my blood. But when that country of mine, which used to be esteemed a paradise, is now like to be made a stage of injury; the liberty which we hoped to establish oppressed; all manner of profaneness, looseness, luxury, and lewdness set up in its height, instead of piety, virtue, sobriety, and modesty, which we hoped God, by our hands, would have introduced; the best of our nation made a prey to the worst ; the parliament, court, and army corrupted; the people enslaved ; all things vendible ; and no man safe but by such evil and infamous means as flattery and bribery ; what joy can I have in my own country in this condition? Is it a pleasure to see all that I love in the world sold and destroyed ? Shall I renounce all my old principles, learn the vile court arts, and make my peace by bribing some of them? Shall their corruption and vice be my safety? Ah! no: better is a life among strangers than in my own country upon such conditions. Whilst I
live, I will endeavour to preserve my liberty, or at least not consent to the destroying of it. I hope I shall die in the same principles in which I have lived, and will live no longer than they can preserve me, I have in my life been guilty of many follies; but, as I think, of no meanness. I will not blot and defile that which is past by endeavouring to provide for the future. I have had in my mind, that when God should cast me into such a condition as that I cannot save my life but by doing an indecent thing, he shews me the time is come wherein I should resign it. And when I cannot live in my own country but by such means as are worse than dying in it, I think he shews me that I ought to keep myself out of it. Let them please themselves with making the king glorious, who think a whole people may justly be sacrificed for the interest and pleasure of one man and a few of his followers. Let them rejoice in their subtlety, who live and be employed ; can it be expected that I should serve a government that seeks such detestable ways of establishing itself? Ah! no I have not learnt to make my own peace by persecuting and betraying my brethren, more innocent and worthy than myself. I must live by just means, and serve to just ends, or not at all. After such a manifestation of the ways by which it is intended the king shall govern, I should have renounced any place of favour into
which the kindness and industry of my friends : might have advanced me, when I found those
that were better than I were only fit to be destroyed. I had formerly some jealousies; the fraudulent proclamation for indemnity increased them. The imprisoning of those three men, and turning out all the officers of the army, contrary to promise, confirmed me in my resolutions not to return.
To conclude, the tide is not to be diverted, nor the oppressed delivered; but God, in his time, will have mercy on his people. He will save and defend them, and avenge the blood of those who shall now perish, upon the heads of those who in their pride think nothing is able to oppose them. Happy are those whom God shall make instruments of his justice to so a blessed a work; if I can liye to see that day, I shall be ripe for the grave, and able to say with joy, “ Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, &c.”
Farewell. My thoughts as to king and state, depending upon their actions, no man shall be a more faithful servant to him than I, if he make the good and prosperity of his people his glory; none more his enemy if he does the contrary. To my particular friends I shall be constant in all occasions, and to you, A most affectionate servant,
Oxfordshire Nancy Bewitched.- A Ballad.
- By the late Mr. Garrick.
Set to Music by Mr. Shield. Tho' I'm slim, and am young, and was lively, and fair, Cou'd sing 'a sweet song, and in others kill care,