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a dozen fisters apiece, and making that practice, a fundamental part of their system. For, human life is a continual navigation, and, if we expoct our vessels to pass with safety, through the waves and tempests of this fluctuating world, it is necessary to make a good provision of the flesh, as seamen lay in store of beef for a long voyage.
Now, from this brief survey of some principal sects
among the fanatics in all ages, (having omitted the mahometans and others, who might also help to confirm the argument I am about) to which I might add several among ourselves, such as the family of love, sweet singers of Israel, and the like: and from reflecting upon that fundamental point in their doctrines about women, wherein they have so unanimously agreed; I am apt to imagine, that the seed or principle, which has ever put men upon visions in things invisible, is of a corporeal nature; for, the profounder chymists inform us, that the strongest spirits may be extracted from human flesh. Besides, the spinal marrow, being nothing else but a continuation of the brain, must needs create a very free communication, between the superior faculties, and those below: and thus, the thorn in the flesh, serves for a spur to the spirit. I think, it is agreed among physicians, that nothing affects the head fo much, as a tentiginous humour, repelled and elated to the upper region, found by daily practice to run frequently up into madness. A very eminent member of the faculty assured me, that when the quakers first appeared, he seldom was without some female patients among them for the furor persons of a
visionary visionary devotion, either men or women, are, in their complexion, of all others the most amorous : for, zeal is frequently kindled from the same spark with other fires, and, from inflaming brotherly love, will proceed to raise that of a gallant. If we inspect into the usual process of modern courtship, we shall find it to consist in a devout turn of the eyes, called ogling; an artificial form of canting and whining by rote, every interval, for want of other matter, made up with a shrug, or a humm; a sigh or a groan ; the stile compact of insignificant words, incoherences, and repetition. These I take to be the most accomplished rules of address to a mistress; and where are these performed with more dexterity, than by the faints ? Nay, to bring this argument yet closer, I have been informed by certain fanguine brethren of the first class, that in the height and orgasmus of their spiritual exercise, it has been frequent with them *
; immediately after which, they found the spirit to relax and flag of a sudden with the nerves, and they were forced to haften to a conclusion. This may be farther strengthened, by observing, with wonder, how unaccountably all females are attracted, by visionary or enthusiastic preachers, though never so contemptible in their outward mien ; which is usually supposed to be done upon considerations purely fpiritual, without any carnal regards at all. But, I have reafon to think, the sex has certain characteristics, by which they form a truer judgment of human abilities and performings, than we ourselves can poffibly do of each other. Let that be as it will, thus
much is certain, that, however spiritual intrigues begin, they generally conclude like all others; they may branch upwards towards heaven, but the root is in the earth. Too intense a contemplation, is not the business of flesh and blood ; it must, by the necessary course of things, in a little time let
its hold, and fall into matter. Lovers for the sake of celestial converse, are but another sort of platonics, who pretend to see stars and heaven in ladies eyes, and to look or think no lower ; but the same pit is provided for both: and they seem a perfect moral to the story of that philosopher, who, while his thoughts and
upon the constellations, found himself seduced by his lower parts into a ditch.
I had somewhat more to say upon this part of the subject; but the post is just going, which forces mo in great haste to conclude,
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M A RT I N *.
OW Jack and Martin, being parted, fet up
each for himself. How they travelled over hills and dales, met many disasters, suffered much for the good cause, and struggled with difficulties and wants, not having where to lay their head; by all which they afterwards proved themselves to be right father's sons, and Peter to be spurious. Finding no shelter near Peter's habitation, Martin travelled northwards, and finding the Thuringians and neighbouring people disposed to change, he set up his stage first among them; where, making it his business to cry down Peter's powders, plasters, salves and drugs, which he bad sold a long time at a dear rate, allowing Martin none of the profit, though he had been often employed in recommending and
This History was inserted in the former editions of the Tale of a Tub, under the title of What follows after Sect. IX. in the Manuscript;' but in later editions has been omitted, by the Dean's direction, in order to remove the censure of those who put a construction on it foreign to his design. As in these cooler times the whole alle. gory has been juftly esteemed, the reader will doubtless be pleased at our having preserved this part of it from oblivion.
putting them off; the good people, willing to save their pence, began to hearken to Martin's speeches, How several great lords took the hint, and on the same account declared for Martin ; particularly one, who, not having enough of one wife, wanted to marry a second ; and knowing Peter used not to grant such licences but at a swinging price, he struck up a bargain with Martin, whom he found more tractable, and who assured him he had the same power to allow such things. How most of the other northern lords, for their own private ends, withdrew themselves and their dependents from Peter's authority, and closed in with Martin. How Peter, enraged at the loss of such large territories, and consequently of so much revenue, thundered against Martin, and sent out the strongest and most terrible of his bulls to devour him ; but, this having no effect, and Martin defending himself boldly and dextrously, Peter at last put forth proclamations, declaring Martin, and all his adherents, rebels and traitors, ordaining and requiring all his loving subjects to take up arms, and to kill, burn, and destroy all and every one of them, promising large rewards, &c. upon which ensued bloody wars and desolation,
How Harry Huff, lord of Albion, one of the greatest bullies of those days, sent a cartel to Martin, to fight him on a stage, at cudgels, quarterstaff, back-sword, &c. Hence the origin of that genteel custom of prize-fighting, so well known and practised to this day among those polite islanders, though unknown every where else. How Martin, Vol. II,