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Quicquid agunt Homines noftri Farrago Libelli. From Thursday August 4. to Saturday Aug. 6.1709.

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White's Chocolate-house, August 5. The Hiftory of Orlando the Fair. Chap. II. Ortune being now propitious to the gay Orlando, he dress'd, he spoke, he mov❜d, as a Man might be fuppos'd to do in a Nation of Pigmies, and had an equal Value for our Approbation or Diflike. It is ufual for those who profefs a Contempt of the World, to fly from it and live in Obfcurity; but Orlando, with a greater Magnanimity, contemn'd it, and appeared in it to tell 'em fo. If therefore his exalted Mien met with an unwelcome Reception, he was fure always to double the Caufe which gave the Distast. You fee [Vol. 2.]

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our Beauties affect a Negligence in the Ornament of their Hair, and adjufting their Head-dreffes, as conscious that they adorn whatever they wear. Orlando had not only this Humour in common with other Beauties, but alfo had a Neglect whether Things became him or not, in a World he contemn'd. For this Reason, a noble Particularity appear'd in all his Oeconomy, Furniture, and Equipage. And to convince the prefent little Race, how unequal all their Meafures were to an Antidiluvian, as he call'd himfelf, in respect of the Infects which now appear for Men, he fometimes rode in an open Tumbril, of lefs Size than ordinary, to show the Largeness of his Limbs, and the Grandeur of his Perfonage, to the greater Advantage: At other Seasons, all his Appointments had a Magnificence, as if it were form'd by the Genius of Trimalchio of old, which fhow'd it felf in doing ordinary Things with an Air of Pomp and Grandeur. Orlando therefore call'd for Tea by Beat of Drum; his Valet got ready to fhave him by a Trumpet to Horfe; and Water was brought for his Teeth, when the Sound was chang❜d to Boots and Saddle.

In all these glorious Exceffes from the common Practice, did the happy Orlando live and reign in an uninterrupted Tranquility, till an unlucky Accident brought to his Remembrance, that one Evening he was married before he courted the Nuptials of Villaria. Several fatal Memorandums were produced to revive the Memory of this Accident, and the unhappy Lover was for ever banished her Prefence, to whom he ow'd

ow'd the Support of his just Renown and Gallantry. But Diftrefs does not debase noble Minds; it only changes the Scene, and gives them new Glory by that Alteration. Orlando therefore now raves in a Garret, and calls to his Neighbour-Skies to pity his Dolors, and to find Redress for an unhappy Lover. All high Spirits, in any great Agitation of Mind, are inclin'd to relieve themselves by Poetry: The renown'd Porter of Oliver had not more Volumes around his Cell in his College of Bedlam, than Orlando in his present Apartment. And tho' inferting Poetry in the midst of Prose be thought a Licence among correct Writers not to be indulg'd, it is hop'd, the Neceffity of doing it, to give a juft Idea of the Hero of whom we treat, will plead for the Liberty we shall hereafter take, to print Orlando's Soliloquies in Verse and Profe, after the Manner of great Wits, and such as those to whom they are nearly ally'd.

Will's Coffee-boufe, August 5.

A good Company of us were this Day to fee, or rather to hear, an artful Perfon do several Feats of Activity with his Throat and Wind-pipe. The firft Thing wherewith he prefented us, was a Ring of Bells, which he imitated in a most miraculous Manafter that, he gave us all the different Notes of a Pack of Hounds, to our great Delight and Aftonishment. The Company exprefs'd their Applause with much Noise; and never was heard fuch an Harmony of Men and Dogs: But a certain plump merry Fellow, from an Angle of the Room, fell a crow

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