To church in the morning, and there saw
a wedding in the church, which I have not seen many a day; and
young people so merry one with another, and strange to see what delight
we married people have to
these poor fools decoyed into our condition,
every man and woman gazing and smiling at them.
Diary, December 25, 1665.
and with my wife to church, where Mr. Mills made an unnecessary sermon
on Original Sin, neither
understood by himself, nor the people.
Diary, February 10, 1667
A Midsummer Night's Dream
This day my
oaths of drinking wine and
going to plays are out, and so I do resolve to take a liberty to-day,
then to fall to them again. To the King's Theatre, where we saw
"Midsummer's Night's Dream," which I had never
seen before, nor shall
ever again, for it is the most
insipid ridiculous play that ever I saw
in my life
. I saw,
I confess, some good dancing and some handsome
women, which was all my pleasure.
Diary, September 29, 1662. (emphasis
To the Duke's house, and there saw
excellently acted, and a most excellent play for variety.
Diary, December 28, 1666
... thence to the Duke's house and saw Macbeth; which
though I saw it lately, yet appears a most excellent
play in all
respects, but especially in divertisement, though it be a deep tragedy;
which is a strange perfection
in a tragedy, it being most proper here
Diary, January 7, 1667
Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of
The whole story of this Lady is a
romance, and all she doth is romantic. Her footmen in velvet coats, and
herself in an antique dress, as they say; and was the other day at her
own play, The Humourous Lovers;
that ever was wrote, but yet she and her Lord mightily pleased with it,
and she at the end made
her respect to the players from her box and did
give them thanks.
Diary, April 11, 1667
that will not stoop for a pin will never be worth a pound.
January 3, 1668.
The truth is, I do indulge myself a little the more in pleasure,
knowing that this is the proper age of my life to do it;
and, out of my
observation that most men that do thrive in the world do forget to take
pleasure during the time that
they are getting their estate, but
reserve that till they have got one, and then it is too late for them
to enjoy it.
March 10, 1666
"It struck me
very deep this afternoon going with a hackney coach from my Lord
Treasurer's down Holborne, the
coachman I found to drive easily and
easily, at last stood still, and came down hardly able to stand, and
that he was suddenly stuck very sick, and almost blind, he
could not see. So I 'light and went into another coach
with a sad heart
for the poor man and trouble for myself lest he should have been struck
with the plague, being at
the end of town that I took him up; But God
have mercy upon us all!"
- Diary, June 17, 1665
Abstaining from the Drink
But thanks be to God, since my leaving drinking of wine, I do find
myself much better and to mind my business
better and to spend less
money, and less time lost in idle company.
26 January 1662
On Pleasure, Music, and Women
I do still see that my nature is not to be quite conquered, but will
esteem pleasure above all things, though yet in
the middle of it, it has reluctances after my business, which is
neglected by my following my pleasure. However
musique and women I cannot but give way to, whatever my business is.
- Diary, March 9, 1665
....and strange to see how a good dinner and feasting reconciles
- Diary, November 9, 1665
And it is a wonder what will be the fashion after the plague is done
as to periwigs, for nobody will dare to buy
any haire for fear of the
infection - that it had been cut off the heads of people dead of the
- Diary, September 3, 1665
The End of the World
Great talk among people how some of the Fanatiques do say that the
end of the world is at hand, and that
next Tuesday is to be the day.
Against which, whenever it shall be, good God fit us all!
- Diary, November 25, 1662
On Marrying the Wench
....my Lord told me that among his father's many old sayings that he
had wrote in a book of his, this is one—
that he that do get a wench with child and marry her afterwards is as
if a man should ---- in his hat and then
clap it on his head.
October 7, 1660
But it is pretty to see what money will do.
- Diary, March 21, 1666.
Love of Books
After that to a bookseller's and bought for the love of the binding
May 15, 1660.
Separation of Church and State
I did not like that Clergy should meddle with matters of state.
- Diary, July 8, 1660.
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