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my Body, and my Legs. Nine hundred of the ftrongest Men were employed to draw up these Cords by many Pulleys faftened on the Poles, and thus, in lefs than three Hours, I was raised and flung into the Engine, and there tied fast. All this I was told, for, while the whole Operation was performing, I lay in a profound Sleep, by the Force of that foporiferous Medicine infufed into my Liquor. Fifteen hundred of the Emperor's largest Horfes, each about four Inches and an half high, were employed to draw me towards the Metropolis, which, as I faid, was half a Mile distant.

About four Hours after we began our Journey, I awaked by a very ridiculous Accident; for the Carriage being ftopt a while to adjust something that was out of Order, two or three of the young Natives had the Curiofity to fee how I look'd when I was afleep; they climbed up into the Engine, and advancing very foftly to my Face, one of them, an Officer in the Guards, put the fharp End of his Half-pike a good Way up into my left Noftril, which tickled my Nofe like a Straw, and made me fneeze violently: Whereupon they ftole off unperceived, and it was three Weeks before I knew the Caufe of my awaking fo fuddenly. We made a long March the remaining Part of that Day, and refted at Night with five hun dred Guards on each Side of me, half with Torches, and half with Bows and Arrows, ready to fhoot me if I fhould offer to ftir. The next Morning at Sun-rife we continued our March, and arriv'd within Two-hundred Yards of the City

Gates about Noon. The Emperor, and all his Court, came out to meet us, but his great Officers would by no Means fuffer his Majefty to endanger his Perfon by mounting on my Body.

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At the Place where the Carriage ftopt, there ftood an antient Temple, efteem'd to be the largest in the whole Kingdom, which, having been polluted fome Years before by an unnatural Murder, was, according to the Zeal of thofe People, looked on as prophane, and therefore had been applied to common Ufe, and all the Ornaments and Furniture carried away. In this Edifice, it was determined I should lodge. The great Gate fronting to the North was about four Feet high, and almost two Feet wide, through which I could easily creep. On each Side of the Gate was a fmall Window, not above fix Inches from the Ground: Into that on the left Side, the King's Smith convey'd fourfcore and eleven Chains, like thofe that hang to a Lady's Watch in Europe, and almoft as large, which were locked to my left Leg, with fix and thirty Padlocks. Over-against this Temple, on t'other Side of the great Highway, at twenty Feet Distance, there was a Turret at leaft five Feet high. Here the Emperor afcended,. with many principal Lords of his Court, to have an Opportunity of viewing me, as I was told, for I could not fee them. It was reckoned, that above an hundred thousand Inhabitants came out of the Town upon the fame Errand; and, in Spite of my Guards, I believe there could not be fewer than ten thousand, at feveral Times, who mounted my Body by the Help of Ladders. But a Proclamation was foon iffued to forbid it, upon Pain of Death. When the Workmen found it was impoffible for me to break loofe, they cut all the Strings that bound me; whereupon I rofe up with as melancholy a Difpofition as ever I had in my Life. But the Noife and Aftonishment of the People, at seeing me rise and walk, are not

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to be expreffed. The Chains that held my left Leg were about two Yards long, and gave me not only the Liberty of walking backwards and forwards in a Semicircle; but, being fixed within four Inches of the Gate, allowed me to creep in, and lie at my full Length in the Temple.

CHA P. II.

The Emperor of Lilliput, attended by feveral of the Nobility, comes to fee the Author in his Confinement. The Emperor's Perfon and Habit defcrib'd. Learned Men appointed to teach the Author their Language. He gains Favour by his mild Difpofition. His Pockets are fearched, and his Sword and Pistols taken from him.

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7HEN I found myfelf on my Feet, I looked about me, and must confefs I never beheld a more entertaining Profpect. The Country round appeared like a continual Garden, and in the inclofed Fields, which were generally forty Feet fquare, refembled fo many Beds of Flowers. These Fields were intermingled with Woods of half a Stang, and the tallest Trees, as I could judge, appeared to be feven Feet high. I viewed the Town on my left Hand which looked like the painted Scene of a City in a Theatre.

I had been for fome Hours extremely preffed by the Neceflities cf Nature; which was no Wonder, it being almoft two Days fince I had last disburthened myself. I was under great Difficulties between Urgency and Shame. The bett Expedient I could think on, was to creep into

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my Houfe, which I accordingly did; and fhutting the Gate after me, I went as far as the Length of my Chain would fuffer, and difcharged my Body of that uneafy Load. But this was the only Time I was ever guilty of fo uncleanly an Action; for which I cannot but hope the candid Reader will give fome Allowance, after he hath maturely and impartially confidered my Cafe, and the Diftrefs I was in. From this Time my conftant Practice was, as foon as I rofe to perform that Bufinefs in open Air, at the full Extent of my Chain, and due Care was taken every Morning before Company came, that the offenfive Matter fhould be carried off in Wheel-barrows by two Servants appointed for that Purpofe. I would not have dwelt fo long upon a Circumftance, that perhaps at firft Sight may appear not very momentous, if I had not thought it neceffary to justify my Character in point of Cleanlinefs to the World; which I am told fome of my Maligners have been pleafed, upon this and other Occafions, to call in Question.

When this Adventure was at an end, I came back out of my Houfe, having Occafion for fresh Air. The Emperor was already defcended from the Tower, and advancing on Horfe-back towards me, which had like to have coft him dear; for the Beaft, though very well trained, yet wholly unufed to fuch a Sight, which appeared as if a Mountain moved before him, reared up on his hinder Feet: But that Prince, who is an exceldent Horfeman, kept his Seat, till his Attendants ran in, and held the Bridle, while his Majefty had Time to difmount. When he alighted, he furveyed me round with great Admiration, but kept without the Length of my Chain. He or

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dered his Cooks and Butlers, who were already prepared to give me Victuals and Drink, which they pufhed forward in a fort of Vehicles upon Wheels till I could reach them. I took these Vehicles, and foon emptied them all; twenty of them were filled with Meat, and ten with Liquor, each of the former afforded me two or three good Mouthfuls, and I emptied the Liquor of ten Veffels, which was contained in earthen Vials, into one Vehicle, drinking it off at a Draught, and fo I did with the reft. The Emprefs, and young Princes of the Blood, of both Sexes, attended by many Ladies, fat at fome Distance in their Chairs, but upon the Accident that happened to the Emperor's Horse, they alighted, came near his Person, which I am now going to defcribe. He is taller by almoft the Breadth of my Nail, than any of his Court, which alone is enough to strike an Awe into the Beholders. His Features are ftrong and Masculine, with an Außrian Lip and arched Nofe, his Complexion Olive, his Countenance erect, his Body and Limbs well Proportioned, all his Motions graceful, and his Deportment majestic. He was then paft his Prime, being Twenty-eight Years and three Quarters old, of which he had Reigned about feven, in great Felicity, and generally Victorious. For the better Convenience of beholding him, I lay on my Side, so that my Face was parrallel to his, and he stood but three Yards off: However, I had him fince many Times in my Hand, and therefore cannot be deceived in the Defcription. His Drefs was very plain and fimple, and the Fashion of it between the Afiatick and the European: But he had on his Head a light Helmet of Gold, adorned with Jewels, and a

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