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Existence, as we call it, is pieced up of past, present, and, to come.
Such a fitting and successive Existence is rather Shadow of Existence, and something which is like it, than Existence it felf.. He only properly exifts whose Existence is intirely prefent ; that is, in other Words, who exists in the most perfect manner, and in such a manner as we have no Idea of.
I shall conclude this Speculation with one useful Inference. How can we fufficiently proftrate our felves and fall down before our Maker, when we consider that ineffable Goodness and Wifdom which contrived this Exiftence for finite Natures ? What must be the Overflowings of that good Will, which prompted our Creator to adapt ExiItence to Beings, in whom it is not necessary ? Especially when we consider, that he himself was before in the compleat Possession of Existence and of Happiness, and in the full Enjoyment of Eternity. What Man can think of himself as called out and separated from nothing, of his being made a conscious, a reasonable and a happy Creature, in short, of being taken in
as a Sharer of Existence and a kind of Partner in Eternity, without being swallowed up in Wonder, in Praise, in Adoration! It is indeed a Thought too big for the Mind of Man, and rather to be entertained in the Secrecy of Devotion and in the Silence of the Soul, than to be expressed by Words. The Supreme Being has not given us Powers or Faculties sufficient to extol and magnifie such unutterable Goodness.
IT is however some Comfort to us, that we shall be always doing what we shall be never able to do, and that a Work which cannot be finished, will however be the Work of an Eternity:
N° 591. Wednesday, September 8.
Tenerorum lusor amornm.
Have just received a Letter
from a Gentleman, who tells I me he has observed with no
small Concern, that my Pa
pers have of late been very barren in relation to Love; a Subject which when agreeably handled, can fcarce fail of being well received by both Sexes.
IF my Invention therefore should be almost exhausted on this Head, he offers to serve under me in the Quality of a Love Casuist; for which Place he conceives himself to be throughly qualified, having made this Passion his Principal Study, and observed it in all its different Shapes and Appearances, from the fifteenth to the forty fifth Year of his Age.
HE assures me with an Air of Confidence, which I hope proceeds from his real Abilities, that he does not doubt
of giving Judgment to the Satisfaction of the Parties concerned, on the most nice and intricate Cases which can happen in an Amour; as,
HOW great the Contraction of the Fingers must be before it amounts to a Squeeze by the Hand.
WHAT can be properly termed ar absolute Denial from a Maid, and what from a Widow.
WHAT Advances a Lover may prefume to make, after having received a Patt upon his Shoulder from his Miftrcss's Fan.
WHETHER a Lady, at the first Interview, may allow an humble Servant to kiss her Hand.
HOW far it may be permitted to caress the Maid in order to succeed with the Mistress.
WHAT Constructions a Man may put upon a Smile, and in what Cases à Frown goes for nothing.
ON what Occasion a Theepish Look may do Service, &c.
Á S a farther Proof of his Skill, he also sent me several Maxims in Love, which he assures me are the Result of a long and profound Reflection, fome of which I think my self obliged to
communicate to the Publick, not remembring to have seen them before in
OTHER E are more Calamities in the World arising from Love than from Hatred.
'LOVE is the Daughter of Idle6. mess, but the Mother of Disquietude.
Men of grave Natures (says Sir (Francis Bacon) are the most constant
for the fame reason Men should be 6. more constant than Women..
(THE Gay Part of Mankind is. most amorous, the Serious most loving
"A Coquet often loses her Reputa<tion, whilst the preserves her Virtue.
• A Prude often preserves her Repue tation when she has lost her Virtue. (LOVE refines a Man's Behavi.. our,
but makes a Woman's ridicu-
"LOVE is generally accompanied, with Good-will in the Young, InteCrest in the Middle-aged, and a Passion too gross to name in the Old.
"THE Endeavours to revive a decaying Passion generally extinguish the Remains of it. ' A Woman who from being a Slattern becomes over-neat, or from be