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WHO first the catalogue shall grace ?
Those who on glorious ancestors enlarge, Produce their debt, instead of their discharge. *****, let those who proudly boast their line, Like thee, in worth hereditary shine.--Young.
BLIND BOT. O fay, what is that thing, call'd light,
Which I must ne'er enjoy? What are the blessings of the sight?
O tell your poor blind boy! You talk of wond'rous things you
You say, the sun shines bright : I feel him warm: but how can he
Or make it day or night? My day or night myself I make,
Whene'er I sleep or play ; And could I ever keep awake,
With me 'twere always day. With heavy sighs I often hear
You mourn my hapless woe;
But sure with patience I can bear
A loss I ne'er can know.
My cheer of mind destroy ;
CLOWN, A clownish mein, a voice with rustic found, And stupid eyes, that ever lov'd the ground; The ruling rod, the father's forming care, Were exercis'd in vain, on wit's despair ; The more inform'd, the less he understood, And deeper furk by found'ring in the mud. His corn and cattle were his only care ; And his supreme delight a country fair. A quarter-Itaff, which he ne'er could forsake, Hung half before, and half behind his back. He trudg'd along, unknowing what he fought, And whistled, as he went, for want of thought.-Dryden.
59 CATO. -TURN up thy eyes to Cato, There may'it thou fee to what a god-like licight The Roman virtues lift
CLEANLINESS IS a mark of politeness. It is universally agreed upon, that no one, unadorned with this virtue, can go into company without giving a manifelt offence. The easier or higher any one's fortune is, this duty rises proportionably. The different nations of the world are as much distinguished by their cleanliDess, as by their arts and sciences. The more any country is civilized, the more they consult this part of politeness. We need but compare our ideas of a female Hottentot and an English beauty, to be satisfied of the truth of what hath been advanced,
In the next place, cleanliness may be faid to be the foster mother of love. Beauty indeed most commonly produces that passion in the mind, but cleanliness preserves it.
An indifferent face and person, kept in perpetual peatness, has won many a heart from a pretty flattern. Age itself is not unamiable, while it is preserved clean and unsullied
: like a piece of metal constantly kept smooth and bright, we look on it with more pleasure, than on a new veífel which is cankered with ruit.
I might observe farther, that, as cleanliness renders us agreeable to others, so it makes us easy to ourselves ; that it is an excellent preservative of health; and that several vices, deitructive both to mind and body, are inconsistent with the habit of it. But these reflections I shall leave to the leisure of my readers, and shall observe in the third place, that it bears a great analogy with purity of mind, and naturally inspires refined Sentiments and pallions.—Speclator.
CHARACTER. We should not be too hafty in bestowing either our praise ni cenfure on mankind, since we shall often find such a mixture of good and evil in the same character, that it may require a very accurate judgment, and a very elaborate enquiry, to determine on which side the balance turns. --Fielding.
THE first impressions which mankind receive of us, will be ever after difficult to eradicate. How unhappy, therefore, mult it be, to fix our charaders in life, before we can possibly know the value, or weigh the consequences of those actions which are to estabiifh our future reputation.-Ibid.
CUSTOM. CUSTOM is commonly too strong for the most resolute resolver, though furnished for the assault with all the weapons of philosophy. “ He that endeavors to free himself from an ill habit (says Bacon) must not change too much at a time, left he shonld be discouraged by difficulty; por too little, for then he will make but slow advances."--Idler.
SUPPOSE we have freed ourselves from the younger prejudices of our education, yet we are in danger of having our mind turned aside from truth by the influence of general custom. Our opinion of meats and drinks, of garments and forms of falutation, are influenced more by custom, than by the eye,
the ear, or the taste. Cultom prevails even over sense itself; and therefore no wonder if it prevail over reason too. What is it, but custom, that renders many of the mixtures of food and sauces elegant in Britain, which would be aukward and nauseous to the inhabitants of China, and indeed were nauseous to us when we first tasted them? What but custom could make those falutations polite in Muscovy, which are ridiculous in France and England? We call ourselves indeed the politer nations : but it is we who judge thus of ourselves ; and that fancied politeness is oftentimes more owing to custom than reason. Why are the forms of our present garments counted beautiful, and those fashions of our ancestors the matter of scoff and contempt, which in their days, were all decent and genteel? It is custom that forms our opinion of dress, and reconciles us by degrees to those habits which at first seemed very odd and monstrous. It must be granted, there are some garments and habits which have a natural congruity or incongruity, modefly or immodesty, gaudiness or gravity ; though, for the most part, there is but little reason in these affairs : but what little there is of reason, or natural decency, custom triumphs over it all. It is almost imposible to persuade a young lady that any thing can be decent which is out of fashion. Watts.
Complaint. --The Church Yard.
lead a man into many errors; but it jusisies -Fielding
WHAT cannot be repaired is not to be regretted.
The usual fortune of complaint, is to excite contempe more than pity - Johnfon.
TO hear complaints with patience, even when complaints are vain, is one of the duties of friendship: and though it must be allowed, that he suffers most like a hero, who hides his grief in filence, yet it cannot be denied, that he who complains, acts like a man---like a focial being, who looks for help from his fellow-creatures. - Idern.
THE CHURCH-YARD. WHAT a number of hillocks of death appear all round us ! What are the tomb.stones, but memorials of the inhabitants of that town, to inform us of the period of all their lives, and 10 point out the day when it was faid to each of them, “ Your 6 time shall be no longer.” O, may I readily learn this important leffon, that my turn is hastening too; such a little hillock shall shortly arise for me in some unknown spot of ground : it shall cover this flesh and these bones of mine in darkness, and Thall hide them from the light of the sun, and from the fight of man, till the heavens be no more. Walls. PERHAPS in this neglected spot is laid
Some heart once pregnant with celestial fire:
Or wak'd to ecftafy the living lyre.
Rich with the spoils of time, did ne'er unroll;
And froze the genial current of the soul. Full many a gem, of pureit ray serene,
The dark unfathoin'd caves of ocean bear;
And walle its sweetness on the desert air.
The little tyrani of his fields subitood;
Some Cronwell, guiltlefs of sis country's blood.--Croy.in