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those high-spirited people, who felt it so strong in themselves, were carried to the extravagance of erecting temples, and paying divine honours to their heroes and common benefactors; it will still be admitted that the practice must have been marvellously animating. The Grecian Games to which St. Paul so frequently alludes- St. Paul had too large a mind, and too just a taste, not to avail himself freely of every argument and metaphor that could enforce the precepts of the religion he preached those celebrated games, where superior merit in almost every kind was recompensed with proportionate renown, and to which the cona course was immense, would, you may believe, not lessen, in the breast of wondering and ambitious youth, the love of welldeserved fame.
It must be owned, that in the Lacedemonian Republic the forms of education, and indeed the whole spirit of the laws, tended to suppress some of the finest, and almost all the gentlest feelings of human nature, as well as violated several moral obligations which ought never on any pretence to be infringed. But at the same time let it be confessed, that they were well calculated to breed a temperate and hardy, a modest yet enterprising, an obedient yet determined 'race of warriors, citizens, and patriots. Nor was the idea of public zeal, as swallowing up all the selfish paflions, ever elevated to so stupendous a height as among the Spartans. Of their young men it is recorded, that when they walked the streets, you might as soon have turned the eyes of a marble ftatue upon you as theirs; fuch was their sobriety of mind, and modesty of demeanour. But then observe, this was accompanied with a courage so intensely daring, that in battle an enemy was not able to look them in the face; neither did they know what it was to be afraid of dying for their country.-Who can forbear to contrast them with those
pert coxcombs and effeminate foplings that one meets in almost every street of London and Westminster?
When you see a girl, who has not only been flattered for the natural advantages of. her appearance, but early initiated in all. the mysteries of dress, and frequently told what additional attractions she derives from certain modifh embellishments when you see her looking at herself with an air. of triumph, on account of her gay attire and glittering ornaments, you cannot approve of such behaviour even in her: it. seems to betray some want of that pro-. priety and modesty which peculiarly become the female character. A composed and diffident deportment would affect you. in quite another manner. Yet you are: willing to make allowance on the score of her sex, as well as of her age and fituation. But when you witness the fantastic airs of a creature who calls himself a Man, decked out in the extreme of the fashion,
ftrutting along with a visible delight in his own finical person, and with a vacant yet consequential face seeming to challenge admiration from every spectator, you. are then filled with a degree of contempt which it is not easy to express. Not but this filly vanity may be found, sometimes, where there is much good-nature, spirit, and honour. When that is the case, it is only the more to be regretted, appearing particularly ungraceful in such company. From persons of sense and virtue, we commonly expect a superiority to those follies ; and where such qualities are eminently poffefsed, they will beget a generous difdain of this degrading softness. “ While <s the man of body," says the incomparable Richardson, " takes the greatest care " to set out and adorn the part for which " he thinks himself moft valuable, the man “ of mind will bestow most pains in im“ proving that mind.” I would not, my auditors, be understood to inculcate a total disregard for every thing connected with
fashionable apparel. A young gentleman, it has been juftly remarked, should neither be the first, nor the last, in the mode. To go to its utmost height, is not manly; and to remain in its lowest form, is not neceffary. Singularities of various kinds are often united with an excellent understanding, and an excellent heart: but to affect them can never be right.
A noted writer of Advice to a Son, says on this subject, “ Wear your clothes neat, “ exceeding rather than coming short of “ others of like fortune ; a charge borne “ out by acceptance wherever you come : 6 therefore fpare all other ways, rather 6 than prove deficient in this.” Had he stopped at the first part of the sentence, we fhould not have found any fault. Neatness must always be defirable, so long as it is not the effect of laborious or minute attention : but we can see no reason for what he has added. The last clause contains a wretched sentiment. If you except parti