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to the prospect of royalty itself, and to that which human nature is perhaps leaft able to resist, a perpetual train of paras ftes. mi . . i .in . ios
Of princes in general, and others placed on the heights of life, it is a particular unhappiness, that as they have seldom the generosity to be captivated by merit alone, so they are feldom approached by those who have the fortitude to rely solely on that merit, and the virtue to disdain preferment or patronage when it is only to be gained by flattery. The greatest monarchs, indeed, have perceived, that not all their power and greatness, with the incessant soothing and obeisance which these procure, could yield them pleasure, without the participation and counsel of fome person near them, whom they often wished to make a Friend, but whom the infelicity inseparable from thrones would very rarely admit of being more than a Favourite. . .. .4, ale
* The most perfect Friendship that can subsist in the case of fubordination, of peradventure in any cafe but that of haps py wedlock, is what obtains between a wise parent and a dutiful child, where there is much benignity on one side, and a well-taught mind on the other ; where the air and voice of authority are foftened into the 'tone and aspect of superior graciousness, and the idea of obedience f forgotten in the alacrity of affection; where there is no room for rivalship or jealousy, the parent delighted with the attention, respect, and tenderness of the child, and the latter transported with the venerable smiles, easy confidence, and lovely condescension of the former; the former filled with the purest satisfaction to find his child rewarding his cares, anfwering his wishes, realizing his hopes ; and the latter contemplating his parent with piety, gratitude, and ambition to fecure his esteem, mitigate his troubles," and support his age; while both look for
ward with religious rapture to the days
tion, from the dear remembrance of those peaceful and improving years which they had spent in that best of societies, as always inspired them with a scorn of worthless and low companions, of guilty connexions, and noisy pleasures.
Spirits of so virtuous a strain want but little instruction upon the present subject. Minds of less elevation we would proceed to admonish against the delusive hope of forming, without very particular encouragement, a real Friendship with those who are much their superiors in point of Fortune; what was said on the last article applying pretty nearly to this. Here indeed we make exceptions, as we did there : but the admonition we offer appears peculiarly neceffary in these times, when opulence, the figure it gives, and the fplendor it is more than ever ambitious to exhibit, are continually glittering in the eye of youth, and firing the untutored fancy with extravagant ideas of the hapa
piness to be reaped from being connected with its poffeffors.
. Among the reasons why our Saviour pronounced it so “ hard for a rich man to « enter into the Kingdom of Heaven,” may we not presume this to be one, that affluence seldom leaves the soul open to those benevolent affections, and holy sympathies, which constitute a principal part of true religion, and a main ingredient of. future felicity? And wherefore, divine Master, were thy intimacies on earth. almost always confined to persons in humble circumstances, but because there, thy penetrating mind discovered the best dispositions, and there thy feeling heart could unfold itself with the greatest freedom?
We allow, indeed, that native liberality, exalted and fortified by principle, will prevent the selfishness and arrogance fo apt to be engendered by riches ;. and