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46 Obligations to secrecy critically stated,
47 A parallel between Alexander and a high-

75 48 How fat the precept to love our enemies is

practicable 49

Parallel between ancient and modern learn.

50 On lying
Śı Translation of a manufcript of Longinus late-

ly discovered, containing a comparison of
celebrated passages in Pagan and Jewish

writers $2 Distresses of an author invited to read his play 109 53 Misargyrus's account of his companions in the Fleet

119 54 The fatal effects of false apologies and preten

ces : a story :55 The story continued

131 56 The story concluded

137 57 Translation of the manuscript of Longinus concluded

143 58 Presumption of modern criticism censured. An

cient poetry necessarily obscure. Examples
from Horace.

150 59 Poets not universally or necessarily poot, 158 60 Satan's letter in behalf of religion and virtue 165 61 Honour both as a motive and an end, presupposes virtue ; an allegory

171 62 Mifargyrus's account of his companions con

cluded 63 Paucity of original writers. Pallages which Pape has borrowed, pointed out




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How often Thall th' unpractis'd youth
Of alter'd gods and injur'd truth,

With tears, alas! complain!
How soon behold with wond'ring eģes
The blackning winds tempestuous rise,

And scowl along the main !
While by his eafy faith betray'd,
He now enjoys thee, golden maid,

Thus amiable and kind ;
He fondly hopes that you shall prove
Thus ever vacant to his love,

Nor heeds the faithless wind.

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as married ; and as I am very far from thinking that they may now fịt down in negligent security, and remit at once their affiduity and circumspection, I shall warn them of some opinions of which this conduct is the consequence, detea fome errors by which the general intention of good-nature may be disappointed, and endeavour to put them upon their guard against some propensities by which it may be overborne,

It is now necesary to remind them, that the paffion which is supposed to animate the lover, the passion which is represented by flames and darts, which swells the bosom with perpetual rapture, and neither changes its object nor loses its ardour, exists only in poetry and

The real passion which wit and folly have thus concurred to disguise, is subject to disgust and fatiety, is excited by novelty, and frequently extinguished by poffeffion.

It is also equally true, that a refined and abstracted friendship between persons of different sexes, a union of souls to which the corporal passion is merely accidental, is only to be found in the writings of those enthusiasts, who have addressed the world from a cave or a college, and perhaps denied the force of defires which they could not fubdue; or in the professions of infidious hypocrites, who have endeavoured thus to gain a confidence, which they intend only to abuse. But there is an esteem which is meliorated by love, and a love that is elevated by esteem ; a kind of mixed affection, peculiar to mankind as beings compounded of instinct and reason, or, in other words, of body and mind. This is that species of affection, upon which the supreme or peculiar happiness of marriage depends, and which can scarce be preserved without a constant attention and perpetual efforts.




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