Imatges de pÓgina

467. On the Love of Praise--Character of Ma-


$68. Death and Character of Dick Eastcourt.. STEELE

469. On Benevolence in official Situations ADDISON.

470. Criticism-Specimen of various Readings

471. On religious Hope

472. Proposal that the rich Sick should assist the
poor-on the Loss of Sight


473. Letters, on Affectation of Ignorance-

froin a Poetical Lover-Specimen of the


474. Letter complaining of Country Manners and

Conversation-Dumb Conjuror......

475. On asking Advice in affairs of Love..... Abdison.

476. On Method in Writing and Conversation

Characters of Tom Puzzle and Will


477. Letter on Gardening

478. Proposal for a Repository of Fashions... STEELE.

479. Causes of Unhappiness in the married


480. Letters from a country Gentleman to Pha-

From a Lawyer's Clerk

481. Opinions on the Dispute between Count
Rechteren and M. Mesvager

482. Letters from Hen-peckt Husbands--from a

woman married to a Cotquean...
483. On attributing our Neighbours' Misfor-,

tunes to Judgments
484. Letter and Reflections on Modesty STEELE.
485. On the Power of insignificant Objects-

Character of a Templar in Love

Equestrian Lady
486. Letter on Hen-peckt Keepers..


[ocr errors]

487. Essay on Dreams..

488. On the Price and Success of the Spec-

Epigram on the same

489. Meditations on the Wonders of the Deep,
with a Hymn:.

490. On Marriage-excessivè fondness.. STEELE.
491. Story of Rhynsault and Sapphira
492. Advantages of Levity over grave Behaviour

in young Ladies
493. On giving false Characters of Servants-

Letter from Horace to Claudius Nero
494. On Religious Melancholy

495. On the Number, Dispersion, and Religion

of the Jews
496. Letters on the Conduct of gay and foppish
Fathers—on Swinging...

497. On bestowing Favours on the deserving

Anecdote of a Portuguese Minister of

Pope Leo X....
498. Letter on young Templars turning Hack-

499. Will Honeycomb's Account of the Siege of
Hersberg, and his Dream.

500. Defence and Happiness of a married Life STEELE.
501. Patience, an Allegory

502. On the taste of a Roman and English thea-
trical audience...

503. Ralph Wonder's Account of the Phantom

at Church
504. Substitutes for Conversation--Trick of

505. On Conjurors and Revealers of Dreams Addison.
506. Reflections on Errors in Marriage-Charac-

ters of Erastus, Letitia, Tawdry, and Fla-


[ocr errors]



507. On party Lies

508. Description of a Tavern-tyrant-Complaint

against a Coxcomb

509. On abuses at the Royal Exchange-Max-

ims of Thrift.

510. On the irresistible Power of Beauty
511. Will Honeycomb's Proposal of a Fair for

Marriage-Sale of unmarried Women

512. On giving Advice...

513. Meditation on Death, a Hymn

514. Vision of Mount Parnassus


[ocr errors]



No. 453. SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 1712.

Non usitatâ nec tenui ferar

HOR. 2 Od. xx. 1.

No weak, no common wing shall bear
My rising body through the air.


THERE is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction, that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance. It is not like the practice of many other virtues, difficult and painful, but attended with so much pleasure, that were there no positive command which enjoined it, nor any recompence laid up for it hereafter, a generous mind would indulge in it, for the natural gratification that accompanies it.

If gratitude is due from man to man, hów much more from man to his Maker! The Supreme Being does not only confer upon us those bounties, which proceed more immediately from his hand, but even those benefits which are conveyed to üs

[ocr errors]

by others. Every blessing we enjoy, by what means soever it may be derived upon us, is the gift of Him who is the great Author of good, and Father of mercies.

If gratitude, when exerted towards one another, naturally produces a very pleasing sensation in the mind of a grateful man; it exalts the soul into rapture, when it is employed on this great object of gratitude, on this beneficent Being who has given us every thing we already possess, and from whom we expect every thing we yet hope for.

Most of the works of the Pagan poets were either direct hymns to their deities, or terfded indirectly to the celebration of their respective attributes and perfections. Those who are acquainted with the works of the Greek and Latin poets which are still extant, will upon reflection find this observation so true, that I shall not enlarge upon it. One would wonder that more of our Christian poets have not turned their thoughts this way, especially if we consider, that our islea of the Supreme Being is not only infinitely more great and noble than what could possibly enter into the heart of an heathen, but filled with every thing that can raise the imagination, and give an opportunity for the sublimest thoughts and conceptions.

Plutarch tells us of a heathen who was singing an hymn to Diana, in which he celebrated her for her delight in human sacrifices, and other instances of cruelty and revenge; upon which a poet who was present at this piece of devotion, and seems to have had a truer idea of the divine nature, told the votary, by way of reproof, that, in recompence for his hymn, he heartily wished he might have a daughter of the same temper with

« AnteriorContinua »