Imatges de pÓgina

12. If we would have the kindness of others, we must endure their follies. He who cannot persuade himself to withdraw from society, must be content to pay a tribute of his time to a multitude of tyrants; to the loiterer, who makes appointments he never keeps; to the consulter, who asks advice which he never takes to the boaster, who blusters only to be praised-to the complainer, who whines only to be pitied to the projector, whose happiness is to entertain his friends with expectation, which all but himself know to be vain to the economist, who tells of bargains and settlements to the politician, who predicts the consequences of deaths, battles and alliances-to the usurer, who compares the state of the different funds--and to the talker, who talks only because he loves to be talking.-Johnson.

13. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up; doth not behave itself unseemly; seeketh not her own; is not easily provoked; thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.-St. Paul. 14. Delightful task to rear the tender thought, To teach the


idea how to shoot,

To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,

To breathe th' enliv'ning spirit, and to fix

The gen'rous purpose in the glowing breast.-Thomson. 15. Dread o'er the scene the ghost of Hamlet stalksOthello rages-poor Monimia inourns-

And Belvidera pours her soul in love.

Terror alarms the breast the comely tear

Steals o'er the cheek. Or else the comic muse
Holds to the world a picture of itself,

And raises, sly, the fair impartial laugh.

Sometimes she lifts her strain, and paints the scenes,
Of beauteous life; whate'er can deck mankind,
Or charm the heart, the generous Bevil show'd.


16. Then Commerce brought into the public walk
The busy merchant; the big warehouse built;
Rais'd the strong crane; choak'd up the loaded street
With foreign plenty, and thy stream, O Thames,
Large, gentle, deep, majestic, king of floods!

Chose for his grand resort.

On either hand,

Like a long wintry forest, groves of masts

Shoot up their spires; the bellying sheet between,

Possess'd the breezy void, the sooty hulk
Steer'd sluggish on; the splendid barge along
Rowed regular to harmony; around,

The boat, light skimming, stretch'd its oary wings;
While deep, the various voice of fervent toil,

From bank to bank, increas'd; whence ribb'd with oak,
To bear the British thunder, black and bold,
The roaring vessel rush'd into the main.-Thomson.
17. 'Tis from high life high characters are drawn;

A saint in crape is twice a saint in lawn.

A judge is just; a chancellor juster still;

A gowuman learn'd; a bishop-what you will:
Wise, if a minister; but, if a king,

More wise, more learn'd, more just, more every thing.
18. 'Tis education forms the common mind;
Just as the twig is bent, the tree's inclin'd.
Boastful and rough, your first son is a squire;
The next a tradesman, meek, and much a liar;
Tom struts a soldier, open, bold and brave;
Will sneaks a scriv'ner, an exceeding knave.
Is he a churchman? Then he's fond of power;
A quaker? Sly; a presbyterian? Sour;

A smart freethinker? All things in an hour.-Pope.
19. See what a grace was seated on his brow;
Hyperian curls; the front of Jove himself:
An eye like Mars, to threaten and command;
A station like the herald Mercury,

New lighted, on a heaven kissing bill;
A combination, and a form indeed
Where every god did seem to set his seal,

To give the world assurance of a man.—Shakespeare.
20. The cloud capt towers, the
gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,

Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve;
And like the baseless fabric of a vision,
Leave not a wreck behind.-Shakespeare.

III. Examples of SUSPENSION; or a delaying of the Sense. 1. AS beauty of person, with an agreeable carriage, pleases the eye, and that pleasure consists in observing that all the parts have a certain elegance, and are proportioned to each other; so does decency of behaviour obtain the approbation of all with whom we converse, from the order, consistency and moderation of our words and actions. Spectator.


2. If Pericles, as historians report, could shake the firm. est resolutions of his hearers, and set the passions of all Greece in a ferment, when the public welfare of his coun try, or the fear of hostile invasions, was the subject! what may we not expect from that orator, who, with a becoming energy, warns his audience against those evils, which have no remedy, when once undergone, either from prudence or time?-Spectator.

3. Though there is a great deal of pleasure in contemplating the material world, by which I mean that system of bodies into which nature has so curiously wrought the mass of dead matter, with the several relations which those bodies bear to one another; there is still something more wonderful and surprising, in contemplating the world of life, or those various animals with which every part of the universe is furnished.-Spectator.

4. Since it is certain that our hearts cannot deceive us in the love of the world, and that we cannot command ourselves enough to resign it, though we every day wish ourselves disengaged from its allurements; let us not stand upon a formal taking of leave, but wean ourselves from them, while we are in the midst of them.-Spectator.

5. When a man has got such a great and exalted soul, as that he can look upon life and death, riches and poverty, with indifference, and closely adheres to honesty, in whatever shape she presents herself; then it is that virtue appears with such a brightness, as that all the world must admire her beauties.-Cicero.

6. To hear a judicious and elegant discourse from the pulpit, which would in print make a noble figure, murdered by him who had learning and taste to compose it, but having been neglected as to one important part of his education, knows not how to deliver it, otherwise than with a tone between singing and saying, or with a nod of his head, to enforce as with a hammar, every emphatical word, or with the same uuanimated monotony in which he was used to repeat Quæ genus at Westminster school: what can be imagined more lamentable? Yet what more common !— Burgh.

7. Having already shown how the fancy is affected by the works of nature, and afterwards considered, in general, both the works of nature and art, how they mutually assist and complete each other, in forming such scenes and prospects, as are most apt to delight the mind of the be

holder, I shall, in this paper, throw together some reflections on that particular art, which has a more immediate tendency than any other, to produce those primary pleasures of the imagination, which have hitherto been the subject of this discourse.-Spectator.

8. The causes of good and evil are so various and uncertain, so often entangled with each other, so diversified by various relations, and so much subject to accidents which cannot be foreseen; that he who would fix his condition apon incontestible reasons of preference, must live and die enquiring and deliberating.-Johnson.

9. He, who through the vast immensity can pierce,
See worlds on worlds compose one universe,
Observe how system into system runs,
What other planets circle other surs;
What varied being people every star,

May tell, why heaven has made us as we are.-Pope.
10. In that soft season, when descending showers
Call forth the greens, and wake the rising flowers;
When opening buds salute the welcome day,
And earth, relenting, feels the genial ray;
As balmy sleep had charm'd my cares to rest,
And love itself was banish from my breast;
A train of phantoms in wild order rose,

And join'd, this intellectual scene compose.-Pope.
11. Nor fame I slight, nor for her favours call;
She comes unlook'd for, if she comes at all.

But if the purchase cost so dear a price,

As soothing folly, or exalting vice;

And if the muse must flatter lawless sway,
And follow still where fortune leads the way;
Or, if no basis bear my rising name

But the fall'n ruins of another's fame;

Then teach me, heav'n, to scorn the guilty bays;
Drive from my breast that wretched lust of praise.
Unblemish'd let me live, or die unknown;

O, grant me honest fame, or grant me none.-Pope.
12. As one, who long in populous city pent,
Where houses thick and sewers annoy the air,
Forth issuing on a summer's morn, to breathe,
Among the pleasant villages and farms
Adjoin'd, from each thing met conceives delight;
The smell of grain, or tedded grass, or kine,
Or dairy, each rural sight, each rural sound;

If 'chance, with nymph like step, fair virgin pass,
What pleasing seem'd, for her now pleases more,
She most, and in her look sums all delight:
Such pleasure took the serpent to behold
This flowery plat, the sweet recess of Eve,
Thus early, thus alone.-Milton.

LV.-Examples of PARENTHESIS; or words interposed in

1. THOUGH good sense is not in the number, nor always, it must be owned, in the company of the sciences; yet it is (as the most sensible of the poets has justly observed) fairly worth the seven.-Melmoth.

2. An elevated genius, employed in little things, appears (to use the simile of Longinus) like the sun in his evening declination he remits his splendor, but retains his magnitude; and pleases more, though he dazzles less.-Johnson.

3. The horror with which we entertain the thoughts of death for indeed of any future evil) and the uncertainty of its approach, fill a melancholy mind with innumerable apprehensions and suspicions.-Spectator.

4. If envious people were to ask themselves, whether they would exchange their entire situations with the persons envied, (I mean their minds, passions, notions, as well as their persons, fortunes, dignities, &c.) I presume the self-love common to all human nature, would generally make them prefer their own condition.-Shenstone.

5. Notwithstanding all the care of Cicero, history informs us that Marcus proved a mere blockhead; and that nature (who, it seems was even with the son for her prodigality to the father) rendered him incapable of improving, by all the rules of eloquence, the precepts of philosophy, his own endeavours, and the most refined conversation in Athens.Spectator.

6. The opera fin which action is joined with music, in order to entertain the eye at the same time with the ear) [ inust beg leave (with all due submission to the taste of the great) to consider as a forced conjunction of two things, which nature does not allow to go together.-Burgh.

7. As to my own abilities in speaking (for I shall admit this charge, although experience has convinced me, that what is called the power of eloquence, depends, for the most part, upon the hearers, and that the characters of public speakers are determined by that degree of favour

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