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Still it may be true, that the Study of the §ne Arts naturally leads to the Love of Virtue. When a Man' has given hirnfelf up to thefe engaging Speculations; they take fuch full PofleiEon of the Heart, that he is not at Leifore to lend an Ear to the Calls of Ambition, or the Demands of inordinate Sdf-paffions. And as thefe grand Inciters of Vice are thus happily filenced, he is more likely to hearken to the Suggestions of Virtue, and incline more readily to every Duty of Benevolence and focial Regard,
Upon the whole, from the beft and cooleft Judgment I have been able to make, I cannot but be of Opinion, it very rarely happens, that a Man_of a true refined Tafte in Arts and Literature, is not, at le^ft, anhoneft Man. He may now and then, perhaps, be betrayed into fome little Slips and Miftakes in his Conduct; but thefe Unwarineffes do not darken the whole Character, nor give, any juft Grounds to fix upon him the Imputation of Immorality. "Such "fmall Stains and Blemifhes (as the inimitable Mr. '* Addifon obferves) die away, and difappear, amidft "the Brightnefs which furrounds him."
But the Bell has rung for Breakfaft.—Come, good Sopbronius, — the Ladies will grow impatient.
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