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Honour' due to personal Merit/ not to Birth - 269

Against Delay . - - - 270

A fine Description of a sleeping Man, about to be

destroyed by a Snake and a Lioness - ibid.

Description of a beggarly Conjurer or a Fortune-teller ibid.

Mercy in Governors commended - 271

Precepts against J11 fortune - - ibid.

England invincible, if unanimous - - ibid.

Ceremony insincere - - ibid.

Hounds and Hunting - 272

Popular Ingratitude and Curiosity - - ibid.

The Life of an African - - ibid.

Cato's Address to the Senate - - 273

Description of a Hurricane - - ibid.

Cato's Advice to his Friends - - 274

Cato's Advice to his Son - - ibid.

Action opposed to Contemplation - - ibid.

Ambition inseparable from great Minds - • 275

The Unsteadiness of an arbitrary Government, and the

Misery of a despotic Prince - - ibid.

The Happiness of a free Government - - ibid.

The Killing of a Boar . - - 2/6

The same - - - - ibid.

Description of a populous City - - ibid.

Rural Courtship ... 277

Description of a Person left on a desart Island - ibid.

The first Feats of a young Eagle - 7 278

The true End of Education « - ibid.

Filial Piety - . . - - ibid.

The same .... 279

Bad Fortune more easily borne than good - ibid.

Despair never to be indulged - - ibid.

A Friend to Freedom can never be a Traitor - 280

Description of a Hag - - - ibid.

Happiness the inseparable Companion of Virtue ibid.

Honour superior to Justice - - bid.

In what Manner Princes ought to be taught - 281

True End of Royalty - - - ibid.

The real Duty of a King - - - 282

Character of a good King - -.. ibid.

The Guilt of bad Kings . - • » - ibid.

The true End of Life - - 283

The same - » - ibid.


A Lion overcome by a Man - - 283

Character of an excellent Man - - 284

Virtue the only true Source of Nobility - ibid.

The happy Effects of Misfortune - - ibid.

A Description of the Morning - - 285

Another - ibid.

The charming Notes of the Nightingale - ibid.

The same - - - - 28o

A worthless Terson can claim no Merit from the Vir-
tues of his Ancestors - - ibid.

The Love of our Country the greatest of Virtues ibid.

The same . - - - 287

In what Philosophy really consists - - ibid.

Scipio restoring the captive Princess to her Royal Lover ibid.

The Blessings of Peace • - - 280.

Providence - - - '-' ibid.

Prudence ... - it>id.

Description of Ships appearing at a Distance, and

approaching the Shore ~ - 2gO

Virtue preferable to Rank - - ibid.

Description of an ancient Cathedral - - 291

Description of a Triumph - - ibid.

A Shepherd's Life happier than a King's - 292.

"rirtue its own Reward » ibid.

No Difficulties insuperable to the Prudent and Brave ibid.

The School-Mistress: In Imitation of Spenser ibid.

A Letter from Italy to the Right Hon. Charles Lord

Halifax, in the Year 1701 - - 300

To the Earl of Dorset - 304

To the Earl of Warwick, on the Death of Mr. Addison 306

Colin and Lucy: A Ballad - - 308

Edwin and Emma - - . - 310

Celadon and Amelia - - - 313

Janio and Theana - - - . 314

The Splendid Shilling: In Imitation of Milton - 317

Description of the Thames, and of Stag-hunting 321

Interview between Health and Dr. Hervey, in the

infernal Regions ... ^25

Rules for Writing well - ■ 327

Character and Duty of a true Critic - - 331

Causes that mislead the Judgment in criticising the

Writings of others - - _ 335

The Choice of Hercules, from the Greek of Prodicus 339


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The Young Lady and Looking-glass.


I E deep philosophers, who can
Explain that various creature, Man,
Say, is there any point so nice.
As that of offering advice?
To bid your friend his errors mend,
Is almost certain to offend:
Though you in softest terms advise;
Confess him good; admit him wise;
In vain you sweeten the discourse,
He thinks you call him Foot,, or worse.
You paint his character, and try
If he will own it, and apply;
Without a name reprove and warn;
Here none are hurt, and all may learn i
This too must fail; the picture shewn,
No man will take it for his own.
In moral lectures treat the case,
Say this is honest, that is base;
In conversation, none will bear it;
And for the pulpit, {ew come near it.
And is there then no other way
A moral lesson to convey?
Must all that shall attempt to teach.
Admonish,, satirise, or preach?

Yes, there is one, an ancient art.,
By sages found to reach the heart,
Ere science, with distinctions nice,
Had fix'd what virtue is and vice,
Inventing all the various names
On which the moralist declaims:
They would by simple tales advise,
Which took the hearer by surprise;
AUfrm'd his conscience, unprepar'd
Ere pride had put it on its guard:
And made him from himself receive
The lessons which they meant to give.
That this device will oft prevail,
And gain its end, when others fail,
If any shall pretend to doubt,
The TALE which follows makes it out.

There was a little stubborn dame,
Whom no authority could tame;
Jlestive by long indulgence grown,
No will she minded but her own:
At trifles oft she'd scold and fret,
Then in a corner take a seat,
And, sourly moping all the day,
Disdain alike to work or play.

Papa ?l l softer arts had tried,
.And sharper remedies applied;
But both were vain, for every course
He took still made her worse and worse.
'Tis strange to think how female wit
So oft should make a lucky hit,
When man, with all his high pretence
To deeper judgment, sounder sense,
Will err, and measures false pursue—
'Tis very strange, I own, bdt true-
Mamma observ'd the rising lass
By stealth retiring to the glass,
To practise little airs, unseen,
In the true genius of thirteen:
On this a deep design she laid
To tame the humour of the maid;
Contriving, like a prudent mother,
To make one folly cure another.

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