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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

286

A worthless Person 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

289

Providence

... ibid.

Prudence

Description of Ships appearing at a Distance, and

approaching the Shore

230

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

Pirtue 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

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- 310

Celadon and Amelia

- 313

Junio and Theana

314

The Splendid Shilling: In Imitation of Milton ,

Description of the Thames, and of Stag-hunting 321

Interview between Health and Dr. Hervey, in the

infernal Regions

Rules for Writing well . -

327

Character and Duty of a true Critic

331

Causes that mislead the Judgment in criticising the

Writings of others

336

The Choice of Hercules, from the Greek of Prodicus 339

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POETICAL PRECEPTOR.

The YOUNG Lady and LOOKING-GLASS.

A FABLE. WILKIE.)

Y 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 fool, 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:
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, few 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 siniple tales advise, Which took the hearer by surprise ; Alarm'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;
Restive 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 all 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, but 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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