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The Pict begins the face she designed to wear that day, and I have heard him protest she had worked a full half hour before he knew her to be the same woman. As so as he saw the dawn of that complexion, for which he had so long languished, he thought fit to break from his concealment, repeating that of Cowley:
“ Th' adorning thee with so much art,
Is but a barbarous skill;
Too apt before to kill."
The Pict stood before him in the utmost confusion, with the prettiest smirk imaginable on the fiuished side of her face, pale as ashes on the other. Honeycomb seized all her gally-pots and washes, and carried off his handkerchief full of brushes, scraps of Spanish wool, and phials of unguents. The lady went into the couutry, the lover was cured.
It is certain no faith ought to be kept with cheats, and an oath made to a Pict is of itself void. I would therefore exhort all the British ladies to single them ont, nor do I know any but Lindamira who should be exempt from discovery; for her own complexion is so delicate, that she ought to be allowed the covering it with paint, as a punishment for choosing to be the worst piece of art extant, instead of the masterpiece of nature.
In the meantime, as a pattern for improving their charms, let the sex study the agreeable Statira. Her features are enlivened with the cheerfulness of her mind, and good-humour gives an alacrity to ber eyes. She is graceful without affecting an air, and oncorcerned without appearing careless. Her having no manner of art in her mind, makes her want none in
How like is this lady, and how unlike is a Pict, to that description Dr. Donne gives of his mistress?
- Her pure and eloquent blood Spoke in her cheeks, and so distinctly wrought, That one would almost say her body thought.”
DIGNITY OF MAN
A PROOF OF HIS IMMORTALITY.
Sentio te sedem hominum ac domum contemplari;
quæ si tibi parva (ut est) ita videtur, hæc cælestia semper spectato ; illa humana contemnito,
CICERO, Somn. Scip. I perceive you contemplate the seat and habitation of men; which if it appears as little to you as it really is, fix your eyes perpetually upon heavenly objects, and despise earthly."
the universe be the creature of an intelligent mind,
this mind could have no immediate regard to himself in producing it. He needed vot to make trial of his omnipotence, to be juformed what effects were within its reach: the world as existing in bis eternal idea was then as beautiful as now it is drawn forth into being; and in the immense abyss of his essence are contained far brighter scenes 'tban will be ever set forth to view; it being impossible that the great Author of Nature should bound his own power by giving existence to a system of creatures, so perfect that he cannot improve upon it by any other exertions of his almighty will. Between finite and infinite there is an unmeasured interval, not to be filled up in endless ages; for which reason, the most excellent of all God's works must be equally short of what his power is able - to produce as the most imperfect, and may be exceeded with the same ease.
This thought hath made some imagine, (what it must be confessed is not impossible) that the unfathomed space is ever teeming with new births, the younger still inheriting a greater persection than the elder. But as this doth not fall within my present view, I shall content myself with taking notice, that the consideration now mentioned proves undeniably, that the ideal worlds in the divine anderstanding yield a prospect incomparably more ample, various, and delightful, than any created world can do: and that therefore as it is not supposed that God should make a world merely of inanimate matter, however diversified, or inhabited only by creatures of no higher an order than brutes; so the end for which he desigued his reasonable offspring is the contemplation of his works, the enjoyment of himself, and in both to be happy; having, to this purpose, endowed them with correspondent faculties and desires. He can have no greater pleasure from a bare review of his works, than from the survey of his own ideas; but we may be assured that he is well pleased in the satisfaction de rived to beings capable of it, and for whose entertainment he hatb erected this immense theatre. Is not this more than an intimation of onr immortality Man, who when considered as on his probation for a happy existence hereafter, is the most remarkable instance of divine wisdom, if we cut him off from all relation to eternity, is the most wonderful and anaccountable composition in the whole creation. He hath capacities to lodge a much greater variety of knowledge than be will be ever master of, and an unsatisfied curiosity to tread the secret paths of nature and providence: bat
, with this, bis organs, in their present structure, are rather fitted to serve the necessities of a vile body, than to minister to his understanding; and from the little spot to which he is chained, he can frame bat wandering guesses concerning the innomerable worlds of light that encompass him, which, though in them. selves of a prodigious bigness, do but just glimmer in
the remote spaces of the Heavens; and, when with a
great deal of time and pains he hath laboured a little Tir way up the steep ascent of truth, and beholds with pity
the groveling multitude beneath, in a moment bis foot slides, and he tumbles down headlong into the grave.
Thinking on this, I am obliged to believe, in justice to the Creator of the world, that there is another state when man shall be better situated for contemplation,
or ratber have it in his power to remove from object to id cu Dject, and from world to world; and be accommo
dated with senses, and other helps, for making the
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desigu, and set all in the same circle; observe the des pendance of the parts of each system, and (if our minds are big enough to grasp the theory) of the seve ral systems upon one another, from whence resalts the harmony of the universe. In eternity a great deal may be done of this kind. I find it of use to cherish this generous ambition; for besides the secret refreshment it diffuses through my soul, it engages me in an endeavour to improve my faculties, as well as to exercise them conformably to the rank I now hold among reasonable beings, and the hope I have of being once advanced to a more exalted station.
The other, and that the ultimate end of man, is the enjoyment of God, beyond which he cannot form a wish. Dim at best are the conceptions we have of the Supreme Being, who, as it were, keeps his creatures in suspense, neither discovering, nor hiding himself; by which means, the libertine hath a bandle to dispute his existence, while the most are content to speak him fair, but in their heart prefer every trifling satisfaction to the favour of their Maker, and ridicule the good man for the singularity of his choice. Will tbere not a time come, when the free-thinker shall see his impious schemes overturned, and be made a convert to the truth he hates ; when deluded mortals shall be convinced of the folly of their pursuits, and the few wise, who followed the guidance of Heaven, and, scorning the blaudishments of sense and the sordid bribery of the world, aspired to a celestial abode, shall stand possessed of their utmost wish, the vision of the Creatur? Here the mind heaves a thought now and then towards him, and hath some transient glances of bis presence: when, in the instant it thinks itself to bave the fastest hold, the object eludes its expectations, and it falis back tired and baffled to the ground. Doubtless there is some more perfect way of conversing with heayenly beings. Are not spirits capable of mutual intelligence, unless immersed in bodies, or by their intervention? must superior natures depend on inferior for the main