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marriage, but I did not think it would have been delicate to have asked a copy of
of them; I only recollect some lines that Miss Mac Faden wrote, which I can repeat, for I was in those days, as fond of reading poetry as others were of writing it; particularly if it flowed from a female pen. Stay, let me recollect; now I remember them : I forget the occasion on which they were written.
In pity first to human kind,
Love taught the art of writing;
And taught man false inditing.
Soon after were invented;
Almost to have repented
At first for gods intended,
Would be so much befriended.
In words as sweet as honey!
His tender views defeated;
Then, Love, resume thy wonted power,
And punish ev'ry traitor;
Down to the petit-maitre.
One thing brings another to my recollection. The Doctor and I called one morning on Miss Mac Faden, in order to take his leave of her for a few days, as he was to set out on a journey, I forget where. The young lady asked in a tone that well expressed more than the words that accompanied it, how long he intended to stay away? to which he immediately answered:
You ask how long I'll stay from thee:
Suppress those rising fears;
Perhaps ten thousand years.
Author. Very happy indeed.
Sheridan. The Doctor, with all his learning, was not what we call a popular preacher. His sermons were always composed of good materials, and he could sometimes rise with his subject; you may judge of his character from the few fragments I have given you.
Author. They are valuable in my sight; I like to see the human mind in its undress; I love
the early effusions of genius; especially of those that “lisp in numbers," and l am 'very happy that I called on you.
Sheridan. In a few days it would be too late; I shall soon be gathered to my fathers—but the passage is smooth.
Author. I see it is--and if there is any thing in my power
(WRITTEN IN 1637-).
In Clothes. French inconstant and changing. Spaniard modest. Italian poor. German mean.
In Conversation. The French jovial. Spaniard troublesome. Italian complying German unpleasant.