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is surrounded with graces. She never sits among the loose tribe of women, nor passes away her time with them in wanton discourses. She is full of virtue and prudence, and is the best wife that JUPITER can bestow on man.”
I shall conclude these iambics with the motto of this paper, which is a fragment of the same author: “A man cannot possess any thing that is better than a good woman, nor any thing that is worse than a bad one.”
As the poet has shewn a great penetration in this diversity of female characters, he has avoided the fault which JUVENAL and Monsier BOILEAU are guilty of; the former in his sixth, and the other in his last Satire, where they have endeavoured to expose the sex in general, without doing justice to the valuable part of it. * Such levelling satires are of no use to the world; and for this reason I have often wondered how the French author above-mentioned, who was a man of exquisite judgment, and a lover of virtue, could think human nature a proper subject for gatire in another of his celebrated pieces, which is called Tbe Satire upon Man. What vice or frailty can a discourse correct, which censures the whole species alike, and endeavours to shew, by some superficial strokes of wit, that brutes are the most excellent creatures of the two.
A satire should expose nothing but what is corrigible, and make a due discrimination between those who are, and those who are not the proper objects of it.
* JUVENAL is guilty of the same fault in his tenth Satire; he states the evil of the objects of human wishes, but not the good.
ABSTINENCE, the benefit of it, No. 195-
to be made of our actions, 174.
the lottery ticket, 191.
No. 153. The authority of an aged virtuous person preferable
to the pleasures of youth, ib.
answer to those who asked him if he would not be a com.
petitor for the prize in the Olympic Games, 157.
measured, 188. Many times as hurtful to the princes who
are led by it, as to the people, 200.
Argument, rules for the management of
Aristus and Aspatia, an unhappy couple, No. 128.
downright nonsense, ib.
Wherein an author has the advantage of an artist, 166. The
Bareface, his success with the ladies, and the reason for it, No. 156.
stratagem, No. 190.
Bodily exercises, of ancient encouragement, No. 161.
great geniuses, 166.
Cæsar, (Julius) his reproof to an ill reader, No. 147.
bauched his daughter, No. 181.
children, No. 157.
Christian Religion, the clear proof its articles and excellency of
its doctrines, No. 186.
No. 147. The excellency of it, ib.
of life, No. 169.
versation, No. 143.
rance, No. 195.
No. 122 ; where he whispers the judge in the ear, ib.. His
Sir Andrew Freeport, 174:
their different tempers described, No. 128. Country wake
prince, No. 180.
Death, the contemplation of it affords a delight mixed with terror
and sorrow, No. 133. Intended for our relief, ib. Deaths
of eminent persons the improving passages in history, ib.
man is distinguished from brutes by devotion more than by
The notions the most refined among the Heathens had of ir,
207. Socrates's model of devotion, ib.
any other, No. 163.
No. 194. Different beings may entertain different notions
of the same parts of duration, ib.
Education, an ill method observed in the educating our youth,
Eginhart, Secretary to Charles the Great, his adventure and mar-
riage with that Emperor's daughter, No. 181.
The Spectator's speculations upon the English tongue, ib.
tongue adulterated, 165,
coach, No. 132. His reproof to a recruiting-officer in the
same coach, ib. and advice to him at their parting, ib.
children, No. 123.
Exercise, the most effectual physic, No, 195.
sessions, No. 191,