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[March 7, 1818. a smooth gently undulating surface., lawyer; but I believe the right of the to be decided by a bet), that if all thie Your Nelson's monuments, your bride- proprietors of the houses already built members of the dilettanti club were wells, your prisons, and your governor's is undoubted, and could not be attected to be consulted, no two of them would houses,” he was going to say, ought to by a projected improvement, either of agree on the same design. Nay, Sir, be swept off, when he was interrupted by the niagistrates on the one hand, or of such are the difficulties in carrying on the admirer of the picturesque, at hear the inhabitants of the New Town on public works, and such is the diversity ing the governor's house mentioned, the other. An improvement on the pof opinion among men, that the present which he considers as the finest model west side of the North bridge, it will unanimity which prevails among the of that character of beauty, and could be readily admitted, was imperiously opponents of the buildings would soon not with patience hear the slightest ex. called for; and whatever error in judge. be disturbed, if the remedy to be appression of disapprobation. I would ment may have been committed, those plied were left to them individually to have the buildings on the Castle level- who came forward with the projected propose. It has been called a job of led with the ground,” resumed the o- improvements are entitled to some the magistrates. A job, in the less hother, " and every jutting rock and irre: credit, after all the clamour that has nourable meaning of the term, implies gular surface smoothed and rounded.” been raised and indiscriminate censure some advantage gained, to which the “ What tameness and insipidity,” said thrown out. “ You must understand, merit of the party is not entitled. our picturesque friend. As to the Sir,” addressing himself to me, as he Where is the advantage in this case? buildings in dispute,” added the other, grew warm on the subject, that our The community derive scarcely any “ I would have a row of shops only.' city rulers had a serious difficulty to thing from it worthy of being noticed; “ How insignificant !" said the admirer struggle with. No improvement could and what servant of the community of the picturesque, “ a row of booths, be made without taking the proprietors has put a sixpence in his pocket on acindicating at the same time want of of the former buildings along with count of this pretended job? The sum taste, and want of money. They must them; and I am not sure if many men of two hundred pounds presented to be removed, Sir.”

could be found disposed to sacrifice the Lord Provost was merely coinci“ Now," said a stranger to me at least, their interest to views of public utility.” dent in point of time. The same thing but one who was quite familiar with the Nor with all my worthy friend's libera. would have taken place if the new buildrest of the party, as he came behind | lity, I doubt much whether he would ings had never existed; and perhaps my picturesque friend, and tapped him not hesitate to give up fifty guineas a some of those who are ever

on the on the shoulder, “you are at the old year to have the full advantage of a watch to arraign public measures, and business of removing these unfortunate romantic prospect. I rather think he the conduct of public men, would have buildings ?” “ Why, Sir, he replied, I would quietly permit his favourite Ar-charged the magistrates and council shall never be satisfied till I see the thur's Seat to retire behind a lofty pile with.want of liberality and penuriousfull effect of their removal. I am asto. of buildings, and console himself with ness if that sum had been withheld. nished the proprietors of the New Town having it in his power to stretch his At the same time, he added, I do not have not followed out their rights with limbs, and at once enjoy the fresh air blame the respectable inhabitants of the more zeal and vigour. The picturesque of the country, and the fine scenery in New Town, who have discovered a lauview, Sir,”—“ the picturesque non- the vicinity of the city. “ The princi- dable anxiety for the beauty and ele

replied the other, who took up ples of picturesque beauty, says my gance of our northern metropolis, in the discourse, and with great volubility friend, are not properly understood. coming forward on the present occa. continued his harangue on the history They are —". A fit of coughing only sion to remedy the evil, (for an evil I and progress of the buildings, which allowed my friend to make this remark'; admit it to be) by all fair and equitable have been so often the subject of dis- and when it was over, the other re

But is there not something inpute, and finally of legal discussion. I sumed with his former rapidity, which congruous in persons obtruding themmust not venture to follow him in the I could as easily pursue with my pen, selves on the public, and talking of long detail. The reader 'might be as as I could equal on foot the fleetness their rights being invaded and their tired as I was, after several ineffectual of Eclipse, at one time so famous on the property injured, wlien they have as attempts to make my escape. But he turf.

little property to defend, as either you' maintained, most strenuously, several “ Such then,” he continued, “was or I," addressing himself to my picturthings which not a little surprised me, the dilemma,—the magistrates must esque friend, and at the same moment who knew nothing farther of the mat- either have no improvement on that looking his watch, he exclaimed, “Oh! ter than what I collected from the news- spot, or they must communicate the ad. I am too late for the meeting,” and off papers and public report. Among vantage of it to the proprietors of the he darted. other things he asserted, what I can former buildings; and which is the As we moved towards the new bridge, scarcely believe, that the inhabitants of greatest deformity-things as they I remarked, that his loquacious friend is the New Town have no right of servi. were, or things as they are ? As far a strong advocate for the Magistrates. tude of any kind on the south side of as I can learn from artists and con. Is he a member of the Town-council

, I Prince's street, at least no such claim noisseurs, (I object to the admirers of inquired. Not at all, he replied, he is is acknowledged or alluded to in their the picturesque in settling this point) the least of a party man of any man I title-deeds. How far this claim may the most of them consider a row of ever knew. Irega:d him as a model of an be supported in a court of law, on the shops as a paltry expedient; and with independent man. In religion, in morgeneral understanding that no houses regard to any other plan that could be als, and in politics, he thinks for him. were to be erected opposite to Prince's devised, I shall take an even bet (1 self,—forms his opinions on the matusstreet, I pretend not to say. I am no was rejoiced to find the argument was est deliberation, maintains them with

means.

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149 dignity and firmness, and never admits explanation, it turned out that he was To the Editor of the Observer. what he calls the new-fangled doctrines impressed with the belief that a battle In the course of my reading and obof the day, without cautiously consider, royal

, as he called it, had actually been servation, I have been accustomed to ing their propriety and tendency. You fought a few years ago in the Royal note down whatever seems curious or may depend upon it he has examined Society, between the Wernerians and interesting. Should you think any of the subject on which he descanted with Huttonians; and this information he these extracts, or the remarks which so much fluency; and although I have had on the certain authority of a letter accompany thein, worthy of a place in some doubt of the correctness of some from Edinburgh, which information he your Miscellany, I transmit a few as a of his views and statements, I always admitted had reached him at third or specimen under the title of hesitate to dissent from his opinions. I fourth hand; and thus a warm dispute,

SCRAPS FROM MY POCKET-BOOK. dont think he knows much of pictu- at which I assured himn I was present, resque beauty, for we never agree on was, in the progress of its circulation, 1. Mountain two miles high in Scotland: that topic. The word picturesque a magnified into a battle. The ridicul

In the Chemical Catechism by Mr larmed me for a second dissertation on ousness of the story, I must confess, Parkes, a strange farrago of notes upon the subject ; and I had the good fortune lowered the stranger somewhat in my notes, poetry, religion, natural history, to escape it by the approach of a friend, estimation, but I tound him otherwise and natural philosophy, at page 412 of who reminded him of an engagement, an intelligent and well informed man the 7th edition, the following extraorin which both were concerned. They who had read a great deal, travelled

dinary passage is met with. proceeded to arrange their affairs, and much, and was not deficient in the art

“ On the top of a mountain near I hastened to gain the summit of the of observation.

Lochness in Scotland, whose perpenCalton hill to enjoy the fine prospect

It was some gratification to national dicular height is nearly two miles, there and the refreshing breeze. partiality to hear him compare the sea

is a small lake of fresh water, hitherto I had taken a second turn along the view from the Calton-hill with the cele said to be unfathomable, which never charming walk under Nelson's monu- brated bay of Naples, and point out freezes during the coldest winters. ment, when I observed a young minera- with seeming accuracy of discrimination Here the depth is so great, that the logist rapping with his hammer at a the peculiar beauties of each, and on circulation is not completed before the piece of lime-spar on one of the rocks. the whole, as far as I could judge, was

return of summer ; whereas the LochHaving entered into conversation on the disposed rather to give the preference anwyn, or Green lake, 17 miles distant, subject, we were joined in a few minutes to the Scottish scene. But I found he had is perpetually covered with ice.” by a stranger from the southern part of his prejudices; he censured highly the

Where the author got his informathe kingdom. Kindred pursuits soon inroads on the Calton-hill, and being, as tion, it would he impossible to guess. brought us into familiar conversation, he said, such a natural production as he But for his instruction, and that of his at least the little smattering which I had nowhere met with, it ought not to be readers

, it is worth while to state, that possessed of mineralogy, not indeed cut and carved upon. In short, says Ben Nevis which is about 4300 feet much exceeding the knowledge of a few he, excepting in the improvement of the above the level of the sea, is the highwames, served the same purpose. The walks for the convenience and comfort est mountain in Britain, and is not one stranger seemed to be profound on the of the inhabitants, this remarkable emi mile in height ; and to add farther, that subject, and was not less verbose on nenice, almost in the centre of a city, in the latitude of Lochness, at the the Wernerian and Huttonian theories, which will be the case at some future height of more than 10,000 feet above than the friends whom I had just left period from the extension of the build the sea, the same thing would happen to were on the picturesque and the new ings, ought to he preserved entire, as it the unfathomable lake, which, by the buildings. I shall not venture to follow was presented by the hand of nature. bye, is a vulgar error for a deep lake, him through all his remarks on the sup. Here again was a difference of opinion, as takes place in the Green lake. porters of the fire and water theories, which I thought it prudent to decline Some waggish traveller has, I suspect, as he called them, and neither of which combating. His time was exhausted, imposed on the credulity of the author; I found he adopted; for he asserted and he left me with an invitation to call and it must be very singular if so exthat neither the one nor the other, nor upon him, and I pursued my walk. both put together, could possibly ac But as the day was advancing, I found seven editions of his book without de

travagant an assertion has run through count for the phenomena. " A man, he it necessary to abridge its usual length, tection and correction. added, must have surveyed nature with and returning by the lower walk, I pera very cursory glance, or he must have ceived a sailor surveying the varied ob. 2. Remarkable History of an Agate. commenced the study with a strong prejects that met his view, and making oc A gentleman in Edinburgh, who is possession in favour of some theory, casional remarks to those who were near curious in collecting rare and interestotherwise he would be extrenely re- him. Just as I approached, I heard him ing productions, both of nature and art, luctant to embrace any one yet propos address himself in a rough voice to one and has not been unsuccessful in the pured. But, says he, you are mad on that of the sectators, while he looked up to suit, purchased in London, a polished subject here. I am told you employ the monument above. “ You call that slice of an agate, which bore a pretty the argumenta ad hominem to bend the Nelson's monuinent," says he, “ Nel correct representation of a human head. stubborn inflexibility of your antago son's monument!" he exclaimed, raising He had been twenty years in possession nists. I could easily perceive what his voice, a mere toy!“ Nelson ought to of the prize, which was much valued, meaning he wished to convey by the have been there himself, (meaning. I when during a visit to London, as he expression ; but I could not understand suppose his statue,) with one hand adrift was going about, perhaps to indulge to what he alluded, when, after a little in the air, and a cannon ball in the other.” | his curiosity in the same way, in a

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[March 7, 1818. different quarter of the city from that Among other remarkable things which ans of old, that every thing is the rein which he made the former purchase, he had seen, he often mentioned the sult of chance; or agree with the stoics he was struck with surprise to see his extraordinary length of the tail of a that revolutions of the planetary sysown agate, as he supposed, exhibited particular species of monkey; and it was tem govern the minds, or regulate the at a window. When he examined it, observed with some pain by his more cor- actions of mankind; yet, however we he was not undeceived, but as might be rect friends, that every time the mon- may differ and dispute as to the cause, expected, was puzzled to discover how key was described, the tail encreased it is evident that the result remains the it had escaped from his possession. To greatly in length. They took the liber- same. Sorrow and pain, privation and make sure, he purchased it, and thought ty of stating the circumstance, and he suffering, conjoined with hope and enthat he had paid twice for the same promised to be more correct in future: joyment, and happiness, chequer the thing, till he returned home, and was but conscious of his own weakness or course of every one, and are the nevernot a little gratified to find that he had of the exuberance of his fancy, he ar- failing attendants of all who live and acquired the very fellow from which his ranged matters with his servant John breathe ; indeed, they are so connectown agate had been cut, and had been who stood behind his chair at table, that ed with our nature, that they appear separated, at least twenty years. he should give a hem! when he thought as it were to become a part of it ; we

his master was exceeding the bounds of are sad and soothed by turns; so we can. 3. Irish bulls, not peculiar to Ireland. probability in his story, and this was to not do better than imbibe those princi

Miss Edgeworth, in her amusing be the signal to correct himself. The ples, which, though they cannot avert Essay on Irish bulls, in which she com- story of the monkey's long tail was in the gatheriug of the storm, or prevent bats the opinion, and pretty successful- troduced at dinner, along with the it from bursting, yet may shield the ly, that bulls are the sole growth of Ire- second course; and while he made the mind from the violence of its impuise, land, might perhaps think the following assertion that he had seen a monkey and deprive it of the power of doing useful to her argument.

tail twelve feet in length, evil. A young student who had just left John gave a hem! Well, says the mas Every one has an unaccountable the Logic class, but who seems to have ter, who took the hint, I may be wrong, propensity to be displeased with the paid more attention to sounding words but I am sure it could not be less than situation which providence has assignthan to accurate thinking, wrote in the nine feet. Hem ! says John. Now leted for him. Such is the corruption of following strain to a friend, giving an me think a moment, says the master, I our nature, that every one has a tenaccount of a summier excursion: “ All may not be perfectly correct; but I am dency quickly to lose the remembrance was calm and serene, not a breath of quite certain it was six feet long. Hem! of a favour conferred or a benefit reair stirred; the lofty woods waved over hem! says John. The master whose ceived, but to retain a long time the our heads; and the river before us, now patience was now exhausted at so many memory of a calamity which has befaldestitute of water, flowed over its dry interruptions, turned round, to the asto- len him. The search of all is after channel.”

nishment of his visitors, and exclaimed, happiness, and we are more apt to reI recollect a painter who had finish. What do you mean, John, will you al- member the barriers that have impeded ed a picture in which a sea storm was low the monkey to have no tail at all ? our access, and checked our progress, represented, and a vessel was introduc

than the obstacles we have overcome, ed with her sails hanging loose on the 5. Button of a vest which belonged to or the difficulties we have surmounted. yards.

Balfour of Burley:

We are too ready to judge from advenPassing through a village not far dis Every thing connected with this ce titious circumstances, and from external tant from Edinburgh, I witnessed one lebrated character, has acquired a appearances; we are too apt to account of those scolding matches between two double interest. since he was so conspi- the portions of others more happy and females, which sometimes disturbed the cuously commemorated in the Tales of prosperous than our own, only because hamlet's repose, when one of the wordy my Landlord. A military vest, dis we know them less; and we too often combatants, perhaps the Meg Merrilees covered in the possession of one of his forget, that the smile of the cheek may of the rustic society, called out from descendants, is said to be the individual only hide the anguish of the heart, the middle of the street, to the enemy, vest which he wore, when he formed strongly posted on the top of an ad one of the party concerned in the as And mock the woe that lurks beneath, joining stair : “ Come down, you slut, assination of Archbishop Sharpe. The Like roses on a sepulchre. BYRON. come down if you dare ; if I had you buttons are of silver, of a globular form here in the street, I would send you and hollow, seem to have been made of

Yet, as Socrates observes, were all down stairs with your head foremost.

two hemispheres united, and both top men to bring their misfortunes together,

and bottom are of open ,work. One of and let them be dealt out in equal 4. Habits of exaggeration not easily these buttons has been exhibited in shares, then would it be seen that checked.

Edinburgh as a precious relic, and is many who thought themselves overA gentleman who had spent part of now dangling at the watch of a learned burthened and oppressed would gladhis life in tropical climates, used to en- professor.

ly have back their own portions, and tertain his friends with the wonders he

learn to be contented. had seen in those regions; but, it was al

Yet if there be a great difference in leged, studied embellishment, more than On the degree of Magnanimity display- the allotment of misfortunes, there is a

ed in Prosperity and Adversity. accuracy in his narratives, and hesitated

still more striking difference in our little in making a pretty liberal sacrifice Though we do not now a days co- methods of sustaining them ; many of truth to the effect of a good story. incide in the opinion of the Epicure- inore of us are inclined to beat our

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251 heads in spite, than to wipe our brows They, whose ambitious spirits bade them be of his disposition. When he was banwith the curate.

Content, nor to be slaves nor to be free; ished, he said, that not only Athens,

Whose might grew more determined at a fall; but the whole world was his country. In what follows, I will endeavour to

Who visited, and saw, and conquered all : show the difficulty of bearing prosperi

He changed not, when he heard the

It was even so with the Greeks ; they sentence of death pronounced against ty; first, as illustrated by the history of 'nations ; and secondly, from the con- forgot the precepts of Solon, and the him. He changed 'not, but drank the

laws of Lycurgus. Forsaking the rigid poisoned cup that was administered to duct and character of individuals.

When we look into the page of his-morality of their ancestors, they became him ; and he changed not, when he betory, we constantly and unalterably lax in principle, and unsteady in con- held that sun setting over Athens, find, that the nations most renowned duct. They indulged in intemperance, which for him was to rise no more !-

and became the prey of vice; they lol. So conscious have been the most illusfor their progress in arts and arms are those that were most remarkable for led in indolence, and were overtaken trious of all ages and nations, of the the rigidness of their morality, and the by disgrace; they revelled in profliga- extreme difficulty of bearing' success austerity of their discipline. While cy, and were overwhelmed in ruin. with humility, that we are warned to these are in action, we find them over- The memory of their predecessors, the caution by legislators, philosophers, and coming every difficulty, rising into e- recollection of their ancient greatness, poets. Solon, to moderate our attachminence, and crowned with success of Leonidas was no more ; and at this adage to posterity,

could not reclaim them; the patriotism ment to earthly pursuits, has left this but whenever laxity begins, we as cer.

Keep thine eye táinly behold them sinking from their day,

fixed on the end of life;" and Philip of elevation and pre-eminence, hastening The hearts within her vallies bred, Macedon was so conscious of this proto decay and oblivion, and shrinking The fiery souls that might have led pensity in our nature to be corrupted

Her sons to deeds sublime, into pompous nothings. Rome shew.

by success, that after having gained

Now crawl from cradle to the grave, ed herself capable of bearing with forti.

the battle of Chersonesus, which ob

Slaves-nay, the bondsmen of a slavetude the buffets of fortune, the hardships And callous-save to crime! BYRON.

tained for him the empire of Greece, of defeat, and the extremes of adversi.

he comınanded a page to call to him ty; as the enemy approached nearer

It would be easy to expatiate on the thrice a day, Remember, Philip, thou to her gates, her magnanimity appeared same picture, as illustrated by Jerusa-art a man. We also read of an eastern the

greater; her revolutions grewstrong-lem, Babylon, Persia, Egypt, Syria, prince, who kept an officer in his houseer as her difficulties increased; she be- Carthage, and even modern France. hold, whose duty it was to call to him came more determined in her

But I shall proceed to shew that good every morning, Remember, prince,

purpose, and more resolute in her demands : It fortune is more difficult to bear, as il- that thou shalt die." And Marcus Aue was by this magnanimous perseverance lustrated in the character of individuals! relius, after having overcome the Par. that she attained her first eminence; it Exalted Socrates, divinely brave,

thians, observed to his friend, “ I tell was by this unwavering steadiness that Injur d he liv'd, and dying he forgave ;

thee of a truth, that I stand in greater she at length vanquished Pyrrhus ; it

Too noble for revenge, which still we find fear of fortune at present than I did

The weakest frailty of a feeble mind. was by this undaunted fortitude that

before the battle ; for she careth not so

DRYDEN. she ultimately overthrew Hannibal, and

much to overtake the conquered, as to sube

To thoughtlessness may be imputed due the conqueror." Though Alexan. sent forth her Scipio to destroy Carthage. Yet these same Romans, who a great part of the crimes and follies der, Cæsar, Pompey, Antony, and could bear adversity with so much mag conduct may originate for the most modern times,) bore their bad fortunes

of mankind; and this negligence of many others, (without adverting to good fortune. They became elated with part in uninterrupted prosperity. Im- with resignation, not one of them bore success

, and puffed up with prosperity. mersed with the gay in frivolous amuse prosperity with humility. ma, the temperance of their Cincinna: unhallowed pleasure, we hurry on from magnanimity to be found ? It is in the tus, and the glory of their Scipio; overone scene of inanity to another; and all

man whom all the favours of fortune come by luxury, and intoxicated with our endeavours seem to centre in the cannot tempt to any thing that is dispride, after having overthrown the banishment of the demon thought. honourable ; it is he who is indifferent mighty of the earth, they became the That man is truly great whom adversi- to adulation, and is ever the first to disprey of Goths and Vandals, sunk into y cannot separate from nature ; but he cover, and to triumph over his own ignominy, oblivion, and disgrace ; the is unquestionably far greater, who weakness. It is he, who, having every recording angel wept as he noted down recollects his own weakness in the thing in his power, bridles his passions; their debasement, and the pen of indig- midst of success, and whom the wealth and brings them under the dominion of nant virtue blotted them out from the of Creesus could not allure from the

In a word, it is the man, who, catalogue of nations ! path of undeviating rectitude.

though happy himself, is unceasingly

Socrates has been denominated, and anxious for the welfare and comfort of Say what are Romans now except a name ? perhaps justly, the wisest of mankind ; others; whose soul wealth cannot corWhere are the men whom Caesar led to fame ; not only because disaster could not rupt, ambition dim, or power inspire

shake, but because prosperity could not with arrogance,-who, in the midst of * Vide Introduction to the Man of Feeling.

elate him. We read of him, that the good fortune, retains serenity of mind * Imperaturus es hominibus, qui nec totam ser

same countenance was observed all the and humility of spirit, is conscious of vitatem nec totam libertatem pati possunt days of his life ; and that no external his own imperfections, and perseveres Tacit. Hist. Lib. 1. cap. 16.

occurrence ever ruffled the placidness in the practice of his duty, 2

reason.

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[March 7, 1818. Effects of Attention. of an ague, and check the operation of to see distinguished with equal breadth

an emetic. The practice of taking a. -each gains by the contrast, and to According to Mr Park, the pheno- way the hiccough, or preventing a per- destroy this and melt the opposition inmena commonly called sympathetic, son from sneezing, by strongly fixing to unity, is to overthrow the order of such as yawning or coughing when we the attention, is familiar to every one ature, and to disorganize barmony. see others yawn or cough, are merely and let a cough be never so trouble- Contrast is the essence of harmonythe effect of attention, unconsciously some, it is commonly suspended while the pervading source of beauty and directed to particular parts, varying we are eating, the impression in the race throughout nature. Day and the degree of mental energy exerted mouth and fauces suspending the influ- night, hill and dale, light and shade, upon, or the nervous influence sent to ence of that in the larynx. The bene- summer and winter-how admirably, them, thereby altering their action, and ficial effect of sucking lozenges appears how harmoniously are they relieved and producing a transient change of func- 'referable to their power of abstracting contrasted by each other! And without tion. Hearing another cough vehe. the attention from one impression by this close collision and mutual opposimently and frequently, fixes the mind substituting another.

tion, how much would each be impaired so strongly upon the feelings in the

in individual beauty! So it is with the throat, as to produce at length a change

paragons of the world, man and woman, of circulation, and occasion a sense of

The Ladies.

mutually reflecting brilliance on each tickling and propensity to cough like

The paragon of animals,

other. The perfection of woman is to be wise. Seeing another yawn, unconsci Much has been said, and full as little purely and exclusively feminine. Any inously fixes the attention so as to awa- proved or believed, of the perfectibility vasions on the province of man, are not so ken a sense of weariness in the jaws, of man, but of women we think it may much encroachments on our self-lovethat disposes the observer to yawn al- now in some sense be asserted. It is as our fair friends would sometimes pere: 80. Thinking of grateful food, on the true that one poet calls woman a "fair suade us...as they are terrible destrucsame principle, alters the action of the inperfection," but another states that, tions of their own fascination, and of secreting vessels, and increases the flow Nature

the diştinctions of nature; or if our of saliva into the mouth. The flow of

First tried on man,

self-love is at all annoyed, it is through milk is increased in the same way, and

Her 'prentice han',

our tenderness for the fair objects themoften commences before the infant ac

And then she made the lasses. selves, of which it is an ingredient. tually touches the breast of the mother.

In this view, however, we have no

Women are as nicely sensible of the obA blush may be excited by looking thing to do with the question, as our servance due from the other sex to their stedfastly and suspectingly in a person's idea of their perfectibility entirely rests established precincts as we can be ; not face. The attention thus strongly di- with their toilette, which in these days of what is due to us, but of what is due rected to the feelings of the face, alters is perfection itself. Pope's idea of fe- to the

grace of their characters. They the action of its vessels and produces male perfection is

have Tom Touches and Jemmy Jessathe change in question. The senses of hunger and thirst may be brought on Its last best work, but forms a softer man, Heaven when it strives to polish all it can,

mys, and a hundred other names for the

male stragglers in their province, who or accelerated by thinking of them. Picks from each sex to make the favourite blest, sometimes almost meet with the fate of Bodily fatigue comes on much sooner Your love of pleasure, our desire of rest, the first punished petimaitre Acteon. when the sameness and dreariness of Blends, in exception to all general rules, Feminine softness, in short, “ femality, " the road continually reminds us of the Your taste of follies with our scorn of fools.

as uncle Selby says, and manliness, are distance we have already gone, and a What an unheard-of prodigy of patch-'the most attractive qualities in the two wakens a sense of the disparity between work has this poet here sketched out! sexes. Softness alone is grace in woour strength and the effort still to be Heaven forbid that we should pay so ill man, and manliness, however uncouth, is made. The sense of drowsiness, or a compliment to Nature, and to the grace in man, because these qualities mental weariness, is liable to be brought fairest of her works, as to adopt the are of the essence and the fitness of on the same way by the prospect of a standard of the perfection of female their natures; and we apprehend that long story, and the anticipation of the character. Nomihe identity of female those unaccountable charms which the fatiguing effort required to listen to it. mind and constitution is much too in one sex sometimes discovers in the oIn short, it is needless to multiply ips- trinsically lovely not to be deteriorated ther, to the marvel of the world, in the tances which will spontaneously occur to by this infusion of extraneous qualities. absence of all beauty or comeliness, every one's recollection. On the other It would be like ingrafting the oak on may be generally traced to some latent hand, every one must have experienced the woodbine. We have no taste for indications of these qualities. Desdehow much ́uneasy sensations are allevi- such a confinement on nature. We mona saw grace in a dusky Moor, for ated by any thing that engages the are not so fastidious as to wish to see though she says “ she saw Othello's mind and withdraws the attention curious composites constructed out of visage in his mind,” there is no know Head-ache and tooth-ache have been the beautiful, single, and primary essen- ing how it might have been if his peraften removed by the receipt of agree- ces with which nature has adorned crea son had erred on the side of effeminacy able news or welcome arrival of an un- tion We would have man be as une- and insignificance, instead of uncouthexpected friend. The chess-board has quivocally masculine, and woman as ness and rugged dignity. But, at all been found to alleviate the pains of unalloyedly feminine, as possible. Na- events, the property of his mind was gout; and an attack of spasmodic asth. ture has formed their minds in as dis- manly vigour. Diminutive size is not ma has been suspended by strongly en- tinct a mould as their persons and half so frequently associated with in gaging the attention. Sudden alarm their cultivations, their accomplish- significance in a woman as in a man ; has been known to stop the paroxysm ments, their occupations, we would wish I aquiline features are a beauty in both

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