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whät strange, unworthy, and uncouth notions he has concerning these things. You way as soon persuade him that his head whirls.round upon his thoulders, as that the earth turns round upon its axis ; or that the fire will not burn his flesh, as that there is no such quality as heat inherent in the fire itself. Tell him that colours are not in bodies; but that they are only ideas raised in the human mind by the various modification of the rays of light reflected from the visible superficies, and he will immediately think, if not pronounce you a madman.
The moral I would draw from the whole is this: viz. that we ought not to judge of men or things by bare outward appearances : that we ought to suspend our determination, till we had made a more accurate and close search into them : that we should not peremptorily pronounce the qualities of men's actions, till we had examined the secret springs of them, and considered the undue media through which they might appear to us. The same rule also, if duly attended to, will be of very singular use to us in forming a true judgment of all natural bodies. Almost every object of nature offers itself to our view through a deceitful mirrour. If we make rash conclusions from the bare external aspect, from that which first strikes our imagination, we shall certainly be deceived. The medium, the distance, the situation, and many other accidents that raise an idea in the mind quite different from the reality of the thing, must be taken into confideration, if we would discover truth, and form a rational judgment of the object before us.
---o's Coffee-house, May 4, 1750. W Ithout a compliment I am much pleased with your
VY. Icheme, and heartily with you succeís: Hitherto I think you bid fair for it, and seem to meet with general apNumb. V.
plaule, plause. But will you forgive my offering a word or two of advice? Let us have no more of your abstract speculations, as you call them; indeedy they are not popular. Last night, in a full assembly of pretty fellows at this place, (all your admirers) Billy Languish read your fourth number. We all agreed that your IMPUDENCE * is inimitable, but your letter
hended it would) somewhat amazed us, I muft own. Confider, Mr.STUDENT, you write for the publick, of which three fourths are Ignoramuses; and therefore, tho' we may allow you now and then in compliment to your taylor and mercer and other learned folks, to insert a Latin ode or epigram, yet I must needs tell you, that we don't relish your metaphyfics. For which reason I am directed in the name of all the Smarts at — 's, to acquaint you, that we expects
read. We consider your book as a monthly feast or entera tainment; and if we pay our ordinary, 'tis but reasonable the dishes you set before us should be all fuch as we are able to taste. We cannot indeed always expect rarities, and may now and then admit of a trifle or puff by way of make-up ; but prithee don't surfeit us with ambigu's and inconnu's. At the fame time I must tell you, that we are much pleased with your last sapphic, that we reverence Tony Alfop's memory, and have resolv'd one and all to subscribe to his works. Billy Languish and Dick Dimple indeed say, the verses on the grotto are better ; and Dick (who you know is a wit as well as a beau) gave us off hand a translation of them, but I have indeed since found out where he borrow'd it. A propos I was last week with Tom Careless at his father's countryseat. Tom has three fifters, who, by the by, are charming girls. They take in the Student conitantly, fo I need say nothing of their wit and judgment. These ladies, you must knows have been fashionably employ'd in making a grotto ;
* See the School of Impudenoe, Number ir. page 14)
whicha which they have just finishd, and dedicated to Apollo ; but have made a law, that no man, except like the deity of the place he be nondum barbatus, ( Anglicè a Fribble.) shall be permitted to inspect the arcana loci, unless he first folemnly promise to send them a copy of verses in honour of their handywork, written within a month after his admittance. I had the pleasure of viewing this beautiful grott (which I assure you far exceeds Calypso's) but wanting the Cynthian passport, I was forced to give my parole of honour that I would make the poetick oblation within the time limited. But alas ! to gratify my curiosity I have promis’d what I am not able to perform. Will you therefore be so good, my dear bro. ther, to supply me with a copy of verses out of your storelouse, or else to correct and print the following excuse for my inability to do justice either to the ladies or their grotto.
I am yours,
TO CLARA, the eldest of the three fifters.
I TAD I your high command obey'd, 11 Sure I had done some mighty wrong; When ev'ry mufe deny'd her aid,
And Clio thus forbad my song.
“ When Nature saw the Grotto chang'd,
“ The silver moss thus sudden grown, 56 The shells in wondrous order rang'd,
" She thought the work was all her own.
“ But when the artists she beheld,
" And all their beauteous forms survey'd, 65 How in all virtues all excell'd, “ She knew the works herself had made, Аа2
6 Whether the Nymphs our thoughts inspire,
“ Shining with every native grace; $ Whethep the Grot-work we admire,
“ Where nature must to art give place;
• We will allow no Oxford wit
“ To celebrate, in humble lays, “ Themes for a mortal bard unfit,
« And which deserve our noblest praise,
66 No- let each Muse her tribute bring,
« Exert her power for CLARA’s fake : ♡ For only GODDESSES may fing
“ Works which the lovely Graces make.”
A Poem, written by Moon-LIGHT.
po HE Moon was full, so was my heart,
I Pond'ring the great creator's art, Th' opacous globe, the foreign light, That silver glory of the night.
And is the Moon's a borrow'd blaze
Flanders with lace the head befriends,
From thee the sex their foibles caught,.
If passion overturns the mind,
The lordly men unjustly rail,
The maid shall hint her heart's desire,
Of access free CORỊNNA shines,
If woman's faith in time decays,
From Phoebus too* they something learn,