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82. The virtuoso's account of his rarities.

83. The virtuoso's curiosity justified - -

34. A young lady's impatience of control - -

85. The mischiefs of total idleness - - -

185. The danger of succeeding a great author: An

introduction to a criticism on Milton's versifi-

cation - - - - - - - 90

87. The reasons why advice is generally ineffectual 97

88. A criticism on Milton's versification. Elisions

dangerous in English poetry • - 103

K 89. The luxury of vain imagination - - - 109

...90. The pauses in English poetry adjusted . . 115

91. The conduct of patronage, an allegory - - 122

- 92. The accommodation of sound to sense, often

chimerical - - - - - - 128

93. The prejudices and caprices of criticism - 138

--- 94. An inquiry how far Milton has accommodated

the sound to the sense - - ...

95. The history of Pertinax the sceptick - -

96. Truth, falsehood, and fiction, an allegory

97. Advice to unmarried ladies -

98. The necessity of cultivating politeness . - 172

99. The pleasures of private friendship. The neces-

sity of similar dispositions

ioo. Modish pleasures

183

-- 101. A proper audience necessary to a wit -

- -102. The voyage of life. - - - - - 195

103. The prevalence of curiosity. The character of

Nugaculus - - - - - - 202

104. The original of Aattery. The meanness of venal

praise - - - - - - - 209

105. The universal register, a dream - -
106. The vanity of an author's expectations. Rea-

sons why good authors are sometimes nég-

: lected • - • • • • • 221

107. Properantia's hopes of a year of confusion.

The misery of prostitutes - - - - 229

108. Life sufficient to all purposes if well employed 233

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. 109. The education of a fop - - - 239

110. Repentance stated and explained. Retirement

and abstinence useful to repentance - - 246

111. Youth inade unfortunate by its haste and eager-

ness - - - - - - -

112. Too much nicety not to be indulged. The

character of Eriphile - - - -

113. The history of Hymenæus's courtship - 265

114. The necessity of proportioning punishments to

crimes -

115. The sequel of Hymenaus's courtship-

116. The young trader's attempt at politeness

117. The advantages of living in a garret - 292

118. The narrowness of fame - - - -

119. Tranquilla's account of her lovers, opposed to

· Hymenæus - - - - - - 306

120. The history of Almamoulin, the son of Nouradin 313

121. The dangers of imitation. The impropriety of

i imitating Spenser - - - - - 320 -

122. A criticism on the English historians - - - 327

123. The young trader turned gentleinan - - 333

124. The lady's misery in a summer retirement - 339

125. The difficulty of defining comedy. Tragick

and coinick sentiments confounded - -
126. The universality of cowardice. The impropriety

of extorting praise. The impertinence of an

astronomer - - - - - -

127. Diligence too soon relaxed. Necessity of per-

severance - - - - - - 358

128. Anxiety universal. The unhappiness of a wit

and a fine lady :

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129. The folly of cowardice and inactivity - - 370

130. The history of a beauty, - - - 376 ,

131. Desire of gain the general passion - 383--

132. The difficulty of educating a young nobleman 388

133. The miseries of a beauty defaced - - - 394

134. Idleness an anxious and miserable state - - 400

135. The folly of annual retreats into the country - 405. im

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NUMB. 71. TUESDAY, Novemler 20, 1750.

Vivere quod propero pauper, nec inutilis annis

Da veniam, properat vivere nemo satis. MART.

True, Sir, to live I haste, your pardon give,
For tell me, who makes haste enough to live? F. LEWIS..

M ANY words and sentences are so frequently

AVI heard in the mouths of men, that a superficial observer is inclined to believe, that they must contain some primary principle, some . great rule of action, which it is proper always to have present to the attention, and by which the use of every hour is to be adjusted. Yet, if we consider the conduct of those sententious philosophers, it will often be found that they repeat these aphorisms, merely because they have somewhere heard them, because they have nothing else to say, or because they think veneration gained by such appearances of wisdom, but that no ideas are annexed to the words, .. VOL. V.

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and that, according to the old blunder of the fol. lowers of Aristotle, their souls are mere pipes or • organs, which transmit sounds, but do not understand them.

Of this kind is the well-known and well-attested position, that life is short, which may be heard among mankind by an attentive auditor, many times a day, but which never yet within my reach of observation left any impression upon the mind; and perhaps, if my readers will turn their thoughts back upon their old friends, they will find it difficult to call a single man to remembrance, who appeared to know that life was short till he was about to lose it.

It is observable that Horace, in his account of the. characters of men as they are diversified by the various influence of time, reinarks, that the old man is dilator, spe longus, given to procrastination, and inclined to extend his hopes to a great distance. So far are we generally from thinking what we often say of the shortness of life, that at the time when it is necessarily shortest, we form projects which we delay to execute, indulge such expectations as nothing but a long train of events can gratify, and suffer those passions to gain upon us which are only excusable in the prime of life.

These reflections were lately excited in my mind, by an evening's conversation with my friend Prospero, who, at the age of fifty-five, has bought an estate, and is now contriving to dispose and cultivate it with uncommon elegance. His great pleasure is. to walk among statcly trees, and lie musing in the heat of noon under their shade; he is therefore maturely considering how he shall dispose his walks

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