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whät strange, unworthy, and uncouth notions he has concerning these things. You may as soon persuade him that his head whirls round upon his shoulders, 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 fhould 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 conclufions 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.


Brother STUDENT,

's Coffee-house, May 4, 1750. Ithout a compliment I am much pleased with your

Icheme, and heartily with you fuccess. Hitherto I think


bid fair for it, and seem to meet with general apNumb. V.



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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 ; indeed, they are not popular. Last night, in a full afsembly 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 in defence of religion, tho' it did not startle us, (as you apprehended it would) somewhat amazed us, I must 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 metaphyficsFor which reason I am directed in the name of all the Smarts at 's, to acquaint you, that we expects (especially if it be English) at least to understand what we read. We consider your book as a monthly feast or entertainment; and if we pay our ordinary, 'tis but reasonable the dishes


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 furfeit 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 Alsop'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 constantly, fo I need say nothing of their wit and judgment. These ladies, you must know, have been fashionably employ'd in making a grotto ; which they have just finish’d, 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 solemnly 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 brother, to supply me with a copy of verses out of your storehouse, or else to correct and print the following excuse for my inability to do justice either to the ladies or their grotto.

* See the School of Impudenoe, Number iv. page 149


I am yours,


TO CLARA, the eldest of the three sisters.

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AD I your high command obey'd,

Sure I had done some mighty wrong; When ev'ry muse deny'd her aid,

And Clio thus forbad my song.

“ When NATURE saw the Grotto chang’d,

66 The silver moss thus sudden grown,
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, 66 How in all virtues all excell'd, “ She knew the works herself had made.

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" Whether

“ Whether the Nymphsour thoughts inspire,

“ Shining with every native grace; 66 Whether the Grot-work we admire,

Where nature must to art give place ;

66 We will allow no Oxford wit

" To celebrate, in humble lays, « Themes for a mortal bard unfit,

" And which deserve our noblest praise,

« No-let each Muse her tribute bring,

“ Exert her power for CLARA's fake : « For only Goddesses may sing

“ Works which the lovely Graces make."


A Poem, written by Moon-Light,

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HE Moon was full, so was my heart,

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
From Phæbus's peculiar rays?
So half the SYLVIAS, call'd divine,
Only in borrow'd beauties shine.

Flanders with lace the head befriends,
The pearl and diamond India lends,
Their shape from Greenland they obtain,
And half their white and red from Spain.


From thee the sex their foibles caught,
And change, by thy example taught :
They, like the sea, thy influence know,
And therefore always ebb and Aow.

If paffion overturns the mind,
The maid for Bedlam is design'd :
The Moon has play'd a cursed trick,
And she's confin'd a lunatick.

The lordly men unjustly rail,
By lunar impulse females fail :
With pity then their errors view ;
The Moon's all over blemish'd too,

The maid shall hint her heart's desire,
The man shall burn with equal fire,
Within a moment of her lips,
And thus she suffers an eclipse :

Of access free CORINNA shines,
With her to-day MENALCAS dines ;
?Twixt him and her a rival slides,
And then eclipsd Corinna hides.

If woman's faith in time decays,
From Thee she learns her wicked ways:
TH wane no chearfulness adorns,
And nothing's shown us but the horns.

From Phæbus too* they something learn,
And every tender object burn:
Suns at a distance, comets nigher,
To set th' enamour'd world on fire.


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