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“What an odious dull word that prccepts | look, to move, and speak, to gain and fix is," cried she; “it almost frightens me to every heart that approached them.” begin. My grandmother used to talk of “ Dear delightful book!" cried Lady precepts for hours together, and read them | Fanny, pressing it to her lips; “ I will out of a book of proverbs she always kept | study you, and model myself by your prein her work-bar. I assure you if Dr. | cepts, were you twenty volumes instead of Gregory is at all like my graudmother or Sancho Panco, in his old sayings, I will not She

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the bell." God bless you, my read three pages of him; he would make | dear!" cried she as the servant announced me as stiff and vulgar as the clerk of the her carriage; and without saying another parish."

word, but hugging and kissing the little " Be not alarmed," replied I, smiling at book, she ran down stairs. her blending such different classes of pro At that moment a superb equipage drove verb-quoters; “ Dr. Gregory was a man to the door; it was a baronehe with six of elegant taste, as well as a profound mo milk-white horses, caparisoned in blue and ralist and siucere Christian. He neither silver harness, with a postillion in a livery sought to fill the beads of his daughters of the same colour and lace, and four ser, with the fanatic methodism of your poor || vauts on horseback behind. Within sat a superannuated grandmanıma, nor did he lady in a light summer pelisse of white wish to accomplish them in the style of Don | satin trimmed with Brussels kace, and a Quixote's Squire, with more words on their plume of ostrich feathers streaming from a lips than ideas in their brains; he wished little elegant hat of the same materials. to make his daughters charming women, || Beside her sat a groupe of children to the candidates for the happiness of this world, number of six or seven, blooming like and the felicity of a better. This was his | cherubs, and dressed in the most graceful design, and Heaven blessed it with accom style of infantine costume. Curious to plishment, for no young women were ever know who this transcendantly superb'permore admired for the beauty and graces' of sonage could be, I hastened down stairs to their persons, for the exquisite polish of || join my aunt in the drawing-room, and be their manners, and irresistible fascination, ready to receive the elegant guest. than the Misses Gregory; they had only to

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LETTER XVI.

of Themis; but in spite of this relationship, It was in the first days of spring, when all there was as little resemblance in their characnature smiled, and Zephyr crowned the woods is ter as in their figures. To be sure they all had with verdant wreaths, that suddenly the earth wings, and sucessively ran over the same trembled with pleasure, the air kindled into a space, but their paces were very different. a livelier warmth, the sea heaved with wbite The painful Hour of expectation seemed to refoam, and Venus received birth from its waves. quire a whole age for circuit; while the Hour A tender and modest virgin; how beautiful of pleasure fled like a flash of lightening. The was she then! How softly did the ductile Hour of repentance, with her brows covered Ocean fold his soft arms around her softer with cypress, uttered bitter cries, and vainly form! Zephyr wafted her in a car of shells, ran over imaginary spaces; to calm hier sor. and conducted her to the island of Cyprus. It row, the Hour of memory retraced to her was there that the Hours became ber in the charms of their amiable evanescept sisstructors.

ter, and while she spoke, the mourner's tears The Hours were the daughters of Jupiter and ll flowed very gently. No. XXII. Vol. IV.N.S.

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Thus, when I am far from you, Emilia, a The fifi b Hour forn:ed her heart, aid distender transport yet moves my soul, when I posed it to tenderness; banishing stratagein recal the huur in which I have seen you ; aud and address, caused canduur alone to dwell that remembrance consoles me for tbe bour there.-" Lore," said she to ber fair pupil, in which I see you no more.

« love! but beware of abusing your power. The H urs presided then, as they do now, Chuse discreetly, and know when !o fix ; ani. over ple :sures, pains, hope, obligations, 'mated and tender as you are, never prefer the studies, elegant arts, and the four seasons of dangerous pleasure of multiplying your con. the year. You see notbing could be under guests to tbe delight of making one person taken without them. But as soon as Venus happy." was born, they let the world go on as it could, The sixth Hour added“ Prefer the attach. few to the island of Cyprus, received Beauty, ment of a true friend to the worship of a thou. and stationed themselves in that charming sand lovers. Love is made for youth, friendisle as her friends and preceptors. It appears, ship for eternity." therefore, that those light Deities were ca The three following Hours taaght her the pable of constancy; now, how changed is duties of humanity, of conjugal faith, and of their character ! Those times are past in maternity; thus these sage instructors furned which the Hours adhered to the retreat of the heart and mind of their young pupil, even Beauty! Near you Love seems to multiply to the moment in which the Hour of sacritice their wings ?

conducted her to the temple. You will doubtless, imagine, my sweet friend, Then, with downcast eyes, and her fore. that the education of Venus did not ju the least head bound by a garland of cypress, carried to 'Tesemble that of our Parisian women. To be the feet of the Gods her innocent offerings; beautiful without insolence, engaging without and while incense fumed upon their altars, coquetry, enlightened without pretension, a presented her young heart to the king of the discreet friend, a faithful mistress, a virtuous Immortals. wife, aud fond mother, was all they exacted The Hour after brought her back to a bower of her. Upon sucb principles, worth a thou- of myrtles. There, prepared by the hand of nasand of ours, her preceptresses founded their cure, under that rural shade, a repast presented plan of instruction, and executed it in the itself on the borderof a pure stream. The meafollowing manner :

dow offered seats of turf, andthe Rowers formed The first Hour called her as Phæbus began brilliant canopies over ber bead. At these "bis daily career, aud the eye of Beauty opened happy feasts, innocence presided, with sportive with that of the God of light.

gaiety, strict tempecance, amiable frankness, The second Hour intermixed a few flowers , and integrity, sister of reason and mother of with her hair, repeating" Despise the art of health. dress; it is made but for ugliness. Be mo Next came the Hour of walking, and the dest; blustres are better than cosmetics at Hour of elegant industry; to those, in amusyour age. Let the treasure of your charms being the young Goddess, the succeeding Hours always covered with a becoming and thick i gave the signal for balls and concerts. It is veil; the sanctuary of the loves is never re probable that the art of singing was yet in its spected but when inaccessible.”

infancy, for Venas contented herself with ex. The third Hour presented to her milk and pressing love, pleasure, or saduess, wild soul fresh fruit.

and simplicity; she never joined to this exThe fourth taught her the art of speaking | pression any rolling of the eyes, contortions, without affectation :-"Never pretend to wit,” shrugs, nor tricks of art; and what may apshe said ; " and above all things guard your. || pear incredible, sbe pronounced every word self from displaying it; speak little, but well; carefully, aud deigned to sing for people to whatever you say should always please; it can bear her. never fail to do so when reason, gaiety, senti The concert being followed by a frugal re. ment, or benevolence season simplicity." past, the last Hour of Day conducted Venus

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iolu a grotto, hung with creeping plants, and two complexions mingled in her beauty, and Morpheus then closed her eye-lids.

formed a shade of tint wbicb upiled all that Near the couch of Beauty, the Hours of i brunettes have of the brilliant, and fair women Night culiected light and lovely dreams. have of the voluptuous ; and that she inspired Cypria in the midst of her court, young, ten alteruately, like you, my Emilia, the becomder, bauifui, aud innocent, dreamed that sbe | ing transports of love, and the soft tenderness bad but one lover, and dreained that she of melancholy. wa fitoiul.

It was at this period that nature presented Afier sume rears of this education, the i the Goddess with that mysterious cestus, pnpil of the Hours found herself so thoroughly which soon turned all the Gods' heads, and accomplished, bat the Gods desired to see has often since then, turned so many wits her, to assure the mselves of The truth of all fools. that which fame had published. Envious No sooner was Venus invested with this sou's sova asseried that there were several celestial ornament, than the Graces refused Venuses whuse different graces were unfairly to add any further decoration, persuaded that attributed but to one; and this error oblained at the age of the Goddess, the most seducing such credit, that it has been transmitted to l' attire is always the most simple. us by Cicero six thousand years after «ords. I Iftbere be any age in which simplicity gives We must parcion it, however; a perfect wo. its full value to beauty, it is that which glides man would make as many uubelievers in our from childhood into adolescence; that artday as she did then.-Adieu.

less air of candour, that modesty so rare and so touching, that smiling mouth which

knows not yet to disguise truid, that coLETTER XVII.

lour like the opening rose, that whiteness Vexus had scarcely attained her four and velvet softness; all seduces, all ravishes, teenth year, when she was demanded at the all enchants us. You, my Emilia, who are celestial court. Her presentation did not in scarcely beyond that delightful period, do you the least resemble that of our Duchesses, and not bebold your own image in this delightful the preparations for it were very different. , picture ?-Novice that I am, sometimes in Nature alone presided there, but art with tracing your charms, I feared to alter a fea. us —That impostor art bad no existence in ture ; sometimes iu retouching my work, to be the first ages of the world.

accused of flattering my portraits.--Of AalterA young virgin presented herself at the ing! Pardon my muse this movement of divine assembly with her own features and her pure vanity. If in behulding her ravishing owu complexion. They could not change in work, it appears to her impossible to be other. one day, as they do now, the colour, the hair, wise than exaggerated, the original alone' may and the shape ; the art of pleasing was the servé to excuse her. only art of growing young again; it was the " The celestial court were assembled to reonly cosmetic tben in fashion; it disguised ceive the daughter of the Ocean. The Ro age ; bat it embellisbed all. Jo those times Goddesses with a smile half-disturbed, wur. of truth, when a Goddess appeared at the murred amongst themselves~" She is quite a court of Cybele, an admirer felt assured of the child, is she not as she pretty? Very reality of what he admired.

well for her age.-Her eyes ?-Blue; country Aurora having begun the day on wbich colour. Her heart as simple as her head; a Venus was to be presented, the Goddess rustic air, a chiidish smile; but we shall form gently awaked on the bank of a clear rivalet; ber by degrees befure !bat tranquil mirror she confued with They were speaking thus, when Venas apa wreath of myrile the floating rioglets of her peared.--Her divine shape, her noble and hair. Many writers assert ebat she was fair; mouest carriage; her large blue eyes, darkened olbers pretend that she was a brunette; but by lashes of ebony; her aubura hair, floating for my part I am tempted to believe thas ibene over ber alabaster shoulders ; ber round

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and lovely limbs, the perfeciion of nature; freshuess! what bloom!- Does truth distress those lillies, covered with the

roses of you, lovely creature? - Ah! bow exquisitely modesty; that tender embarrassment, those delicate! what new attractions ! what nobleuutaught graces; that voluptuous tranquil ness! - This sweet thief of hearts seems to lity, enchanted the Gods and disconcerted have a brow formed expressly to wear a the Goddesses.

crowy." Then they whispered to each oiberSmiling with a fiection, Jupiter embraced her, “In spite of her bashful look, I see she is and said :-" Come, my dear daughter, come vain; the poor little simpleton smiles and and take the crown which is destined for you ; || believes every thing ; let us save her from Juno partakes with me tbe throne of Heaven ; being ridiculous.” Pallas occupies that of wisdom; that of Alarmed at these suspected confidences, beauty awaits you."

Venus followed them with a disturbed glance; At these words you might have seen the but soon the Goddesses banished her suspiblood rush to the faces of all the Goddesses. cioes by renewing their caresses, and addingThey regarded hier with a bitter smile, | “Oh! you listen to us? Do no fly into a pas. shrugging up their shoulders and twisting sion; embrace us, dear beauty, we were say. their fingers : if these beavenly ladies had

ing many fine things of you." carried fans, they would all bave been snap. After this marked malice of the immortal ped.

Bleanwhile Jupiter placed upou the ladies, you will not be surprised, ny Emilia, liead of Venus a crown of myrtle, and then,

to hear that Cypria soon made a conquest of whether with good will or ill will, every one all the Gods. In truth, she became the only was forced to applaud; it was necessary eveu object of their love and their rivalry. Mars and to play off an air of extreme satisfaction.

Vulcan placed themselves in the same lists; the The Goddesses, acquitied themselves to a

last was not the most charming, but he was marvel, Cypria confused, saw herself sur the most fortunate. Fortunate! I injure the rounded by women who smiled upon her, ex

term ; for what is the possession of the loved claimniug, as they held her in their arms without the heart of her we love.--Adieu. “ How beautiful she is! what an air! what

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ON CURIOSITY CONCERNING THE AFFAIRS OF OTHERS, CONSI

DERED AS A GREAT EVIL.

" 'Tis so pat to all the tribe, each cries-That was levelled at me."

WERE I to offer an advice to those I re is for the general happiness of mankind to gard with feelings of affection and esteem, it preserve ; we are bound by au indispensible would be, to avoid on all occasious idle curi- duty to perform species of friendship towards osity respecting the affairs of others; an in- each other, and to avoid all unnecessary inquisitive meddling habit, which" grows by terferences in matters which, if not immewhat it feeds on," prompts men to interferediately connected with our interest, or wel. in the concerns of their - neighboius, breaks fare, we have neither a right to scrutinize, down the barrier of order in society, disturbs nor title to expose to public andimadversion, the peace of unoffending morials, gives birth to the satire of the malicious, or the ridicule to mean and despicable passions ia their own of the vain and foolish. bosoms, withdraws them from nobler, worthier Study to be quiet, and do your own duty," pursuits, and prevents the discharge of duty, | is one of the wise counsels of the Apostolic either in a moral or religious point of view. , : Ruler, in his address to the Thessalonians,

Linked as we are together by innumerable, and it would be fortugate for many an hope. ties, which notwithstanding all that modern less victim of insatiable curiosity, if his advice philosophers have asserted to the contrary, it was more strictly attended to ; while it would

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spare an infiuite load of anguish and regret, written upon saud, and their opposite quafrom weighing on the hearts of sensibility, lities engraven upon brass. which sbrinks from the idea of their weak. But to return to the inquiry into what is nesses or misfortunes becoming “ the tale of gained by such species of informativo, as these fools," and prove the mearis of preserving a hunters after news and scandaluus anecdotes much greater share of barmony in society, usually acquire :-What is in general the rethan, it is to be lamented, at present exists ward of their labours !--Why, nothing 11€. amongst the sous and daughters of humanity. rally nothing, save the gratification of mean and

But alas! what earthly power can stem the idle curiosity; a.manifest statement of facts impetuous torrent of prying curiosity.- and circumstances, gleaned from the reports Where is the morial who can hope to escape of low aud vulgar-minded gossips, invented the active exertions of persons, who either perhaps by malice, and propagated by idle. from mere idleness, or with a view to gratify 1 ness and credulity; yet thus qualified to de. an insatiable tbirst for diving into the private cide on characters, and censure the conduct bistories and concerns of their neighbours, of which they know so little, conclusions are pry into circumstance swith which they have drawn, and comments are passed, which lead Bo manner of business; decide on characters to the destruction of the peace and ruin of of whom they can only form a judgment from the fame of many an individual, whose actions appearances (very often deceitful), or found and their motives, if published to the world, opinions from the mangled statements gained would not improbably be found far to ex. from the most imperfect sources of inforina- cel the virtues of those very persons who tion, and drawing inferences and conclusions have taken such infinite pains to cover the most unjust and illiberal, sow feuds and them with obloquy and shame. Blusli then dissensions where peace and harmony mightye, who are in other respects entitled to be still have held ibeir empire, and created wais ranked amongst the respectable and deserving chiefs no time nor future endeavours can part of mankiod; blush for the littleness of repair.

soul which bas prompted you to pry thus into And wbat, after all, it may be asked, do affairs in winich you can have no real insuch inquisitive mortals usually gain by their

terest, and which you were only anxious to indefatigable researcbes, their mean and illi

become acquainted with for the gratification beral attempts to acquire a knowledge of the

of a despicable passion, and the meao Triumph private histories of their acquaintance. Do

of being among the foreniøst to disseminate a ibey ever seek to discover acts of goodness tale of scandal, an iostance of fully, or of in. and benevolence, by imitating which they discretion, of which, could you with equal might be benefited, cr which can tend to facility obtain á trne knowledge of the feelthrow a lustre on the character of their fellings of the person who committed the im. low being? Do they ever hasten to publish prudence, you would find they had most truly ibe acts of virtue and benevolence, the amiable | repented, and have wept tears of wood in traits observable in the characters of their vainly striving to forget, or expiate." Judge friends, or add a single syllable to prove how not therefore, least ye be judged." Think not ye their neighbour merits commendation ? No, * whiten by comparing the faults" and errors no; on the contrary, they carefully guard ofothers by yoor own; seek not to discover the within their own bosoms, whatever can lead

Aaw which renders the character of others to the exaltation of others ; « damn with imperfect. Remember charity is one of the faint praise,” and so completely mutilate and

most amiable of the virtues.-That « alter circumstances, that actions which merit i thinketh no evil ;" —

;"_" rejoiceth not in iniqui y." the highest praise, are deemed of no import. Triumph not in the real, or supposed degrada. auce; are past over ag trivial instances, heard tion of a fellow-mortal, nor ever seek to add a without interest, and forgotten al cost as darkening gloom to the shade which obscures soon as heard. Thus it is, mcu's virtues are the character of your acquaintance ; shades,

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