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Yet, as they may affect us in a similar manner, it is probable they have some common qualities : And those we have endeavoured to show, consist in the manner by which they enter the mind. Slow sounds, gentle zephyrs and murmuring streams, are agreeable to the afflicted lover. And the dreary whistling of the midnight wind through the crevices of a darksome cloyster, cherisheth the melancholy of the trembling nun, and disposes her to a gloomy and auftere devotion. Thus, the defire of Jaques seems perfectly suited to his character; for the music he requires is agreeable to his present temper.

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Thus we have endeavoured to illustrate, how social dispositions, by being excessive, and by fuffering painful repulse, may rens der us, unsocial and morose; how

Goodness, wounds itself,
And sweet affection proves the spring of woe

If these reasonings have any foundation in nature, they lead us to some conclusions that deserve attention. To judge concerning the conduct of others, and to indulge observations on the instability of human enjoyments, may affist us in the discipline of our own minds, and in correcting our pride and exceffive appetites.

But to allow reflections of this kind to become habitual, and to prefide in our souls, is to counteract the good intentions of nature, In order, therefore, to anticipate a disposition fo very painful to ourselves, and fa


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disagreeable to others, we ought to learn, before we engage in the commerce of the world, what we may expect from society in general, and from every individual t. But if, previous to experience, we are unable to form just judgments of ourselves and others, we must beware of despondency, and of opinions injurious to human nature. Let us ever remember, that all men have peculiar interests to pursue ; that every man ought to exert himself vigorously in his own employment; and that, if we are useful and blameless, we shall have the favour of our fellowcitizens. Let us love mankind; but let our affections be duly chastened. Be independent, if possible; but not a Stoic.

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plauded Imogen. There is a pleafing softness and delicacy in this agreeable character, that render it peculiarly interesting. Love is the ruling paffion; but it is love ratified by wedlock, gentle, conftant, and refined.

The strength and peculiar features of a ruling passion, and the power of other principles to influence its motions and moderate its impetuosity, are principally manifest, when it is rendered violent by fear, hope, grief, and other emotions of a like nature, excited by the concurrence of external circumstances. When love is the governing passion, these concomitant and secondarý emotions are called forth by separation, the apprehension of inconstancy, and the absolute belief of disaffection. On separation, they dispose us to forrow and regret: On the apprehension of inconftancy, they excite jealousy or solicitude: And the certainty of disaffection begets despondency. These three fituationis fhall di. rect the order and arrangement of the following discourse.

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I. Cymbeline, inftigated against his daughter, by the infinuations of her malicious step-dame, and incensed against Posthumus Leonatus, who was secretly married to. Imogen, banishes him from his court and kingdom. The lovers are over

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