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No 255. SATURDAY, DECEMBER 22, 1711.
Laudis amore tumes ? sunt certa piacula, quæ te
Hor. Ep. 1. lib. 1. ver. 80.
[IMITATED.] Know there are rhymes, which (fresh and fresh apply'd) Will cure the arrant’st puppy of his pride.
The soul, considered abstractedly from its passions, is of a remiss and sedentary nature, slow in its resolves, and languishing in its executions. The uso therefore of the passions is to stir it up, upon action, to awaken the understanding, to en. force the will, and to make the whole man more vigorous and attentive in the prosecution of his designs. As this is the end of the passions in general, so it is particularly of ambition, which pushes the soul to such actions as are apt to procure honour and reputation to the actor. But if we carry our reflections higher, we may discover farther ends of Providence in implanting this passion in mankind.