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HI-Examples of SUSPENSION; or a delaying of the Sense.
1. AS beauty of person, with an agreeable carriage, pleases the eye, and that pleasure consists in observing that all the parts have a certain elegance, and are proportioned to each other; so does decency of behavior obtain the approbation of all with whom we converse, from the order, consistency and moderation of our words and actions. Spectator.
2. If Pericles, as historians report, could shake the firmest resolutions of his hearers, and set the passions of all Greece in a ferment, when the public welfare of his country, or the fear of hostile invasions, was the subject; What may we not expect from that orator, who with a becoming energy, warns his audience against those evils which have no remedy, when once undergone, either from prudence or time? -Spectator.
3. Though there is a great deal of pleasure in contemplating the material world, by which I mean that system of bodies into which nature has so curiously wrought the mass of dead matter, with the several relations which those bodies bear to one another; there is still something more wonderful and surprising in contemplating the world of life, or those various animals with which every part of the universe is furnished.
Spectator. 4. Since it is certain that our hearts cannot deceive us in the love of the world, and that we cannot command ourselves enough to resign it, though we every day wish ourselves disengaged from its allarements; let us not stand upon a formal taking of leave, but wean ourselves from them, while we are in the midst of them.- Spectator.
5. When a man has got such a great and exalted soul, as that he can look upon life and death, riches and poverty, with in difference, and closely adheres to honesty, in whatever shape she presents herself; then it is that virtue appears with such a brightness, as that all the world must admire her beauties.
6. To hear a judicious and elegant discourse from the pulpit, which would in print make a noble figure, nurdered by him who had learning and taste to compose it, but having been neglected as to one important part of his education, knows not how to deliver it. otherwise than with a tone between singing and saying, or with a nod of his head, to enforce, as with a hammer, every emphatical word, or with the same unanimated monotony in which he was used to repeat Que genus at Westminster school; What can be imagined more la mentable? Yet what more common Eurgh.
7. Having already shown how the fancy is affected by the works of nature and afterwards considered in general both the works of nature and art, how they mutually assist and com
plete each other, in forming such scenes and prospects, as are most apt to delight the mind of the beholder; I shall in this paper, throw together some reflections on that particular art, which has a mere immediate tendency than any other, to produce those primary pleasures of the imagination, which have hitherto teen the subject of this discourse. -Spectator.
8. The causes of good and evil are so various and uncertain, 90 often entangled with each other, so diversified by various relations, and so much subject to accidents which cannot be foreseen; that he, who would fix his condition upon incontestible reasons of preference, must live and die inquiring and deliberating- -Johnson.
9. He, who through the vast immensity can pierce,
What other planets circle other suns;
10. In that soft season, when descending showers
11. Nor fame I slight, nor for her favors call;
Then teach me, heav'n, to scorn the guilty bays;
12. As one, who long in populous city pent,
She most, and in her look sums all delight: Such pleasure took the serpent to behold This flowery plat, the sweet recess of Eve, Thus early, thus alone.- -Mitton: IV-Examples of PARENTHESIS; or words interposed
1. THOUGH good sense is not in the number, nor always, it must be owned, in the company of the sciences; yet it is (as the most sensible the poets has justly observed) fairly worth the seven-. Melmoth.
2. An elevated genius, employed in little things, appears (to use the simile of Longinus) like the sun in his evening declinatin: he remits his splendor, but retains his magnitude; and pleases more though he dazzles less. Johnson.
3. The horror with which we entertain the thoughts of death (or indeed of any future evil) and the uncertainty of its approach, fill a melancholly mind with innumerable apprehensions and suspicions Spectator.
4. If envious people were to ask themselves, whether they would exchange their entire situations with the persons envied. (I mean their minds, passions. notions, as well as their persons, fortunes, dignities, &c.) I presume the self love, common to all human nature, would generally make them prefer their own condition. Shenstone.
5. Notwithstanding all the care of Cicero, history informs us that Marcus proved a mere blockhead ; and that nature (who it seems, was even with the son for her prodigality to the father) rendered him incapable of improving, by all the rules of eloquence, the precepts of bhilosophy, his own endeavors, and the most refined conversation in Athens.- Spectator.
6. The opera (in which action is joined with music, in order to entertain the eye at the same time with the ear) I must beg leave (with all due submission to the taste of the great) to consider as a forced conjunction of two things, which nature does not allow to go together.Burgh.
7. As to my own abilities in speaking (for I shall admit this charge, although experience has convinced me that what is called the power of eloquence depends, for the most part, upon the hearers, and that the characters of public speakers are determined by that degree of favour, which you vouchsafe to each) if long practice, I say, hath given me any proficiency in speaking, you have ever found it devoted to my country.
8. When Socrates' fetters were knocked off, (as was usual to be done on that day that the condemned person was to be executed) being seated in the midst of his diciples, and lay
ing one of his legs over the other, in a very unconcerned posture, he began to rub it, where it had been galled with the iron; and (whether it was to show the indifference with which he entertained the thoughts of his approaching death, or (after his usual manner) to take every occasion of philosophising upon some useful subject,) he observed the pleasure of that sensation, which now arose in those very parts of his leg, that just before had been so much pained by fetters. Upon this he reflected on the nature of pleasure and pain in general, and how constantly they succeeded one another. Spectator.
9. Let us (since life can little more supply
10. His years are young, but his experience old;
V-Examples of INTERROGATION, or Questioning.
1. ONE day, when the Moon was under an eclipse, she com plained thus to the Sun of the discontinuance of his favours. My dearest friend, said she why do you not shine upon me as you used to do? Do I not shine upon thee? said the Sun : I am very sure that I intend it. O no! replies the Moon; but I now perceive the reason. I see that dirty planet the Earth is got between us.———. -Dodsley's Fables.
2. Searching every kingdom for a man who has the least 'comfort in life, Where is he to be found? In the royal pal ace. -What, his Majesty? Yes; especially if he be a despot.- -Art of Thinking.
3. You have obliged a man; very well! What would you have more? Is not the consciousness of doing good a sufficient reward?irt of Thinking.
4. A certain passenger at sea had the curiosity to ask the pilot of the vessel, what death his father died of. What death? said the pilot. Why he perished at sea, as my grandfather did before him. And are you not afraid of trusting yourself to an element that has proved thus fatal to your family? Afraid! By no means; Is not your father dead? Yes, but he died in his bed. And why then, returned the pilot, are you not afraid of trusting yourself in your bed?- Art of Thinking.
5. Is it credible, is it possible, that the mighty soul of a Newton should share exactly the same fate with the vilest insect that crawls upon the ground? that, after having laid open the mysteries of nature, and pushed its discoveries almost to the very boundaries of the universe, it should, on a sudden, have all its lights at once extinguished, and sink into everlasting darkness and insensibility ?- Spectator.
6. Suppose a youth to have no prospect either of sitting in Parliament, of pleading at the bar, of appearing upon the stage or in the pulpit; Does it follow that he need bestow no pains in learning to speak properly his native language? Will he never have occasion to read, in a company of his friends a copy of verses, a passage of a book or newspaper? Mast he never read a discourse of Tillotson, or a chapter of the Whole Duty of Man for the instruction of his children and servants? Cicero justly observes, that address in speaking is highly ornamental, as well as useful, even in private life. The limbs are parts of the body much less noble than the tongue; yet no gentleman grudges a considerable expense, of time and money, to have his son taught to use them properly; which is very commendable. And is there no attention to be paid to the use of the tongue, the glory of man? Burgh.
7. Does greatness secure persons of rank from infirmities, either of body or mind? Will the headache, the gout or fever spare a prince any more than a subject? When old age comes to lie heavy upon him, will his engineers relieve him of the load? Can his guards and sentinels, by doubling and trebling their numbers, and their watchfulness,prevent the approach of death? Nay, if jealousy, or even ill humor, disturb his happiness, will the cringes of his fawning attendants restore his tranquillity What comfort has he in reflecting (if he can make the reflection) while the colick, like Prometheus vulture,tears his bowels,that he is under a canopy of crimson velvet, fringed with gold