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Entertaining Companion for the FAIR SEX, appropriated folely to their Use and Amusement.
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7 The Canary Bird,
8 Grafville Abbey,
2 Letter from a Quaker to his Friend, 196 3 Account of the Marriages of the Chinese,
4 Account of Apicius, the celebrat-
6 Derwent Priory,
■ Vanity repelled by Reflection,
ved on ::
9 Account of the Tragedy of Almeyda,
10 On the Indulgence of Melancho
18 Foreign News,
19 Home News,
215 11 Character of Livia Drufilla, 218 12 The Dangler, No. I.'
13 De Courville Castle,
This Number is embellished with the following Copper-Plates, viz.
1. A new Pattern of Borders for Gown or Petticoat.-2. The Ruins of Stanton Court in Oxfordshire.-3. Vanity repelled by Reflection; and 4. Amanda. A Song. Mufic by Dr. Howard.
LONDON, Printed for G. G. and J. Robinson, No. 25, Paternofter Row, where Favours from Correfpondents will be received.
To our CORRESPONDENTS.
Fidelia's Effay is received, and intended for infertion.
X. Y.'s Maxims fhall have a place.
The Poem entitled the Seasons is much too long: the author may have it returned, if he wishes it.
Received, The Soliloquy of a conftant lover.-Hymen to Hope.Sonnets by R. F. The Doctor and Apothecary, a Fable, by G. CLines to Mifs F.-Verfes on a Young Lady's Birth day. The triumph of Loyalty, a Song by E. B. Enigmas and Epigrams by Juvenis,
For M AY, 1796.
(Embellished with an elegant graving.)
"TTOW favourable is nature of
beauty, what grace, frequently does the bestow on the gentler fex! How complete the fymmetry of their features! how delicate, how lively the tints of their complexion! how perfect the general affemblage of their charms! It were infenfibility in lovely females, not to exult in the bounty of nature; and, in the other fex, it were stupidity not to admire.: Envy may ftigmatife by the name of vanity this consciousness of fuperior en dowment, this triumph in the attractive gift of beauty, which neither art nor labour can procure, but which heaven alone must be ftow; but still will envy itfelf be compelled to recognife its power, and unwillingly adore what it calumnioufly depreciates. Beauty fubjects the ftrong, fubdues the fierce, and humbles the proud. Other qualities require time to develope their worth; but beauty acts like the fplendour of heaven, as becomes its celeftial
VANITY repelled by REFLEC- origin; and its power and value are instantaneously recognised by the object it irradiates. Art, and even wifdom, are left far behind by the rapid activity of beauty, which atEn-tains the end: before they can concert the means. Its empire extends over the whole world, its fove reign fway is limited to no climate,
aid of no language,
and fubjugates alike youth and age, folly and understanding. Stupidity, which approaches nearest to a defence against its power, is frequently vanquished; and wifdom itself, when it wishes to escape its influence, can only avoid it, as Ulyffes efcaped' the Sirens, by preventing the action of the fenfes. Refifted it cannot be: to be able to fly from it, is the only triumph that can be hoped by either fortitude or prudence. Like the fun in fplendour,-like the fun in! genial influence, it is the fublimes vivific principle which animates the world L. Shall I not then (exclaimed Miranda) glory with honeft exultä! tion that nature has bestowed on me, even me alfo, fome portion of this celeftial quality,--this bright and incommunicable gift of heaven???
Such was the foliloquy of the lovely Miranda, while the viewed her exquifitely beauteous form in a faithful mirror: