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we have advanced since, suffer it to pass, and not perplex us.'—' Agreed,' said I, ‘ willingly, for now I hope to comprehend you.'
'Recollect then,' said he. 'Do you not remember that one pre-conception of the sovereign good was, to be accommodated to all times and places?'-— "I remember it.' And is there any time, or any place, whence rectitude of conduct may be excluded? Is there not a right action in prosperity, a right action in adversity? May there not be a decent, generous, and laudable behaviour, not only in peace, in power, and in health; but in war, in oppression, in sickness, and in death?' There may.'
And what shall we say to those other pre-conceptions; to being durable, self-derived, and indeprivable? Can there be any good so durable, as the power of always doing right? Is there any good conceivable, so entirely beyond the power of others? Or, if you hesitate, and are doubtful, I would willingly be informed, into what circumstances may fortune throw a brave and honest man, where it shall not be in his power to act bravely and honestly? If there be no such, the rectitude of conduct, if a good, is a good indeprivable.'—' I confess,' said I, 'it appears so.'
'But further,' said he, another pre-conception of the sovereign good was, to be agreeable to nature. It was. And can any thing be more agreeable to a rational and social animal, than rational and social conduct?'-'Nothing.'-' But rectitude of conduct is with us rational and social conduct.'-' It is.'
Once more, continued he, another pre-can
ception of this good was, to be conducive not to mere-being, but to well-being.'-‘Admit it.'— And can any thing, believe you, conduce so probably to the well-being of a rational, social animal, as the right exercise of that reason, and of those social affections ?- Nothing.'And what is this same exercise, but the highest rectitude of conduct? Certainly.' Harris.
'AND how did Garrick speak the soliloquy last night?'' Oh, against all rule, my lord, most ungrammatically! betwixt the substantive and the adjective, which should agree together in number, case, and gender, he made a breach thus,-stopping as if the point wanted settling;-and betwixt the nominative case, which your lordship knows should govern the verb, he suspended his voice in the epilogue a dozen times, three seconds and three fifths by a stop-watch, my lord, each time.' Admirable grammarian!. But in suspending his voice was the sense suspended likewise? did no expression of attitude or countenance fill up the chasm? Was the eye silent? Did you narrowly look ?'— 'I look'd only at the stop-watch, my lord.'-Excellent observer!
'And what of this new book the whole world makes such a rout about? Oh! 'tis out of all plumb, my lord,-quite an irregular thing! not one of the angles at the four corners was a right angle. I had my rule and compasses, my lord, in my pocket.'-Excellent critic!
And for the epic poem your lordship bid me look at;-upon taking the length, breadth, height, and depth of it, and trying them at home upon an exact scale of Bossu's-'tis out, my lord, in every one of its dimensions.'-Admirable connoisseur!
-And did you step in, to take a look at the grand picture in your way back?'-Tis a melancholy daub! my lord; not one principle of the pyramid in any one group!--and what a price! -for there is nothing of the colouring of Titian -the expression of Rubens- -the grace of Raphael the purity of Dominichinoregiescity of Corregio- -the learning of Poussin -the airs of Guido-the taste of the Carrachis—or the grand contour of Angelo.'
Grant me patience, just Heaven!-Of all the cants which are canted in this canting world— though the cant of hypocrites may be the worstthe cant of criticism is the most tormenting!
I would go fifty miles on foot, to kiss the hand of that man, whose generous heart will give up the reigns of his imagination into his anthor's handsbe pleased he knows not why, and cares not wherefore. Sterne.
'WHEN Tom, an' please your honour, got to. the shop, there was nobody in it, but a poor negro girl, with a bunch of white feathers slightly tied to the end of a long cane, flapping away flies-not killing them.'- -"Tis a pretty picture!' said my uncle Toby-she had suffered persecution, Trim, and had learnt mercy'
She was good, an' please your honour,
from nature as well as from hardships; and there are circumstances in the story of that poor friendless slut, that would melt a heart of stone,' said Trim ;
and some dismal winter's evening, when your honour is in the humour, they shall be told you with the rest of Trim's story, for it makes a part of it'
Then do not forget, Trim,' said my uncle Toby.
A negro has a soul? an' please your honour,' said the corporal (doubtingly.)
'I am not much versed, corporal,' quoth my uncle Toby, in things of that kind; but I suppose, God would not leave him without one, any more than thee or me'
It would be putting one sadly over the head of another,' quoth the corporal.
It would so,' said my uncle Toby.-- Why then, an' please your honour, is a black wench to be used worse than a white one?"
I can give no reason,' said my uncle Toby'—— —— Only,' cried the corporal, shaking his head, her'
because she has no one to stand up for
Tis that very thing, Trim,' quoth my uncle Toby, which recommends her to protection, and her brethren with her ;--'tis the fortune of war which has put the whip into our hands nowwhere it may be hereafter, Heaven knows!-but be it where it will, the brave, Trim, will not use it unkindly.'
God forbid,' said the corporal.
'Amen,' responded my uncle Toby, laying his hand upon his heart.
ON THE NATURE OF THE SOUL.
RASELAS, PRINCESS, IMLAC, AND ASTRONOMER.
" WHAT reason!' said the prince, can be given, why the Egyptians should thus expensively preserve those carcases which some nations consume with fire, others lay to mingle with the earth, and all agree to remove from their sight, as soon as decent rites can be performed?'
The original of ancient customs,' said Imlac, is commonly unknown; for the practice often continues when the cause has ceased; and concerning superstitious ceremonies, it is vain to conjecture; for what reason did not dictate, reason cannot explain. I have long believed, that the practice of embalming arose only from tenderness to the remains of relations or friends, and to this opinion I am the more inclined, because it seems impossible that this case should have been general: had all the dead been embalmed, their repositories must in time have been more spacious than the dwellings of the living. I suppose only the rich or honourable were secured from corruption, and the rest left to the course of nature.
But it is commonly supposed, that the Egyptians believed the soul to live as long as the body continued undissolved, and therefore tried this method of eluding death.'
Could the wise Egyptians,' said Nekayah, 'think so grossly of the soul? If the soul could once survive its separation, what could it afterwards receive or suffer from the body?"
The Egyptians would doubtless think errone