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sequently mutual aid and support, which are the
Nor the bright star-light of each eie,
No, 'tis a glorie more divine
Kindles my tapour at your shrine.
Nor your much-more inviting meen;
No: 'tis your soul to which I bow,
'Tis none of these I love,-but you.
Doth onely nat'ral bodies know?
I love thy informing part, i'th' whol,
And every part, thy all; thy soul.” “Let me particularly caution the fair sex against a fondness for excessive finery. Elegant simplicity is the decoration which best exhibits nature's modest charms. Loose and gaudy attire are meretricious ornaments, to conceal defects of nature, and to insnare
the minds of inexperienced beholders; for why do women array themselves in such fantastical dresses, and quaint devices, with gold, with silver, with coronets, with pendants, bracelets, ear-rings, chains, rings, pins, spangles, embroideries, versi-colour ribands, feathers, fans, masks, furs, laces, tiffanies, ruffs, falls, calls, cuffs, damasks, velvets, tassels, golden cloth, silver tissue, precious stones, stars, flowers, birds, beasts, fishes, crisped locks, wigs, painted faces, bodkins, settingsticks, cork, whalebone, sweet odours, and whatsoever else Africa, Asia, and America, sea, land, art, and industry, can produce; flaying their faces, to procure the fresher complexion of a new skin, and using more time in dressing than Cæsar took in marshalling his army, but that, like cunning falconers, they wish to spread false lures to catch unwary larks ; and lead, by their gaudy baits, and meretricious charms, the minds of inexperienced youths into the traps of heroic Love!"
But is, when unadorn'd, adorn'd the most! “Let them (says the good and pious Tertullian) paint their eyes with tints of chastity, insert into their ears the word of God, tie the yoke of Christ around their necks, and adorn their whole persons with the silk of sanctity, and the damask of devotion ; let them adopt that chaste and simple, that neat and elegant style of dress, which so advantageously displays the charms of real beauty, instead of those preposterous fashions, and fantastical draperies of dress, which, wbile they conceal some few defects of person, expose so many defects of mind, and sacrifice to ostentatious finery, all those mild, amiable, and modest virtues, by which the female character is so pleasingly adorned.”
Ah! why so fantastic and vain ?
What charms can the toilette supply ?
Need beauty lay traps for the eye?
Unless they're exceedingly fair?
For beauty to be so high drest,
Is surely superfluous care.
They appear so enormously fine,
By shewing their art and design.
How alluring the innocent eye !
What charms in simplicity lie ! For females to set off their charms by the help of exterior decoration and address, is not only natural, but laudable, provided it be done with simplicity and delicacy. - It is only the glare of ostentation which is censurable, the harlotry of artificial blushes. The fairest forms in nature ought surely to have every honest advantage; but let them be adorned with dignity and ease. Let not finery be mistaken for elegance, or formality for politeness. Had the life of women been chiefly designed for the embellishment of society, the showy outside had been well adapted to it. But the case is far otherwise. The calls of a family are too serious to be postponed for trifles ; too pressing to be deferred from day to day; and too various not to demand the most unwearied activity. For this great variety of cares, which requires no depth of thought, the female mind seems most happily formed. More lively than penetrating, and more rapid than contemplative, it can easily turn from moral and religious studies and occupations, to the elegant or ornamental accomplishments; and from the ornamental accomplishments, to the management of a family; and, if not immoderately occupied by either, can attend to all with equal felicity.
Dear Julia, veil thy bosom, pray,
Thy ev'ry grace was given t'inspire
It is recorded of Gomesius, a Florentine gentleman, that he was grievously deceived in the choice of a wife by her outward trappings. Radiantly set out with rings, jewels, lawns, scarfs, laces, gold, and every gaudy device, he imagined, having never seen her but by torch-light, that she was a perfect goddess; but when, after the wedding solemnities, he viewed her the ensuing morning without her tires, in a clear day, she appeared so horribly deformed, lean, yellow, and shrivelled, that he could not endure to look on her. Like an Egyptian temple, she was fair without, but decayed within.
Excessive dress becomes most highly ridiculous when used to conceal the ravages of time. Emonez, an old woman of Chios, thinking, by the finery of her dress, to acquire the beauty of which time and nature had deprived her, went to Arcesilaus the philosopher, and asked him whether it was possible for a wise man to be in love. Yea, verily, (replied he,) but not with an artificial and counterfeit beauty, like thine.” But these reproofs have not restrained the practice.
All drive away despair;
To the soft heart of some observing beau. Cornelia, the justly celebrated Roman matron, the mother of the Gracchi, and daughter of Scipio Africanus, being accidentally in company with a finedressed lady, whose jewelled garments were her only
pride, and the sole subject of her conversation, the high-dressed dame, displaying her finery, challenged the virtuous matron to produce, if possible, a finer robe, or a richer dress. The amiable Cornelia pitied, but amused her vain and insulting companion, until her children returned from school, when she presented them to her as the richest jewels an affectionate mother would wish to possess; and by this happy thought evinced her own superior merit, whilst she mortified the malicious vanity of her bedizened competitor.
THE PLEASURES OF LOVE-continued.
Love's a child of phansie's getting,
Brought up between Hope and Fear,
Strong, and so kept by desire :
Attracting hearts by sympathie,
Both discoursing secretlie :
Yet ne'er unbinds;
As wel as minds.
When two skilful hands do strike;
Marries sweetly with the like :
That all things tid,