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< continued fast asleep, tho' the two Deities made several • gentle Efforts to awaken you.
AFTER a short Time, YOUTH (displaying a Pair of . Wings, which I had not before taken notice of) flew « off. Love still remained, and holding the Torch which « he had in his Hand before your Face, you still appear. • ed as beautiful as ever. The glaring of the Light in < your Eyes at length awakened you; when, to my • great Şurprize, instead of acknowledging the Favour • of the Deity, you frowned upon him, and struck the « Torch out of his Hand into the River. The God af• ter having regarded you with a Look that spoke at
once his Pity and Displeasure, flew away. Imme« diately a kind of Gloom overspread the whole Place. « At the same time I saw an hideous Spectre enter at • one End of the Valley. His Eyes were sunk into his • Head, his Face was pale and withered, and his Skin r puckered up in Wrinkles. As he walked on the < Sides of the Bank the River froze, the Flowers faded,
the Trees shed their Blossoms, the Birds dropped from 6 off the Boughs, and fell dead at his Feet. By these
Marks I knew him to be OLD-AGE. You were • seized with the utmost Horror and Amazement at his • Approach. You endeavoured to have fled, but the • Phantom caught you in his Arms. You may easily • guess at the Change you suffered in this Embrace. For • my own Part, though I am still too full of the dread• ful Idea, I will not shock you with a Description of • it. I was so startled at the Sight that my Sleep im• mediately left me, and I found myself awake, at lei• sure to consider of a Dream which seems too extraor. • dinary to be without a Meaning. I am, Madam, with the greatest Passion,
Your most Obedient,
Most Humble Servant, &c.
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with a great deal of Pleasure, and publish it just as it
came to my Hands. I shall be very glad to find there are many guessed at for Emilia.
F. this Paper has the good Fortune to be honcured "I with a Place in your Writings, I shall be che more
pleased, because the Character of Emilia is not an ima. 6 ginary but a real one. I have industriously obscured the • whole by the Addition of one or two Circumstances of
no Coniequence, that the Person it is drawn from "might still be concealed; and that the Writer of it might * not be in the least suspected, and for some other Reasons, ! I chuse not to give it the Form of a Letter: But if, be. « fides the Faults of the Composition, there be any thing « in it more proper for a Correspondent than the SPEC6. TATOR himself to write, I submit it to your beiter • Judgment, to receive any other Model you think fit.
I am, S IR,
Your very humble Servant.
There is nothing which gives one so pleasing a Prospect of human Nature, as the Contemplation of Wisdom and Beauty : The latter is the peculiar Portion of that Sex which is therefore called Fair; but the happy Concurrence of both these Excellencies in the same Person, is a Character too celestial to be frequently met with. Beauty is an over-weaning self-sufficient thing, careless of providing itself any more substantial Ornaments; nay so little does it consult its own Interests, that it too often defeats itself by betraying that Innocence which renders it lovely
and desirable. As therefore Virtue makes a beautiful Woman appear more beautiful, so Beauty makes a virtuous Woman really more virtuous. Whilst I am considering these two Perfections gloriously united in one Person, I cannot help representing to my Mind theImageof Emilia.
Who ever beheld the charming Emilia, without feeling in his Breast at once the Glow of Love and the Tenderness of virtuous Friendfhip? The unftudied Graces of her Behaviour, and the pleasing Accents of her Tongue, insensibly draw you on to wish for a nearer Enjoyment of them ; but even her Smiles carry in them a filent Reproof to the Impulses of licentious Love. Thus, tho” the Attractives of her Beauty play almoft irresistibly upon you and create Desire, you immediately stand correčied not by the Severity but the Decency of her Virtue. That Sweetness and Good humour which is so visible in her Face, na. turally diffuses itself into every Word and Action : A Man must be a Savage, who at the Sight of Emilia, is not more inclined to do her Good than gratifie himself. Her Person, as it is thus ftudioully embellished by Nature, thus adorned with unpremeditated Graces, is a fit Lodging for a Mind so fair and lovely; there dwell rational Piety, modest Hope, and chearful Refignation.
MANY of the prevailing Passions of Mankind do undeservedly pass under the Name of Religion ; which is thus made to express itself in Action, according to the Nature of the Conititution in which it resides : So that were we to make a Judgment from Appearances, one would imagine Religion in some is little better than Sullenness and Reserve, in many Fear, in others the Despondings of a melancholy Complexion, in others the Formality of infignificant unaffecting observances, in others Severity, in others oftentation. In Emilia it is a Principle founded in Reason and enlivened with Hope; it does not break forth into irregular Fits and Sallies of Devotion, but is an uniform and consistent Tenour of Action : It is strict without Severity, compassionate without Weakness ; it is the Perfection of that good Humour which proceeds from the Understanding, not the Effect of an easy Conftitution.
By a generous Sympathy in Nature, we feel our selves difposed to mourn when any of our Fellow-Creatures are "nd; but injured Innocence and Beauty in Distress, is
an Object that carries in it something inexpressibly moving : it softens the most manly'Heart with the tenderest Sensations of Love and Compassion, till at length it confeffes its Humanity, and flows out into 'Tears.
WERE I to relate that part of Emilia's Life which has given her an Opportunity of exerting the Heroism of Christianity, it would make too fad, too tender a Story : But when I consider her alone in the midst of her Distrefies, looking beyond this gloomy Vale of Amiction and Sor- . row into the Joys of Heaven and Immortality, and when I see her in Conversation thoughtless and easy as if the were the most happy Creature in the World, I am tranfported with Admiration. Surely never did such a philo. fophic Soul inhabit such a beauteous Form! For Beauty is often made a Privilege against Thought and Reflection; it laughs at Wisdom, and will not abide thé Gravity of its Initructions.
WERE I able to representEmilia's Virtues in their proper Colours and their due Proportions, Love or Flattery might perhaps be thought to have drawn the Picture larger than Life; but as this is but an imperfect Draught of fo excellent a Character, and as I cannot, will not hope to have any Interest in her Person, all that I can say of her is but impartial Praise extorted from me by the prevailing Brightness of her Virtues. So rare a Pattern of Female Excellence ought not to be concealed, but should be set out to the View and Imitation of the World ; for how amiable does Virtue appear thus as it were made visible to us in so fair an example!
HONORIA's Disposition is of a very different Turn: Her Thoughts are wholly bent upon Conquest and arbi- trary Power. That she has some Wit and Beauty no Body denies, and therefore has the Esteem of all her Acquaintance as a Woman of an agreeable Person and Conversation ; but (whatever her Husband may think of it) that is not sufficient for Honoria : She waves that licie to Respect as a mean Acquisition, and demands Veneration in the Right of an Idol ; for this Reason her natural Desire of Life is continually checked with an inconfiftent Fear of Wrinkles and old Age.
EMILIA cannot be supposed ignorant of her personal Charms, tho' she seems to be so ; but she will not hnid
her Happiness upon so precarious a Tenure, whilst her: Mind is adorned with Beauties of a more exalted and lasting Nature. When in the full Bloom of Youth and Beauty we saw her surrounded with a Croud of Adorers, she took no Pleasure in Slaughter and Destruction, gave no. false deluding Hopes which might encrease the Torments of her disappointed Lovers ; but having for some Time given to the Decency of a Virgin Coyness, and examined the Merit of their several Pretensions, she at length gratified her own, by resigning herself to the ardent Passion of Bromius. Bromius was then Master of many good Qualities and a moderate Fortune, which was soon afterunexpectedly encreased to a plentiful Estate. This for a good while proved his Misfortune, as it furnished his unexperienced Age with the Opportunities of evil Company and a sensual Life. He might have longer wandered in the Labyrinths of Vice and Foily, had not Emilia's prudent Conduct won him over to the Govern.. ment of his Reason. Her Ingenuity has been constantly employed in humanizing his Passions and refining his Pleasures. She has shewed him by her own Example, that Virtue is consistent with decent Freedoms and good. Humour, or rather, that it cannot subsist without 'em.. Her good Sense readily instructed her, that a filent Ex. ample and an easy unrepining Behaviour, will always be more persuasive than the Severity of Lectures and Ad. monitions ; and that there is so much Pride interwoven into the Make of human Nature, that an obftinate Man must only take the Hint from another, and then be left. to advise and correct himself. Thus by an artful Train of Management and unseen Persuasions, having at first brought him not to dislike, and at length to be pleased with that which otherwise he would not have bore to hear of, the then knew how to press and secure this Advantage, by approving it as his Thought, and seconding it as his Proposal. By this Means she has gained an Interest in some of his leading Passions, and made them. accessary to his Reformation.
There is another Particular of Emilia's Conduct, . which I can't forbear mentioning : To some perhaps it may at first Sight appear but a trilling inconsiderable Cir. cumstance; but for my Part, I think it highly worthy of