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behaviour, and fit the mind more eally for conversation and discourse to take us out of the company of our aunts and grandmothers, and from the track of nursery mistakes; and by fbewing us new objects, or old ones in new lights, to reform our judgmentsby tafting perpetually the varieties of nature, to know what is good-by obferving the address and arts of men, to conceive what is fincere,--and by seeing the differ-ence of so many various humours and manners,to look into ourselves and form our own.

SERM. XX. P. 164

A

INJURY.
N injury vnanswered, in course grows weary of

itself, and dies away in a voluntary remorse. In bad difpofitions, capable of no restraint but fear it has a different effect--the filent digestion of onc wrong provokesfecond,

SERM. XIV. P. 24.

INSOLENCE.

THE

THE infolence of base minds in success is bound

Jess; and would scarce admit of a comparison, o did not they sometimes furnish us with one, in the de

grees of their abjection when evil returns upon them -the same

poor

heart which excites ungenerous tempers, to triumph over a fallen adversary, in some in. stances seems to exalt them above the point of courage, links them in others even below cowardice. Not unlike some little particles of matter struck off from the surface of the dirt by suoshine-dance and {port there whilft it lasts--but the moment 'tis withdrawn-they fall down-for duft they are and unto duft they will return-whilft firmer and larger bodies preserve the stations which nature has afligned them, subjected to laws which no changes of weather can alter.

SERMOX XXI. P. 25.

THE FILLE DE CHAMBRE.

PARIS.

I

STOPP'D at the quai de Conti in my return home;

to purchase a set of Shakspeare. The bookseller said he had not a set in the world. Comment ! said I; taking one up out of a fet which lay upon the counter betwixt us. He said, they were sent him only to be got bound, and were to be sent back to Versailles in the morning to the Count de

B****,

And does the Count de B****, faid I, read Sbakspeare? C'est un Esprit fort, replied the bookseller. He loves English books ; and, what is more to his honour, Monsieur, he loves the English too. You speak this so civilly, said I, that it is enough to oblige an Englishman to lay out a louis-d'or or two at your shop- The bookseller made a bow, and was going to say something, when a young decent girl, of about twenty, who by her air and dress seemed to be Fille de Chambre to some devout man of fashion, came into the shop, and asked for Les Egarements du Cæur & de l'E/prit: the bookseller gave her the book directly ; The pulled out a little green satin purse run round with a riband of the same colour, and putting her finger and thumb into it, she took out the money and paid for it. As I had nothing more to stay me in the shop, we both walked out of the door together.

-And what have you to do, my dear, said I, with The wanderings of the heart, who scarce know yet you have one ? nor, 'till love has first told you it, or some faithless Mepherd has made it ache, can'st thou ever be sure it is fo.Le Dieu m'en garde ! said the girl. With what reason, said I,--for if it is a good one, 'tis a pity it should be stolen : 'tis a little treasure to thee, and gives a better air to your face, than if it was dressed out with pearis.

The young girl listened with a submiflive attention, holding her fatin purse by its riband in her hand all the time.—'Tis a very small one, faid I, taking hold of the bottom of it-die held it towards me-and

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