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OR, MODES OF

FAITH AND PRACTICE.

A TALE,

IN TWO VOLUMES.

BY A LADY.

There is no virtue more amiable in the softer sex, than:
that mild and quiescent spirit of Devotion, which, wittrout:
entangling itself in the dogmas of Religion, is melted, by its
charities and exhilarated by its hopes: * COWPER.
To be good and disagreeable, is high, treason against vir-

: : ELIZABETH Surah

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PREFACE.

All is said,” says La Bruyere, f and we
come too late; since it is more than five thous-
and
years

that men have reflected."
In the age when this complaint was made,
the path of literature was comparatively un-
beaten; many beautiful and unfrequented spots
remained to reward the diligent traveller;
many portions of 'terra incognita' might still
be found rich in golden fruit:

But, though more tłsari a hundred and: fifty years have elapsed since this discouraging sentence was pronounced, it baš nejtver fettered the pen of the author, nor restricted the expectations of the reader; the charm of sovelty is still sought with avidity.

If such be the hapless lot of authors; if, as a witty writer has observed, their best thoughts have been stolen from them by the ancients, they are to be applauded for the dexterity with which they contrive to work up old materials; for the gloss, beauty and variety with which they invest them.

It is certainly true that. a picture of human nature, if faithful, must fundamentally be simi

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