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and, of course, were no sooner taken off, but all the wheels stood still. As there was nothing to shun, there was nothing to desire ; conscious and unconscious beings were both reduced to the same level; and if animal life remained for a while after, it was owing to the impulse formerly given it, and would lessen every moment till it stopped for ever.

When this surprising, but affecting scene had taken place, methought the god, as sufficiently diverted with the folly of his votaries, by a second signal, introduced the two sisters again; at whose appearance the vast wheel of life renewed its former office; and the late clamourous petitioners seemed more abashed at their error, than pleased to have it removed : which the god foreknowing, explained himself thus:- Children! I do not blame your mistake, since I foresaw it was inevitable: neither do I insult you

with my power and wisdom, at the expense of my goodness or justice. You are all my creatures; of course equal in my esteem, and I have exactly proportioned your pleasures to your pains.

You cannot reproach sleeping matter for being incapable of pleasure, since it is equally free from pain; neither could matter, if endued with voice, insult your pain, since it is recompensed with an equal sense of pleasure. Framed as you are, pain and pleasure must both enter at the same door; and that you so are framed, is a proof you are framed aright."

At these words, Jupiter and his herald disappeared, the scene changed, and I found the world, at my return, just as I left it.

CHAMPION, vol. i. p. 200. Jan. 19, 1739-40. No. XLVI.

Simulacra eorum,

Quorum, morte obitå, tellus amplectitur ossa.


The spectres pale
Of those whose bones the tomb has long embrac'd.


The number of those, who, to serve some private end, have racked their invention to im pose on others, is small, when compared with those who are themselves imposed upon by the force of their own imagination: there are people of so timid a nature, that they take every shaa dow, which the moon makes by her shine on distant objects, for a ghost: I know one, who in other things wants not courage, yet happening to pass, after sun-set, through a church-yard in the country, was so terrified with the sight of an old yew-tree that grew there, that he fell into a fit, which he might never have recovered from, had not some people who knew him chanced to come the same way, and seeing him lie there, applied proper means to bring him to himself. The first use he made of speech, was to tell them he had seen the apparition of his eldest brother, who had died about a year be.

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fore; that he nodded his head at him, and spread his arms as though he wanted to embrace him. On his pointing to the place where he fancied he saw the ghost, they presently guessed the truth; but though they endeavoura ed to make him sensible of it, and alleged how great a probability there was that his eyes might be deceived, by the form in which the tree was cut, yet either the difference of the attitude he now was in, or the beams of the moon playing less direct upon it than before, it appeared not the same to him it had done, and he could not be prevailed upon for a great while to believe, that he had not in reality seen a spirit.

It is certain that the reflection which the moon makes, or even a twilight, without the assistance of that planet, on objects, at some times, gives them an apppearance very different to what they have in reality, and a person of the best sense and resolution may at first sight be a little startled ; but in such a case, I think one should call reason to one's aid, and consider how many accidents may possibly occasion such a deception of the visual ray, before one concludes the shade is a visitor from the other world.

Between seven and eight years ago, when the royal vault in King Henry's chapel was opened for the interment of her late majesty, Westminster-Abbey was a place of great resort, some flocking thither out of curiosity, others to indulge their more solemn meditations : by the former of these motives it was, that five or six gentlemen, who dined together at a tavern, were drawn to visit that famous repository of the titled dead. As they looked down the steep descent, by which so many monarchs had been carried to their last resting-place on earth, one cried “ It is hellish dark;” another stopped his nostrils, and exclaimed against the noisome va. pour that ascended from it :--all had their different sayings; but as it is natural for such spectacles to excite some moral reflections, even in the most gay and giddy, they all returned with countenances more serious than those with which they had entered.

Having agreed, however, to pass the evening together, they all went back to the same place where they had dined, and the conversation turning on a future state, apparitions, and such like topics; one among them who was a perfect infidel in these matters, especially as to spirits becoming visible, took upon him to rally the others, who seemed rather inclinable to the contrary way of thinking.

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