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What's female beauty but an air divine,
Through which the mind's all gentle graces

shine?
These, like the sun, irradiate all between ;
The body charms because the soul is seen:
Hence men are often captives of a face,
They know not why, of no peculiar grace.
Some forms, though bright, no mortal man can

bear;
Some none resist, though not exceeding fair.

Dr. Young's Univers. Paff.

Vol. II.

LONDON:
Printed for R. WITHY, at the Dunciad in Cornhill;

J. POTTINGER, in Great Turnstile, Holborn;
J. WILKIE, in St. Paul's Church-Yard; and
J. Cooke, in Queen-Street, May-Fair.

MDCCLIX.

250.9.207.

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THE HISTORY

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The story of Portia continued.

TITHEN this subject came first W under my consideration, among

the many circumstances of advantage which, in my opinion, resulted evidently from a diligent use of it, there were none that engaged my attention so closely, as the happiness my fair countrywomen were by this means likely to derive from the conjugal state ; in regard to which, all the rest may be esteemed as little more than a kind of prelude, confisting however of a great variety of parts, that ought to be played over with the ut

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