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gratified all my passion? to the full; if,
notwithstanding all this, I. have never been perfectly happy, 7vho can be hap py? Can the indigent be so, or the per secuted, or the calumniated ? And what becomes of those harmless wretches, who seem to be designed, by Heaven, as victims ot the ambition, of the ca price, and ot the cruelty of men? Some arc slaves in peace, others wounded in war ; some are engulphed in the waves oi the sea, others immured in dungeons. And to go no further, if the graces, the virtues, and the illustrious rank of my sister, have not been sufficient to ex empt her from the tyranny of Fate, tohoy in this world, shall be able to find per fect happiness ? 45. It in order to live contentedly, re plied Misano, it be necessary to experi ence no hardships, it would behove those who desire happiness, to make their escape from the world. Hut here in the true happiness ot man does not consist. Helicvc, my children, what I now tell you. *iu. in wnai,tnen, uost tnou place it/ nr.ked the count. I place it, said Mi lano, in what appertains to the mind,* and not in what belongs to the boclv.f 'l his body, in truth, is like an old gar ment, in which the spirit is wrapped up. Toil and pain, and whatever is without me, forasmuch as they can only touch the body, are thrusts given by a weapon which penetrates not the drt ss. Where fore, il the mind knows how to behave in the manner true philosophy teaches, 'it abides cheerfully and contentedly in me midst of slights and torments ; it a bouncls with a constant peace, which a Tises from a joy which fills it and satis fies it with every thing; and it experi ences an internal delight,which no t vents can ever interrupt. In this happy state the soul foils misfortune, triumphs over the fates, despises envy, fears not death: *it is never alarmed by enemies, and, in dt-penden of all that is below the Su preme Lh ing, it remains substantial!* ?;reat, and superior tp all the world.— Heho’d in v:hul I place that solid hap piness which is attainable in this life. This sterling philosophy is undiscover ed be men ; but 1 make no mvstery of * Sense* and Zeno, with the Srnicti, an I Ar.fi.otlc with »Se Peripnetice. four led h>p pmefs upon thofe things which pnUn to the mu d t Ho c iruB an 1 Plato, with ‘he Academics pi ■< d it ir. thyp; things which concern the body. it, and am willing to inform you how I happened to find it. 47. The count and his sister eagerly desired to hear the story of Misano; but it was then late, and it was not well to touch slightly a matter of so much im portance. Sophia, then, requested Mi sano not to take it amiss, if thev should return, at a proper hour the next day, in order to hear, from his mouth, the se cret which they so much desired to know. And doubtless, says she to him, thou wilt not think hard of dividing with us the treasure which thou hast found, because riches of this nature are multiplied by the division of them.— Possessing the lountain of happiness within thyself, thou oughtest not to de ny us the favour we ask ; for it is but reasonable that thou shouldst do, in such case, what every other fountain does,— and we know that they, after filling their own basons, sprinkle the water about on all sides for the benefit of others. When not a single herb is to be seen in the parched field, the panting sheep seek the hard trunks of trees, or dry thorns, and gnaw them to cool their burning months ; here they slip down quite ex hausted, after climbing high to reach some solitary green leal which they had seen at a distance ; there others, melted uuo tenderness uy me (Heatings ol tlieir suffering lambs around them, instead of milk, which they have not lor them, nourish them with tlieir own blood,com pelled by maternal love to die for them to whom they had given life. Ah/ what confusion, what evils, what horrors should w e not behold in nature, if the covetous and selfish fountain should shut up its treasures within itself* To prevent these evils, (>od has command 'd otherwise, and in obedience to the command, the carelul fountain is w ill ing to extend her succours to all, and runs, in haste, to do so; here she stum bles over the stones, there she falls into the elects ol the rocks, and yonder she throw s In rself down, w ith alacritv, from a precipice, for the express purpose of) solacing the poor thirsty flock that art panting for her. Well ! wilt thou not do as much with this marvellous foun tain w hich thou hast discovered within thysell ? To! here are tin lambs in a similar condition, in want g share with us, then, this precious water, of which thou hast-' notvgh and to spam, lor thou wilt not diminish, thereby, that admira hie delight whicji v • set gushing fron thy eyes, and overflowing thy whole! ’ countenance. 48. Make thyself easy on that hea<!^ lady, answered Misano, for I am not a varicious of the light, nor covetous of those things which may conduce to the felicity of others. To be desirous of confining my happiness to my own bo som, would be to dry up its very-Source the same as if a man, by stopping the aperture of an overflowing rock, should strive to prevent the water from issuing forth, when behold the consequence ;— the repelled water, in going back, bursts open another vent, and leaves the first fountain dry. You may therefore, both, remain easy with the assurance that t will deny you nothing which can contri bute to your happiness. 49. Relying upon this declaration,and amidst many testimonies of kindness,the count and the princess took their leave of M isano. Misano remained at his rustic employment, waiting for the tran quility of night, in order to indulge his soul \\ ith the consideration of the won ders of God, and his fatigued limbs with necessary repose. End of Book /. •gr-. .—»■■■ P: -p, THE JUNKET. By.Richard Rummacer, Esq. No VII. Ne pueri, nc tanta animiRafRUf "cite bella* Neu patrix validai viscera vertite vites Virgin No more my aons with strife your hosorr ►tcel, Nor turn your strength against your Coun try’s weal. It is a favourite notion, with many - persons of the present day, that man* * kind are much more enlightened, and much hotter informed, than they were at the commencement of the last centu ry. So much has lately been said of the enlightened eighteenth century'* that a mind ignorant of the history of former ages, might well entertain this opinion. Such a mind would naturally conclude, that in proportion as man bee ime en lightened and informed, his prejudices and vicious passions would be diminish* ( d. Hence it is too commonly inferred, that there is at this time a more active principle of benevolence in the world, than ai any former period. I mu .1 admit that a conclusion of this kind may, with apparent propriety, be drawn from the premises : but without idmitting or denying that the, world has inrre ised in knowledge, I do not fear to hazard the declaration, that every de scription of vice is as prevalent as ever.