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more to her manner of putting on, familiar and majestic to Eve; but and appearing in whatever she wears, the latter in a less degree than the than to the dress itself. It is true, former : In doing which be m.ght there is another wicked poet, who either be led by his own excellent has said (with much less decency) judgment, or poflibly might have an “shat dress is the better half of the eye to what is (aid by Cicero, in woman."

(peaking on this subje&t. There are two very diftina (and as Tnough grace is so difficult to be it were opposite) sorts of grace ; the accouered for in general; yet I have * majestic, and the familiar: I should observed two particular things, which have called the latter by the name of (I think) hold universally in relation pleasing, had not I been afraid of a to it. tautology ; for grace is pleafingness The Erft is : “That there is no itsell. The former belongs chieAy to Grace, without motion ;" by which the very fine women; and the latter, I mean, without some genteel or pleafto the very pretty ones : that is the ing nlution, either of the whole body, more commanding ; and this the or of fome limb, or, at least, of come more delightful and engaging. The feature. And it may be hence, that Grecian painters and sculptors used to Lord Bacon (and, perhaps, Horace) express ihe former moft ftrongly in Calls grace by the name of decent the looks and attitudes of their Mi. motion, just as if they were equivanerva's ; and the latter, in those of lent terms. Venus.

Virgil in one place points out the Xenophon, la his choice of Her Majesty of. Juno, and in another the eules (or, at least, the excellent trans- graceful air of Apollo, by only faying bator of that piece) has made just the that they move ; and possibly he fame diftinaiou in the personages of means.20-more, when he makes the wisdom and pleasure; the former of

motion which he describes as moving on to that young Hero, with the majestic fort or grace; and the latter, with the

Whence true asthority in 'men : Thor familiar.

· both Graceful, yet each with diff'rent

Not equal, 26 their sex not equal,

see m’d. Grace they move ; This friking sacred awe, that softer

For contemplation he, and valour,

form'd ; winning love *.

For solenere fhe, and sweet attra&ive .There is no poet I have ever read,

grace

... Iespy'd thee, fair indeed and tall, who seeing to me to underftand this

Under a plantain ; yet methought part of beauty so well as Milton. He

lors fair, Ipeaks of these two forts of grace,

Less winning roft, less amiably very diftinAly; and gives the ma.

mild, jeric t to his Adam, and both the

Than that i'mooth watry image.

(Eve, of Adam and herself.) Choice of Hercules, St. 3.

Her heav'nly form

Angelic, but more soft and feminine; f Two of far nobler shape,ered and tall, fier graceful innocence ; her ev'ry God-like erelt, with native honour clad air lo paked majesty, seem'd lords of all;

of gesture, or lealtadion. And worthy seem'd. For in their

Grace was in all her fleps: heav'n in looks divine The image of their glorious Maker

In every geliure dignity and love. Mone : Truth, wisdom, fan&itude fevere and Speaking, or mute, all comeliness and pure ;

grace Severo, but in true filial freedom Attends thee ; and each word, each plac'd ;

motion forms.

L'Altoo.

her eye;

'An Ejay on Beauty

465 motion of Venus the principal thing, underfood, and grace (after all we by which Æneas discovers her under can say about it) very difficult. Pro: all her dirguise ; though the com. priety therefore and grace are no mentators, as usual, would fain find more one and the same thing, than out a more dark and myfterious grace and motion are: it is true, it meaning for it.

cannot sublift without either ; but All the beft Statues are represented then there seems to be something else, as in some a&ion, or motion; and what I cannot explain, and what I the most graceful ftatue in the world do not know that ever any body has

(the Apollo Belvedere) is so much so, explained, that goes to the compo: that when one faces it at little distance fition; and which may posibly give one is almoft apt to imagine, that he its greateft force and plea fiognesa. is a&ually going to move on toward Whatever are the causes of it, this you.

is certain, that grace is the chief of All graceful heads, even in the por. all the conftituent parts of beauty ; traits of the beft painters, are in mo. and fo much so, that it seems to be tion; and very strongly in those of the only one which is absolutely and Guido in particular; which, as you may universally admired. All the reft are remember, are all either cafting their only relative. One likes a brunette looks up toward heaven, or down to- beauty better than a fair one ; a per ward the ground, or fide way, as re- son of a mild temper will be fond of garding some obje&t. A head that is the gentler pastions in the face, and quite unactive, and Aung Aat upon one of a bolder caft may chuse to the canvas (like the faces on medals have move vivacity and more vi-, after the fall of the Roman empire, gorous paffions expreft there : but or the Gothic heads before the re.

grace is found in few, and is pleasing, 'vival of the arts) will be so far from to all. having any grace, that it will not Grace, like poetry, muft be born even have any life in it.

with a person; and is never, wholly, The second observation is : . That to be acquired by art.... there can be no grace, with impro. The most celebrated of all the ana priety ;" or, in other words, that no- cient painters, was Apelles ; and the thing can be graceful, that is not moft celebrated of all the modern, adapted to the chara&ters of the per: Raphael : and it is remarkable, that fon.

the diftinguishing character of each The graces of a little lively beauty of them. was grace. Indeed, that would become ongraceful in a cha. alone could have given then so high racter of majefty ; as the majeftic aira a pre-eminence over all their other of an empress would quite defroy the competitors. prettiness of the former. The viva. Grace has nothing to do with the city that adds a grace to beauty in Jawett part of beauty, or colour ; youth, would give an additional de very little with tape : and very formity to old age ; and the very touch with the paffions. For it is me same airs, which would be charming who gives their higeft zeft, and the on some occasions, may be quite moft delicious part of their pleasing, shocking when extremely mis timed, ners to the expressions of each of '; or extremely mir-placed.

them. This inseparable union of propriety All the other parts of beauty are and grace. teems to have been the ge- pleafing in lome degree, but grace 18 peral sense of mankind ; as we may pleasingness itself; and the old Roquels from the languages of several mans in general seem to have had this nations ; in which some words that notion of it ; as may be inferred from aoswer to our proper or becoming the original import of the names, are used in differently for beautiful or which they used for this part of graceful.

beauty. And yet I cannot think (as fome The Greeks,as well as the Romans, feem inclined to do that grace con- muft have been of this opinion; wheng fifs entirely in propriety ; because in settling their mythology, they propriety is a thing easy enough to be made the Graces the conftant aster

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dants of Venus, or the cause of love : ble to the addresses of Signior Lodové and, in fact, there is nothing causes co, yet she could not bring herself to lo e lo generally, and fo irrefiftably, think of martying her lover, which, as Grace. It is like the Ceftus of the me faid, was admitting him to freefame goddess, which was supposed to doros entirely incontifient with the comprehend every thing that was relped thatchara&er sequires. In vain winning and engagmg in it ; and be. did he tell her of the violence of his fide ati, to oblige the heart to love parfion for her. She answered thar by a secret and inexplicable force, hers for him was no less violent: but like that of some magic charm. it was his mind fire loved, and could

enjoy that without going to bed to

him. Ludovico was ready to delpair SELIM to MIRZA. at these discourses of his mifress. He

could not but admire such fine seoti(From Lord LITTLETON'S Works.) ments, yet he wished ine had not been

quite so perfect. He'wrote her a very THOU wouldef'be afonifhed to melancholy letter; and he returned hear some worren in this Country

him one in verse, full of rublime extalkoi Lo e their discourses about it pressions about love ; but not a word are as served as their notions of para.

ihat tended to satisfy the poor man's dise, uod ! ey exclude the pleasure of impatience. At lalt he applied him. trefevies out of bern. But, however

self to her father ; and, to engage him for sfied liey may be in the world, to to make use of his authority, offered cone with such vifionary jays, it is

to take Honoria without a portion. my prolon that the nicent of them all,

The father, who was a plain man, was isine were to enjoy her paradise here mightily pleased with this proposal would make a mahometan one, and made no difficulty to promise had lveely a conversation on this fub.

him fuccess: Accordingly he very jrat with one of thele platonics (lor roundly told his daughter, that she that is the t.tle they affec ) in arwege must be married the next day, or go to all her pretty reasonings. I told her

to a nunnery: This dilemma fartled the following iale of a fir Lady who

ber very much. In spite of all her was a platonic like herfell.

repugnance to the marriage bed, the

found something about her Aill more The Loves of Ludovico paration to Ludovico was what the

aver!e'to a cloifter. An absolute se. and HONORIA.

could not bear : it was even worse

than an absolute conjun&ion. In this TÄE city of Genoa has been always difress Me did not know what to do ; famtoi, ebo. e any town in Europe, Me turned over above a hundred to for the refinement of its gallantry. It mances,to search for precedents ; and, is common there for a gentleman to

after many ftruggles with hersell, reprofess himself the humble servant folved to surrender upon terms. She of a handsome woman, and wait upon therefore told her lover that Me con. her to every public place for twenty sented to be his wife, provided the years rogether, without ever seeing might be so by degrees; and that, her in private, or being entitled to any

after the eeremony was over he would greater fivours than a kind look, ora not pretend at once, to all the rights touch of her fair hand, of all this righ and privileges of a husband; but aling tribe, the most enamoured, the low her modefty leisure to make a moft conftant, and the most respe&ful, gradual and decent retreat. Ludovi. war Spoior Lunr vico. His miftrer's co did not like fuch a capitolation ; HONO PA GRIMALDI, only daughter but, rather than not have her, he was to a Senator of char name, was the

content to pay this laft compliment Freatest beauty of the age in which to her caprice. They were married, the lived, and, at the same time, the and, at the end of the firft month, he coyen and most reserved. So great was very happy to find himselkarrived was her nicely in the point of love, at the full enjoyment of her lips. that although the could not beinleaf.

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The Loves of Ludovico and Honoria. 467 While he was thus gaining ground membrance of Honoria, and the Inch by inch, his father died and left thought of the brutalities she was ex-. him agreat eftate in the island of Corfi- pored to. These were always in his ca. His presence was necefsary there; head, night and day; and he ima. but he could not think

of parting from gined, that she had by this time kille Monoria. They embarked together; ed herself, rather than submit to lo and Ludovico had good hopes, that gross a violation. But, while he was he should not only take postession of thus tormenting himself for one wohis efate, but of his wife tov, at his man, he gave equal uneasiness to arrival. Whether it was that Venus; another. His master's wife saw him who is said to be born out of the sea, often from her window, and fell vio was more powerfulthere than at land, lently in love with him. The Afrie or from the freedom which is usual on can ladies are utter Arangers to detiboard a fhip, it is sure that, during the cacy and refinement. She made ao voyage, he was indulged' in greater fcruple to acquaint him with her deHberties than ever he had presumed fires, and sent her favourite llave

to to take before: nay, it is confidently introduce him by night into her asserted, that they were such liberties chamber. Ludovico would'fain have as have a natural and irrefiftable tena been excused, being ashamed to com: dency to overcome all scruples what mit such an infidelity to his dear foever. Bát while he was failing on Honoria ; but the Dave informed him, with a fair wind, and almoft in the nat, if he hoped to live an hour, he port, fortune, who took a pleasure to must comply with her lady's inclina. persecute hira; brought an African rions į for that, in Africk, refusals Corsair in their way, that quickly of that kind were always revenged put an end to their dalliance, by with sword or puilon. No confancy making then his Naves:

could be strong enough to rell lo Who can express the affixion and terrible a menace : he therefore went despair of this loving couple, at fo fud- to the rendez vous at the time apdea and'illtimed a captivity! Lodovic pointed, where he found a miftress in. co saw himself deprived of his virgin - Hnitely more complying than his fanbride, on the very point of obtaining taftical Italian. But in the midf of all his withes ; and Honoria had rea- their endearments they heard the cor.. fon to apprehend, that she was fallen fair at the door of his wife's apartinto rougher hands than his, and, mont Upon the alarm of his comsuch as no confiderations could re- ing the frighted lover made the beft Atrain. But the martyrdom she looked of his way out of the window; which for in that infant was unexpectedly not being very high, he had the good deferred till they come to Tunis. The fortune to get off unhurt. The corcorsair,seeing her so beautiful,thought fair did not fee him, but by the con. ber a mifreis worthy of his prince ; fufion bis wise was in, he suspected and to him he presented her at their fomebody had been with her His landing, in spite of her own and her jealousy directed him to Ludovico ; husband's tears. O unfortunate end and though he had no other proof of all her pure and heroical fenti than bare suspicion, he was deter. ments ! Was it for this her favours mined to punish him severely, and were so long and so obstinately denied at the same time secure himself for the to the tender Ludovico, to have them future. He therefore gave orders ravihed in a moment by a rude bar to his eunuchs to put him

in the same barian, who did not fo much as thank condition with themselves ; which inher for them? But let us leave her in human command was performed the feraglio of the Dey, and see what with a Turkish rigour far more del-, became of Ludovico after this cre} perate and complete than any such Separation. The corsair, finding him. thing had been ever pradised in un fit for any labour, made use of him Italy. But the change this operation to teach his children musick, in which wrought upon him, so improved his he was persedly well fkilled. This voice, that he became the fineft finger fervice would not have been very, in all Africk. His reputation was fo painful, if it had not been for the re. great that the Dey of Tunis sent to

beg

we

beg him of his master, and preferred in the night between the 8th and the him to a place in his own seraglio. He of December the ship went to pieces had now free access to his Wonoria, from the stern to the main-mait, from and an opportunity of contriving her the extreme violence with which the escape. To that end he secretly hired sea broke against her. By this part a ship to be ready to carry them off, of her going to pieces we obtained and did not doubt but he mould find some provisions which washed on her willing to accompany his flight: fhore, viz. fome pieces of salt beef, It was not long before he saw her; likewise some freßh meat that hung and you may imagine the excess of over the ftern, and a quantity of her joy, at so strange and agreeable a onions that the captain had on board surprize. Can it be poftible, cryed for sale. This relief was very seasonthe ; can it be pollible that I see you able, it being now the fourth day in this place ! O my dear Ludovico, face we had eaten any kind of provi. I fall expire in the pleasure of your foo whatever. Having no ureg fils, embraces. But by what magic could we dressed our meat in the beft manyou get in, and deceive the vigilance ner we could, and made what 管 of my tyrant and his guards? My thought a moš delicious repaft. The habit will inform you, answered hé, fenfe of hunger being afsuaged, we in a lofter tone of voice than she had set to work in collecting all the pro. been: ufedito : I am happy in the loss vifions we coold find scattered upon which I have suftained, ince it for the beach, being apprehensive that nithes me with the means of your de- we should not soon get a supply from livery: Truft yourself to me, my any other quarter. This done, our dear Honoria ; and I will take you next care was to get ourselver under out of the power of this barbarian, caver, and form some kind of shelter who has so little regard to your delic from the piercing blaft. This taik Cacy. You may now be happier was not an easy one, fo many of our with me than you was before, as I company being unable to move, and Mhall not trouble you with those of the remainder none but the mate coarse solicitations which gave and myself capable of any adive ego you fo much uneasiness. We will ertion, being all more or less bitten love with the purity of angels, and by the frod; and our number reduce Leave fenfual enjoyments to the vul- ed to seventeen, by the loss of two gar, who have not a relifh for higher persons, as already mentioned. A pleasure. How ! said Honoria, are quantity of deals had Aoated on More you really no man? No, replied he; from the wreck : of these we carried but I have often heard you say, that about two hundred and fifty into the your love was only to my mind: and wood, and by ten at night compleated ihat, I do affure you, is kill the same. a kind of a house, about twenty feet Alas! said me, I am sorry mine is al- long and ten wide ; which was con-' tered; but fince my being here, I am Aruded in the following manner. torned mahometan; and my religion We cut two poles of the abovemenwill not suffer me to run away with an tioned length, and having no nails, unbeliever. My new husband has tied them at a proper heigirth on the taught me certain do&rines unknown outfide of two trees, at the diftance of to me before; in the praice of which twenty feet from each other: the inI am resolved to live and die. Adieu! terval between the poles, which was I tell thee, my conscience will not equal to the breadth of the trees, permit me to have a longer conver- served for the smoke of our fire to fation with such an infidel.

go through ; the fire itself being laid Thus ended the loves of Ludovico in an oblong position, extending itself and Honoria.

nearly the whole tength of the houfe.'

Again these crois poles we placed Narrative of a Shipwreck. boards. with a Nope of about fixty (Continued from Page 419.)

degrees towards the ground, which

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