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nor would I use what was so kindly given, to the dishonour of indulgent Heaven. If any neighbour came, he should be free, us'd with respect, and not uneasy be, in my retreat, or to himself or me. What freedom, prudence, and right reason gave, ! all men may, with impunity, receive;. but the least swerving from their rule 's too much; . for what's forbidden us, 't is death to touch.
That life may be more comfortable yet, and all my joys retin'd, sincere, and great ; I'd choose two friends, whiose company would be a great advance to my felicity: well-born, of humours suited to my own, discreet, and men as well as books have known: brave, generous, witty, and exactly free froin loose behaviour, or formality : airy and prudent; merry, but not light; quick in discerning, and in judging right: secret they should be, faithful to their trust; in reasoning cool, strong, temperate, and just ; obliging, open, without huffing, brave; brisk in gay talking, and in sober, grave: close in dispute, but not tenacious; try'd by solid reason, and let that decide: not prone to Just, revenge, or envious bate; nor busy medlers with intrigues of state: strangers to slander, and sworn foes to spite; not quarrelsome, but stout enough to fight; loyal, and pious, friends to Cæsar; true
ose; as dying. Martyrs, to their Maker too. in In their society I could not miss a permanent, sincere, substantial bliss. [choose
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I'd have her reason all her passions sway: easy in company, in private gay: coy to a fop, to the deserving free; still constant to herself, and just to me. A soul she should have for great actions fit; prudence and wisdom to direct her wit: courage to look bold danger in the face; no fear, but only to be proud, or base; quick to advise, by an emergence prest, to give good counsel, or to take the best. I'd have th’expression of her thoughts be soch, she might not seem reserv'd, nor talk too much: that shews a want of judgment, and of sense; more than enough is but impertinence. Her conduct regular, her mirth refin'd; civil to strangers, to her neighbours kind: averse to vanity, revenge, and pride; in all the methods of deceit untry'd ; so faithful to her friend, and good to all, no censure might upon her actions fall: then would ev'n envy be compell’d to say, she goes the least of womankind astray.
To this fair creature I'd sometimes retire; her conversation would new joys inspire; give life an edge so keen, no surly care would venture to assault my soul, or dare, ...
near my retreat, to hide ope secret snare. . But so divine, so noble a repast I'd seldom, and with moderation, taste: ' for highest cordials all their virtue lose, by a too frequent and too bold a use; and what would cheer 'the spirits in distress, ruins our health, when taken to excess.
I'd be concern'd in no litigious jar; belov'd by all, not vainly popular. Whate'er assistance I had power to bring, t'oblige my country, or to serve my king, whene'er they call, I'd readily afford my tongue, my pen, my counsel, or my sword. Law suits I'd shun, with as much studious care, as I would dens where hungry lions are; and rather put up injuries, than be a plague to him, who'd be a plague to me. I value quiet at a price too great, to give for my revenge so dear a rate: for what do we by all our bustle gain, but counterfeit delight for real pain ?
If Heaven a date of many years would give, thus I'd in pleasure, ease, and plenty live. And as I near approach'd the verge of life, some kind relation (for I'd have no wife) should take upon him all my worldly care, whilst I did for a better state prepare. Then I'd not be with any trouble vex'd, nor have the evening of my days perplex'd; but by a silent and a peaceful death, without a sigh, resign my aged breath. And when committed to the dust, I'd have few tears, but'friendly, dropt into my grave; then would my exit so propitious be, all men would wish to live and die like me.
TO HIS FRIEND INCLINED TO MARRY." I would not have you, Strephop, choose a mate, from too exalted, or too mean a state; for in buth these, we may expect to find in a creeping spirit, pr a haughty mind siis Who moves within the middle region, shares , the least disquiets, and the smallest cares. , , Let her extraction with true lustre shine; . . if something brighter, not too bright for thine: her education liberal, not great;. , neither inferior nor above her state, Let her have wit; but let that wit be free from affectation, pride, or pedantry: for the effect of woman's wit is such, too little is as dangerous as too much,
1.161 But chiefly let her humour close with thive; unless where your's does to a fault incline; wide the least disparity in this destroys, siis like sulphurous blasts, the very buds of joys. K. Her person amiable, straight, and freefrom natural, or chance deformity. Let not her years exceed, if equal thine;
aine; int for women past their vigour, soon decline: her fortune competent; and, if thy sight can reach so far, take care 'c is gather'd right, If thine's enough, then her's may be the less : do not aspire to riches in excess. For that which makes our lives delightful prove, is a genteel sufficiency and love.