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474. Letter complaining of Country Manners and
Conversation-Dumb Conjuror. . . . . .

475. On asking Advice in affairs of Love.....

476. On Method in Writing and Conversation

Characters of Tom Puzzle and Will

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486. Letter on Hen-peckt Keepers..

482. Letters from Hen-peckt Husbands--from a
woman married to a Cotquean. •

483. On attributing our Neighbours' Misfor-
tunes to Judgments

484. Letter and Reflections on Modesty
485. On the Power of insignificant Objects-

Character of a Templar in Love-
Equestrian Lady

478. Proposal for a Repository of Fashions.... STEELE.

479. Causes of Unhappiness in the married

Life .....

480. Letters from a country Gentleman to Pha-
ramond

From a Lawyer's Clerk..

481. Opinions on the Dispute between Count
Rechteren and M. Mespager

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STEELE,

HARPER.

ADDISON.

STEELE.

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487. Essay on Dreams... ·

488. On the Price and Success of the Spec-

tator

Epigram on the same

489. Meditations on the Wonders of the Deep,
with a Hymn..

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490. On Marriage-excessive Fondness.
491. Story of Rhynsault and Sapphira
492. Advantages of Levity over grave Behaviour
in young Ladies

495. On giving false Characters of Servants-
Letter from Horace to Claudius Nero

494. On Religious Melancholy
495. On the Number, Dispersion, and Religion
of the Jews

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496. Letters on the Conduct of gay and foppish
Fathers on Swinging..

497. On bestowing Favours on the deserving
Anecdote of a Portuguese Minister of
Pope Leo X..

498. Letter on young Templars turning Hack-
ney-coachmen

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499. Will Honeycomb's Account of the Siege of
Hersberg, and his Dream..

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503. Ralph Wonder's Account of the Phantom
at Church

504. Substitutes for Conversation-Trick of

Biting

505. On Conjurors and Revealers of Dreams
506. Reflections on Errors in Marriage--Charac-
ters of Erastus, Letitia, Tawdry, and Fla-
villa

ADDISON.

ADDISON.
500. Defence and Happiness of a married Life STEELE.
501. Patience, an Allegory
PARNELL,
502. On the taste of a Roman and English thea-
trical audience...

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TATE.

ADDISON.

STÉELE.

ADDISON.

STEELE.

STEELE.

ADDISON.

BUDGELL.

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510. On the irresistible Power of Beauty..
511. Will Honeycomb's Proposal of a Fair for
Marriage-Sale of unmarried Women

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ADDISON.

STEELE.

ADDISON.

STEELE.

THE

SPECTATOR.

No. 453. SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 1712.

Non usitata nec tenui ferar
Pennâ-

HOR. 2 Od. xx. 1.

No weak, no common wing shall bear
My rising body through the air.

CREECH.

THERE is not a more pleasing exercise of the mind than gratitude. It is accompanied with such an inward satisfaction, that the duty is sufficiently rewarded by the performance. It is not like the practice of many other virtues, difficult and painful, but attended with so much pleasure, that were there no positive command which enjoined it, nor any recompénce laid up for it hereafter, a generous mind would indulge in it, for the natural gratification that accompanies it.

If gratitude is due from man to man, how much more from man to his Maker! The Supreme Being does not only confer upon us those bounties, which proceed more immediately from his hand, but even those benefits which are conveyed to ús

by others. Every blessing we enjoy, by what means soever it may be derived upon us, is the gift of Him who is the great Author of good, and Father of mercies.

If gratitude, when exerted towards one another, naturally produces a very pleasing sensation in the mind of a grateful man; it exalts the soul into rapture, when it is employed on this great object of gratitude, on this beneficent Being who has given us every thing we already possess, and from whom we expect every thing we yet hope for.

Most of the works of the Pagan poets were either direct hymns to their deities, or tended indirectly to the celebration of their respective attributes and perfections. Those who are acquainted with the works of the Greek and Latin poets which are still extant, will upon reflection find this observation so true, that I shall not enlarge upon it. One would wonder that more of our Christian poets have not turned their thoughts this way, especially if we consider, that our idea of the Supreme Being is not only infinitely more great and noble than what could possibly enter into the heart of an heathen, but filled with every thing that can raise the imagination, and give an opportunity for the sublimest thoughts and conceptions.

Plutarch tells us of a heathen who was singing an hymn to Diana, in which he celebrated her for her delight in human sacrifices, and other instances of cruelty and revenge; upon which a poet who was present at this piece of devotion, and seems to have had a truer idea of the divine nature, told the votary, by way of reproof, that, in recompence for his hymn, he heartily wished he might have a daughter of the same temper with

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