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fore they act in Opposition to these Suggeftions of the Mind, they inuft unavoidably be unhappy.
Your Obfervation, said Sophronius, brings to my Mind an Affertion, which I find maintained by many of the celebrated Ancients and Moderns be that the high and genuine
(as. * they call'ity of the polite Arts never resided in " the Breast of an immoral Man." They imagined it impoffible for one; wlio was impure in his Adions, to be refified in his Sensations : lince, in theif - Estimation, the fathe Facuhies and Dirpositions, which would lead a Manto difcern and Telifh the Charths of Arts, would necessarily incline him to taste and admire the Delights of a regulat Condue betwixt which, they thougħt, there was an infeparable Connexion. But this is ohe of the Fanciful Makims of enthusiastic Genius ; tefably demonstrate the Fallhood of the "Affertion":
6.3 d.d. S When you confider, replied Philocles, what a strong Difpofition there is in Mankind, to vilify thofe, whole extraordinary Talents lift them up to the Notice and Admiration of the World, you will be very tender in giving a decisive Sentence in the case. But if we take the
will a few Instances of Deviation overthrow a general Maxim? Still it may be true, that the Study of the fine Arts naturally leads to the Love of Virtue. When a Man has given himself up to these engaging Speculations ;
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they take such full Possession of the Heart, that he is not at Leisure to lend an Ear to the Calls of Ambition, or the Demands of inordinate Selfpassions. And as these grand Inciters of Vice are thus happily filenced, he is more likely to hearken to the Suggestions of Virtue, and incline more readily to every Duty of Benevolence and social Regard.
Upon the whole, from the best and coolest Judgment I have been able to make, I cannot but be of Opinion, it very rarely happens, that a Man of a true refined Taste in Arts and Literature, is not, at least, an honest Man. He may now and then, perhaps, be betrayed into some little Slips and Miftakes in his. Condu&t; but these Unwarinesses do not darken the whole Character,
give any just Grounds to fix upon him the Inputation of Immorality...“ Such small Stains " and Blemishes (as the inimitable Mr. Addison
observes) die away, and disappear, amidA the * Brightness which surrounds him.”
But the Bell has rung for Breakfast.-Come, good Sopbranius, the Ladies will grow impatient.
The END of tbe FIRST VOLUME.