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ON HYPOCRISY.-From Mr. Shenstone's Works.
W ERE hypocrites to pretend to if you build your opinion on her
no uncommon sanctity, their outward conduct, you would have want of merit would be less disco. deemed her as naturally averle to verable. But pretensions of this na. it. Numerons were the garçons of ture bring their characters upon the the polite and gallant nation, who carpet. Those who endeavour to endeavoured to overcome her prejupass for the lights of the world, must dices, and to reconcile her manners expect to attract the eyes of it. A to her form. Persons of rank, forsmall blemish is more easily disco- tune, learning, wit, youth, and verable in them, and more justly ri- beauty sued to her; nor had the any diculous than a much greater in their reason to quarrel with love for the neighbours. A small blemish also shapes in which he appeared before presents a clue, which very often her. Yet in vain were all applicacondu&s us through the most intri- tions. Religion was her only obcate mazes and dark recesses of their ject; and the seemed resolved to character.
. pass her days in all the austerities of Notwithstanding the evidence of the moft rigid convent. To this this, how often do we see pretence purpose the fought out an abbels cultivated in proportion as virtue is that presided over a nunnery in neglected! As religion finks in one Languedoc, a small community, parscale, pretence is exalted in the ticularly remarkable for extraordi. other.
nary instances of self-denial. The Perhaps there is not a more ef- abbess herself exhibited a person in fe&ual key to the discovery of hypo- which chastity appeared indeed not crify than a censorious temper. The very meritorious. Her character man pofleffed of real virtue, knows was perfectly well known before the the difficulty of attaining it; and is, went to preside over this little foof course, more inclined to pity ciety. Her virtues were indeed such others, who happen to fail in the as she thought most convenient to pursuit. The hypocrite, on the her circumstances. Her fasts were other hand, having never trod the the effect of avarice, and her devothorny path, is less induced to pity tions of the spleen. She considered those who desert it for the flowery the cheapness of house-keeping, as one. He exposes the unhappy vic- the great reward of piety, and added tim without compun&ion, and even profuseness to the seven deadly fins. with a kind of triumph ; not confi- She knew fack-cloth to be cheaper dering that vice is the proper object than brocade, and athes, than sweet of compassion; or that propensity powder. to cenfure is almost a worse quality Her heart fympathized with every than any it can expose.
cup that was broken, and she inftiClelia was born in England, of tuted a fast for each domestic mis Romith parents, about the time of fortune. · She had converted her the Revolution. She seemed natu- Jarder into a study, and the greater rally framed for love, if you were to part of her library conGifted of majudge by her external beauties; but nuals for falling days. By these TO