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LONDON SHACKELL AND BAYLIS, JOHNSON'S-COURT,FLEET-STREET. OF THE SECOND VOLUME.

THE BOOK

OF

THE BOU DO I R.

RELIGIOUS AUSTERITY.

It is quite deplorable to see how many rational creatures (or, at least, who are thought so) mistake suffering for sanctity, and think a sad face and a gloomy habit of mind, propitious offerings to that deity, whose works are all light, and lustre, and harmony, and loveliness.

I have just had a visit from a pair of papistical pietists, in such a state of attenuation, that they look as if they had escaped from a besieged town after a month's famine. They had been keeping black lent (a fast, I believe, now peculiar to Ireland) which it would be difficult to persuade a Roman

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