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ticular predilection. My turn of mind made me seek with avidity every thing that was methodical; and I pay but little respect to those works which are only the exercises of imagination.
We have three principal sciences, which I compare to the three essential parts of the human conposition:-Theology, which, by its spirituality, resembles our soul; the Mathematics, which, by their combination and justness, express our reason; and Natural Philosophy, which, by its mechanical operations, denotes our bod. ies: and these three Sciences (which ought to maintain a perfect harmony) while they keep within their proper sphere, necessarily elevate us towards their au. thor, the source and fullness of all light.
Philosophy without Geometry, is like medicine without chemistry. The greater number of modern Philosophers reason inconclusively, only because they are unacquainted with Geometry. They mistake sophisms for truths; and if they lay down just principles, they deduce false conclusions from them.
Study alone will not make a learned man, nor a knowledge of the sciences a Philosopher. But we live in an age where great words impose, and where men think themselves to be eminent geniuses, if they only contrive a set of singular opinions. Distrust those writ. ers who employ themselves rather about the style than the matter, and who hazard every thing for the sake of surprising.
A NOTION OF HONOUR.
BY MR. PRATT.
Talk not so formally, I am so much a despiser of it, that I never suffer a slip of buckram, even in my coat. I heard that you were insulted, and, for the want of a few scoundrel guineas, unable to redress yourself. Now, insult I am so far from bearing myself, that I cannot endure it should be inflicted on another. If you had a purse in your pocket, a sword at your side, and a cane in your hand; if, sir, provi. dence had thought proper to accoutre you in this manner, I should have left you to revenge your own cause, and fight your own battles: and had you hesi. tated to do this, under such advantages, I should have rejoiced to hear, that the purse had been taken from you, the sword run through your body, or the cane laid across your shoulders; because, for man to fear man, in my opinion, is the last error of idolatry, and ten times a greater shame, than bowing the knee to Baal.
ADVICE TO A PRINCE. Wouldest thou, my prince, inform thyself of the site uation of thy people, that thou mayest redress their grievances and promote their welfare, consult not the wealthy merchants of Damascus, nor the proud lords of landed inheritance; but turn thine eyes into the shop of the humble mechanic, the cottage of the industrious peasant, and the village of the laborious fisherman.
EPITAPH ON A BIRD.
aged three months and four days,
the body of RICHARD ACANTHUS, a young person of unblemished character: He was taken in his callow infancy from underthe wing
of a tender parent, by the rough and pitiless hands of a two legged animal
without feathers. Though born with the most aspiring disposition
and unbounded love of freedom,
and scarcely permitted to view those fields to the possession of which he had an ancient and
undoubted charter. Deeply sensible of this infringement of his natural
and unalienable rights,
not with rude and violent clamours, but in the most plaintive notes of harmonious sorrow: at length, tired with fruitless efforts to escape,
his indignant soul
READER! if suffering innocence can hope for retribution,
deny not to the genile shade
of this unfortunate captive, the humble, though uncertain, hope of animating
some happier form;
the tyrant of this lower world