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and commonly against her endeavours. But I observed, when they approached to the barren top, that few were able to proceed without some support from Habit ; and that they, whose Habits were strong, advanced towards the mists with little emotion, and entered them at last with calmness and confidence ; after which, they were seen only by the eye of Religion; and though Reason looked after them with the most earnest curiosity, she could only obtain a faint glimpse, when her mistress, to enlarge her prospect, raised her from the ground Reason, however, difcerned that they were fafe, but Religion saw that they were happy.
• Now, Theodore, taid my protector, withdraw thy view from the regions of obscurity, and see the fate of those who, when they were dismissed by Education, would ad. mit no direction but that of Reason. Survey their wag. derings, and be wise'
I looked then upon the road of Reason, which was in. deed, so far as it reached, the same with that of Religion, nor had Reason discovered it but by her instruction. Yet when she had once been taught it, the clearly saw that it was right; and Pride had sometimes incited her to declare that she discovered it herself, and persuaded her to offer herself as a guide to Religion, whom after many vain es. periments, she found it her highest privilege to follow. Reason, was however at last well instructed in part of the way, and appeared to teach it with some fuccess, when her precepts were not misrepresented by Passion, or her influ. ence overborne by Appetite But neither of these enemies was she able to refiit. When Pallion seized upon her yotaries, she feldom attempted opposition. She seemed in. deed to contend with more vigour against Appetite, but was generally overwearied in the contest ; and if either of her opponents had confederated with Habit, her authority was wholly at an end.
When Habit endeavoured to captivate the votaries of Religion, she grew, by flow degrees, and gave time to escape ; but in fejzing the unhappy followers of Reason, she proceeded as one that had nothing to fear, and enlarged her size, and doubled her chains without intermission and without reserve.
Of those who forfook the directions of Reason, fome were led alide by the whispers of Ambition, who was perpetually pointing to stately palaces, situated on eminences on either side, recounting the delights of affluence, and boalting the security of power. They were eally perfuad
ed to follow her, and Habit quickly threw her chains upon them; they were foon convinced of the folly of their choice, but few of them attempted to return. Ambition led them forward from precipice to precipice, where many fell and were feen no more. Those that escaped were, after a long feries of hazards, generally delivered over to Avarice, and enlisted by her in the service of Tyranny, where they continued to heap up gold, till their patrons or their heirs pnfhed them headlong at last into the caverns of Despair.
Others were enticed by Intemperance to ramble in search of those fruits that hung over the rocks, and filled the air with their fragrance. I observed, that the Habits which hovered about these foon grew to an enormous fize, nor were there any who less attempted to return to Reason, or fooner funk into the gulfs that lay before them. When these first quitted the road, Reason looked after them with a frown of contempt, but had little expectation of being able to reclaim them; for the bowl of intoxication was of such qualities as to make them lose all regard but for the present moment. Neither Hope nor Fear could enter their retreats ; and Habit had so absolute a power, that even Conscience, if Religion had employed her in their faTour, would not have been able to force an entrance.
There were others whose crime it was rather to neglect Reason than to disobey her; and who retreated from the heat and tumult of the way, not to the bowers of Intemperance, but to the maze of Indolence. They had this peculiarity in their condition, that they were always in light of the road of Reafon, always wilhing for her presence, and always resolving to return to-morrow. In these, was most eminently conspicuous the subtlety of Habit, who hung imperceptible Thackles upon them, and was every moment leading them far. ther from the road, which they always imagined that they had the power of reaching
of reaching. They wandered on, from one double of the labyrinth to another, with the chains of Habe it hanging secretly upon them, till, as they advanced, the Aowers grew paler, and the scents fainter : they proceeded in their dreary march without pleasure in their progress, yet without power to return; and had this aggravation above all others, that they were criminal, but not delighted. The drunkard for a time laughed over his wine ; the anbitious man triumphed in the miscarriage of his rival; bat the captives of Indolence had neither superiority nor merriment. Discontent lowered in their looks, and Sadness hovered round their shades ; yet they crawled on reluctant and gloomy, till they arrived at the depth of the recefs, varied only with poppies and nightshade, where the dominion of Indolence terminates, and the hopeless wanderer is delivered up to Melancholy : the chains of Habit are riv. etted forever; and Melancholy, having tortured her prisoner for a time, consigns him at last to the cruelty of Der pair.
While I was musing on this miserable scene, my protect. or called out to me, • Remember, Theodore, and be wise, and let not Habit prevail againt thee." I started, and beheld myself surrounded by the rocks of Teneriffe; the birds of light were finging in the trees, and the glances of the morning darted upon me.
SECTION 1. The cameleon ; or pertinacity exposed. OFT has it been my lot to mark A proud, conceited, talking spark, With eyes that hardly serv'd at molt To guard their master 'gainst a post ; Yet round the world the blade has been, To see whatever could be seen Returning from his finish'd tour, Grown ten times perter than before ; Whatever word you chance to drop, The travell’d fool your mouth will stop: " But, if my judgment you'll allowI've seen and sure I ought to know” So begs you'd pay a due
submission, And acquiesce in his decision.
Two travellers of such a calt, As o'er Arabia's wilds they pass’d, And on their way, in friendly chat, Now talk'd of this, and then of that, Discours'd a while, 'mongst other matter, Of the cameleon's form and nature. " A stranger animal,” cries one, 5. Sure never liv'd beneath the fun! A lizard's body, lean and long, A filh's head, a ferpent's tongue, Its foot with triple claw disjoin'd; And what a length of tail behind ! How flow its pace! and then its hue Who ever saw so fine a blue ?"
“ Hold there," the other quick replics, “'Tis green-I saw it with these eyes, As late with open mouth it'lay, And warm'd it in the sunny ray ; Stretch'd at its ease the beast I view'd, And saw it eat the air for food."
" I've seen it, friend, as well as you,
“ 'Tis greer, 'tis green, I can assure ye.".com
So high at last the contest rose,
“ Well then, at once to ease the doubt,"
He said ; then full before their fight
The hare and many friends. FRIENDSHIP, in truth, is but a name, Unless tó few we lint the fame.