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and smiling atmosphere, and a but feldom, in company, dege. tranquil movement. And when, nerates into rudeness. At the at any time, it has been too im- same time, all the other paflions petuously raised in billows, we are softened down, or at least foon find that its retrocession has restrained, and pursue their atteas quickly and suddenly followed. nuated course. Interest of mind This fondness of fortune for ease must somewhere be found, and and repose, seeins fo far to have where that is not fully to be atthe ascendant; that it even chuses tained, it is, at all events, suprather to settle in the lowest plied by an exertion, by a fleet; places, and tends, as it were, ing semblance of interest: and only to the smoothest bottoms, the mind is thus beguiled. by the laws of gravity, that it To this end, play is an excel. may there spread out its shining lent invention. 'In figures and mirror, like the surface of a pel. | images, easily surveyed, and strilucid pool.
kingly legible, it knits and unThe nobler games of antiquity, ties knots, which every moment together with otther objects con are motived by the impelling formable with their conftitution, power of interest, by artifice and had principally in view to per- ikill, by accident, by confiderafectionate the form and the agi- tion or negligence. The motley lity of the body. Since these spirit of these figures gives rise to mánly games have been diffufed, various reflections, and may this perfectionating of the body seem, in some measure, to satisfy is no longer a requifite, at least, us concerning the great game of to the generality of mankind.
the world, where the knave is at If we procure to ourselves as
times of more consequence than inuch motion as is necessary to the king, and the ace is victorious the digestion of our food, the over both. Thus it is now be. bodily duties are fulfilled; the come indispensably necessary to rest belongs to quite another con- our politer companies, which, cern of life, which is wonderfully but for this succedaneum for modified by the various passions conversation, would generally and wants of the individual. In grow very tiresome, and fre. general, however, the indolence quently somewhat disgusting. of our body is a great gainer He seems to be abandoned by thereby, and we rather love to fortune, who, in these circumbe active by the mind, than stances, seeks in play for more by, facts and labour. To this than is to be sought for in it; play is extremely adapted. It is who expects at a card-table the continually entertaining the mind interpofition of heaven. That, with new tasks and considera- from the foolishness of men, a tions, and amid the usual languor thoughtless game may become the and unconcernedness of life, the arbiter of their fate, is a case by wants requisite hereto are con. no means rare. But he that seeks ftantly excited. We feel our. bis fortune on the tighi rope of selves obliged to endeavour at chance, ought not to be surpriinterrupting the uniform cur. sed if he falls, and breaks his neck, rent of time; and in what man. To have a reverence for forner can this better be done, than tune, is natural to all men, in bringing the torpid paflions Man, in the properes meaning of into movement, by a play that the term, is the child of fortune.
On Play and Luck.
153 His existence is diversified, and forces into brazen vaults, for ob. the operations of a marvellous taining a very triding end ; it energy lie darkly before him.glides along the branching tubes Within us, and without us, are of a hair, and overturns mighty streamlets of fortune. They fre- palaces.quently flow in various direc. In like manner it sometimes tions; but when two of them -creates a wonderful Glent destiny operate together, they produce in tribes and nations, as well as the splendid appearance of a beiag in private persons and particular adorned with all the decorations families. It labours likewise at of existence. Haughty and im- quenching the rising sparks of perious is the course it pursues; 1 every advantage, and extinguish. it convinces, in an imposing way, ing the dawn of light in peftilenLand his most insignificant habits tial vapour. In vain are then all turn to his advantage; nature the talents conferred by nature, seeins submissive to him, and only | fruitless the efforts to cast off the madness can venture to stem the covering of darkness. They lie impetuous current of success.
years and ages entire, unless But short and transient is this ap- a vivyfying breath of fortune pearance. Even with the most calls them to a new life and viprosperous of men, it has hardly gour. continued for more than mo- Others again sparkle in a blaze, ment. A more moderate lot con- that least of all befits them. fines the children of the earth to Scarcely is a trace of their merit the benefit of their existence, and to be found in any departed writo teach them the use of their ting. They enjoy, however, the powers. To climb, and to fall, benefit of the sun which so fais the sentence of all things. (vourably enlightened them; even The measure by which they are, the smallest gleam mounts upor are to be accounted, is the wards in them; and they set no time of their increasing and de- bounds to their merits but what creasing state. The breath of their vanity prescribes. fortune occasions the child to In the mean time, their betters be conceived. It is brought into stand in obfcurity before their the world; it is nourished through splendour; and their envious tender infancy by the breath of light permits no ray to pierce the fortune. By it the fripling surrounding gloom. Thus reign blooms; the man expands; but almighty time, and fate and forage preises on, and in advanced
tune, and shed in but too large years, only sparingly is here and proportions, light and darkness there perceptible of a cold and over mortals, feeble influence of its inspiration. Yet one kind of fortune ate,
Thus it fares with the existence tends during the progress of life of mankind. They are only missed on every employment, on the by fortune, and decline as its pi-execution of every project. To nions become feeble. It often this I might give the name of shews itself in surprising and inixed fortune; for nothing can contrary appearances. On what eminently thrive, where the inconceivably thin-fpun threads fure impulse from within, and. often runs a mighty series of
the favourable inspiration from events! It breaks through walls without do not concur; and that of more than adamantine strength; with equal ability. Here the un.,
154 The Accomplished Sportswoman. derstanding and fortune are in every where meeting with noble equipoise. Is one of them want. maxims that testify the profound ing; then the other will but fel.
reverence this poet had for fordoni fucceed. But without some tune. In his lofty mind, he una ' reciprocal help, they both are derstood how to apportion it its dead. Understanding itself is proper claims, and to determine fometimes fortune, as well as vir. how far it is able to reach : tue; and both frequently climb to the funnit of their sippery
He whom flourishing fortune attends,
And is rich in goods, sphere. Does the genius of for
And adds renown to these, tune frown, they fall backwards;
Let him not itrive to become a god. their bloom and pleasure are fled, and each good talent is gone, and But fortune has been moft erevery joyful expectation evapora- teemed by the eastern nations. ted in a gleamlefs night.
They regarded it as an effloresOne moment of fortune, often cence of virtue, and placed it in effaces the injuries of years long connexion with every fentiment past; one moment snatches the of magnanimity, of valour, of banner from the pinnacle of beneficence, and of mental ele. pomp, and leaves nought to be vation. All the excellent qualifeen but a heap of dead embers. lies of the soul appear to them Hence fortune requires to be but as the blottoms of fortune. conftantly tended, filently ex. " Hatem,” says an Arabian pected and preserved with pru- poet, was magnanimous, vadent caution. A rude and re. liant, a lofty poet, and always fractory behaviour scares it away, victorious. Did he give battle to levity and tender weaknesses let his foes, he was crowned with it eicape; moderation in acting conqueft. Did he hunt after fixes and confiripsit, and it grows prey, it never escaped him. Did under her foftering wings to the any man ask of him a favour; he faireft maturity.
never put him off. Did he enter That wife and great men of all the course for obtaining the ages have had a particular esteem prize, he affuredly bore it away, for fortune, 'needs no demonstra- 1 &c." tion. The wisest of the Roman emperors kept its image in gold in their private apartments, or The AccomPLISHED SPORTSWOcarried it about them. They ne.
WOMAN, ver sent it to their successor till
N the sports of the field, it has they were near expiring; and
been the province of man then it was accompanied with
more particularly to have figuathis declaration : That in the
lized himself; and, of course, his whole course of their atchieve: exploits have been the object of ments they were more indebted
more immediate attention. to fortune than to any skill or
But that we may not incur the dexterity of, their own. They cenfure of the fair inhabitants of who had reached the highest pin- this ifle, in having for such a nacle of success, did homage to
Tength of time passed unnoticed fortune, and thus evaded the
the many instances of their heodium of self-conceit.
roism in the chase, we beg In the odes of Pindar, (the leave to present them with the wisest of all the poets) we are
elegant engraving annexed, which