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fault of her own, at most by the frailty of human nature, she, deserted by the virtuous part of the world, plungeth into iniquity, and debasing every virtue, losing every resemblance of the divine image, callously depraved, ends her existence in cursing that race, which, by shutting the door of human mercy against her, has taught her to despair of the divine pardon. Rigid and unrelenting virtue, is this the lesson thou teachest? No! the virtuous are always forgiving and humane. The Disciples only marvelled, like H. More, that Jesus talked with the woman; yet no man durst ask him, why talkest thou with her? But H. is bolder, who would have us cast her out.
Oh! Hannah! “ If thou knewest the gift of “ God, and who it is that saith unto thee give me “ to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and “ he would have given thee living water." Mrs. More, pray always, “ Lord, give me this “ water (christian charity and candour) that I “ thirst not, neither come hither to draw.” . .
For candour and christian charity, the waggish Peter shames thee, thou cruel Hannah! - I cannot drag the nymph to grinning day,
“ I cannot curse the nymph of yielding charms: • Instead of casting the poor girl away,
“ Lord! I wou'd rather clasp her in my arms! “ Hang on her lips, bestow the generous kiss; ...
“ Catch the pure drop that leaves her liquid eye: .66 And gently chiding the unlicensed bliss,
“ Reclaim the beauteous mourner with a sigh.
"O think of love, ye ladies of hard hearts,
“ Lo, Nature weaves it close in every cranny! “ Ev’n from OLD WOMEN rarely it departs,
“ The subject sweet of many a shaking GRANNY. " Oh, be the wounded prude who dares reprove, .* And furious charge the feeble MAID Or DAME, « A nymph, who, cautious of the torch of LOVE,
“ Has never singed her honour at its flame!" ** In the meantime,” the lady continues, p. 58, “ there « are other evils, ultimately perhaps tending to this, into 86 which we are falling, through that sort of fashionable 16 candour which, as was hinted above, is among the mis6 chievous characteristics of the present day; of which pe“riod perhaps it is not the smallest evil, that vices are made 6 to look so like virtues, and are so assimilated to them, that it “ requires watchfulness and judgment sufficiently to analyze “ and discriminate. There are certain women of good “ fashion who practise irregularities not consistent with “ the strictness of virtue; while their good sense and know“ ledge of the world make them at the same time keenly “ alive to the value of reputation. They want to retain “ their indulgencies, without quite forfeiting their credit; “ but finding their fame fast declining, they artfully cling, “ by flattery and marked attentions, to a few persons of " more than ordinary character ; and thus, till they are “ driven to let go their hold, continue to prop a falling fame."
One mode of doing all this, is to become a « non-descript,” and write « cheap pious tracts," and “ strictures on female education."
« Christianity (p. 64) driven out from the rest : “ of the world, has still, blessed be God! a so strong hold' in this country.”. Is the former clause of this sentence true. Christianity is established in Sweden, Denmark, Holland, Ger
many, Russia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and all America. Oh! Hannah, thy “ Young Levite" is surely a better historian and geographer than to tell you all this! This is not historically nor morally orthodox. .
"Let that very period which is desecrated (this is non“sense) in another country, by a formal renunciation of “ religion, be solemnly marked by you to purposes diame“ trically opposite."
This is not true; for all religions have ever since the revolution been equally tolerated in France." But there was a time, a more consecrated period, a period, to restore which we have squandered hundreds of millions, and shed the blood of myriads, for which Mrs. More voted, when the pious, wise, and good Dr. Young, 'a christian indeed, could not get a grave in all France for his angel, his Narcissa,
“O’er putrid earth to scratch a little dust." I will not in my virtuous indignation at thee, weak woman, call their religion accursed. No! christianity is reverence to God, and love to man.--But it has been perverted by the selfish, the designing, and, instead of a blessing, has been frequently a curse to man; and were it not for man's false education, and imposture, and for woman's false“ strictures" on woman's education, would every where be man's friend. It is the non-descripts of every country, in their impious and ignorant zeal, would set man against man, and nation against nation, turning the gospel, God's best legacy to man, into lasciviousness, the motive, cause, and object of all great crimes in Europe, for fourteen centuries. “ When persecution raised her iron crow,
“ And saw, with doting eye, her pow'r display'd; “ Enjoyed the flying brains at every blow,
“And blessed the knives and hooks with which he flay'd. “ Grilld, roasted, carbonaded, fricasseed
“ Men, women, children, for the slightest things; “ Burnt, strangled, glorying in the horrid deed; “ Nay, starved and flogg'd God's great vicEGE- .
“RENTS, Kings. “ No scorn now frowneth from a Bishop's eye,
“No sounds of anger from his lips escape; “ Save on a Curate's importuning sigh,
“ Save on the penury of ragged crape.”
There was a period, when the French who witnessed this scene let fall
“ Strange tears ! that trickled down “ From marble hearts ! obdurate tenderness ! “ A tenderness that call’d them more severe; “ In spite of nature's soft persuasion, steel'd; - While nature melted, superstition ray'd; “ That mourn’d the dead; and this deny'd a grave.
“ Their sighs incens’d; sighs foreign to the will! • Their will the tyger suck'd, outrag'd the storm. « For Oh! the curst ungodliness of zeal ! " While sinful flesh relented, spirit nurst “ In blind infallibility's embrace, “ The sainted spirit petrify'd the breast; “ Deny'd the charity of dust, to spread « O’er dust! a charity their dogs enjoy. “ What could I do? What succour? What resource?? “ With pious sacrilege, a grave I stole ; “ With impious piety, that grave I wrong'd; “ Short in my duty; coward in my grief!
« More like her murderer, than friend, I crept, , ' “ With soft, suspended step, and muffled deep “ In midnight darkness, whisper'd my last sigh. " I whisper'd what should echo thro' their realms ; “ Nor writ her name, whose tomb should pierce the skies. “ Presumptuous fear! How durst I dread her foes, * While nature's loudest dictates I obey'd?” . Would a grave now be refused in France for the remains of any human being. No! not to a non-descript. The revolution, terrible as were some of its concomitant circumstances, will be beyond a doubt, productive of good. It cannot be that so much blood should be shed, without Providence designing some amelioration of human society by it. Religious bigotry, at least, will never again darken their minds, and steel their hearts against the rights of humanity; and it is to be hoped, the people of this country will have too much good sense to be seduced to non-descript superstition by H. More, however plausible her means, who has art to make “ vice look so like 66 virtue."
From the title, STRICTUREŞ on Female EduCATION, one would expect not a censure only of the existing modes, but the suggestion, at least, of a better plan. The reigning system, she thinks, tends to weaken the principles of female virtue, by its encouragement of vanity, selfishness, and inconsideration; and that quality most important in an instructor of youth, she tells us (p. 69) is
“ Such a strong impression of the corruption of our si nature, as should insure a disposition to counteract it; . fs together with such a deep view and thorough knowledge