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S. O glorious exploits! and most noble of all victories ! But be so good as to inform me yet farther, what may be the influence of the crown, with which you were saying he was to be crowned?
0. G. It is that which renders him happy : for he who has it once on his head, immediately becomes easy and blest; and does not place his hopes of happiness in any thing without him, but possesses it in his own breast.
S. How desirable is such an acquisition! And after he is crowned, what does he do? or whither does he go?
O. C. The Virtues take him, and lead him to the place that he had left, and bid him observe those who continue there, amidst what difficulties and troubles they pass their time; and how they are ship: wrecked in life, or wander about in it; or are conquered and led along like captives, some by INTEMPERANCE, and others by ARROGANCE ; here by Co. VETOUSNESS, and there by VAIN-GLORY, or any other of the Vices: whose chains they are in vain striving to get loose from, that they might escape and get to this place of reft : so that their whole life seems to be nothing but one ineffećtual struggle. And all this they suffer from their mistaking the right way, and forgetting the orders given them by the directing GENIUS.
S. That appears to me to be the case; but I don't so clearly fee, why the Virtues lead the person that has been crowned, back to the place that he had left. 0. C. Because he had never formed a full and
exact idea of the things that passed there, but at best had only gueired and doubted about them: for; from the draught of ignorance and error that he had taken at his entrance, he had imagined things that were bad to be good, and things that were good to be bad; by which means he had lived wretchedly, as indeed all do while they are there. But now that he has obtained the knowledge of what is really good, he can both live happily himself, and can see how very unhappy the others are.
S. And when he has taken a full view there, what does he do, or whither does he go?
O. C. Wherever he pleases, for every where is he as safe as one that is got into the Corycian cave; so that wheresoever he goes, he lives in full security, and undisturbed happiness; and is received by all others with as much pleasure as a good physician is by his patients.
S. And has he no longer any dread of those females which you called monsters? nor any apprehension of being hurt by them?
O. C. Not in the leaft; for he will never any more be molested either by ANGUISH or SORROW, or InTEMPERANCE, or CoveTOUSNESS, or POVERTY, or any other evil; for he is now master of them all, and superior to every thing that formerly gave him any trouble. As they who practise the catching of vipers, are never hurt by the bite of those creatures, which is so venomous and even mortal to others, because they have an antidote against their poison; so he is safe from any influence of all these evils, because he has the antidote against them.
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$. That you have explained to me very well ; but I beg you will tell me yet farther, who they are that are descending from the middle of the rock, some of them crowned, and with an air of joy on their countenances; and others without crowns, that seem to have been rejected, and have the marks of severad falls about them, and are followed by certain women.
0. G. They who are crowned, are such as got fafe to SCIENCE, and are delighted with the reception that she has given them; and those without crowns, who seem to have been rejected by her, and are returned in so bad a condition, are such as found their hearts fail them, when they came to the precipice where PATIENCE stands; and turned back from that point, and are now wandering irregularly they know not whither.
S. And who are the women that are following them? i O. G. They are SORROW and ANGUISH, and DeŚPAIR and INFAMY, and IGNORANCE.
S. By your account they are attended by every thing that is bad !
0. C. Undoubtedly they are, but when they are got down into the first inclosure, to VOLUPTUOUSNESS and INTEMPERANCE, they don't lay the blame on themselves, but immediately say all the ill things they can of SCIENCE, and of those who are going to her ; and tell how miserable and wretched those poor people are, and how much they suffer, who leave the life they might have enjoyed below, and the good things bestowed there.
S. And what are the good things which they mean?
0. C. Luxury and Intemperance, to say all in two words; for to indulge their passions like brute beasts, is what they look upon as the completion of all their happiness.
S. And those other women that are coming down there, who look so gay and so well pleased with themfelves, what are they?
Q. C. The OPINIONS, who, after conducting those to Science, who have gained admission to the Vir: TUES, are returning to bring up others, and to acquaint them how happy those are whom they have already conducted up thither.
S. And have they been admitted to the Virtue's themselves ?
O. G. By no means; for 'tis not allowable for OPINION to enter, where KNOWLEDGE has her dwelling. Their business therefore was only to conduct them to SCIENCE; and when she has received them, they turn back again to bring others;, like transportships, which as soon as they have delivered one freight, · return for another,..
S. You have now, I think, very well explained all the figures in the picture, but you have not yet told us what directions they were, which the Genius at the first portal gives to those that are entering into life.
0. C. He bids them be.of good courage. Where-'. fore be you also of good courage ; foș I will tell i you the whole, and leave no one thing unexplained to you. VOL. II.
S. We shall be extremely obliged to you.
0. C. You see that blind woman there on the round stone, who I told you before was FORTUNE.
$. I see her.
0. G. As to that woman, he orders them not to place any confidence in her, nor to look on any of her gifts as firm or secure, nor to consider them as their property; for there is no hindering her from resuming them, and giving them to any body else ; and 'tis what she is extremely apt to do. He there. fore orders them to regard all her presents with indifference, and not to rejoice if she makes them any, nor to be dejected if she takes them away, and to think neither well nor ill of her; for whatever she does is done without thought, and all by mere chance and accident, as I have acquainted you already. 'Tis on this account that the Genius coinmands them, not to attach themselves to any thing she can give ; nor to be like those fimple bankers, who when they have received any sum of money in trust, are apt to be pleased with it, and look upon it as their own; and, when they are called upon to repay it, grow uneasy, and think it very hard ; not considering that it was deposited in their hands on that very condition, that the true owners inight demand it again whenever they pleased. Just thus the Genius commands men to look upon all the gifts of FORTUNE: and to be aware that she may recall them whenever she has a fancy to do it; or may send in more, and, if the pleases, may resume that and the former all together. He therefore commands thofe who are entering into life, to receive whatever she offers them, and, as soon as they