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tween the rocks, and a small track leading to it, which is scarce beaten; and with very few people walking in it, as it is all rough, and stony, and difficult?

$. I discern it very plainly.

O. C. And don't you see a high cliff on the hill, almost inaccessible, and with several precipices about it?

S. I see it.

Q. C. That is the way which leads to True SCIENCE.

S. It is frightful only to look upon it.

0. C. And up above that cliff, don't you see a large rising rock, all surrounded with precipices ?

S. I see it.

0. Ç. Then you see also the two women that stand upon it, with so much firmness and beauty in their make, and how earnestly they extend their hands.

$. I do, so; and pray, who are they? .

0. C. Those two are fifters, and are called Tem, PERANCE and PERSEVERANCE.

Ş. And why do they extend their hands so earnestly?

O. C. They are encouraging those who are arrived to that rock, and calling out to them to be of good heart, and not to despond, because they have but a. little more to suffer, and then will find the road all easy and pleasant before them.

Ş. But how can they ever get up upon that rock itself? for I don't see any the least path to ascend it by. Q. C. The two fisters descend to meet them, and




help them up. Then they order them to rest a little, inspire them with new Itrength and resolution, and promise to conduct them to TRUE SCIENCE ; point out the way to them, make them observe how even, and easy, and charming it is; and how free from all manner of difficulty or danger, as you see is represented here.

S. How well does it answer the description !

0. C. You see before that grove, the ground that extends itself into a beautiful meadow, with such a lively light over it. '

S. Very plainly.

0. C. Then you see the third inclosure, in the midst of that meadow, and the portal to it. . S. I do so; and pray, what do you call this place ?

0. C. The habitation of the bleft; for here it is that HAPPINESS, and all the Virtues dwell.

S. What a charming place have they to dwell in! '0. C. And do you observe the lady near the portal,

so beautiful and steady a look ; of a middle age, or rather à little past it, and dressed in a plain long robe, without any the least affectation of ornaments? She is standing there, not on a round stone, but a square one, firmly fixed in the ground; and by her are two other women, who look as if they were her daughters.

S. They do so. .

O: C. Of these, she in the midst is SCIENCE, and the other two are Truth and PERSUASION.

S. And why does Science stand on that square stone ? .

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. 0. C. To fignify that her ways are ways of certainty, and that the presents which she gives to those that arrive to her, are firm and lasting.

S. And what is that she gives to them?

0. C. Strength and tranquillity of mind, arising from a full assurance, that they shall never undergo any evil again in their whole lives. .S. O heavens, how desirable are her presents! But why does she stand thus without the inclosure ?

O. C. To receive those that arrive thither, and give them to drink of her purifying liquor, and ta conduct them into the presence of the Virtues within, when they are thoroughly cleanfed by it.

S. I don't rightly understand what you mean by this cleansing.

0. C. I will make that clearer to you. Suppose any friend of yours was afflicted with some dangerous fit of illness; if he goes to some knowing physician, and takes what he prescribes, in order to root out the causes of his disease, he may be restored to a perfect state of health ; but if he refuses to take what is ordered him, his physician will give him up, and leave him to be destroyed by his diftemper.

S. That is clear enough. so

0. C. In the very fame manner, when any one coines to SCIENCE, she takes him under her care, and gives him a draught of her cup to cleanse him, and drive out all the noxious things that are in him.

S. And what are those noxious things ? :

O. C. The error and ignorance that he drank out of the cup of Decert; and his arrogance, and lust, and intemperance, and anger, and covetousness; in


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Ahort, all the evil impressions and habits that he had contracted in his passage through the first inclosure..

S. And when she has cleansed him from all these, whither does she send him?

0. C. In through that portal, to KNOWLEDGE, and the other VIRTUES.

S. And where are they?

0. C. Don't you see, within the portal, a select company of ladies, of fingular beauty and decency, both in their look and dress; and in a word, with every thing handsome, and nothing affected about them?

S. I see them, and should be glad to know their names.

0. C. That at the head of them is KNOWLEDGE and the rest are all her fifters, FORTITUDE, Justice, Honesty, PRUDENCE, DECENCY, FREEDOM, TEMPERANCE, and CLEMENCY.

S. What beauties they are! and what a longing desire do they inspire one with to enjoy their companies!

0. C. That you may do, if you are wise enough to follow the way that I have shewn you.

S. That will I strive to do as far as I am able.
O. C. Then you will arrive safely to them.

S. And when these have received any one, whither do they carry him?

0. C. To their mother.

S. And who is she? . 0. C. HAPPINESS.

S. And where? 0. C. Do you see the way which leads to that high

edifice, edifice, which appears above all the inclosures, as a citadel does above all the buildings in a city?

S. Yes.

0. C. And do you see that composed, beautiful lady, sitting on a throne in the portico to it, with so easy and disengaged an air, and with that beautiful chaplet of fresh flowers on her head ?

S. How beautiful does she look!
0. C. She is HAPPINESS.

S. And when any one arrives to her, what does she do to him?

0. G. Happiness, assisted by all the Virtues, erowns him with her own influences; in the same manner as they are crowned, who have obtained the greatest conquests.

S. But what conquests has he obtained ?

0. C. The greatest conquests, and over the most terrible of monsters, which formerly devoured and tormented, and enslaved him. All these has he conquered, and driven from him; and is become so much master both of himself and them, as to make those things obey him, which he himself obeyed before.

S. I don't yet comprehend what monsters you mean; and should be very glad to know.

0. C. In the first place, his ignorance and error; will you not allow them to be monsters ?

S. Yes, and very dangerous ones too.

0. C. Then, his forrows, and repinings, and covetings, and intemperance, and every thing that is bad. All these has he subdued, and is not subdued by theni as he used to be.

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