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hill, "Thither," said he, "you behold multiclimbing from different quarters, struggling should get foremost, and pushing down those behem. On one side of it, is a steep and slippery pice, from which the most part, after having with te toil and contention gained it, tumble headlong bottomless gulf, and are never heard of more. e other side, is a secret path which grows broaddegrees. At the entry to it, stands a smooth rtful villian, called Corruption, holding in one ribbons, and in the other bags of money, which many specious pretexts, he presents to travelaccording to their several tastes. The path, afnding up the hill, leads down again by a straight 1t, till it terminates in a dark dungeon, styled ungeon of Infamy. You observe what numbers rawn into it. And of these there are not a few, not only rejected for a long time the offers of ption, but exclaimed loudly against all who emI them.
he valley below," continued my guide, bending the telescope, "is possessed by Vanity, whose t you may perceive, is still better peopled thap of the other retainers to pleasure, which you dready seen. She allures into her gaudy mannost travellers, by promising to lead them to lace of her mistress through the temple of Fame, she pretends is just in the neighbourhood, and > be come at by passing through her dwelling, gh indeed the right road to it lies through the le of Virtue, hard by which it stands. Those re so foolish as to be decoyed by her, are genconsigned over to the scoffs of Ridicule, a forle figure, who wears on his face a perpetual and, who after treating them with proper marks rn, shuts them up in an obscure cell, called the f Contempt.
er this, Contemplation pointed out to me, in a e corner of the country, that looked as if it had disjoined from all the rest, a castle, which he
said was inhabited by an old usurer, named Avarice, who sat starving amid heaps of gold, and who, though in reality a chief retainer of Vice, refused to acknowledge her under the form of pleasure, and would never come near the court of that jolly goddess. "His castle, you see, is situated in the centre of a deep wood, and defended with high walls, and strongly fortified. That iron gate, which you perceive with the assistance of the glass, is the only entrance. It is secured within by many strong bolts. Without, stand two sharp eyed guards, with visages emaciated and keen, called Hunger and Anxiety, who let none pass into the castle, till they have manifested their good affection to the master of it, by serving a sufficient time in an outer yard, where some are digging, some hewing stones, others carrying on their shoulders heavy burdens, and many filling great chests with earth. It is remarkable," added he, " that from the lowest cellar in the house, there is a long subterraneous passage, which communicates with the Cave of Poverty."
THE TEMPLE OF VIRTUE.
The Temple, in full sight of which we were now come, stood on the summit of the hill. My guide perceiving me captivated with the view of so glorious a structure, said, pointing to it, "That, sir, is the Temple of Virtue, and the abode of Happiness. There the monster who so lately frightened you, Self-will and his gloomy partner Bigotry, dare not venture. Spleen never spreads her sable wings there. From thence are for ever excluded Corroding Cares, and fearful forebodings, with those infernal furies, bitter Strife, blind Passion, brutal Revenge, Jealousy of jaundiced eye, fell Hate, pining Envy, rapacious Appetite, and pale Remorse. Neither the indolent nor
busy adherents to Pleasure, can breathe in so pure ir. Her dependants, who are at the same time bitants, pass the festal hours in a perpetual round easing exercises divided into different social bands, g and beloved, improving and improved by one her, without any contention but this, who shall the highest homage, and do the most acceptable ce to their common Sovereign, who is always to dispense her noblest boons to the most acand deserving."
eanwhile we approached nigh to the sacred manwhich was built of a transparent stone, that tted light from every quarter. It was of a quadlar form, and had at top a magnificent dome. ortal was supported by a double row of pillars of Doric order. The entry was guarded by two sen, who had something in their looks so awful, several travellers recoiled at the sight of them. names were, Temperance and Fortitude. The er held in his hand a bridle, and the latter a spear 's. Though their first appearance was rather and forbidding, methought it softened on us, as is they observed the company we were in. The stood wide open, as I was told they always do. iding by easy steps, we entered. I was trans1 with the beauty and greatness of the place. height and circumference of the dome, both fild delighted the eye. The manner of the whole imple and solemn. There was no need of adious decorations, and there were none. the upper end of the temple, on a throne of appeared the goddess. But how describe her rous form! Her complexion was clear, healthnd animated with a native glow more bright irt can confer. Her features were regular, and proportioned, but had withal a kind of mascu ir. Her eyes were blue, beautiful, and piercing ht itself. In all her mein there was a happy re of dignity and modesty. No ornaments her person, but what were decent and natural
Her hair flowed down her neck in artless ringlets. A sprig of laurel was wreathed round her temples. She wore a robe of the purest purple, which was girt with a zone about her waist, from which it fell in ample and easy folds, alike graceful and unencumbered. She held in her hand an imperial sword, the emblem of power and authority. Before the throne, which was of alabaster, were placed various ensigns of dominion, a globe, crowns, sceptres, tables of laws, suits of armour; instruments of war, trophies, and the several symbols of the finer arts.
The sight of the goddess, so divinely great, overwhelmed me with veneration and rapture. I stood for some time immoveable, as if lost in admiration. When I was a little recovered from my extacy, my guide, pointing to the throne, said, "There sits the Divinity of the place, and daughter of those immortal powers, Wisdom and Love. She was brought forth at a birth with Happiness, her sister, and undivided companion; and sent down from above, as the best friend of man, and the surest directress of life, the guardian of youth, the glory of manhood, and the comforter of old age. By her instructions and laws, human society is formed and maintained; and human nature, by converse with her, grows truly godlike."
My guide then acquainted me with the name, and symbols of the numerous attendants of the goddess. Ón either side of the throne, as its supporters, stood two illustrious personages, called Prudence and Justice. Prudence held a rule in one hand, and in the other a serpent, which twined its inoffensive spires round her arm. Justice held in her hand a pair of scales. The votaries, as they approached, were introduced to the presence by a young virgin of the most lovely appearance, who could not perform her task without blushing. Her name was Modesty. On the right hand of the goddess, stood Domestic Tenderness, Chastity with a veil, meek-eyed Charity, sacred Friendship, and heroic Indignation, of a
aspect and awful mein, grasping the imperial d which Virtue reached out to him, and leading Public Zeal, Magnanimity, and Honour, perof fearless countenance and noble deportment, several more whose names I have forgot.
her left hand were placed, amongst others, esty, in her transparent vest; Sincerity, of an ious face; Resignation, leaning on a column, looking up to heaven; Clemency, holding an branch; and Hospitality, of a liberal and open er, joining hands with Politeness. Behind the e, stood ranged, unruffled Serenity; smiling rfulness; everblooming Joy, with a garland of rs in her hand; and the Graces, encircled in other's arms. There too appeared Industry, hale and active look, and Peace crowned with ; supporting a Cornucopia between them; Crenked hand in hand with Commerce; and both luced by Civil Liberty, holding her wand and In Virtue's train, I likewise saw Rhetoric, of I and enthusiastic air: Poetry, with her lyre; sophy, with her speculum; History, with her Sculpture, Painting, and the rest of the Arts Sciences, each adorned with their respective ls. The presence of the goddess seemed to e the whole generous and amiable band, and a fresh lustre to their beauty.
CENT INTO THE DOLGOATH MINE, IN 1806.
as introduced yesterday to Mr. M——, a manof the mines, who called upon me this mornnd conducted me to the Dolgoath mine, situree miles west from Redruth. It is the g ne in Cornwall, and is wrought principally for e great