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The Splendid Shilling: In Imitation of Milton ,
The YOUNG Lady and LOOKING-GLASS.
A FABLE. WILKIE.)
Y e deep philosophers, who can
Yes, there is one, an ancient art, By sages found to reach the heart, Ere science, with distinctions. nice, Had fix'd what virtue is and vice, Inventing all the various names On which the moralist declaims : They would by siniple tales advise, Which took the hearer by surprise ; Alarm'd his conscience, unprepar'd Ere pride had put it on its guard : And made him from himself receive The lessons which they meant to give. That this device will oft prevail, And gain its end, when others fail, If any shall pretend to doubt, The TALE which follows makes it out.
There was a little stubborn dame,
Papa all softer arts had tried,