A Dialogue on Beauty: In the Manner of Plato

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W. Wilkins, 1731 - Beauty, Personal - 55 pages
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Page 29 - Inftinds of Benevolence, and gentle Impulfes exciting every Moral Sentiment in the Heart. The Harmony refulting from the Regular Exercife of thefe various Faculties, conveyed to the Senfes by the enchanting Powers of Speech and graceful Action, and borrowing new Attractions from the becoming Veil of a beauteous Form, raifes, not Delight and Defire alone, but Tendernefs, Efteem and Affection, with all the noble Ingredients of that elegant Paffion, which every beautiful Virgin is fo ambitious to infpire....
Page v - Motive of publifhiag this little Piece, is an Ambition to have the Honour of prefenting it, by your Hand, to his Grace the DUKE of ^DORSET, as a Specimen of my Duty, fmce my Attendance may perhaps not be required. A s nothing of this Kind has been attempted in our Language, it is very uncertain what Succefs it may find : Some few Dialogues have indeed been received with juft Applaufe ; but ndne of them are Uriel: Imitations of PLAT o , or -much designed to referable him.
Page 25 - View of its Contrary ; or, in other Words, we are touched with Benevolence naturally arifing from the Perceptions of this Kind. Such Animals as are found feeding together in Herds, and are governed by kindly...
Page vii - I do not yet dream of the Government of an Ifland, I will own to you, that I mould efteem myfelf as happy as Sancho, when in Converfation with the Dutchefs, had I the Honour to find a Fair Patronefs in His GRACE'S Family.
Page 40 - Hazard ; and fince fb few are found to perform it with Succefs, it had methinks been more eligible to have had a perfect Portraiture of this Moral Beauty originally delineated in the Soul by the unerring Hand of Nature. SOCRATES. Had it been left to their own Choice, every intelligent Creature would have afpired to every Perfection ; and thus the beautiful Order and Gradation of fubordinate Beings, which adorns the Univerfe, would have been loft and confounded.
Page 34 - Legions, and found their martial Alarms ; their Variety, and their Murmurs, will afford us an agreeable Entertainment. SOCRATES. See! They come, obedient to your Call : Not the fofteft Gales that falute the newly wakening Spring, nor the Breath of fweeteft Flowers, could invite them forth with a more prevailing Charm, You gave the Provocation by a curious Enquiry into the native Beauties df Minds, and you niuft arm yourfelf with Patience to attend the Refult of it.
Page 41 - As tender a Creature as I am, I am not altogether fo mean-fpirited. SOCRATES. You would not, I fuppofe, be contented to refign the delightful Faculties of Sight or Hearing, in order to avoid difagreeable Sounds or Colours. ASP ASIA. I am not yet arrived to that Excefs of Delicacy. SOCRATES. Would you fubmit to give up your...
Page iii - Imagination, that if you approve of * this firft EfTay, I may perhaps endeavour to divert you with fome other Performances of the fame Nature, It is, indeed, owing to you, that I ever attempted to write any thing in this Way : For, tho...
Page 49 - I am conJcious of my want of Power to finifli it ; and ignorant how this wondrous Skill may be attained. You have awakened me from a golden Dream of imaginary Charms, and Beauties not my own : and can you thus leave me to weep the fleeting Treafure ? SOCRATES. How fweet are the Defires infufed into the awakened Thought from one faint Ray of this new-difcovered Beauty!
Page 28 - Part of the Scale of Beauty do you place the Harmony of Regular Motion ? SOCRATES. This is certainly a Beauty of the loweft Clafs : But if even the Regular Motions of the Human Body are beautiful, we may compute from thence the greater Degrees of Beauty produced by the juft Regulation of its fuperior Faculties. No Treamre could fo well deferve our Care and Pains in making the Computation.

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