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British Magazine (Newspaper) - October 1, 1946, London, Middlesex O AQQQdOQaQSOQO.-QOOQOQeQggQS THE Britijh Magazine. For OCTOBER, 1746. The Moralist. No. L &quam memento � � --fern are tnentein. Hor. THE two great Trials of the human Mind, the two molt fpacious Scenes of Action for the Soul, are Prosperity and Adverfity. The lefs thinking Part of the World feems indeed to look upon only one of thefe as a dangerous State; Adveriityis all they cread theirGovernmentof themfelvesin, and feem very confident, that there can be no Difficulty in bearing profperOus Fortune. But the true Moralift here differs from them widely; fteafon and Ob-fervation have, taught him to know, that there is equal Danger in both ; and when he fees thefe more thoughtlefs Creatures in good Fortune rejoicing, tranf-ported, mad, and.giving them* felves no Bounds in their Enjoy, ments, and in Adverfity dejected, low, defpairing, and too hopelefs to endeavour any thing to relieve themfelvesj he imputes both to the fame Vice or Folly of the Mind. That both are indeed arduous* both dangerous Scenes of Action, the wifer Part of the World have ever acknowledged : The Pangs of adverfe Fortune are hard and terrible to be born with due Fortitude, Patience, and Refohitions but Profperity is a fccret, and therefore a more dangerous Ene- tt my ; it flily and infenfibly foftens and enfeebles the Mind, and if not ftrongly guarded againft, plays the fubtle Dalila, and robs that Samp/on of all its Force, its Strength and Vigour. Affliction moves our very Enemies to Pity, and Profperity even urges our Friends to Envy, and too often espofes us to all the O o " Trai-rr
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