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Idleness destroys the advantages of retirement, 19; poe-
tical description of rural idleness, 133.
Idylls, those of Geffner described, 131.
Ill-nature, not the cause of satirising the vices and follies
of mankind, 20, 21 ; fubdued by Solitude 207.
Imagination, the cause of those pleasures which the heart
derives from Solitude, 102, 106; excited by the su-
blime scenery of Swifferland, 108, 117; its power-
ful effect, 120; happiness more in imagination than in
reality, 126; how it may be occafionally diverted,
167; its delusive effects, 211 ; must be filenced before
reason can operate, 237; moderated by Solitude, 243.
Impatience fubdued by Solitude, 207.
Indolence, a disposition to it checked and subdued by
a rational Solitude, 62; Helvetius's opinion of its
Fohnfon fond of romances, 126; a dialogue from the
history of Raffelas, 241; a circumstance under which
he wrote the English Dictionary, 242.
Isenbourg, the Prince of, his conduct in exile, 281.
Italians, their character, and contented difpofition, 120.
Italy, its depopulation the cause which induced Mæcenas
to persuade Virgil to write the Georgics, 54.
Lavater gave credit to the juggles of Gefner, 56 ; an
and merits, 59;
fongs, 83, 84.
Leisure, its use in retirement, 24.
Laura, description of her residence and character, 191,
Lausanne, its delightful folitude, and the happiness of
its inhabitants, 151.
Library may be the seat of Solitude, 1; the enjoyments
it afforded to Petrarch, 47, 176.
Liberty defined, 11 ; its use in retirement, 24; the
love of it engenders a love of Solitude, 160; the
true sweetener of life, 163; flies from the thraldom
of society, 153
Love, enervated the youthful mind of Petrarch, 92;
the most precious gift of heaven, 177; unites itself
voluntarily with the aspect of beautiful nature, 177;
inspired by the return of spring, 179; its softest ima-
ges revived by Solitude, 181; Wieland's sublime con-
ception of this passion, 182 ; its effect on young minds,
183, 204; absence and tranquillity favourable to the
indulgence of it, 184; frequently becomes highly ro-
mantic in Solitude, 186; Rousseau's description of
its effects, 186, 204 ; its effects on the mind of Per
trarch, 188; Ovid's opinion of the danger of love in
Solitude, 189; Adam Smith's sentiments on this fub-
ject, 190; Petrarch conquers it, 195; the effect of
love in retirement, 202.
Lovers, their enjoyments in Solitude, 180; express
their passion with high ecstasy, 185; Ovid's opinion
that Solitude is dangerous to a lover, 189; their feel-
ings on the death of the object of their affections, 193 ;
in what manner Solitude heals their afflictions, 204
Luc, John Andre de, his negociation with the people of
Luxury, a story of an old curate's ignorance on this
Maintenon, that lady's opinion of the retirement of
Marshal de Boufflers, 174.
Man of Fashion, miserable amidst his pleasures, 213,
216; his character contrasted with that of a philofo-
Manual Labour, not to be rejected in Solitude, 227.:
Marienwerder, beautiful gardens there described, 104.
Malesherbes, Rousseau's letter to him on Solitude, 128;
on his love of liberty, 161.
Martial, his opinion of Solitude, 17.
Mæcenas's motives for inducing Virgil to write the
Meiner's description of the beauties of the borders of the
lake Biel, 116.
Milton's address to light, 23; description of fallen vir-
tue, 273; delight of rural objects, 280.
Mind, its influence upon the body, 240.
Ministers of State, observations on their dispositions and
characters, 170, 174; the disgrace of one finely il-
lustrated by Le Sage, in the history of Vanillo Gon-
Melancholy subdued by Solitude, 102; Thomson's lines
on philosophic-melancholy, 103.
Mental Pleafures are in every person's reach, 227.
Metellus, his patriotic conduct, 283.
Montaigne's opinion of Solitude, i.
Moorcock, story of one, 164.
Moore's description of the character of the Italians,
Nature, the manner in which she performs her operations,
Nemi, the lake of melancholy, described, 117.
Numa, his love of Solitude, 27; a description of his
Old Age, the advantage it derives, from Solitude, 289.
Ovid's lines on the danger a lover experiences in Solitude,
Paftoral Poetry, its origin, 130; its influence on the
Parents, the properest preceptors to teach their children
Paffions, in what manner concentrated and subdued by
Solitude, 63; their use in society, 137.
Patriotism, the effects it produces, 85; a term frequent-
ly misapplied, 265.
Peace of Mind, in what it consists, and how obtained,
Pericles, his love of Solitude and character, 88; a cap-
tivating orator, 49.
Petrarch's opinion of the importance of time, and his
recommendation of Solitude to employ it profitably,
35, 42; his love of letters described, 47; the con-
fequences of excluding him from his library, 48; his
retirement at Vaucluse described, 52, 199 ; thé ad-
vantages he derived from Solitude, go; his happiness
interrupted by the pasfion of love, 92 ; contrives and
fupports the enterprizes of Rienzi, 92; the inconfift-
ency of his conduct, 94; his employments at Vau.
cluse, 139; his notion of riches, 155; disgusted by
the mean manners of the papal court, 156 ; a defcrip-
tion of his person and manners, 157; his progress in
life, 159; his enjoyments in Solitude, 169; describes
the fimplicity and frugality of his life in the country,
166; fubdues his passions, 168; his books his best
friends, 176 ; composed his finest sonnets at Vaucluse,
185.; the effets which love produced in his mind,
188, 190 ; his conquest over love, 195; his abilities
and fame, 198; his conduct in old age, 295.
Pfeffel of Colmar defcats the inconveniencies of blind-
ness by means of Solitude, 22.
Philip of Macedon, an anecdote respecting the use of
Philanthropist, ftory of one in the character of Dr.
Hotze, 141, 147.
Physicians, the character of Dr. Hotze described, 141,
147; feelings in visiting the fick, 249; their motives
for affording charitable alhfiance, 264,