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TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
PHILIP EARL OF CHESTERFIELD.
HAT I presume to dedicate the first volume of the World to
your Lordship, will, I hope, be forgiven me. It is not enough that I can flatter myself with having been frequently honoured with your correspondence; I would infinuate it to the public, that under che sanction of your Lordship's name, I may hope for a more favourable reception from my readers.
If it fould be expected, upon this occasion, that I should point out which papers are your Lordihip’s, and which my own, I must beg to be excused; for while, like the Cuckoo in the fable, I am mixing my note with the Nightingale's, I cannot resist the vanity of crying out-How sweetly we birds fing!'
If I knew of any great or amiable qualification that your Lordship did not really posters, I would (according to the usual custom of dedications) bestow it freely: but, till I am otherwise instructed, I shall rest satisfied with paying my most grateful acknowledgments to your Lordship, and with subscribing myself,
Your LORDSHIP's obliged,
And most obedient Servant,
NIHIL DULCIUS EST, BENE QUAM MUNITA TENERE
' T the village of Aronche, in the ' began in a few weeks to lose the relish
of his enjoyments, and to repine at the an old Spanith author, • lived Gon possession of those faculties, which
zales de Castro, who from the age of ! served only to discover to bini the fol. 'twelve to fifty-two was deaf, dumb, lies and disorders of his neighbours, 6 and blind. His chearful submillion " and to teach him that the intent of
to so deplorable a misfortune, and the speech was too often to deceive. "misfortune itself, so endeared him to Though the inhabitants of Aron
the village, that to worship the Holy che were as honest as other villagers,
Virgin, and to love and serve Gonza yet Gonzales, who had formed his ·les, were considered as duties of the 6 ideas of men and things from their • fame importance; and to neglect the natures and uses, grew offended at latter, was to offend the former. • their manners. He saw the avarice of • It happened one day, as he was fit age, the prodigality of youth, the ting at his door, and offering up his quarrels of brothers, the treachery of 'mental prayers to St. Jago, that he I friends, the frauds of lovers, the in.
found himself, on a sudden, restored • folence of the rich, the knavery of the to all the privileges he had lost
. The poor, and the depravity of all. 'Thele, * news ran quickly through the village, as he saw and heard, he spoke of with ' and old and young, rich and poor, complaint; and endeavoured by the
the busy and the idle, thronged round ' gentleit admonitions to excite men to • him with congratulations.
• goodness. But, as if the blessings of this life From this place the story is torn out to were only given us for afflictions, he the lait paragraph; which says That he