Impositas tanquam servet arena notas. Nothing can be more natural, or better conceived, than this. Lovers are ready to believe every thing that serves to soothe their passion. Even impossibilities are by them strongly fancied. What is more unlikely, than that sand constantly washed by the sea should retain the traces of feet? and yet Hero, as if fully persuaded of it, runs to the beach to look for them. Even in cases of less impatience than seems to be that of Hero, something of the like kind is observed to happen. Who, having experienced the loss of a friend really dear to them, have not sometimes entertained a vain hope of his appearing to them again, and perhaps repaired to his tomb, and called him aloud, in a fond expectation that he might hear and answer? This passion is finely touched in Dr. Watts' beautiful poem upon the death of his friend Mr. Gunston.
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