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The Philosophy of Love. [A Plea in Defence of Virtue and Truth!] A Poem in Six Cantos, with Other Poems

Canto Second

“Philosophy of Love”: Page ix.

Canto Second .

The test of the affections. Ruling principles in man’s uature. What is Love? A special invocation. An answer advanced.—Love’s beauty often marred. True love’s pleasures unsurpassable. True, and false love, distinguished, and contrasted. Counterfeits detected. Deception’s vileness reprimanded. Sympathy for the unfortunate. JESU’s grand example. The joys of reciprocated affections. An exemplification in the magnate. Clarinda, and her trials. When the value of blessings are known. Adversity. An exemplification in the electric fluid; such, as affecting man; the same, as affecting women. A summing up for the verdict!