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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 Fourth

“Philosophy of Love”: Page x.

Canto Fourth.

An incalculable blessing. Love in truth, and that in romance contrasted. Amelia’s courtship, nuptials decided on; an unpleasant discovery of her Henry’s secret fault; a cutting reproof; her lover’s flight; reactions; both sides of the question examined; her employment and faithfulness; the old lover with a new heart returned. Another illustration of true love’s wisdom, in the story of Matilda and the favoured ploughman; the first ten minute’s interview, and her estate saved from ruin; her prudence greatly admired. A contrasting pourtrait of love in romance. Helen the family pet; her education, and parental expectations; her pride, and self-will; her choice; the favoured one’s attainments Remonstrances. The elopement. Fancy reversed, and unhappy results!