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SPACCIO DELLA BESTIA~ TRIONFANTE. OR THE EXPULSION: OF THE TRIUMPHANT BEAST, ‘Tranflated from the Iealian " Toa Bruno. Iolani “See e an PE LONDON. Printed in the Year 1713. THE Firt DIALOGUE. SOPHIA. SAULINUS. MERCURY. in Bodies, no Variety in Mat- ter, and no Viciffitude in Be- ings, there would be nothing agreeable, nothing good, or nothing pleafant. Saul. You have demonftrated this’ very well, Sophia. Soph. We fec that Pleafure and Satisfaction confifts in nothing elfe but a certain Paf fage, Progrefs, or Motion from one State to another. Tis certain that the State of Hunger is irkfom and unpleafant ; and Sa- tiety is a State of Sadnefs and Dulnefs: but B what Sophia, S that if there was no Change 4 2 The Firft Dialogue. what is pleafing in any of thefe, is a Change from one to another. The State of venereal Ardor torments us; the State of quenched Luft faddens us; but that which gives us fatisfattion, is the pafling from one to the other of thefe States. We can have no de- light in any thing prefent, till we have been firft weary of what is paft. Labour pleafes us only a fhort time after the State of Reft: and we find no pleafure in Reft, but only a few minutes after the State of Wearinefs. Saul. If the Cafe be fo, then there is no Pleafure without a mixture of Pain ; and a Change from one State to another, partakes of what pleafes, and of what difgufts us, Soph. You fay right. Towhat I have al- ready faid, Tadd, that fometimes fupiter (as if he was weary of being fupiter) diverts him- felf with Agriculture, fometimes with Hunt- ing, and fometimes with War. He is now with the Gods, then with Men, and after- wards with Beafts. Suchaslive in the Coun- try take their Relaxation, Paftime, and Di- verfions in the City ; and fuch as live in Ci- ties, take their Pleafures and Diverfions in the Country. Thofe who are us’d to a feden- tary Life, find great fatisfaCtion in walking ; and thofe who have much occafion to ufe their Feet, are no lef pleas’d with Reft. He that has confin’d himfelf much to the Houfe, is extremely pleas’d with the Fields: and he that has been much in the Fields, is no lefs pleas’d with refting at home. The frequent The Firft Dialogue. 3 frequent repeating of the fame Difh, how delicious foever, makes us loath it at laft. So that the Change from one Extreme to another, with all the Intervals, moving from one Contrary to another by all the interme- diate Spaces, is fure to bring SatisfaCtion: And in fine, we fee fo much Familiarity be- twixt one Contrary and another, that they agree better with one another, than Like agrees with Like. Saul. The Truth of this feems pretty clear to me, becaufe there is no occafion for the Exercife of Juftice where there is no Crime; there could be no Agreement, if there was not firft a Difagreement : that which is of a fpherical figure cannot receive or contain a Sphere, becaufe two Spheres can touch only in a Point: but a Body of a convex figure can reft in a Concave. And to apply this to Morality ; a proud Man can never agree with a proud Man, nor a poor Man with a poor Man, nor a Mifer with a Mifer : but the firft of thefe loves a humble Man, the fecond a rich Man, and the third a liberal Man. And therefore if we confider this thing phyfically, mathematically, and morally, we fhall fee, that that Philofopher who found out the Coincidency of Contra- ries, was no mean Difcoverer; and that Sage who can affign the point of Coincidence, may be efteem’d a very able Practitioner. Tam fatisfy’d therefore that whatever you have produc’d on this head is ftri€tly true Ba at 4 The Firft Dialogue. but I'd fain know, O Sophia, to what purpofe, for what end you fpeak fo. Soph. What I would infer from this, is, That the Beginning, Middle, and End, the Birth, Growth, and Perfection of whatever we behold, is from Contraries, by Contra- ries, in Contraries, and to Contraries : And wherefoever Contrariety is, there is AGtion and Reaction ; there is Motion, Diverfity, Multitude, and Order; there are Degrees, Succeffion and Viciffitude. And therefore none whoconfiders and refle€ts, will ever be difcourag’d or lifted up with what he is, or hath for the prefent, how much foever the Qualifications and Fortune of others may ap- pear gocd or bad, better or worfe than his own. Thus I, with my divine ObieG, Truth (which has been fo long banifh’d, hid, born down, and overwhelm’d) have judg’d this Term, which is as it were the Beginnin of my Return, Appearance, Exaltation an Magnificence, by the Appointment of Fate, fo much the more to be regarded, by how much the greater have been the Contradic- tions and Oppofitions. Saul. Thus when one is to jump, and raife himfelf from the Earth with the greateft Nimblenefs and Agility, he firft bows his Body very much ; and when one would leap over a Ditch with the greateft eafe, and molt effe€tually, he mult gather force by going eight or ten paces back. Soph. The Firft Dialogue. 5 . Soph. And therefore I hope to find fo much more Succefs for the future, by the Grace of Fate, the worfe Succefs I have always had hitherto, Saul, The more a Man is deprefs’d, and the lower he is in the Wheel of Fortune, he is fo much the nearer to that point, which makes the Wheel turn round, and mount up to the top: One that rother day gave Laws to the World, today muff lay his Head upon a Block. But pray, Sophia, pleafe to give ne a more particular account of your De- ign. Soph. The great Thunderer, Fupiter, after having enjoy’d Youth fo many Years, gave himfelf upto wild Ramblings, and took up all his time in the Affairs of Arms and Love: But now, being tam’d, he begins to decline in his Wantonnefs and Vices, and to lofe the Tafte of the Diverfions and Entertainments of Youth and Manhood. Siul. The Poets fometimes introduc’d and defcrib’d the Gods after this manner, but Philofophers never did. Jupiter then, and the reft of the Gods grow old! Then it is not impoffible but they may have the River of Acheron to pals. Soph. Hold, Saalinus, don’t take me from my Subject, but hear me toanend. Saul. Goon then, and I will liften with the greateft attention, being firmly perfua- ded that nothing can ow from your mouth but what is grave and weighty: but I doubt B 3 my 6 The Firft Dialogue. my Head will not be able to receive and re- tain what you fhall fay. Soph. Never fear that. ‘fupiter, T fay, be- gins to advance in Years; and admits none into his Council, but fuch as have fhowy Heads, and furrow’d Brows; fuch as have Spectacles on their Nofes, Meal on their Chins, a Staff in their Hands, and Lead at their Feet : Such I mean, who have a juft Imagination, a due Thoughtfulnefs, anda retentive Memory in the Head ; a quick Apprehenfion in the Fore- head ; Prudence in the Eyes ; Sagacity in the Nofe; Attention in the Ears; Truth in the Tongue ; Sincerity in the Breaft ; regular Affections in the Heart ; Patience in the Shoulders; Forgetfulnefs of Affronts on their Back; Difcretion in the Stomach; Conti- nency in their Loins; Firmnefs and Con- ftancy in their Limbs, Uprightnefs in their Steps ; the Pentateuch of Decrees in the Left Hand ; difcuffive Reafon, inftructive Know- ledg, governing Juftice, commanding Au- thority, and executive Power in the Right Hand. Saul, He is very well provided for Coun- fellors: But will it not be neceffary thar he be firft well cleans’d and purg’d from his Pollutions ? Soph. He does not now any more transform himfelf into Beafts, Ewropa does not horn him like a Bull: Danae does not lock him up like a Purfe of Gold: Leda does not feather him like a Swan: The Nymph Afferia, and the Phrygian The Firft Dialogue. 7 Phrygian Boys don’t bill him like an Eagle: Dolida does not turn him into a Serpent : Mnemofyne does not degrade him into a Shep- herd: Autiope does not make a Half-Beaft of him, by turning him into a Satyr: