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The mirror of the graces; or, the English lady's costume: combining and harmonizing taste and judgment, elegance and grace, modesty, simplicity and economy, with fashion in dress; and adapting the various articles of female embellishments to different ages, forms, and complexions; to the seasons of the year, rank, and situation in life: with useful advice on female accomplishments, politeness, and manners; the cultivation of the mind and the disposition and carriage of the body: offering also the most efficacious means of preserving beauty, health, and loveliness. The whole according with the general principles of nature and rules of propriety
(1811)

Notes explanatory,   pp. 235-241 ff.


Page 237


   Outstripp'd the winds in speed upon the plain;
   Flew o'er the fields, nor hurt the bearded grain:
   She swept the seas, and, as she skimm'd along,
   Her flying feet unbath'd on billows hung.
                    VIRGIL'S XEN91S, B. vii. 1094.
  The same image is exhibited in " the Lady of the
Lake" in a new point of view and with much origin-
ality; -
      " What though no rule of courtly grace
      To measured mood had trained her pace;
      A foot more light, a step more true,
      Ne'er from the heath-flower dashed the dew;
      E'en the slight bare-bell raised its head
      Elastic from her airy tread.
                                Canto I. St. xviii.
  P. so. Drapery of Co.] Co, one of the Cyclades
Islands, in the Archipelago, noted for the very thin
drapery which the Coan ladies used to wear. How
could the father of physic, Hippocrates, who was born
there, bear to see his countrywomen so thinly clad, a
costume so injurious to their health? There also
Apelles was born, and, perhaps his paintings contri-
buted to introduce the unwholesome fashion. How-
ever, it is worthy of remark that Praxiteles having
made two statues of Venus, one naked the other veiled ;
although the former was superior in beauty and per-
fection to the latter, the inhabitants of Co preferred
the clad one to the other
x
237
X(YrE3.


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