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F E M A L E

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L O N D ON:
Printed for H. GARDNER, opposite St. Clement's

Church, in the Strand.

M.DCC.LXXI.

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There is a luft in man no charm can tame,
Of loudly publishing his neighbour's fame :
On eagles wings immortal scandals Ay,
While virtuous aclions are but born and die.

Harv. Juv.

*OTHING more plainly shews a wat .** weak and degenerate mind, than

N taking a delight in whisperiny about Ps.

every idle story we are told to the ***** prejudice of our neighbours. This is a fault charged more generally on our sex than the other; and I am sorry to say, with but too much justice, Some will have it, that this unlucky propensity in us proceeds from a greater share of envy and malice in our natures; others, less severe, ascribe it merely to a want of iomething else where with to employ ourselves. This latter is certainly the most true, because we often find women, who in no other relpect can be accused of ill-nature, yet take a prodigious pleasurcin reporting every little scandal they hcar, even though it VOL. III. B

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