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LAUGHING PHILOSOPHER

BEING THE extine works or

MOMUS, JESTER OF OLYMPUs; DEMOCRITUS, THE MERRY PHILosopheroF GREECE,
- AND THEIR illust Rious Disc1 PLEs,
BEN JONSON, BUTLER, SWIFT, GAY, JOSEPH MILLER, ESQ. CHURCHILL,

VOLTAIRE, FOOTE, STEEVENS, WOLCOT, SHERIDAN, CURRAN,
COLMAN, AND OTHERS :

TRAN's LATED INTo our vert NAculah ENG lish Tongue,

BY JOHN BULL, ESQ.

*ith numerous Additions, Interpolations, and Improvements, by the Editor, and different Branches of
the Bul/ Family. o
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"Laughing is the high prerogative of man, and that sublime and noble quality which distinguishes
him from the brute creation. Those who cannot laugh gracefully, heartily, and by the hour at a time,
scarcely ought to be ranked among the ouman species. The sayings of Momus, the writings of Deuno-
critus, a 1d the attic works of Joe Miljor, should, therefore, be studied in our Universities and Tap-
rooms, Palaces and Cottages, Drawing-rooms and Kitchens, not only for health and pleasure, but from
due regard to the dignity and honourable distinction of man.”—G. A. Sreavens.

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W. present thee with a volume of examples of Wit. Whatever be thy humour, its otents must please thee even in spite of thyself. Whatever be thy diseases of mind, thou wilt here find medicine for all of them—antidotes to bad weather, dull neighbourhoods, contrary winds, protracted remittances, chronic disorders, lawsuits, gout, scolding wives, drunken husbands, and all the numerous et catteras in the cataone of life's miseries. With this volume in thy hands, thou mayst always enjoy * the soul's calm sunshine,” and be a stranger to ennui, hypochondria, the blue wevils, and devils of all colours, which would disturb thy repose and sense of well*ing. Talk of the Philosopher's Stone, Fortunatus's Wishing-cap, and the diminutive

Gianticide's Invisible Coat, these are mere baubles, when compared with this book, for thou wilt be cheerful, merry, and without any wants, while thou hast in thy *nch or pocket this unfailing and omnipotent talisman. “I would rather," said a profound philosopher, “have been born with a cheerful disposition, than heir to ten *ousand a-year," and he might have said, twenty or fifty thousand; for what is *alth without that healthful state of mind, which this golden volume will infallibly **are: This hook is the REFor E worth Twenty thousAND A-YEAR ; and its possessor

* look down with pity on the man, however wealthy, who nevertheless lacks this

*asure. Before breakfast, it will create good spirits for the day; after dinner, it will

**ote digestion and healthful secretions; and after supper, it will so weary thy

-des, and exercise thy diaphragm, that repose, sound and sweet, will be the cer

--ompanion of thy pillow.

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