Extract from Boswells
London Journal (176263; first ptd. 1950)
Friday 19 November
When we came upon Highgate hill and had a view of London, I was
all life and joy. I repeated Catos soliloquy
on the immortality of the soul, and my soul bounded forth to a
certain propsect of happy futurity. I sung all manner of songs,
and began to make one about an amorous meeting with a pretty girl,
the burthen of which was as follows:
She gave me this, I gave her that;
And tell me, had she not tit for tat?
I gave three huzzas, and we went briskly in.
soliloquy : In Addisons famous play:
It must be so. Plato,
thou reasonest well!
Else whence this pleasing hope, this fond desire,
This longing after immortality? [