"The Temple of Pleasure: A Vision"

Title"The Temple of Pleasure: A Vision"
Year for Search1760
Secondary TitleThe British Magazine
Volume / Edition1
Pagination540-41
Date PublishedSeptember 1760
Annotation

Christian allegory inspired by reading Virgil’s description of the Elysian Fields. Young men travel to the island of Pleasure where they are told that reason in the days of youth consists entirely in the choice of pleasures. But as they are about to enter the Temple of Pleasure, an old man warns them of the negative consequences of a life oriented toward pleasure. Th dreamer awakes unsure which path he would have chosen.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in The Gentleman and Lady’s Town and Country Magazine 1.3 (July 1784): 89-90; and in The Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum 2.3 (July 1784): 89-90.

Full Text

1760 “The Temple of Pleasure: A Vision.” The British Magazine 1 (September 1760): 540-41. Rpt. in The Gentleman and Lady’s Town and Country Magazine 1.3 (July 1784): 89-90; and in The Massachusetts Magazine or Monthly Museum 2.3 (July 1784): 89-90.

Christian allegory inspired by reading Virgil’s description of the Elysian Fields. Young men travel to the island of Pleasure where they are told that reason in the days of youth consists entirely in the choice of pleasures. But as they are about to enter the Temple of Pleasure, an old man warns them of the negative consequences of a life oriented toward pleasure. Th dreamer awakes unsure which path he would have chosen.