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GEMS OF GENIUS;
WORDS OF THE WISE.
1. Yes, we have lost a father! The greatest blessing heaven bestows on mortals, And seldom found amidst these wilds of time, A GOOD, A WORTHY KING!-Hear me, my Tancred, And I will tell thee, in a few plain words, How he deserved that best, that glorious title. 'Tis nought complex, 'tis clear as truth and virtue. He lov'd his people, deem'd them all his children; The good exalted, and depress'd the bad : He spurned the flattering crew, with scorn rejected Their smooth advice, that only means themselves, Their schemes to aggrandize him into baseness : Well knowing that a people, in their rights And industry protected; living safe Beneath the sacred shelter of the laws; Encouraged in their genius, arts, and labours, And happy each as he himself deserves ; Are ne'er ungrateful. With UNSPARING HAND THEY WILL FOR HIM PROVIDE : THEIR FILIAL LOVE, AND CONFIDENCE ARE HIS UNFAILING TREASURY, AND EVERY HONEST MAN HIS FAITHFUL GUARD.
2. O witness, heaven! Whose eye the heart's profoundest depth explores, That if not to perform my regal task; To be the common father of my people, Patron of honour, virtue, and religion; If not to shelter useful worth, to guard His well.earned portion from the sons of rapine, And deal out justice with impartial hand; If not to spread on all good men thy bounty, (The treasures trusted to me, not my own;) Ìf not to raise anew our English name, By peaceful acts, that grace the land they bless, And generous war, to humble proud oppressors : Yet more;—if not to build the public weal On that firm base, which can alone resist Both time and chance,-fair liberty and law; If I for these great ends am not ordained, May I ne'er poorly fill the throne of England.
Mallet. 3. 'Tis true, I am a King: Honour and glory, too, have been my aim : But tho' I dare face death, and all the dangers Which furious war wears in its bloody front, Yet could I chuse to fix my fame by peace, By justice, and by mercy; and to raise My trophies on the blessings of mankind ! NOR WOULD I BUY THE EMPIRE OF THE WORLD WITH RUIN OF THE PEOPLE WHOM I SWAY, OR FORFEIT OF MY HONOUR.
4. Let truth and virtue be their (princes") earliest
teachers, Keep from their ear the Syren-voice of flattery,
Keep from their eye the barlot-form of vice,
England never did, nor ever shall
If there be any land, as fame reports,
7. To be good is to be happy; angels Are happier than men, because they're better Guilt is the source of sorrow; 'tis the fiend, Th' avenging fiend that follows us behind With whips and stings: the bless'd know none of
this, But rest in everlasting peace of mind, And find the height of all their heaven, is goodness.
Learn hence, ye Romans, on how sure a base
10. And therefore wer't thou bred to virtuous knowledge, And wisdom early planted in thy soul, That thou migh'st know to rule thy fiery passions : To bind their rage, and stay their headlong course; To bear with accidents, and every change Of various life; to struggle with adversity; To wait the leisure of the righteous gods, Till they, in their own good appointed hour, Shall bid thy better days come forth at once; A long and shining train; till thou, well pleased, Shalt bow, and bless thy fate, and say the gods are just.
Affectation is to be always distinguished from hypocrisy, as being the art of counterfeiting those qualities, which we might with innocence and safety be known to want. Hypocrisy is the necessary burthen of villainy ; affectation, part of the chosen trappings of folly.—Johnson.
12. All singular and far-fetched fashions are rather marks of folly and vain affectation than of right
The wise man ought in his own mind to retire from the crowd, and there keep his soul at liberty and in full vigour, to judge freely of things; while nevertheless as to outward appearance, he ought entirely to conform to fashions and forms of the times; for it is a rule of all rules, and the general law of all laws, that every person should observe those of the place where he is.--Montaigne.
13. “Le sot fait des loix ; le sage s'y soumet.".
Boileau. The fool enacts, the wise observe the law.