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he should live so long, such a mental likeness of the young one? If it be not drawn near the time, it can never be drawn with sufficient accuracy.*
The Results of Misdirected and Guilty Ambition. — Adam Smith.'
1. To attain to this envied situation, the candidates for fortune too frequently abandon the paths of virtue; for, unhappily, the road which leads to the one, and that which leads to the other, lie sometimes in opposite directions.
2. But the ambitious man .flatters himself that, in the splendid situation to which he advances, he will have so many means of commanding the respect and admiration of mankind and will be enabled to act with such superior propriety and grace, that the luster of his future conduct will entirely cover or efface the foulness of the steps by which he arrived at that .elevation.
3. In many governments the candidates for the highest stations are above the law, and if they can attain the object of their ambition, they have no fear of being called to account for the means by which they acquired it. They often endeavor, therefore, not only by fraud and falsehood, the ordinary and vulgar arts of intrigue and cabal, but sometimes by the perpetration of the most enormous crimes, by murder and assassination, by rebellion and civil war, to supplant and destroy those who oppose or stand in the way of their greatness. ,
4. They more frequently miscarry than succeed, an'd commonly gain nothing but the disgraceful punishment which is due to their crimes. But though they should be so lucky as to attain that wished-for greatness, they are always most miserably disappointed in the happiness which they expect to enjoy in it.
5. It is not ease or pleasure, but always honor, of one kind or another, though frequently an honor very ill understood,
* How many of the faults and foibles of mankind would be avoided if we could realize the beautiful language of Burns: —
ti O wad some power the giftie gie us
that the ambitious man really pursues. But the honor of his exalted station appears, both in his own eyes and in those of other people, polluted and defiled by the baseness of the means through which he rose to it.
6. Though by the profusion of every liberal expense, though by excessive indulgence in every profligate pleasure, — the wretched but usual resource of ruined characters,— though by the hurry of public business, or by the prouder and more dazzling tumult of war, he may endeavor to efface, both from his own memory and from that of other people, the remembrance of what he has done, that remembrance never fails to pursue him.
7. He invokes in vain the dark and dismal powers of forgetfulness and oblivion. He remembers himself what he has done, and that remembrance tells him that other people must likewise remember it.
8. Amidst all the gaudy pomp of the most ostentatious greatness, amidst the venal and vile adulation of the great and of the learned, amidst the more innocent though more foolish acclamations of the common people, amidst all the pride of conquest and -the triumph of successful war, he is still secretly pursued by the avenging furies of shame and remorse; and while glory seems to surround him on all sides, he himself, in his own imagination, sees black and foul infamy fast pursuing him, and every moment ready to overtake him from behind.
1. Fierce, hardy, proud, in conscious freedom bold. Those stormy seats the warrior Druses hold;
From Norman blood their lofty line they trace,
2. Yes, valorous chiefs, while yet your sabers shine, The native guard of feeble Palestine,
* The Druses were a hardy mountain race in Syria, descended from the Crusaders.
0, ever thus, by no vain boast dismayed,
3. No robber-rage the ripening harvest knows;
So when, deep sinking in the rosy main,
4. Yet shines your praise, amid surrounding gloom. As the lone lamp that trembles in the tomb;
For few the souls that spurn a tyrant's chain,
1. He walks within the day's full glare
They point, and say, — " There goes the wicked man!"
2. He turns and curses in his wrath Both man and child; then hastes away
* Sidon was a city of ancient Phoenicia, celebrated for a beautiful purple dye. Purple is a compound color, composed of pink and blue. Lusitania is the ancient name of Portugal.
+ Ophir was a country or city to which the Hebrews made voyages in the time of David and Solomon. — [See 1 Kings, c. ix., v. 28.] It is not known what was its precise situation, but it is supposed to have been oi the east coast of Africa, or in the East Indies.
t Born 1787. .
Shoreward, or takes some gloomy path;
3. Time passes on, and he grows bold —
But still at heart there lies a secret fear;
For now the year's dread round is drawing near.
4. He swears, but he is sick at heart;
That will be told: it needs no words from thee.
The Prayer Answered. — Pollok*
1. Hail love, first love, thou word that sums all bliss! The sparkling cream of all Time's blessedness,
The silken down of happiness complete!
2. But who would that expound, which words transcends, Must talk in vain. Behold a meeting scene
Of early love, and thence infer its worth.
It was an eve of autumn's holiest mood;
The corn-fields, bathed in Cynthia's t silver light,
Stood ready for the reaper's gathering hand;
And all the winds slept soundly. Nature seemed
In silent contemplation to adore
3. Now and then the aged leaf
Fell from its fellows, rustling to the ground;
And, as it fell, bade man think on his end.
4. Vesper looked forth
From out her western hermitage and smiled;
5. Such was the night, so lovely, still, serene, . When, by a hermit thorn that on the hill
Had seen a hundred flowery ages pass,
6. This ancient thorn had been the meeting-place Of love, before his country's voice had called
The ardent youth to fields of honor far
7. In holy, humble attitude she kneeled, And to her bosom, fair as moonbeam, pressed One hand, the other lifted up to heaven.
Her eye, upturned, bright as the star of morn,
8. Her voice, scarce uttered, soft as zephyr sighs On morning's lily cheek, though soft and low,
Yet heard in heaven, heard at the mercy-seat.
9. On her the moon looked steadfastly; the stars
10. O, had her lover seen her thus alone!
Of faith surprised. Returned from long delay,