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really are, most beautiful in the presence of those they love? It calls forth all their beauty.
P. 94, 1. 19.
And feeling hearts-touch them but rightly-pour
Xenophon has left us a delightful instance of conjugal affection.
The King of Armenia not fulfilling his promise, Cyrus entered the country, and, having taken him and all his family prisoners, ordered them instantly before him. Armenian, said he, you are free; for you are now sensible of your error. And what will you give me if I restore your wife to you?All that I am able.—What, if I restore your children ?-All that I am able.—And you, Tigranes, said he, turning to the Son, What would you do, to save your wife from servitude ? Now Tigranes was but lately married, and had a great love for his wife. Cyrus, he replied, to save her from servitude, I would willingly lay down my life.
Let each have his own again, said Cyrus; and, when he was departed, one spoke of his clemency; and another of his valour; and another of his beauty and the graces of his person. Upon which Tigranes asked his wife, if she thought him handsome. Really, said she, I did not look at him.- At whom then did you look ?-At him who said he would lay down his life for me.-Cyropædia, L. III.
P. 95, 1. 23.
He turns their thoughts to Him who made them all;
When such is the ruling, the habitual sentiment of our minds, the world becomes a temple and life itself one continued act of adoration.-PALEY.
P. 97, l. 15.
Through the night,
Hers the mournful privilege, “adsidere valetudini, fovere deficientem, satiari vultu, complexu.”—Tacitus.
P. 97, 1. 17.
she sits silent by,
We may have many friends in life; but we can only have one mother ; "a discovery," says Gray," which I never made till it was too late.”
The child is no sooner born than it clings to his mother; nor, while she lives, is her image absent from him in the hour of his distress. Sir John Moore, when he fell from his horse in the battle of Corunna, faltered out with his dying breath some message to his mother; and who can forget the last words of Conradin, when, in his fifteenth year, he was led forth to die at Naples, “O my mother! how great will be your grief, when you hear of it!"
P. 98, 1. 18.
dust to dust'
How exquisite are those lines of Petrarch!
Le crespe chiome d'or puro lucente,
P. 99, 1. 3.
goes, and Night comes as it never came !
These circumstances, as well as some others that follow, are happily, as far as they regard England, of an ancient date. To us the miseries inflicted by a foreign invader are now known only by description. Many generations have passed away since our countrywomen saw the smoke of an enemy's camp
But the same passions are always at work every where, and their effects are always nearly the same; though the circumstances that attend them are infinitely various.
P. 99, J. 21.
Such as the heart delights in—and records
Within how silentlySi tout cela consistoit en faits, en actions, en paroles, on pourroit le décrire et le rendre en quelque façon: mais comment dire ce qui n'étoit ni dit, ni fait, ni pensé même, mais goûté, mais senti. Le vrai bonheur ne se décrit pas.-Rousseau.
P. 101, 1. 12.
and, when all are there,
So many pathetic affections are awakened by every exercise of social devotion, that most men, I believe, carry away from public worship a better temper towards the rest of mankind than they brought with them. Having all one interest to secure, one Lord to serve, one Judgment to look forward to, we cannot but remember our common relationship, and our natural equality is forced upon our thoughts. The distinctions of civil life are almost always insisted upon too much, and whatever conduces to restore the level, improves the character on both sides.—If ever the poor man holds up his head, it is at church; if ever the rich man looks upon him with respect, it is there; and both will be the better the oftener they meet where the feeling of superiority is mitigated in the one and the spirit of the other is erected and confirmed.-PALEY.
P. 102, 1. 14.
Soon through the gadding vine, 4-c.
An English breakfast; which may well excite in others what in Rousseau continued through life, un goût vif pour les déjeûnés. C'est le tems de la journée où nous sommes le plus tranquilles, où nous causons le plus à notre aise.
The luxuries here mentioned, familiar to us as they now are, were almost unknown before the Revolution.
P. 103, l. 19.
With honest dignity,
He, who resolves to rise in the world by Politics or Religion, can degrade his mind to any degree when he sets about it. Overcome the first scruple, and the work is done. “You hesitate,” said one who spoke from experience. “Put on the mask, young man; and in a very little while you will not know it from your own face.”
P. 103, l. 21.
Like HAMPDEN struggling in his country's cause,
Zeuxis is said to have drawn his Helen from an assemblage of the most beautiful women; and many a Writer of Fiction, in forming a life to his mind, has recourse to the brightest moments in the lives of others.
I may be suspected of having done so here, and of having designed, as it were, from living models; but, by making an allusion now and then to those who have really lived, I thought I should give something of interest to the picture, as well as better illustrate my meaning.
P. 103, 1. 24.
Careless of blame while his own heart approves,
“By the Mass!” said the Duke of Norfolk to Sir Thomas More, “By the Mass ! master More, it is perilous striving with princes; the anger of a prince is death."_“Is that all,