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gens envers les vieillards. Les uns et les autres seront contenus, ceux-là par le respect qu'ils auront pour les vieillards, et ceux-ci par le respect qu'ils auront pour eux-mêmes.MONTESQUIEU.

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Burns as they burn, and with congenial fire.

How many generations have passed away, how many empires and how many languages, since Homer sung his verses to the Greeks! Yet the words which he uttered and which were only so much fleeting breath, remain entire to this day, and will now in all probability continue to delight and instruct mankind as long as the world endures.

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Like Her most gentle, most unfortunate,

Before I went into Germany, I came to Brodegate in Leicestershire, to take my leave of that noble Lady Jane Grey, to whom I was exceeding much beholding. Her parents, the Duke and Duchess, with all the Household, Gentlemen and Gentlewomen, were hunting in the park. I found her in her chamber, reading Phædo Platonis in Greek, and that with as much delight as some gentlemen would read a merry tale in Boccace. After salutation, and duty done, with some other talk, I asked her, why she would lose such pastime in the park? Smiling, she answered me: “I wist, all their sport

in the park is but a shadow to that pleasure which I find in Plato.”- ROGER ASCHAM.

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Then is the Age of AdmirationDante in his old age was pointed out to Petrarch when a boy; and Dryden to Pope.

Who does not wish that Dante and Dryden could have known the value of the homage that was paid them, and foreseen the greatness of their young admirers ?

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And Milton's self

I began thus far to assent ... to an inward prompting which now grew daily upon me, that by labour and intent study, (which I take to be my portion in this life) joined with the strong propensity of nature, I might perhaps leave something so written to aftertimes, as they should not willingly let it die.—Milton.

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'twas at matin-time

Love and devotion are said to be nearly allied. Boccaccio fell in love at Naples in the church of St. Lorenzo; as Petrarch had done at Avignon in the church of St. Clair.

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Lovely before, oh, say how lovely now! Is it not true, that the young not only appear to be, but

really are, most beautiful in the presence of those they love? It calls forth all their beauty.

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And feeling hearts-touch them but rightly-pour
A thousand melodies unheard before!

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.

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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.

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Through the night,

Hers the mournful privilege, “adsidere valetudini, fovere deficientem, satiari vultu, complexu.”—Tacitus.

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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!"

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He 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.

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Such as the heart delights inand records
Within how silently-

Si 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.

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