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P. 101, l. 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, l. 14.
Soon through the gadding vine, doc.
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, 1. 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, 1. 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,
my lord ? then the difference between you and me is but thisthat I shall die to-day and you tomorrow."-Roper's Life.
P. 104, 1. 3.
On thro' that gate misnamed,
Traitor's Gate, the water-gate in the Tower of London.
P. 104, 1. 6.
Then to the place of trial,
This very slight sketch of Civil Dissension is taken from our own annals; but, for an obvious reason, not from those of our own Age.
The persons, here immediately alluded to, lived more than a hundred years ago, in a reign which Blackstone has justly represented as wicked, sanguinary, and turbulent; but such times have always afforded the most signal instances of heroic courage and ardent affection.
Great reverses, like theirs, lay open the human heart. They occur indeed but seldom; yet all men are liable to them; all, when they occur to others, make them more or less their own; and, were we to describe our condition to an inhabitant of some other planet, could we omit what forms so striking a circumstance in human life?
P. 104, 1. 6.
A prisoner, prosecuted for high treason, may now make his
defence by counsel. In the reign of William the Third the law was altered; and it was in rising to urge the necessity of an alteration, that Lord Shaftesbury, with such admirable quickness, took advantage of the embarrassment that seized him. “If I,” said he, “who rise only to give my opinion of this bill, am so confounded that I cannot say what I intended, what must be the condition of that man, who, without any assistance, is pleading for his life ?"
P. 104, 1. 11.
Like that sweet Saint who sate by Russell's side
Lord Russell. May I have somebody to write, to assist my memory.
Mr. Altorney General. Yes, a Servant.
Lord Chief Justice. Any of your Servants shall assist you in writing any thing you please for you.
Lord Russell. My Wife is here, my Lord, to do it.—STATE Trials, II.
P. 104, l. 17.
Thrice greeting those who most withulraw their claim,
See the Alcestis of Euripides, v. 194.
P. 104, 1. 22.
Lo, there the Friend,
Such as Russell found in Cavendish; and such as many have found.
P. 105, 1. 3.
And, when her dear, dear Father passed along,
An allusion to the last interview of Sir Thomas More and his daughter Margaret. “Dear Meg," said he, when afterwards with a coal he wrote to bid her farewell, “I never liked your manner towards me better; for I like when daughterly love and dear charity have no leisure to look to worldly courtesy."-Roper's Life.
P. 105, 1. 17.
Her glory now, as ever her delight! Epaminondas, after his victory at Leuctra, rejoiced most of all at the pleasure which it would give his father and mother; and who would not have envied them their feelings?
Cornelia was called at Rome the Mother-in-law of Scipio. “ When," said she to her sons,“ shall I be called the Mother of the Gracchi?"
P. 108, 1. 12.
Immoveable--for ever there to freeze ! She was under all her sails, and looked less like a ship incrusted with ice than ice in the fashion of a ship.-See the Voyage of Captain Thomas James, in 1631.