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Page 68, line 1. Behold him now unbar the prison-door, An allusion to John Howard. ~ Wherever he came, in whatever country, he prisons and hospitals were thrown open to him as to the general Censor. Such is the force of pure and exalted virtue !"

Page 68, line 9. Long with his friend in generous enmity, Aristotle's definition of Friendship, one soul in two bodies,” is well exemplified by some ancient Author in a dialogue between Ajax and Achilles. “ Of all the wounds you ever received in battle,” says Ajax,“ which was the most painful to you ?”.

-66 That which I received from Hector,” replies Achilles. “ But Hector never gave you a wound ?”—“ Yes, and a mortal one; when he slew my friend, Patroclus.”

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Do what he will, &c. These ideas, whence are they derived; or, as Plato would have expressed himself, where were they acquired? There could not be a better argument for his doctrine of a præ-existent state.

L'homine ne sait a quel rang se mettre. Il est visiblement égaré, et sent en lui des restes d'un état heureux, dont il est déchu, et qu'il ne peut retrouver. Il le cherche partout avec inquiétude et sans succés dans des ténèbres impénétrables.-Sa misere se conclut

de sa grandeur, et sa grandeur se conclut de sa misere. -PASCAL.

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But soon 'tis pastThis light, which is so heavenly in its lustre, and which is every where and on every thing when we look round us on our arrival here; which, while it lasts, never leaves us, rejoicing us by night as well as by day and lighting up our very dreams; yet, when it fades, fades so fast, and, when it goes, goes out for ever—we may address it in the words of the Poet, words which we might apply so often in this transitory life: Too soon your value from your loss we learn!

Epistles in Verse, ii.

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like the stone That sheds awhile a lustre all its own, See “ Observations on a Diamond that shines in the dark.”—Boyle's WORKS, I. 789.

Page 69, line 20. Schooled and trained up to Wisdom from his birth ; Cicero, in his Essay De Senectute, has drawn his images from the better walks of life; and Shakspeare, in his Seven Ages, has done so too. But Shakspeare treats his subject satirically ; Cicero as a Philosopher. In the venerable portrait of Cato we discover no traces of “ the lean and slippered Pantaloon.”

Every object has a bright and a dark side; and I have endeavoured to look at things as Cicero has done. By some however I may be thought to have followed too much my ow dream of happiness; and in such a dream indeed I have often passed a solitary hour. It was Castle-building once ; now it is no longer so. But whoever would try to realize it, would not perhaps repent of his endeavour.

Page 69, line 22. The day arrives, the moment wished and feared ; A Persian Poet has left us a beautiful thought on this subject, which the reader, if he has not met with it, will be glad to know, and, if he has, to remember.

Thee on thy Mother's knees, a new-born child,
In tears we saw, when all around thee smiled.
So live, that, sinking in thy last long sleep,

Smiles may be thine, when all around thee weep. For my version I am in a great measure indebted to Sir William Jones.

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These are my Jewels!!"

The anecdote here alluded to, is related by Valerius Maximus, Lib. iv. c. 4.

Page 71, line 25. "Suffer these little ones to come to me!In our early Youth, while yet we live only among those we love, we love without restraint, and our

hearts overflow in every look, word, and action. But when we enter the world and are repulsed by strangers, forgotten by friends, we grow more and more timid in our approaches even to those we love best.

How delightful to us then are the little caresses of children! All sincerity, all affection, they fly into our arms; and then, and then only, we feel our first confidence, our first pleasure.

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he reveres The brow engraven with the Thoughts of Years ; This is a law of Nature. Age was anciently synonymous with power; and we may always observe that the old are held in more or less honour as men are more or less virtuous. “ Shame," says Homer, “ bids the youth beware how he accosts the man of many years."

“ Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of an old man." Leviticus.

Among us, and wherever birth and possessions give rank and authority, the young and the profligate are seen continually above the old and the worthy : there Age can never find its due respect. But among many of the ancient nations it was otherwise ; and they reaped the benefit of it. Rien ne maintient plus les mæurs, qu'une extrême subordination des jeunes 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.

Page 72, line 14. 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 ?

Page 73, line 17. Scenes such as Milton sought, but sought in vain: He had arrived at Naples; and was preparing to visit Sicily and Greece, when, hearing of the troubles in England, he thought it proper to hasten home.

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