« AnkstesnisTęsti »
A FRIEND to FREEDOM can
never be a TRAITOR. [T HOM 5.0 N..] HECwmnes hulley, deemed his sovereign's foe; No, 'tis
the wretch that tempts him to subvert it,
The foothing slave, the traitor in the bosom,
Who best deserves that name; he is a worm
That eats out all the happiness of kingdoms.
DESCRIPTION of a HAG.
590 of 2
Na clofe I
It spea wither'd hay, with. age grown double,
Picking dry sticks, and mumbling to herself;
Her eyes with scalding rheum were gall?d and red,
Cold pally shook her head, her hands feem'd wither'd
And on her crooked shoulders had the wrapp'd
The tatter'd remnants of an old strip'd hanging,
Which serv'd to keep her carcase from the cold:
So there was nothing of a piece about her.
Her lower weeds were all o'er coarfly patch'd
With different colour'd rags, blaek, red, white, yellow,
And seem’d to speak variety of wretchednessons
HAPPINESS the inseparable Companion of VIRTUE.
o be good is to be happy; angels
Are happier than men, because they're better..
Guilt is the source of sorrow; 'tis the fiend,
Th’avenging fiend that follows us behind
With whips and stings: the bless’d know none of thisgn.
But rest in everlasting peace of mind,
And find the height of all tþeir Heav'n is goodness.,
H.QŅ OU R superior to JUS TIC E.
IT HOM SON.)
Onour, my Lord, is much too proud to catch
Fhese, for th unfeeling vulgar may do well :
But those, whose souls are by the nicer rule
Of virtuous delicacy only sway'd,
Stand at another bar than that of laws.
In what Manner PRINCES ought to be TAUCHT
ET truth and virtue be their earliest teachers.
Keep from their ear the fyren-voice of Aattery,
Keep from their eye the harlot-form of vice,
Who spread, in every court, their silken snares,
And charm but to betray. Betimes inftruct them,
Superior rank demands superior worth ;
Pre-eminence of valour, justice, mercy.
But chief, that, tho' exalted o'er mankind,
They are themselves but men-frail suffering dut;
From no one injury of human lot
Exempt; but fever'd by the fame heat, chill'd
By the fame cold, torn by the same disease,
That scorches, freezes, racks and kills the beggar.
True E N D of ROYALTY.
the heart's profoundest depth ex.
That if not to perform my regal task ;
To be the common father of my people,
Patron of honour, virtue and religion ;
If not to shelter useful worth, to guard
His well-earn'd portion from the tons of rapine,
And deal out justice with impartial hand;
If not to spread on all good men thy bounty,
The treasures trusted to me, not iny own ;
If not to raise anew our English, name,
By peaceful arts, that grace the land they bless,
And generous war, to humble proud oppressors:
Yet more; if not to build the public weal
On that firm base, which can alone resist
Both time and chance, fair liberty and law;
IF I for these great ends am not ordain’d-
May I ne'er poorly.fill the throne of England:
The real DUTY of a. KING.
[Row L.) IS true, I am a king:
Honour and glory too have been my aim: But tho' I dare face death, and all the dangers Which furious war wears in its bloody fronty. Yet could I chufe to fix my fame by peace, By justice, and by mercy, and to raise My trophies on the blessings of mankind: Nor would I buy the empire of the world With ruin of the people whom I fway, Or forfeit of my honour. CHARACTER of a good. KING,
[THOMSO.N.) ES, we have loft a father!
YET Thewes hexe do filefante heaven beltows on
And seldom found amidst these wilds of time,
A good, a worthy king !-Hear me, my, Tancred,
And I will tell thee, in a few plain words,
How he deserv'd that beft, that glorious title.
'Tis nought complex, 'tis clear as truth and virtue..
He lov'd his people, deem'd them all his children
The good exalted, and deprefs’d the bad :
He fpurn'd the flattering crew, with fcorn rejected:
Their smooth advice, that only means themselves,
Their schemes to aggrandize him into baseness:
Well knowing that a people, in their rights
And industry protected; living safe
Beneath the sacred fhelter of the laws;
Encourag'd in their genius, arts, and labours,
And happy each as he himself deferves;
Are ne'er ungrateful. With unsparing hand:
They will for him provide their filial love,
And confidence are his unfailing treasury,
And every honest man his faithful guard.
The GUILT of bad KING S.
HEN those whom Heaven distinguishes o'er mil-
lions And Towers profusely power and splendor on them,
Whate'er th' expanded heart can with; when they,
Accepting the reward, neglect the duty,
Or worse, pervert those gifts to deeds of ruin,
Is there a wretch they rule so base as they?
Guilty, at once, of sacrilege to Heaven!
And of perfidious robbery to Man!
The true E N D of LIF E.
HO, who would live, my Narva, just to breathe
This idle air, and indolently run,
Day after day, the ftill returning round
Of life's mean offices, and fickly joys?
But in the service of mankind to be
A guardian God below-still to employ
The mind's brave ardour in heroic aims,
Such as may raise us o'er the groveling herd,
And make us shine for ever, That is Life,
The fame. [S. JOHNSON.]
EFLECT that life and death, affecting sounds,
Are only varied modes of endless being.
Reflect that life, like every other blessing,
Derives its value from its use alone;
Not for itself but for a nobler end
Th' Eternal gave it, and that end is virtue.
When inconlistent with a greater good,
Reason commands to cast the less away;
Thus life, with lofs of wealth, is well preserv'd,
And virtue cheaply fay'd with loss of life.
ALION overcome by a MA N.
HE prince in a lone court was plac'd,
Unarm'd, all but his hands, on which he wore
A pair of gantlets.
At last, the door of an old lion's den
Being drawn up, the horrid beast appear'd:
The Aames, which from his eye shot glaring red,
Made the fun start, as the spectators thought,
And round them cast a day of blood and death:
The prince walk'd forward: the large beaft defery'd
His prey; and with a roar, that made us palen,
Flew fiercely on him: but Lyfimachus
Starting afide, avoided his first stroke,
With a flight hurt; and as the lion turn'a;
Thrust gauntlet, arm, and all, into his throat:
Then, with Herculean force, tore forth by th' roots,
The foaming bloody tongue; and włrile the favage,
Faint with the lofs, sunk to the blushing earth,
Toplough it with his teeth, your conqu’ring soldier
Leap'd on his back, and dach'd his skull to pieces.
Hrake pleature, and the lavish in thy praise!
CHARACTER of an excellent. MAN,
[ROWE:] OW could my tongue How could I speak thy nobleness of nature! Thy open manly heart, thy courage, constancy, And in-born truth, unknowing to dissemble : Thou art the man in whom my soul delights, In whom, next Heav'n, I trust. VIRTUE the only true Source of NOBILITY.
(THOMSON) I :
Of reason, valour, liberty, and virtue,
Displays diftinguish'd merit, is a poble
Of Nature's own creating. Such have risen,
Sprung from the duft; or where had been our honours?
And such, in radiant bands, will rise again
immortal city, that, when most
Deprest by face, and near apparent ruin,
Returns, as with an energy divine,
On her astonish'd foes, and thakes them from her. -
The happy EFFECTS of MISFORTUNE.
F misfortune comes, she brings along
Illustrious spirits have convers’d with woe,
Have in her school been taught, as are enough actiu