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NOW death draws near, a ftrange perplexity
But who can bear th' approach of certain fate?
Both heavenly faith and human fear obey,
And feel before me in an unknown way.-Dryden.
Can then death's felf be fear'd? our life much rather:
Death joins us to the majority;
'Tis to be born to Platos and Timoleons,
'Tis to be great for ever!
'Tis pleafure, 'tis ambition then to die.-Young.
DOES humanity clothe and educate the unknown orphan? -Poverty, thou haft no genealogies :-See! is he not the father of the child? Thus do we rob heroes of the best of their glory-their virtue. Take away the motive of the act, you take away all that is worth having in it ;-wrest it to ungenerous ends, you load the virtuous man who did it with infamy-undo it all-I befeech you-give him back his honor,-reftore the jewel you have taken from him-replace him in the eye of the world—
It is too late.-Sterne.
GOOD name in man or woman, dear my lord,
Is the immediate jewel of their fouls.
Who fteals my purse, steals trash. "Tis fomething, nothing,
'Twas mine, 'tis his, and has been flave to thousands.
THERE is no state more contrary to the dignity of wisdom, than perpetual and unlimited dependence, in which the underftanding lies ufelefs, and every motion is received from external impulfe. Reafon is the great distinction of human nature, the faculty by which we approach to fome degree of affociation with celestial intelligences. But as the excellence of every power appears only in its operations, not to have reafon, and to have it useless and unemployed, are nearly the fame.— Rambler.
MAINTAIN a conftant watch at all times against a dogmatical spirit: fix not your affent to any proposition in a firm and unalterable manner, till you have fome firm and unalterable ground for it, and till you have arrived at some clear and fure evidence; till you have turned the propofition on all fides, and fearched the matter through and through, fo that you cannot be mistaken. And even where you think you have full ground of affurance, be not too early, nor too frequent, in expreffing this affurance in too peremptory and pofitive a manner, remembering that human nature is always Jiable to mistake in this corrupt and feeble state.-Watts.
DIFFIDENCE may check refolution, and obftru&t performance, but compenfates its embarraffments by more important advantages. It conciliates the proud, and foftens the fevere; averts envy from excellence, and cenfure from mifcarriage.-Rambler.
I AM not of your opinion, with regard to defpotism and defpots. It appears to me horrible and abfurd to the last degree, that a whole people fhould blindly fubject themselves to the caprice of one man, even if he were an angel. For my own part, I would not live under him a fingle day. This angel may become in a moment a monfter thirsting after blood.
Defpotifm is to me the most abominable and disgustful of all bad governments; man is perpetually crufhed, debafed, and degraded by it. Look into hiftory, ancient and modern, and fee if ever there was one upon earth that was not an infult on mankind, and the difgrace of human nature.-Montefquieu.
THE most formidable enemy of the public welfare is not riot or fedition, but defpotifm: it changes the character of a nation, and always for the worfe: it produces nothing but vices. Whatever might be the power of an Indian fultan, he could never form magnanimous fubjects; he would never find among his flaves the virtues of free-men. Chemistry can extract no more gold from a mixed body than is included in it; and the most arbitrary power can draw nothing from a flave but the baseness he contains.
What is arbitrary power? The feed of calamities, that, fown in the bofom of a state, spring up to bear the fruit of mifery and devaftation.-Helvetius.
THEN all the elders of Ifrael gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
And faid unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy fons walk not in thy ways: now make unto us a king to judge us like all the nations.
But the thing difpleafed Samuel, when they faid, Give us a king to judge us; and Samuel prayed unto the Lord.
And the Lord faid unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all they fay unto thee; for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.
Now therefore hearken to their voice: howbeit, yet folemnly proteft unto them, and fhow them the manner of the king that fhall reign over them.
And Samuel told all the words of the Lord unto the people that afked of him a king.
And he faid, this thall be the manner of the king that fhall reign over you. He will take your fons, and appoint them for himself, for his chariots, and to be his horiemen; and fome fhail run before his chariot.
And he will take your daughters to be confectioners, and to be cooks, and to be bakers.
And he will take your fields, and your vineyards, and your olive-yards, even the best of them, and give them to his fervants.
And he will take the tenth of your feed, and of your vineyards, and give to his officers and to his fervants.
And he will take your men fervants and your maid fervants, and your goodliet young men, and your affes, and put them to his work.
He will take the tenth of your fheep; and ye shall be his fervants.
And ye fhall cry out in that day, because of your king; and the Lord will not hear you in that day.
Samuel, b. i. chap. viii.
But robb'd of moisture, fickens, droops, and dies.
Hunger, defpair, and meagre mifery!--R. P. Knight.
THE lives and labours of millions are devoted to the fervice of a defpotic prince, whofe laws are blindly obeyed, and whofe wifhes are inftantly gratified. Our imagination is dazzled by the fplendid picture; and whatever may be the cool dictates of reafon, there are few among us, who would obftinately refufe a trial of the comforts and cares of royalty.' It may therefore be of fome ufe to borrow the experience of Abdal Rahman, whofe magnificence has perhaps excited our admiration and envy, and to transcribe an authentic memorial which was found in the clofet of the deceased caliph. "I have now "reigned above fifty years in victory or peace; beloved by
my fubjects, dreaded by my enemies, and refpected by my "allies. Riches and honors, power and pleasure, have waited "on my call, nor does any earthly bleffing appear to have "been wanting to my felicity. In this fituation I have "diligently number'd the days of pure and genuine happiness, which have fallen to my lot: they amount to fourteen.". Gibbon.
SUCH dupes are men to custom, and fo prone
Say ye, who (with lefs prudence than of old,
His thorns with ftreamers of continual praife?-Cowper.
DESPOTISM delights in war. It is its element. As the bull knows, by inflinct, that his ftrength is in his horns, and the eagle trufts in his talons; fo the defpot feels his puiffance moft, when furrounded by his foldiery arrayed for battle. With the fword in his hand, and his artillery around him, he rejoices in his might, and glories in his greatnefs. Blood muft mark his path; and his triumph is incomplete, till death and deftruction talk over the land, the harbingers of his triumphant cavalcade.-Spirit of Defpotifin.
WHAT are the chief confiderations with defpots, previousl to going to war, and at its conclufion? Evidently the expenc