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own—with magic genius he turned the storm to one focus— Self.
And still for a time might he continue to be called the philanthropist.
A tyrant he might be, because he was innately selfish, but how glorious a leader, how well-educated a man, how well-trained a soldier to the people who had despised Marat and been slaughtered by Robespierre. And glorious to the end of his existence Napoleon would have continued, had he thought of politics above the might of arms, had he remembered that the battle's roar is not the loudest voice to guide a nation, had Napoleon rather remained the Protector than the conqueror, his noble spirit would not have been bruised in the far off and solitary Island where the sleep of death overtook him."
Thy race may be extinct, oh, Napoleon ! as far as the power of Mars extends, but thou
remained a living example, and thy prototypes are they who embark in a political cause to serve a nation and end by courting popularity instead. A Philanthropist, or Radical, in his first career, takes the human race for his subject, and stands himself like a sunbeam in a tempestuous cloud, pointing to where the glorious orb will assert his freedom. But a Radical, in his more selfish-grown designs, is a traitor who has won the confidence of the populace by seeming devotion to their cause; principle and honour have only been guides to show him the road to power. Tyranny and selfishness will lead the way to ruin. Greece and the seven-hilled kingdom owe their fall to the increasing selfishness of those who put on the deceptive mark of philanthropy.
"Oh, thou fair Greece ! by Turkish hands profaned,
By Britons plunder’d, and by Moslems chain’d !"
Greece, thy fame was martyred at the shrine of ambition, and patriots were overturned by Democrats. Little could the selfcreated patriot, he whom a modern poet has appropriately called “the pilgrim bard," little could he do for Greece.
There is a shadow cast around the past, but no shadows are so dense but they may be vivified ; and England, our free beauteous England, requires only the admission of tyrants, under the cant names of our modern invention, to turn its green vales to desolation, and revive the miseries of ages past.
As in the case of Ireland, one man may arise and seem to compassionate his fellowmen, but he aims at popularity, and would make Ireland triumph to make the country worth his personal attention.
Far wiser for Ireland to look upon England as a friend, not a foe ; to place no reliance upon a noisy spirit promising much and performing little ; and far wiser for our politicians to dread that degree of popularity which shows itself in that free familiarity between the people and the member: from the moment such a liaison exists, not only Tories or Whigs, but all sensible members, must look upon the Radicals as stepping from the dignity of their position. Let the people know exactly in whose ears to pour their complaints, and there is only murmuring and continual dissatisfaction. Nor can it be denied that to one question a Radical member is able to carry out, he loses two or more ; others look upon him merely as the blind which the people use to give free vent to their rebellious disposition. And there is something melancholy when we find men of high ability falling to such a mark.
“I am not a Radical, if men mean by that term a disturber of peace and concord, an envier of the nobles, an enemy to the sovereign and church. But I am in Parliament to serve my country and my kindred, and I can only do so by listening to the voice of the humblest, and taking all the lowliest petitions which may be handed to me.”
But, as the great Medici said, “Ce n'est rien de bien commencer, il faut bien finir.”
The speech of a Radical some years after the first recorded would be totally different.
“I tried to serve the people,” he would exclaim, “and how have I been rewarded ? I have no place under government, the nobles mistrust me; the people make me their champion, and coin grievances, that I may redress them. What have I left ? Popularity! I will see my name in print; I will hear it pronounced familiarly by that great body—the people.”