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To a keen edge, and made it bright for war." Him, Tubal named, the Vulcan of old times, The sword and falchion their inventor claim; . And the first smitha was the first murderer's son, His art survived the waters; and ere long, When man was multiplied and spread abroad. In tribes and clans, and had begun to call These meadows and that range of hills bis own, The tasted sweets of property begat : Desire of more, and industry in some : : To improve and cultivate their just demesne, Made others covet what they saw so fair. Thus war began on earth: these fought for spoil, And those in self-defence, Savage at first The onset, and irregular, At lengih . One eminent above the rest for strength, "For stratagem, for courage, or for all, Was cliosen leader; him they served in war, And him in peace; for sake of warlike deeds Reyerenced, no less. Who could with him compare? Or who so worthy to control themselves; As he, whose prowess had subdued their foes? Thus war, affording field for the display Of virtue, made one chief, whom times of peace, Which have their exigencies too, and call i For skill in government; at length made king. King was a name too proud for man to wear With modesty and meekness; and the crown, So dazzling in their eyes, who set it on, Was sure to intoxicate the brows it bound. i
"It is the abject property of most, tp. .
He deems a thousand, or ten thousand lives, :, Spent in the purchase of renown for him, " An casy reckoning; and they think the same. Thus kings were first invented, and thus kings, Were burnished into heroes, and became.." The arbiters of this terraqueous swamp; ; Slorksamong frogs, that have hut croaked and diod. Strange, that such folly, as lifts bloated man To eminence fit only for a god, i Should ever drivel out of human lips, Even in the cradled weakness of the world!' : Still stranger'much, that when at length mankind Had reached the sinewy firmness of their youth, And could discriminate and argue well... On subjects more mysterious, they were yet Babes in the cause of freedom, and should fear And quake before the gods themselves had made: But above measure strange, that neither proof Of sad experience, nor examples set-. By some, whose patriot virtue bas prevailed, Can even now, when they are grown mature In wisdom, and with philosophic deeds Familiar, serve to emancipate the rest! Such dupes are men to custom, and so prone To reverence what is ancient, and can plead A course of long observance for its use, That even servitude, the worst of ills, Because delivered down froin sire to son, Is kept and guarded as a sacred thing. But is it fit, or can it bear the shock
Of rational discussion, that a man, ., :
. Say ye, who (with less prudence than of old ! Jotham ascribed to his assembled trees In politic convention) put your trust. . . In the sbadow of a bramble, and reclined... In fancied peace beneath his dangerous branch, Rejoice in him, and celebrate his sway, Where find ye passive fortitude? Whence springs Your self-denying zeal, that holds it good To stroke the prickly grievance, and to bang... His thorns with streamers of continual praise? . We too are friends to loyalty. We love,' The king, who loves the law, respects his bounds, And reigns content within them: him we serve Freely and with delight, who leaves us freers But recollecting still that he is man, ... :;
We trust him not too far. King though he be,
bee. i . . Your's, a blind instinct, crouches to the rod, And licks the foot, that treads it in the dust. Were kingship as true treasure as it seems, : Sterling, and worthy of a wise man's wish, :"
I would not be a king to be beloved ***'?.
Causeless, and daubed with undiscerning praise, "Where love is mere attachment to the throne, -. Nốt to the 'man,' who fills iť as he ought. i ' a Whose freedom is by sifferánce, and at will*:* Of a superior, he is never free,'"; " " Who lives, and is not weary of a life; it