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Of her old captive parents the fole joy:
At once He for her parents and her lover call’d. The various scene imagine ; how his troops Look'd dubious on, and wonder'd what he meant : While stretch'd below the trembling suppliants lay, Rack'd by a thousand mingling pallions, fear, Hope, jealousy, disdain, submission, grief, Anxiety and love in every shape. To these so different sentiments succeed As mixt emotions, when the man divine Thus the dread filence to the lover broke. • We both are young; both charm’d. The right of war 6 Has put thy beauteous mistress in my power ; 6. With whom I could, in the most sacred ties, “ Live out a happy life : but know, that Romans 66 Their hearts, as well as enemies, can conquer. " Then take her to thy soul; and with her take 6. Thy liberty and kingdom. In return " I ask but this : when you behold these eyes, These charms, with transport; be a friend to Rome.”
TRUE courage but from opposition grows;
This is true courage, not the brutal force
-THE noblelt proof of love
LET us compare what the historians of all ages have said concerning the courts of monarchs ; let us recollect the conversation and sentiments of people of all countries, in respect to the wretched character of courtiers; and we shall find, that these are not mere airy speculations, but things confirmed by a fad and melancholy experience.
Ambition joined to idleness, and business to pride; a desire of obtaining riches without labor, and an aversion to truth; flattery, treachery, perfidy, violation of engagements, contempt of civil duties, fear of the prince's virtues, hope from his weak. ness; but, above all, a perpetual ridicule cast upon virtue, are, I think, the characteristics by which most courtiers, in all ages and countries, have been constantly dillinguished.-Montesquieu.
ALL the prostitutes who set themselves to fale, all the locusts who devour the land, with crowds of spies, parasites, and sycophants, and whole swarms of little, noisome, nameless insects, will hum and buz in every corner of the courta sort of men too low to be much regarded, and too high to be quite neglected, the lumber of every administration, the furniture of every court.
These gilt carved things are seldom answerable for more than the men on a chess-board, who are moved about at will, and on whom the conduct of the game
is not to be charged. Some of these every prince must have about him. The pageantry of a court requires that he should. -Bolingbroke.
I HAVE known courts these thirty-fix years, and know they differ ; but in some things they are extremely constant. First, in the trite old maxim of a minister's never forgiving those he hath injured. Secondly, in the insincerity of thofe who would be thought the best friends. Thirdly, in the love of fawning, cringing, and tale bearing. Fourthly, in facrificing those, whom we really wish well, to a point of interest or intrigue. Fifthly, in keeping every thing worth taking, for those who can do service or dif-service.-Swift.
GOD help the man, condemn'd by cruel fate
save that labours at the oar.
COWARD. COWARDS die
times before their death :
COWARDS have courage when they see not death;
But valiant men
AS cheats to play with those still aim,
to the first objection which he hears, and to receive any
fentiments of another that are asserted with a positive air and much assurance. Thus he is under a kind of necessity, through the indulgence of this credulous humour, either to be often changing his opinions, or to believe inconfiftencies.
The man of contradiction stands ready to oppose every thing that is said.
He gives but a flight attention to the reasons of other men, from an inward scornful presumption, that they have po strength in them. When he reads or hears a discourse different from his own fentiments; he does not give himself Jeave to consider, whether that discourse may be true ; but employs all his powers immediately to confute it. Your great disputers, and your men of controversy, are in continual danger of this sort of prejudice. They contend often for victory, and will maintain whatfoever they have asserted, while truth is lost in the noise and tumult of reciprocal contradictions and it frequently happens, that a debate about opinions is turned into mutual reproach of persons.--Waits.
THE prejudice of credulity may in some measure be cured, by learning to set a high value upon truth, and by taking more pains to attain it; remembering that truth often lies dark and deep, and requires us to dig for it as hidden treasure ; and that falsehood often assumes a fair disguise, and therefore we should not yield up our judgment to every plausible appear
It is no part of civility or good breeding to part with truth, but to maintain it with decency and candor.
A spirit of contradiction is so pedantic and hateful, that a man should take much pains with himself to watch against every instance of it: he should learn so much good-humour, at least, as never to oppose any thing without just and solid reason for it: he should abate some degrees of pride and moroseness, which are never failing ingredients in this fort of temper, and should seek after so much honesty and conscience, as never to contend for conquest or triumph ; but to review his own reasons, and to read the arguments of his opponents, if possible, with an equal indifferency, be glad to spy a truth, and to fubmit to it, though it appear on the opposite side.- Ideig.
OF all kinds of credulity, the most obstinate and wonderful is that of political zealots; of men who being numbered, they know not how, or why, in any of the parties that divide a state, resign the use of their own eyes and ears, and resolve to believe nothing that does not favour those whom they profess to follow.Idler.