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impressed with the fact that genius continued in solitude must, in our days, die in oblivion. This grand and stately world will be courted, if its sons would win it. The most dauntless
warrior that ever lived would not be considered
a braver man than any other around him, were peace to reign for ever; War is his genius, and he requires the battle-field to test his valour, and thus the man of civil talent requires the hand of power to lead him forth and teach him to reach that pinnacle of his wishes—the World.
This, however, is only stating one duty in a member's life, for many villages in England boast of no Coleridges, no men of talent; but no villagers, on the other hand, should be left in that total ignorance of this world's knowledge, and that hopeless darkness of a sphere above, as to realize the pictures of which Mr. D'Israeli treats in his able novels.
Commerce, that supreme upholder of our industrious island ! Commerce, that neverfailing bulwark of a nation! Commerce, wert thou discouraged and unprotected ? look for no sterner lesson than fallen Greece, and extinguished Rome.
And shall the heroes of war, navy, church, or law, be the only acknowledged Champions of England ? no; each industrious son of Commerce claims equal, nay, perhaps, more, protection, for rising from lowlier ranks, he needs higher patronage.
The school-house and factory should present scenes of happiness, where they show only the tokens of misery. When the tempter gloried over the fall of man, he probably invented the power of tyranny, so odious is that quality which lowers man to the most petty character.
Members of Parliament, disdain that vulgar pride which a poet has called
“The monster passion of the times.”
As the Goths and Vandals triumphed over proud Rome, so will the day come when pride will have its fall.
The commercial sons of England, however lowly in station, are England's pride, the most homely spot whereon even a labourer sighs, “home” is the palace from whence the wishes and wants of the great are studied. Luxury can do nothing for itself, it can but fret, and wish, and crave: the industrious alone can satisfy.
Poverty owes gratitude to wealth, but so also does wealth to industry ;
industry; and since mutual interest is the governing rule of life, let the interest be properly understood. At the very hour in which this volume
is penned, men are talking of a general election. May each member possess that imperishable quality, Justice,—may every christian feeling of the heart teach him alike his influence and responsibility. And may England, freed from all discontent, retain some shadow of that primeval state, ere avarice and ambition arraigned the heart in pride and tyranny. And at the last hour let conscience be like some unrifled tree which has stood the dazzling temptation of the glaring sun, the corrupt chillingness of tempestuous rain, and falls only when the voice of Time proclaims that all below is perishable, and must march onward to decay.
Let the politician remember, with fear and trembling, that souls are committed to his care, and that as our Divine Master hath said that not a swallow falleth to the ground without His knowledge, so not a villager under his care should fall into error through his culpable neglect. No matter how lowly, each individual created has an immortal soul,