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they were translated into English, and inserted “ into the first part of the Resuscitation.”

In the few lines upon the character of Augustus Cæsar, there is a maxim well deserving the deep consideration of every young man of sensibility, apt

to be

Misled by fancy's meteor ray,

By passion driven :
And yet the light that leads astray,

Is light from heaven.

Bacon says,


“ those persons * which are of a tur“ bulent nature or appetite, do commonly pass their youth in many errors; and about their middle, “ and then and not before, they shew forth their

perfections; but those that are of a sedate and “calm nature, may be ripe for great and glorious “ actions in their youth.” The very same sentiment which he expresses in his Essay on Youth and Age. “ Natures that have much heat, and great and “ violent desires and perturbations, are not ripe for “ action till they have passed the meridian of their years : as it was with Julius Cæsar and Septimius

Severus; of the latter of whom it is said, juven“ tutem egit, erroribus, imo furoribus plenam ;' and yet he was the ablest emperor, almost, of all the

list : but reposed natures may do well in youth, as “it is seen in Augustus Cæsar, Cosmus, duke of

Florence, Gaston de Foix, and others."

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I have selected this piece of biography from the letters, and restored it to what appears to me to be its proper place. Of this a MS. may be found in

a the British Museum.

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