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§ 64. In what Manner Princes ought to be taught. MALLET.
LET truth and virtue be their earliest teachers; Keep from their ear the syren-voice of flattery, Keep from their eye the harlot form of vice, Who spread in every court their silken snares, And charm but to betray. Betimes instruct them,
Superior rank demands superior worth;
From no one injury of human lot
Exempt; but fever'd by the same heat, chill'd By the same cold, torn by the same disease, That scorches, freezes, racks, and kills the beg
§ 65. True End of Royalty. MALLET. -O WITNESS, Heaven!
the heart's profoundest depth ex
plores, That if not to perform my regal task; To be the common father of my people, Patron of honor, virtue, and religion; If not to shelter useful worth, to guard His well-earn'd portion from the sons of rapine, And deal out justice with impartial hand; If not to spread on all good men my bounty,
The treasures trusted to me, not my own;
If not to raise anew our English name
$66. The real Duty of a King. Rowe.
-Tis true I am a king:
Honor and glory too have been my aim,
The good exalted, and depress'd the bad : He spurn'd the flattering crew, with scorn rejected
[selves, Their smooth advice, that only means themTheir schemes to aggrandize him into baseness, Well knowing that a people in their rights And industry protected; living safe Beneath the sacred shelter of the laws; Encourag'd in their genius, arts, and labors; And happy each as he himself deserves, Are ne'er ungrateful. With unsparing hand They will for him provide: their filial love And confidence are his unfailing treasury, And every honest man his faithful guard.
$68. The Guilt of bad Kings. MALLET. WHEN those whom Heaven distinguishes o'er millions,
And show'rs profusely pow'r and splendor on
§ 69. The true End of Life. THOMSON.
WHO, who would live, my Narva, just to breathe
This idle air, and indolently run,
§ 70. The same. S. JOHNSON. REFLECT that life and death, affecting sounds,
Are only varied modes of endless being.
§ 71. A Lion overcome by a Man. LEE.
THE prince in a lone court was plac'd, Unarin'd, all but his hands, on which he wore A pair of gantlets.
At last, the door of an old lion's den
Made the sun start, as the spectators thought,
§ 73. Virtue the only true Source of Nobility. THOMSON.
I TELL thee, then, whoe'er amidst the sons
And such, in radiant bands, will rise again
On her astonish'd foes, and shakes them from her.
The beasts, that under the warm hedges slept, § 80. The Love of our Country the greatest And weather'd out the cold bleak night, are
And, looking tow'rds the neighbouring pastures, raise
Their voice, and bid their fellow brutes good
Warbling she charms it each returning night,
$79. A worthless Person can claim no Merit
Nor will I borrow merit from the dead,
THOMSON. His only plot was this: that, much pro
He rais'd his vengeful arm against his country:
And lo! the righteous gods have now chastis'd him
Even by the hands of those for whom he fought.
Whatever private views and passions plead,
$82. In what Philosophy really consists. THOMSON.
-PHILOSOPHY consists not In airy schemes or idle speculations. The rule and conduct of all social life Is her great province. Not in lonely cells Obscure she lurks, but holds her heavenly light To senates and to kings, to guide their counsels, And teach them to reform and bless mankind. All policy but hers is false and rotten; All valor not conducted by her precepts Is a destroying fury sent from hell, To plague unhappy man, and ruin nations.
Our seas with commerce throng'd, our busy ports
With cheerful toil. Our Enna blooms afresh;
Inspire new song, and wake the pastoral reed.
$85. Providence. THOMSON. --THERE is a Pow'r
Unseen, that rules th' illimitable world,
Of all, is nought but weakness and depend
§ 87. Description of Ships appearing at a Distance, and approaching the Shore. DRYDEN. Guiom. As far as I could cast my eyes Upon the sea, something, methought, did rise Like blueish mists, which still appearing more, Took dreadful shapes, and thus mov'd tow'rds the shore:
The object I could first distinctly view, Was tall, straight trees, which on the water flew :
Wings on their sides instead of leaves did grow, Which gather'd all the breath the winds could blow;
And at their roots grew floating palaces, Whose out-blow'd bellies cut the yielding seas. Montezuma. What divine monsters, O ye gods! are these,
That float in air, and fly upon the seas? THOMSON. Came they alive, or dead, the shore? Guiom. Alas! they liv'd too sure: I heard them roar :
--O BEAUTEOUS Peace! Sweet union of a state! what else but thou Gives safety, strength, and glory, to a people? I bow, Lord Constable, beneath the snow Of many years; yet in my breast revives A youthful flame. Methinks I see again Those gentle days renew'd, that bless'd our isle Ere by this wasteful fury of division, Worse than our Ætna's most destructive fires, It desolated sunk. I see our plains Unbounded waving with the gifts of harvest:
All turn'd their sides, and to each other spoke : I saw their words break out in fire and smoke. Sure 'tis their voice that thunders from on high, And these the younger brothers of the sky: Deaf with the noise, I took my hasty flight; No mortal courage can support the fright.
§88. Virtue preferable to Rank. Rowe. WHAT tho' no gaudy titles grace my birth; Titles, the servile courtier's lean reward!
Sometimes the pay of virtue, but more oft The hire which greatness gives to slaves and sycophants:
Yet Heaven, that made me honest, made me
Than e'er a king did when he made a lord.
§89. Description of an ancient Cathedral. CONGREVE.
Looking tranquillity; it strikes an awe
$90. Description of a Triumph.
LEE. -HE comes, and with a port so proud, As if he had subdu'd the spacious world: And all Sinope's streets are fill'd with such A glut of people, you would think some god Had conquer'd in their cause, and them thus rank'd, [heads! That he might make his entrance on their While from the scaffolds, windows, tops of houses,
Are cast such gaudy show'rs of garlands down, That e'en the crowd appear like conquerors, And the whole city seems like one vast meadow Set all with flow'rs, as a clear heaven with
Nay, as I have heard, ere he the city enter'd,
So did your subjects, in their gaudy trim,
$91. A Shepherd's Life happier than a King's. HILL.
TH' unbusied shepherd, stretch'd beneath the hawthorn,
His careless limbs thrown out in wanton ease, With thoughtless gaze perusing the arch'd heavens,
And idly whistling while his sheep feed round him,
Enjoys a sweeter shade than that of canopies Hemm'd in with cares, and shook by storms of
$92. Virtue its own Reward. ROWE. GREAT minds, like Heav'n, are pleas'd with doing good,
Are barren in return.
With scorn the mercenary world regard,
$93. No Difficulties insuperable to the Prudent and Brave. ROWE.
THE wise and active conquer difficulties By daring to attempt them: sloth and folly Shiver and shrink at sight of toil and hazard, And make th' impossibility they fear.
END OF THE THIRD BOOK.