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In sober state,
Death. Line 108.
Teach him how to live, And, oh still harder lesson ! how to die.
GEORGE WASHINGTON. 1732-1799.
Labour to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire, - conscience.
Rule from the Copy-book of Washington when a schoolboy To be prepared for war is one of the most effectua) means of preserving peace."
Speech to both Houses of Congress, Jan. 8, 1790. 'Tis our true policy to steer clear of permanent alliances with any portion of the foreign world.
His Farewell Address.
1 See Gray, page 385.
• Qui desiderat pacem præparet bellum (Who would desire peace should be prepared for war). – VEGETIUS: Rei Militari 3, Prolog.
In pace, ut sapiens, aptarit idonea bello (In peace, as a wise man, be should make suitable preparation for war.
– HORACE: Book ii. satire ü.
LORD THURLOW. 1732-1806.
The accident of an accident.
Speech in Reply to the Duke of Grafton. Butler's
Reminiscences, vol. i. p. 142.
When I forget my sovereign, may my God forget me.?
27 Parliamentary History, 680; Annual Register, 1789.
JOHN DICKINSON. 1732-1808.
Then join in hand, brave Americans all !
The Liberty Song (1768).
Declaration on taking up Arms in 1775.8
W. J. MICKLE. 1734-1788.
The dews of summer nights did fall,
The moon, sweet regent of the sky,
And many an oak that grew thereby.
There's nae luck at a';
1 Whereupon Wilkes is reported to have said, somewhat coarsely, but not unhappily it must be allowed, “Forget you! He'll see you d-d first." Burke also exclaimed, “The best thing that could happen to you!" — BROUGHAM: Statesmen of the Time of George 111. (Thurlow.)
2 From the original manuscript draft in Dickinson's handwriting, which has given rise to the belief that he, not Jefferson (as formerly claimed), is the real author of this sentence. 8 Jove, thou regent of the skies. — Pope: The Odyssey, book ii. line 42. Now Cynthia, named fair regent of the night. - GAY: Trivia, book iii
. And hail their queen, fair regent of the night. - Darwin: The Botanic Garden, part i. canto ii. line 90.
JOHN LANGHORNE. 1735-1779.
The Country Justice. Parti
ISAAC BICKERSTAFF. 1735-1787.
Love in a Village. Act i. Sc. L
Lived on the river Dee;
8c. 2. And this the burden of his song
Forever used to be,
?." The Mariner's Wife” is now given" by common consent," says Sarah Tytler, to Jean Adam (1710-1765).
? This allusion to the dead soldier and his widow on the field of battle was made the subject of a print by Bunbury, under which were engraved the pathetic lines of Langhorne. sir Walter Scott has mentioned that the only tinie he saw Burns this picture was in the room.
Burns shed tears over it; and Scott, then a lad of fifteen, was the only person present who could tell him where the lines were to be found. - LOCKHART: Life of Scott, tol. i. chap. io
8 If naebody care for me,
BURNS : I hac a Wifo o' my Ain.
Young fellows will be young fellows.
Love in a Village. Act it. Sc. 2. Ay, do despise me! I'm the prouder for it; I like to be despised.
The Hypocrite. Ad e. Se. 1.
Ah, who can tell how hard it is to climb
The Minstrel. Book i. Stansa l.
Book ü. Stanza 17.
By the glare of false science betray'd,
JOHN ADAMS. 1735-1826. Yesterday the greatest question was decided which ever was debated in America ; and a greater perhaps never was, nor will be, decided among men.
A resolution was passed without one dissenting colony, that those United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States.
Letter to Mrs. Adams, July 3, 1776. The second day of July, 1776, will be the most me. morable epocha in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward for ever,
PATRICK HENRY. 1736-1799.
Cæsar had his Brutus ; Charles the First, his Cromwell; and George the Third [" Treason !” cried the Speaker] — may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.
Speech in the Virginia Convention, 1765. I am not a Virginian, but an American.
Ibid. September, 1774. I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judg. ing of the future but by the past."
Ibid. March, 1775. I was born an American ; I will live an American ; I shall die an American ! – Webster: Speech, July 17, 1850.
2 See Burke, page 411.