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and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.And likewise a Lèvite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 7 But a certain Samăritan, as he journied, came where he wás : and when he saw him, he had compassion on him,--and went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own béast, and brought him to an ínn, and took care of him. 8 And on the morrow, when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him: and what soever thou spendest móre, when I come again, I will repay
thee. 9 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves ?--And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
5. As to those public works, so much the object of your ridicule, they, undoubtedly, demand a due share of honour and applause ; but I rate them far beneath the great merit of my administration. It is not with stones nor bricks that 'I have fortified the cíty. It is not from works like these that 'I derive my reputation. Would you know my' methods of fortifying? Exàmine, and you will find them in the arms, the towns, the territories, the harbours I have secùred; the navies, the troops, the armies I have ràised.
6. For if you now pronounce, that, as my public conduct hath not been right, Ctesiphon must stand condemned, it must be thought that yourselves have acted
you owe your present state to the caprice of fortune. But it cannot bè. No, my countrymen! It cannot be you have acted wrong, in encountering danger
wrong, not that
bravely, for the liberty and safety of all Gréece. Nò! by those generous souls of ancient times, who were exposed at Màrathon! By those who stood arrayed at Platèa! By those who encountered the Persian fleet at Salamis ! who fought at Artemisium! By all those illustrious sons of Athens, whose remains lie deposited in the public monuments ! 'All of whom received the same honourable interment from their country: Not those only who preváiled, not those only who were victórious. And with reason. What was the part of gallant men they all performed; their success was such as the supreme director of the world dispensed to each.
7. Like other tyrants, death delights to smite, What, smitten, most proclaims the pride of pow'r, And arbitrary nod. His joy supreme,
To bid the wrétch survive the fortunate;
And weeping fáthers build their children's tomb :
That life is long, which answers life's great ènd. 10 The tree that bears no fruit, deserves no name; The man of wisdom is the man of
years. NARCISSA's youth has lectur'd me thus far. And can her gáiety give counsel too?
That, like the Jews' fam'd oracle of gems,
And opens more the character of death;
“ But own man born to live as well as díe.”
gay He takes; and plunder is a tyrant's joy.
* Fortune, with youth and gaiety, conspir’d 5 To weave a tripple wreath of happiness,
(If happiness on earth,) to crown her brow,
That shining shield invites the tyrant's spear,
O how portentous is prosperity !
To cull his victims from the fairest fold,
When flooded with abundance, purpled o’er
The gaudy centre, of the public eye,
Snatch'd from the covert of an humble state,
Death loves a shining mark, a signal blow; 25 A blow, which, while it éxecutes, alarms;
And startles thousands with a single fall.
* In this place and in many others, the connexion of the author is broken in the selections, without notice.
By the strong strokes of lāb'ring hinds subdu'd,
The conscious forest trembles at the shock,
Young 8. Genius and art, ambition's boasted wings, Our boast but ill deserve.
-If these alone
Our height is but the gibbet of our name.
Of tow'ring talents, and terrestrial aíms;
The glorious fragments of a soul immortal,
At once compassion soft, and envy, rise
If wanting worth, are shining instruments
Great ill is an achievement of great pòu'rs. 25 Plain sense but rarely leads us far astray.
Means have no merit, if our ènd amiss.
* In all the following Exercises, the sign of transition and other marks of modulation are occasionally used.
Let genius then despair to make thee great; Nor flatter station : What is station high? 'Tis a proud mèndicant ; it boasts and begs;
It begs an alms of homage from the throng, 5 And oft the throng denies its charity.
Monarchs and ministers, are awful names ;
External homage, and a supple knee, 10 To beings pompously set up, to serve
The meanest slave; all more is merit's due,
Our hearts ne'er bow but to superior wörth; 15 Nor ever fail of their allegiance there.
Fools, indeed, drop the man in their account,
His royal robe unborrow'd and unbought, 20 His own, descending fairly from his sires.
Shall man be proud to wear his livery,
Pygmies are pygmies stíll, though perch'd on 'Alps ; 25 And pyramids are pyramids in vales.
Each man makes his own stature, builds himself;
-Thy bosom burns for pow'r ; 30 Whàt station charms thee? I'll install thee there;
'Tis thine. And art thou greater than before ?