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he should live so long, such a mental likeness of the young one? If it be not drawn near the time, it can never be drawn with sufficient accuracy.*
The Results of Misdirected and Guilty Ambition. - ADAM SMITH.
1. To attain to this envied situation, the candidates for fortune too frequently abandon the paths of virtue; for, unhappily, the road which leads to the one, and that which leads to the other, lie sometimes in opposite directions.
2. But the ambitious man flatters himself that, in the splendid situation to which he advances, he will have so many means of commanding the respect and admiration of mankind and will be enabled to act with such superior propriety and grace, that the luster of his future conduct will entirely cover or efface the foulness of the steps by which he arrived at that ⚫elevation.
3. In many governments the candidates for the highest stations are above the law, and if they can attain the object of their ambition, they have no fear of being called to account for the means by which they acquired it. They often endeavor, therefore, not only by fraud and falsehood, the ordinary and vulgar arts of intrigue and cabal, but sometimes by the perpetration of the most enormous crimes, by murder and assassination, by rebellion and civil war, to supplant and destroy those who oppose or stand in the way of their greatness.
4. They more frequently miscarry than succeed, and commonly gain nothing but the disgraceful punishment which is due to their crimes. But though they should be so lucky as to attain that wished-for greatness, they are always most miserably disappointed in the happiness which they expect to enjoy in it.
5. It is not ease or pleasure, but always honor, of one kind or another, though frequently an honor very ill understood,
*How many of the faults and foibles of mankind would be avoided if we could realize the beautiful language of Burns:
"O wad some power the giftie gie us
It wad frae monie a blunder free us,
that the ambitious man really pursues. But the honor of his exalted station appears, both in his own eyes and in those of other people, polluted and defiled by the baseness of the means through which he rose to it.
6. Though by the profusion of every liberal expense, though by excessive indulgence in every profligate pleasure, the wretched but usual resource of ruined characters, though by the hurry of public business, or by the prouder and more dazzling tumult of war, he may endeavor to efface, both from his own memory and from that of other people, the remembrance of what he has done, that remembrance never fails to pursue him.
7. He invokes in vain the dark and dismal powers of for getfulness and oblivion. He remembers himself what he has done, and that remembrance tells him that other people must likewise remember it.
8. Amidst all the gaudy pomp of the most ostentatious greatness, amidst the venal and vile adulation of the great and of the learned, amidst the more innocent though more foolish acclamations of the common people, amidst all the pride of conquest and the triumph of successful war, he is still secretly pursued by the avenging furies of shame and remorse; and while glory seems to surround him on all sides, he himself, in his own imagination, sees black and foul infamy fast pursuing him, and every moment ready to overtake him from behind.
The Druses.* HEBER.
1. FIERCE, hardy, proud, in conscious freedom bold,
2. Yes, valorous chiefs, while yet your sabers shine,
* The Druses were a hardy mountain race in Syria, descended from the Crusaders.
O, ever thus, by no vain boast dismayed,
3. No robber-rage the ripening harvest knows;
pour their latest light on Carmel's head. 4. Yet shines your praise, amid surrounding gloom, As the lone lamp that trembles in the tomb; For few the souls that spurn a tyrant's chain, And small the bounds of freedom's scanty reign.
The Wicked Man. RICHARD H. DANA. ‡
1. He walks within the day's full glare
Through all the crowd a thrilling horror ran.
* Sidon was a city of ancient Phoenicia, celebrated for a beautiful purple dye. Purple is a compound color, composed of pink and blue. Lusitania is the ancient name of Portugal.
+ Ophir was a country or city to which the Hebrews made voyages in the time of David and Solomon. -[See 1 Kings, c. ix., v. 28.] It is not known what was its precise situation, but it is supposed to have been on the east coast of Africa, or in the East Indies.
Shoreward, or takes some gloomy path;
Terror and madness drive him back to men ;
3. Time passes on, and he grows bold-
But still at heart there lies a secret fear;
He laughs, but he turns deadly pale;
That will be told: it needs no words from thee,
The Prayer Answered. - POLLOK.*
1. HAIL love, first love, thou word that sums all bliss!
She gathered and selected with her hand,
2. But who would that expound, which words transcends,
The corn-fields, bathed in Cynthia's † silver light,
3. Now and then the aged leaf
Fell from its fellows, rustling to the ground;
*Born 1799; 1827.
i Cynthia, the moon.
And, as it fell, bade man think on his end.
4. Vesper looked forth
From out her western hermitage and smiled;
5. Such was the night, so lovely, still, serene,
6. This ancient thorn had been the meeting-place Of love, before his country's voice had called The ardent youth to fields of honor far Beyond the wave: and hither now repaired, Nightly, the maid, by God's all-seeing eye Seen only, while she sought this boon alone "Her lover's safety, and his quick return."
7. In holy, humble attitude she kneeled,
8. Her voice, scarce uttered, soft as zephyr sighs
9. On her the moon looked steadfastly; the stars That circle nightly round the eternal throne Glanced down, well pleased; and everlasting Love Gave gracious audience to her prayer sincere.
10. O, had her lover seen her thus alone!