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With sudden adoration and blank awe ?
To a degenerate and degraded state.
Not harsh and crabbèd, as dull fools suppose,
OH! 'tis excellent
* There is not, in my opinion, a consideration more effectual to extinguish inordinate desires in the soul of man, than the notions of Plato and his followers upon that subject. They tell us that every passion which has been contracted by the soul during her residence in the body, remains with her in a separate state, and that the soul in the body and out of the body differs no more than the man does from himself when he is in his house or in open air.
happiness, learns to rely with confidence on its own exertions, and gains with greater certainty the power of being happy.
ZIMMERMAN. THAT all who are happy are equally happy, is not true. A peasant and a philosopher may be equally satisfied, but not equally happy. Happiness consists in the multiplicity of agreeable consciousness. A peasant has not capacity for having equal happiness with a philosopher. This question was very happily illustrated by the Rev. Mr. Robert Brown, at Utrecht: “A small drinking-glass and a large one,” said he, “may be equally full, but a large one holds more than the small.”
JOHNSON. THE haunts of happiness are varied and rather unaccountable, but I have more often* seen her among little children, and home firesides, and in country houses, than any where else, –at least I think so.
How distant oft the thing we dote on most,
YOUNG. Night Thoughts.
THE FALLACY OF RELYING UPON GENERAL OPINION. HE that rests upon established consent, as the judgment approved by time, trusts to a very fallacious and weak foundation : for we have but an imperfect knowledge of the discoveries in arts and sciences made public in different ages and countries.
Nor is consent, or the continuance thereof, a thing of any great account: for however governments may vary, there is but one state of the sciences : and that will for ever be democratic or popular. But the doctrines of greatest vogue among the people, are either the contentious and quarrelsome, or the showy and empty; that is, such as may either entrap the assent or lull the mind to rest: whence of course the greatest geniuses in all ages have suffered violence, whilst, out of regard to their own character, they submitted to the judgment of the times and the populace. And thus, when any more sublime speculations happened to appear, they were commonly tossed and extinguished by the breath of popular opinion. Whence time, like a river, has brought down to us what is light and tumid, but sunk what was ponderous and solid.
* If solid happiness we prize,
And they are fools who roam :
COTTON. The Fireside.
HER feet, beneath her petticoat,
As if they fear'd the light:
SUCKLING. Ballad upon a Wedding.
Like snails did creep
As if they play'd at bo-peep,
SUCH songs have power to quiet
The restless pulse of care,
That follows after prayer,
And the night shall be fill'd with music,
And the cares that infest the day
E'en drown'd himsel' amang the nappy ;*
• Cares have commonly very little jurisdiction over the time that is spent in eating and drinking.
As bees flee hame wi' lades o' treasure,
wi' pleasure; Kings may be blest, but Tam was glorious, O’er a' the ills o' life victorious !
BURNS. Tam OʻShanter.
He that hath seen a great oak dry and dead,
SPENSER. The Ruines of Rome.
As 't were its natural torches, for divine
Of contemplation; and the azure gloom
Hues which have words, and speak to ye of heaven,
For which the palace of the present hour
But when the rising moon begins to climb
Then in the magic circle raise the dead :
Childe Harold, Canto IV.
WESTWARD, much nearer by south-west, behold!