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A lawyer's dealings should be just and fair;
Honesty shines with great advantage there.
An epigram is but a feeble thing - With straw in tail, stuck there by way of sting.
England, with all thy faults, I love thee still—
My country! and, while yet a nook is left
Where English minds and manners may be found,
Shall be constrained to love thee.
A fretful temper will divide the closest knot that may be tied, by ceaseless sharp corrosion; a temper passionate and fierce may suddenly your joys disperse at one immense explosion.
But slaves that once conceive the glowing thought Of freedom, in that hope itself possess All that the contest calls for; spirit, strength, The scorn of danger, and united hearts, The surest presage of the good they seek.
Some must be great. Great offices will have
Great talents. And God gives to every man
The virtue, temper, understanding, taste,
That lifts him into life, and lets him fall
Just in the niche he was ordain'd to fill.
So manifold, all pleasing in their kind,
All healthful, are the employs of rural life,
Reiterated as the wheel of time,
Runs round; still ending, and beginning still.
As dreadful as the Manichean god,
Adored through fear, strong only to destroy.
Our love is principle, and has its root
In reason, is judicious, manly, free.
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In many walks of life, a conscience is a more expensive encumbrance than a wife or a carriage.
Thomas De Quincey
November 26, 1731
April 25, 1800
William Cowper was an English poet and hymnodist. One of the most popular poets of his time, Cowper changed the direction of 18th century nature poetry by writing of everyday life and scenes of the English countryside.
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