صور الصفحة
النشر الإلكتروني

We know not yet what we Mall be, nor will it ever enter into the heart of man to conceive the glory that will be always in 'reserve tor him. The foul, copfidered in relation tó irs Creator, is like one of those mathematical lines that may draw nearer to another for all eternity, without a poffibility of touching it: and can there be a thought fo transporting, as to consider ourselves in these perpetual approaches to Him, who is not only the ftandard of perfection but of happiness?

SPÉCTATOR CHAP. V. ON THE BEING OF A GOD. Retire;--'The world shut out;-Thy thoughts call

home ;

Imagination's airy wing repress;
Lock up thy fenses;- Let no paslions fir;
Wake all to reason--let her reign alone ;
Then, in thy soul's deep filence, and the depth
Of Nature's filence, midnight, thus inqu: re:

What am I? and from whence? - nothing know,
But that I am ; and, since I am, conclude
Something eternal; had there e'er been nought,
Nought still had been : Eternal there must be.-
But what eternal? Why not human race ?
And ADAM's ancettors without an end ?-
That's hard to be conceiv'd; since ev'ry link
Of that long chain d succession is so frail :
Can every part depend, and not the whole ?

it true ; new difficulties sise;
I'm still quite out at fea; nor see the more.
Whence earth, and these bright orbs?-Eternal too?
Grant matter was eternal: Kill these orbs
Would want some other Father-much design
Is seen in all their motions, all their makes;
Design implies intelligence, and art:


That can't be from themselves - or man; that art
Man scarce can comprehend, could man bestow ?
And nothing greater, yet allow'd than man.-
Who motion, foreign to the smallest grain,
Shot through vast masses of enormous weight ?'
Who bid brute matter's restive lump assume
Such various forms, and gave it wings to fly?
Has matter innate mocion? Then each ato n,
Asserting its indisputable right
To dance, would form a universe of duft.
Has matter none? Then whence these glorious forms,
And boundless Aights, from shapeless and repos'd ?
Has matter more than morion? Has it thought,
Judgment, and genius? Is it deeply learn'd
In mathematics : Has it fram'd such laws,
Which, but to guess, a Newton made immortal -
If art, to form; and counsel, to conduct;
And that with greater far, than human skill,
Reside not in cach block ;--- GODHEAD reigns,
And, if a GOD there is, that God how great!


[ocr errors]






Yes, noble lady! I swear by this blood, which was once so pure, and which nothing but royal villainy could have polluted, that I will pursue Lucius Tarquinius the proud, his wicked wife, and their children, with fire and sword ; nor will I ever fuffer any of that family, or of any other whatsoever, to be king in Rome. Ye Gods, I call you to witness this my oath !—There, Romans, turn your eyes to that sad spectacle the daughter of Lucretius, Collatinus's wife-she died by her own hand. See there a noble lady, whom the luft of a Tarquin reduced to the necessity of being her own executioner, to attest her innocence. Hospitably entertained by her as a kinsman of her husband's, Sextus, the perfidious guest, became her brutal ravisher. The chaste, the genervus Lucretia could not survive the insult. Glorious woman! but once onlytreated as a llave, she thought life no longer to be endured. Lucretia, a woman, disdained a life that depended on a tyrant's will; and fall we, shall men, with such an example before our eyes,and after five and twenty years of ignominious fervitude, shall we, through a fear of dying, defer one single instant to assert our liberty?


No, Romans, now is the time; the favourable moment we have so long waited for is come. Tarquin is not at Rome. The Patricians are at the head of the enterprise. The city is abundantly provided with men, arms, and all things necellary. There is nothing wanting to secure the fuccefs, if our own courage do not fail us.

Can all these warriors, who have ever been so brave when foreigut enemies were to be subdued, or when conqueks were to be made to gratify the ambition and avarice of Tarquin, be then only cowards, when they are to deliver themselves from Davery? Some of you are perhaps intimidated by the army which Tarquin now commands: The soldiers, you imagine, will take the part of their general. Bavith so groundless a fear. The love of liberty is natural to all men. Your fello , citizens in the camp feel the weight of oppreffion with as quick a sense as you that are in Rome : they will as eagerly seize the occasion of throwing off the yoke, but let us grant there may be fome among them, who through basene is of spirit, or a bad education, wiil be disposed to favour the tyrant, The number of these can be but finall, and we have means fufficient in our hands to reduce them to reason. They have left us hoftages more dear to them than life. Their wives, their children, their fathers, their mothers, are here in the city. Courage, Romans! the Gods are for us ; those Gods, whose temples and altars the impious 'I arquin has profaned with facrifices and libations made with polluted hands, polluted with blood, and with numberless unexpiated crimes committed against his fubjects. Ye Gods, who protected our forefathers; ye Genii, who watch for the preservation and glory of Rome, do you inspire us with courage and unanimity in this glorious cause, and we will to our lat breath defend your worthip from profanation.

Live, CHAP. II.


Know not, foldiers, whether you or your prisoners be encompassed by fortune with the Atricter bonds and neceflities. Two feas enclofe you on the right and left ; not a ship to flee to for escaping. Before you is the Po, a river broader and more rapid than the Rhone ; behind you are the Alps, over which, even wlien your numbers were undiminished, you were hardly able to force a passage. Here, then, soldiers, you must either conquer or die, the

firft hour you meet the enemy. But the same fortune which has thus laid you under the necessity of fighting, has set before your eyes those rewards of victory, than which no man was ever wont to win for greater from the immortal Gods. Should we by our valour recover only Sicity and Sardinia, which were ravilhed from our fathers, those would be no inconsiderable prizes. Yet what are these i The wealth of Rome, whatever riches she has heaped together in the spoils of nations, all these, with the masters of them, will be yours. You have been long enough employed in driving the cattle upon the vast mountains of Lusitania and Celtiberia ; you have hitherto met with no reward worthy of the labours and dangers you have undergone. The time is now come to reap the full recompense of your toilfome marches overfo many mountains and rivers, and thrcugh so many nations, all of them in arms. This is the place which fortune has appointed to be the limits of your labours, it is here that you will finith your glorious warfare, and receive an ample recompense of your com. pleted service. For I would not have you imagine, that victory will be as difficult as the name of a Roman war is. great and founding. It has often happened that a despised enemy has given a bloody battle, and the most renowned



« السابقةمتابعة »