Men and Things in 1823; A Poem in Three Epistles, with Notes

Men and Things in 1823; A Poem in Three Epistles, with Notes

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1823 edition. Excerpt: ...well find a place in some honest satire, as Sacred to ridicule their whole life long, And the sad burden of some merry song. But an Englishman, after all, is but ill qualified to sit in judgment upon men who have been educated in different principles--and have imbibed, with their mothers' milk, prejudices opposite to his own. It is possible that the Metternichs, and Nesselrodes, and Bernstoffs, and Poggo di Borgos, and Chateaubriands, and Montmorencies, may really imagine themselves to be very wise and praiseworthy persons, who are doing a service to mankind as well as their masters, and contributing, forsooth, to the preservation of tranquillity and good order. Surely, however, the duty of a minister is, at the risk of his own station and power, to advise a monarch for the common welfare of the nation and mankind, rather than be subservient to his arbitrary desires and passions, and caprices. He stands in the double relation of counsellor to the sovereign, and servant of the country. Must he then only say, like old iEolus to Juno--"Tuus, o Regina, quod optes Explorare labor: --mihi jussa capessere fas est;" or like the worthy, in Tacitus, to his master--"Tibi summum rerum judicium Dii dedere: --nobis obsequii gloria relicta est." Note W line 376. When states, oppress'd, shall strike at regal pow'r. "Yes, brother! curse with me that baleful hour, When first ambition struck at regal pow'r." Goldsmith's Traveller. Note - line 421. Go thou--fulfil the promise to thine mvn! When shall arise a virtuous and enlightened minister, who will represent to the sovereigns of the Continent their real interests and their true honour--who shall advise them to respect the independence, and leave undisturbed the institutions of...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
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  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236599586
  • 9781236599582