Excerpt from Sermons and Essays
In Edmund Burke's pathetic reference to the death of his son, after speaking of his superiority in science, in erudition, in genius, in taste, in honor', in generosity, in humanity, in every liberal sentiment and every liberal accomplishment, he says, he had in himself a salient, living spring of generous and manly action. Then, his feeling of personal grief overcome by his sense of calamity which had fallen upon the community, he adds, In this exigent moment, the loss of a finished man is not easily supplied.
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