Wellington, a Lecture

Wellington, a Lecture

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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. 1853 edition. Excerpt: ...and gifted man, we shall see that purity of purpose, singleness of eye, simplicity of aim, rigid obedience to conscience, a stern sense of duty, loyalty to his Sovereign, attachment to his native land, were the great governing elements of his public career. It may be said of him, what can be said of too few public characters who passed through the world before him, he pursued noble ends for noble purposes and from noble motives. He let fame follow him; he had neither taste nor time to follow fame. It seems to have been the inspiration of his heart to do right things in the right way and for the right end. This character covers Wellington as a robe; it was the warp and woof of his nature; duty and Wellington seem inseparable things. He appears to have caught and to have embodied in his life the sentiment which the blind poet so finely expresses, --" I am long since persuaded, that to say or to do what is worth remembering, or worth imitation, no purpose or respect should sooner move us than love to God, and love to mankind." The Peninsular peasant marvelled at the hero who spread around him all the security of peace, and all the confidence of social intercourse, amid the shock and the havoc of war. Eastern princes were amazed at the man who never would take a bribe, and would not do a dishonest thing even to destroy a formidable foe, or to vindicate a great cause. Wellington was raised up, there is no doubt, to assign to Napoleon the sphere in which he was to deal his punishment upon the guilty nations of the earth. The departed hero was summoned providentially, to assign to Napoleon his bound-lines, and evermore to tell him in irresistible eloquence, "Hitherto shalt thou go, and no further." What would have been the fate of...show more

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  • Paperback | 48 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 104g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236538579
  • 9781236538574