« AnteriorContinuar »
“RICHELIEU,” “DARNLEY," " DE L'ORME," “PHILIP AUGUSTUS,"
AND “ONE IN A THOUSAND.”
DESULTORY MA N.
Tutta fra se di se stessa invaghita.
What the world are accustomed to consider as great and brilliant actions, have very often their origin in pride or ostentation, while home virtues, and less obtrusive qualities, though their motive does not admit of doubt, and their nature is mixed with no evil, are scarcely ranked in the catalogue of good deeds, and even if known are rarely appreciated. The rich man who spends a part of his fortune and bestows a portion of his time on public charities, claims unanimous applause as his just reward, and mankind are willing to grant it without any investigation, either of his actions or their incitements; but the man who, without possessing any wealth to give, delights to see every one cheerful and happy around him, and finds his pleasure in his fellow-creature's peace, receives but small gratitude, and meets with little admiration.
For my own part, I am thankful to every one who gives me happy moments. There was a little circle at Bordeaux, in which I have spent some of the most pleasant hours of my existence. The follies and vices, ihe turmoil and discontent, of a large city never set foot there. It was composed of a few, that could feel and enjoy all that was beautiful in art or nature, whose native resources were equal to their own contentment, and who, without shunning, required nothing from the world, Time passed not slowly with them ; music, and reading, and conversation succeeded, each borrowing a charm from the other, and linking themselves together; so that the evenings flew insensibly; and the hour of our