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Of that long chain'd succession is so frail;
Can every part depend, and not the whole?
Yet grant it true; new difficulties rise;
I'm still quite out at sea; nor see the shore.
Whence earth, and these bright orbs ?—Eternal too ?—
Grant matter was eternal : still 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 can scarce comprehend, could man bestow?
And nothing greater, yet allow'd, than man.—
Who motion, foreign to the smallest grain,
Shot thro' vast masses of enormous weight?
Who bid rude matter's restive lump assume
Such various forms, and gave it wings to fly?
Has matter innate motion ? Then eagh atom, .-.'/ ... ,
Asserting its indisputable right
To dance, would form an universe of dust.
Has matter none? Then whence these glorious forms,
And boundless flights, from shapeless, and repos'd?
Has matter more than motion? 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 immgrta}?
If art to form; and counsel to conduct;
And that with greater far, than human skill,
Resides not in each block ;—a GODHEAD reigns.—
And, if a GOD there is, that God how great *
ORATIONS AND HARANGUES.
JUNIUS BRUTUS OVER THE DEAD BODY OP LUCRET1A.
YES, noble lady, I swear by this blood, which was once so pure, and which nothing but royal villainy could have polluted, that 1 will pursue Lucius Tarquinius the proud, his wicked wife, and their children, with fire and sword: nor will I ever suffer any of that family, or of any other whatsoever, to be King in Rome. Ye Gods, I call you to witness this my oaih!—There, Romany, turn your eyes to that sad spectacle—the daughter of Lucrtuufj Collating's wife—she died by her own hand. See there a noble lady, whom the lust 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 generous Lucretia could not survive the insult. Glorious woman! But once only treated as a slave, she thought life no longer to be endured. Lucretia, a woman, disdained a life that depended on a tyrant's will; and shall we, shail men, with such an example before our eyes, and after five-and-twenty years of ignominious servitude, 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 enterprize. The city is abundantly provided with men, arms, and all things necessary. There is nothing wanting ts secure the success, if our own courage does not fail us* Can all those warriors, who have ever been so-brave when foreign enemies were to be subdued, or •when conquests were io be made to gratify the ambition and avarice of Tarquin, be then only cowards, when they are to deliver themselves from slavery? Some of' you are perhaps intimidated by the army which Tarquin now commands. The soldiers, you: imagine, wili take the part of their grneral. Banish so groundless a fear. The love of liberty is natural to all men. Your fellow citizens in the camp feel the weight of-oppression with as quick a sense as you- that are in Rome :- they will as eagerhj seize the*fcccasion of throwing'off- the yoke— But let us grant there may be some among them, who, through baseness- of spirit, or a bad edticatiofi, will be disposed to favour the tyrant. The number of these can be but small, and we have means sufficient in our hands to reduce them-to reason. They have left us 'hostages 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 Tarquin has profaned by sacrifices and libations made with polluted -hands, polluted -with blood, and with numberless unexpiated crimes committed against his subjects: Ye Gods who protected our forefathers, ye Genii, who watch for the preservation and glory of Rome, do you inspire us with courage andunanimity in this glorious cause, and we will to ouT'iast. breath defend your worship from all iiroianatio»,~
HANNIBAL TO HIS SOLDIERS.
I KNOW not, soldiers, whether you or your prisoners -be encompassed by fortune with the stricter bonds and necessities. Two seas enclose 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 when your numbers were undeminished, you were hardly able to force a passage. Here then, soldiers, you must either -conquer or die, the very first hour you meet the enemy. But the same fortunes which has thus laid you under the aieeessity of fighting, has set before your eyes those re-vvards of victory, than which no men are ever wont to •wish for greater from the immortal Gods. Should we by our valour recover only Sicily and Sardinia, which were ravished from our fathers, those would be no incorjsiderable prizes. Yet what are these? 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 Celtiberta; 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 recompence of your toilsome marches over so many mountains and rivers, and through 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 finish your glorious warfare, and receive an ample recompence of your completed service. For I would not have you imagine, that victory will be as difficult as the name of a Roman war is great and sounding, It has often happened that a despised enemy has given a bloody battle, and the most renowned kings and nations have by a small force been overthrown. And if you but take away the glitter of. the Roman name, what is there, wherein they, may stand in competition with you? For (to say nothing of your service in war for twenty years together with so much valour and success) from the very pillars of Hercules, from the ocean, from the utmost bounds of the earth, through so many warlike nations of Spain and Gaul, are you not come hither victorious? And with whom are you now to fight? With raw soldiers, an undisciplined army, beaten, vanquished, besieged by the Gauls the very last summer, an army unknown to their leader, and unacquainted with him.
Or shall I, who was born I might almost say, but certainly brought up, in the tent of my father, that most excellent general, shall I, the conqueror of Spain and Gau1, and not only of the Alpine nations, but, which is. greater yet, of the Alps themselves, shall I compare myself with this half-year captain? A captain before wnom should one place the two armies without their ensigns, I am persuaded he would not know to which of them he is consul? I esteem it no small advantage, soldiers, that there is not one among you, who has not often been an eye witness of my exploits in war; not one of whose valour I myself have not been a spectator, so as to be able to name the times and places of ftis noble atchievements; that with soldiers, whom I have a thousand times praised and rewarded, and whose pupil I was hefore I became their general, I shall march- against an army of,men, strangers to one another.
On what side soever I turn my eyes, I behold all full of courage and strength, a veteran infantry; a most gallant cavalry ; you, my allies, most faithful and valiant; you, Carthaginians, whom not only your country's cause, but the justest anger impels to battle. The hope, the courage of assailants, is always greater than of those