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ON A SIMILAR OCCASION,
FOR THE YEAR 1792.
Felix, qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas,
Thankless for favours from on high,
Man thinks he fades too soon; Though 'tis his privilege to die,
Would he improve the boon.
Whence has the world her magic power ?
Why deem we death a foe? Recoil from weary life's best hour,
And covet longer woe?
Then anxious to be longer spared
Man mourns his fleeting breath : All evils then seem light, compared
With the approach of Death.
De sacris autem hac sit una sententia, ut conserventur.
Cic. DE LEG.
But let us all concur in this one sentiment, that
things sacred be inviolate. .