Vivere sat vincere—To conquer is to live enough.
“Why Great Britain, at the present moment of her history, has turned her sword into a ploughshare, is apparently little understood by the mass of foreign writers. One wheel slowly moved, another was set in motion, and a third, and wheels began to revolve faster and faster, levers and cogwheels to work, chimes to play, figures to pop out, and the hands to advance with regular motion as a result of all that activity. I was fortunate enough to please him. When Tacitus was elected by the senate, he resigned his ample patrimony to the public service; 21 an act of generosity specious in appearance, but which evidently disclosed his intention of transmitting the empire to his descendants. Quadrupedante putrem sonitu quatit ungula 5 campum—The hoof, in its four-footed galloping, shakes the crumbling plain.
Thus if any one should sell his corn at a high price, when he knows that many ships laden with grain are bound for that place, though it would be an act of kindness in him to communicate such intelligence to the purchasers, and though no advantage could be derived to him, from withholding the communication, but at the expence of charity, yet there is nothing unjust in it, or contrary to the general rules of dealing. “Very good!” said Bagratión in reply to the officer’s report, and began deliberately to examine the whole battlefield extended before him. Man must be compelled and restrained within the bounds of this polity. Were it not that I am somewhat closely restricted in the number of my pages, I would describe at full the merits and beauties of Hetta and Susan Bell. I went through a long course of vapour-baths and shampooing.
Notwithstanding the policy of Diocletian, it was impossible to maintain an equal and undisturbed tranquillity during a reign of twenty years, and along a frontier of many hundred miles. But no such sign was vouchsafed to her. The history of culture explains to us the impulses and conditions of life and thought of a writer or a reformer. This does not concern me; mine slip from me with as little care as they are of little value, and ‘tis the better for them. But the emperor, confident of victory, and resolving, by the chastisement of these invaders, to strike a salutary terror into the nations of the North, refused to listen to any terms of accommodation.
In other parts of his dress similar designs were introduced, and rows of tassels or fringes were carried round the borders. The question about the obligation of military service beyond sea was still unsettled; and from the expressions used by some writers of the time we should gather that the ostensible purpose for which the barons were summoned to Northampton was merely to concert measures for the preservation of the King’s transmarine dominions.1008 It is however scarcely credible that if the King and his ministers really desired to consult further with the barons about this most urgent business, the council223 actually assembled in London should not have been detained there for that purpose, instead of being dismissed for seven weeks and then reassembled elsewhere in the middle of June to discuss a matter which ought in fact to have passed from the stage of consultation to that of action by the middle of May. When, therefore, silence was made by the whole multitude, I spake thus to them: “O my countrymen! I refuse not to die, if justice so require. “Nonsense, I tell you. He was followed by four or five others, dressed somewhat as himself, though by no means in such magnificent colours, and by one gentleman in a coat and trousers.
A huge, broad-shouldered gunner, Number One, holding a mop, his legs far apart, sprang to the wheel; while Number Two with a trembling hand placed a charge in the cannon’s mouth. No less erroneous is the idea that the entire assonantic system is an Arab invention. The senate assumed the reins of government, and, with a calm intrepidity, prepared to vindicate by arms the cause of freedom. But there is another inference which the scene just described irresistibly suggests. Baker photographed us in the garden.
When I refused to attach importance to this objection, the[Pg 267] chaplain grew more and more excited. As its name implies, the Witan was an assembly of the wise. Laus magna natis obsequi parentibus—Great 25 praise is the meed of children who respect the wishes of their parents. “During the last two years and a half of war and massacre, which must have cost the lives of a million human beings, the situation has shifted, but the truth remains untouched. For let our finger ache, and it endues / Our other healthful members ev’n to that sense / Of pain. Othello, iii.
XXIII. When Perikles submitted the accounts of the campaign to the people, there was an item of ten talents, "for a necessary purpose," which the people passed without any questioning, or any curiosity to learn the secret. Some of the vanquished triremes being deserted by their crews, who jumped out upon the land, the Athenians were proceeding to tow them off, when the Lacedæmonian hoplites on the shore opposed a new and strenuous resistance. Memory is not so brilliant as hope, but it is more beautiful, and a thousand times more true. G.