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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Mallet
 
                    Are afflictions aught
But mercies in disguise? th’ alternate cup,
Medicinal though bitter, and prepar’d
By love’s own hand for salutary ends.
  1
        He who can listen pleas’d to such applause,
Buys at a dearer rate than I dare purchase,
And pays for idle air with sense and virtue.
  2
                Look, from the turbid south
What floods of flame in red diffusion burst,
Frequent and furious, darted thro’ the dark
And broken ridges of a thousand clouds,
Pil’d hill on hill; and hark, the thunder rous’d,
Groans in long roarings through the distant gloom.
  3
          O grant me, heav’n, a middle state,
  Neither too humble nor too great;
More than enough for nature’s ends,
  With something left to treat my friends.
  4
                The multitude unaw’d is insolent;
Once seiz’d with fear, contemptible and vain.
  5
        True valor, friends, on virtue founded strong,
Meets all events alike.
  6
                    Uncertainty!
Fell demon of our fears! the human soul,
That can support despair, supports not thee.
  7
        Who hath not known ill-fortune, never knew
Himself, or his own virtue.
  8
  Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humanity, calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.  9
  Ambition! deadly tyrant! inexorable master! what alarms, what anxious hours, what agonies of heart, are the sure portion of thy gaudy slaves?  10
  The human race are sons of sorrow born; and each must have his portion. Vulgar minds refuse, or crouch beneath their load; the brave bear theirs without repining.  11
  The rose was budded in her cheek, just opening to the view.  12
  The vulgar refuse or crouch beneath their load; the brave bear theirs without repining.  13
  Who despises fame will soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.  14
 
 
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