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Burke
 
Oft have I wonder’d that on Irish ground
No poisonous reptiles ever yet were found:
Reveal’d the secret stands of Nature’s work;
She saved her venom to create a BURKE.
        Warren Hastings.—An epigram produced by him when writhing under the agony of a protracted prosecution. (Encycl. Brit. Vol. XI. p. 164; 7th edition.)
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Here lies our good Edmund, whose genius was such,
We scarcely can praise it, or blame it, too much;
Who, born for the universe, narrowed his mind,
And to party gave up what was meant for mankind.
        Goldsmith.—Retaliation, Line 29.
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One large of soul, of genius unconfined,
Born to delight, instruct, and mend mankind;
Burke! in whose breast a Roman ardour glow’d;
Whose copious tone with Grecian richness flow’d;
Well hast thou found, if such thy country’s doom,
A timely refuge in the sheltering tomb.
        Canning.—New Morality.
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He was not for himself design’d,
But born to be of use to all mankind.
        Lucan.—Rowe’s Transl. Book II. Line 592.
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Born, not for himself, my Lord, but for mankind.
        Beaumont and F.—The Honest Man’s Fortune, Act IV. Scene 2.
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Though equal to all things, for all things unfit;
Too nice for a statesman, too proud for a wit;
For a patriot too cool: for a drudge disobedient;
And too fond of the right to pursue the expedient.
        Goldsmith.—Retaliation, Line 37.
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