Uncertainty ! fell demon of our fears! The human soul that can support despair, supports not thee.
The multitude unawed is insolent; once seized with fear, contemptible and vain.
True valor, on virtue founded strong, meets all events alike.
A sovereign’s great example forms a people; the public breast is noble or vile as he inspires it.
O grant me, Heaven, a middle state,
Neither too humble nor too great;
More than enough, for nature’s ends,
With something left to treat my friends.
Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humuily, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
I courted fame but as a spur to brave and honest deeds; who despises fame wil soon renounce the virtues that deserve it.
Bred in camps, trained in the gallant openness of truth that best becomes a soldier, thou art happily a stranger to the baseness and infamy of courts.
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