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A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld
“ Is man more just than God? Is man more pure “ Than he who deems even Seraphs insecure ? “ Creatures of clay-vain dwellers in the dust! “ The moth survives you, and are ye more just ?
Things of a day! you wither ere the night, “ Heedless and blind to Wisdom's wasted light!"
“ Expende Annibalem :-quot libras in duce summo “ Invenies ?
JUVENAL, Sat. X.
“ The Emperor Nepos was acknowledged by the “ Senate, by the Italians, and by the Provincials of “ Gaul; his moral virtues, and military talents, were
loudly celebrated; and those who derived any private “ benefit from his government announced in prophetic “ strains the restoration of public felicity.
“ By this shameful abdication, he protracted his life “ a few years, in a very ambiguous state, between an Emperor and an Exile, till
Gibbon's Decline and Fall, vol. vi. p. 220.