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FROM JOB.

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A SPIRIT pass'd before me: I beheld
The face of Immortality unveild-
Deep sleep came down on every eye save mine-
And there it stood,-all formless—but divine:
Along my bones the creeping flesh did quake;
And as my damp hair stiffen'd, thus it spake:

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“ 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!"

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NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE.

“ 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.

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“ 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.

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