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744. ALEXANDER'S FEAST.
The many rend the skies with loud applaijse ; Twas at the royal feast, for Persia won, So love was crowned, but music-won the cause By Philip's warlike sol.
The prince, unable 10 conceal his pair. Aloit, in awful state, the godlike hero sat
Gazed on the fair, who caused his care, On his imperial throne.
And sighd and looked; sighed and looked His valiant peers-were placed around,
Sighed and looked; and sighed again: Their brows, with roses, and with myrtles bound;
At length, with love, and wine, at once oppression So, should desert. in arms be crowned.
The vanquished victor--sunk-upon aer breast The lovely Thais, by his side,
Now. strike the golden lyre again;. Sal, like a blooming Eastern bride,
A louder yet, and yet a louder strain : In tower of youth, and beauty's pride.
Break his bands of sleep asunder, Happy, happy, happy pair!
And rouse him, like a ratug peal of thunder. Vone but the brave, none but the brave.
llark! hark! the horrid sound
(dead, None but the brave-deserve the fair.
Hlatb raised up his head, as naked from the Timotheus, placed on nigh,
And amazed he stares around, Amid the tuneful choir,
Revenge, revenge! Timotheus criesWith flying fingers-touched the lyre;
See the furies arise! See the snakes that they real, The trembling notes ascend the sky,
How they hiss in the air. And heavenly joys inspire.
And the sparkles that Hash from their eyes ! The song-began írom Jove,
Behold a ghasily band, each a torch in his hand! Who left his blissful seats above;
Tiese are Grecian gliosis, that in battle were slair., Such is the power-of mighty love.
And, unburied, remain inglorious on the plain. A dragon's fiery form belied the god :
Give the vengeance due to the valiant crew. Sublime, on radiant spheres le roue,
Behold, how they loss their torches on lugha ! When he, 10 fair Olympia pressed, the world. How they point to the Periar abodes, Ard elamped an image of himself, a sovereign of And glittering temples of the hostile gods! The listening crowd-admire ille lofty sound : The princes appland, with a furious joy; (stroy: A present deity! they shout around;
And the king seized a flambeau, with zeal to de A present deity! the vaulted roois rebound.
Thais led the way, to light him to his prey; With ravished ears, the monarch hears;
And, like another Helel-fired another Troy. Assumes the god, affects to nod,
Thus, long ago, ere heaving bellows learned to And seems to shake the spheres.
While organs yet were mute; (blow, The praise of Bacchus, then, the sweet musician Timotheus, 10 his breathing flute and sounding lyre, O: Bacchus, ever fair, and ever young. [sung,
Could swell the soul to rage, or kindle soit desire The jolly god in triumph comes !
At last, divine Cecilia came,
Inventress of the vocal frame.
The sweet enthusiast, from her sacred store,
(comes ! Enlarged the former narrow bounds, Now, give the hautboys breath - he comes! he
And added length-10 solemn sounds, (lore. Bacchus, ever fair and young,
With nature's mother-wit, and arts unknown boDrinking joys did first ordain.
Let old Timotheus yield the prize,
Or both--divide the crown;
He-raised a mortal-10 the skies;
She-drew an angel down.-Dryden.
ORATOR PUFF. Soothed with the sound, the king grew vain ;.
Mr. Orator Puff-had two tones in his voice, Fought his battles o'er again ; (the slain. The one-squeaking this, and the other down so; And thrice he routed all his foes, and thrice he slew
In each sentence he utter'd he gave you your choice, The master saw the madness rise;
For one bali was B alt, and the rest G below. His glowing cheeks, his ardent eyes;
Oh! oh! Oratar Puig, And, while he heaven and earth defied.
One voice for an orator's surely enough. Changed his hand, and checked his pride. But he still talked away, spite of coughs and of frowns,
He chose a mournful muse, soft pity to infuse, So distracting all ears with his ups and his downs, He sung Darius, great and good,
That a wag once, on hearing the orator say,
Oh! oh! &c.
Roeling homewards, one evening, top-heavy with gin, Deserted, in his nuost need,
And rehearsing his speech on the weight of the crowa, By those, his former bounty fed,
He tripp'd near a ww.pit, and tumbled right in, On the bare earth-exposed he lies,
“Sinking fund," the last words as his noddle came dow). With not a friend-to close his eyes.
Oh! oh! &c.
“Good Lord!" he exclain'd, in his he-and-she tones, The various turns of late below,
“Help me out help me out I have broken my bones!" And, now and then, a sigh he stole,
"Help you out !" said a Paddy, who passid, “what a bother Aud tears--began to flow.
Why, there's two of you there; can't you help one an.
(other? The master smiled, 10 see, That love--was in the next degree;
CHARACTER OF A GOOD PARSOR. 'Twas but a kindred sound to move;
His preaching much, but more his pracuce wro't For piry-melis the mind to love.
(A living sermon of the truths he taught;)
For this by rules severe his life he squared,
That all might see the doctrine which they heard lunor, but an empty bubble;
For priests. he said, are patterns for the rest; Never ending, still neginning,
(The gold of heav'n, who bear the God impress'd; Fighting sull. and still destroying. Ir the world be worin thy winning,
But when the precious coin is kept unclean, Think. oh! think it worth enjoying!
The sovereign's image is no longer seen.
If they be foul on whom the people trust,
745. AUSTRIAN SLANDERS AND HUNGARIAN the final catastrophe; he, who marked their BRAVERY. Kossuth. While, during our holy behaviour, towards the victors, whon all was los: eruggle, we were secluded from the world, our be, who knows what sore curses is mixed in the enemies, wanting to cover their crimes by lies, prayers of the Magyar, and what kind of sentitold you the tale, that in Hungary, we are but ment is burning alike in the breast of the old an insignificant party-and this party fanaticized and of the child, of the strong man and of the by myself. Well, I feel proud at my country's tender wife, and ever will be burning on, till the strength. They stirred up, by foul delusions, hour of national resurrection strikes; he, who even to the fury of civil war, our Croat, Wallack, is aware of all this, will surely bow before my Serb, and Slovack brethren against us: but this people with respect, and will acknowledge, with did not suffice. The house of Austria poured all me, that such a people wants not to be inspired, i's forces upon us; but this would not do; we but that it is itself an everlasting source of beat them down. The proud dynasty was forced inspiration. Such are the people of Hungary. to stoop at the foot of the Czar. He thrust his And for me, my only glory is, that this people legions upon us; and still we could have been a found in myself, the personification of their owa match for them : One thing there was, that we, sentiments. the plain children of straight-uprightness, could not match; that is, the intrigues of Russian 746. CAPABILITIES OF HUNGARY AND EER diplomacy, which knew how to introduce treason SYMPATHISERS - Kossuth. Some have questioned into our ranks. This caused us to fail, combined the capabilities of Hungary, to maintain herself with Russian arms. But still we were sty led a as an independent nation. But she has all the party. fanaticized by me. “Well, I thank them elements of independence. She has four thousand for the word.” You may judge by this, what German square miles, and a population of thirteen will then be, when not a mere party, but together, millions, who are brave and industrious. She ail the Magyars, the Croats, Wallacks, Serbs, and has no debt of her own; and she is not liable for Slovacks, united into one body, will range under the debts of Austria. True, we created a debt, the standard of freedom and right. And be ye during our recent struggle; but the house of sure they will. Humanity, with its childish faith, Austria barnt the greater part of it; so, ( thanks can be deluded for a moment; but the bandage to them,) we are free from that. Then, Hungary soon falls from its eyes, and it will be cheated no is, in consequence of her municipal institutions, more.
accustomed to cheap government. Municipal Afterward, the scorned party turned out to be a government is always cheap; wbile centralized nation, and a valiant one. But still our enemies governments are alioays dear. Again, she has said, it was I, who inspired it. Perhaps there great resources; she is rich in mines, and could might be some glory in inspiring such a nation, supply the whole world with the purest salt, for and to such a degree. But I cannot accept the ten thousand years. Then, she has large national praise. No: it is not I who inspired the Hun-estates, which might be distributed so as to garian people,-it was the Hungarian people who increase the revenue very materially. The prin. inspired ME. Whatever I thought and still ciple of self-government is so strongly implanted think, whatever I felt and still feel, is but a in the Hungarians, that nothing can eradicate it. feeble pulsation of that heart, which beats in the And let it not be forgotten, that the freedom breasts of my people. The glory of battles, in of Hungary is intimately connected with the history, is ascribed to the leaders; theirs are the question of freedom in Europe, and the principles laurels of immortality. And yet, on meeting the of self-government: and while you will not danger, they knew, that alive or dead, their interfere in the self-government of foreign nations, names will live upon the lips of the people for you will determine not to allow other countries to ever. How different, how much purer, is the interfere. To this extent, I wish to see the people right spread on the image of thousands of people's of this country turn their attention to foreign sons, who, knowing that where they fall they will affairs, and exercise their influence to spread the lie unknown, their names unhonored and unsung, principles of freedom and self-government.but who, nevertheless, animated by the love of Remember, that, with every down-beaten nation, freedom and fatherland, went calmly on, singing one rampart of liberty falls. national anthems, against batteries, whose cross- I therefore rely upon your active sympathy fire vomited forth death and destruction, and most confidingly. I rely upon it, in the name of took them, without firing a shot; they who fell, all who suffer oppression and languish for freefalling with the shout— Hurrah for Hungary!" dom, like my people and myself. All they are And so they died by thousands,--the unnamed my brethren, whatever tongue they speak, whatdemigods! Such are the people of Hungary. ever country they call their home. Members of Still they say, it was I, who have inspired them. the great family of mankind, the tie of blood is No; a thousand times, No. It is they who have strengthened between us by common sufferings. inspired me.
The nameless woes of my native land, as well as The moment of death is a dreary one. Even the general reception I enjoy, may, perhaps, the features of Cato partook of the impression entitle ine to entreat you, out of the depths of of this dreariness. A shadow passed over the my own desolation ; take it for the cry of oppresed brow of Socrates, on drinking of the hemlock humanity, crying out by my stuttering tongue. cup. But with us, those who behold the nameless Do not forget, ye lovers of liberty, in your own victims of the love of country, lying on the happiness, our sufferings. Remember, in your death-field beueath Buda's walls, met but the freedom those who are oppressed; remember, in Impression of a smile on the frozen lips of the your own proud security the indignities we dead; and the dying answered those who would endure. Remember the fickleneas of human fate. console-Never mind: Buda is ours: Hurrah –that those wounds, with which the nations
for our Fatherland!? o they spoke:-and died. bleed, are so many wounds inflicted on that He who witnessed suen seenes, notas exceptions principle of liberty, which makes your glory and but as a constant rule, with thousands of the happiness. Remember that is a tie in mankind's people's nameless sons : he who saw the boy destiny; be thankful for the tear of compassion weep. when told, that he was too young to die you shed over our mournful past,-but, have for his country: he. who sure the spontaneous something more than a tear,-have a brother's Eccrifices of our nation : he, who saw what & hand to give to our pressure, and do unto us, a fury spread over the people, when they heard of you would have cthers do to you.
READINGS, RECITATIONS, AND DIALOGUES.
317 749. A DIALOGUE BETWEEN A MINISTER, A BON S. of T. Let us not, by any thing offen. OP TEMPERANCE, AND A TAVERN KEEPER. sively personal, disturb, on this occasica, the
balance of each other's minds. We three, all men of some experience, look upon the great
temperance movement, from different points Minister. I have never had but one opinion of observation. Each sees what is before on this subject, and that is adverse to your him, in a peculiar light, and comes to his great “ Movements," as you call them. conclusions through a different course of
Son of Temperance. (With surprise.) reasoning. No harm can, and some goců Adverse!
may, arise, from an interchange of ideas. M. That is the word I have used.
So I think. And, if you, S. of T. You surprise me. Of all others, gentlemen wish to converse on the subject I would expect to find, in the Minister of the of Temperance, I am willing to give you the Gospel, the advocate of Temperance.
benefit of my conclusions on the subject. M. I am the advocate of Temperance. M. Suppose, then, friend Tavern Keeper,
S. of T. And, yet, you do not approve our you give us your views about Temperance. action in this cause.
Tav. Keep. Well; my view, to speak M. I do not.
frankly, is, that neither ministers nor temS. of T. Why so, sir?
perance men, as a general thing, are doing M. Your pledge is based upon a simple hall the good they might do. human resolution. Now, I acknowledge no S. of T. Indeed! how so? reforming power, but the grace of God. Build Tav. Keep. I do not speak lightly, nor the foundations of your Order upon religious from prejudice, in what I say. It was but principles, and then I will have confidence nataral, that, from my relation to this move. iherein. But, so long as all depends on the ment, I shoald, from the beginning, assume unsustained, unregenerated will of man, there an attitude of observation. At first, I was is no safety. Human resolutions may appear rather alarmed. You attacked the enemy so very strong for a time; but, so long as they vigorously, and carried point after point, with are unsustained by the silver cords of divine sach indomitable bravery, that I really began truth, and the golden bands of divine love, to fear for my own position: and there was a they may be broken at any moment Your period, when, blinded by self-interest, and pledges and associations are but external angry with the sweeping denunciations hurled bonds, in danger of being severed at any at the heads of tavern keepers, I would, had time, that inward struggling, self-love, self it been in my power, have crushed the very interest, appetite, or unsubdued passion heart out of your salutary reform. That regain strength; but, religion is an attraction feeling, however, in time, passed away, and that draws from the centre of a man's life, was followed by a better state of mind. I and holds all in permanent integrity. Your was still a careful observer; yet, with my "moral suasion," depend upon it, is of little sympathies all on your side value; I believe only in religious "suasion." S. of T. And still continued in the traffic?
S. of T. What do you mean by religious ? Tav. Keep. (Not appearing to notice this
M. A change of heart, wrought by the remark.) li was not long, however, before ! grace of God. Such a change is worth a baw, that your system had in it a most fatal thousand pledges. The new man is freed error. from the shackles of old appetites and pas- S. of T. Ah! And pray what was this sions; he is washed from bis impurities; he error ? has left the fiery streams of sin, and drinks, Tav. Keep. You took from the clinging now, only of the waters of life.
vine its old support, yet failed to furnish S. of T. But, how is a drunkard to begin another of adequate strength. to be religious ?
M. You are right there, friend Tavern Tavern Keeper. I knew several of these Keeper: this I have always said. men, Parson B., who have been saved by S. of T. We procured employment for your religious "suasion," as you call it. the reformed inebriate. We organized assoM. Well? What of them!
ciations, in which he might act with his Tav. Keep. Out of six, who joined the fellow man, and find others to lean upon ir Church, four drink at my bar as freely as his weakness; others, who would encourage ever: two keep sober, but one of these is a bim to persevere in the good work he bad pigger rascal than he was before. These are began. We interested his sympathies in the facts; and no one should be afraid to look at poor drunkard, and sent him forth into the facts. So much for your pledges,' and so highways and by ways, the lanes and the much for your religion! I wouldn't give alleys, on missions of mercy. musb for either.
Tav. Keep. And, for a while, everything M. Nor would I give much for your hopes went on bravely. of heaven, friend Tavern Keeper.
M. But, all was done in the strength of mustn't be angry with me, for speaking the mere human resolutions; and these are, in truth.
times of strong temptations, weaker than the Tur. Keep. The troth, as seen from your bruised reed. No wonder, that so many, point of view. Not in the least angry. I am who had run well for a season, fainted and å plain spoken man of the world; I cad failed by the way. There is, depend upon receive, in turn, a good share of plain speak it, po true reliance upon any system that is Ing.
not based upon religion. The heart must first
be changed. Unless reform begins here, all | himself, no strength. And with the Church is hopeless.
it is no better, but rather worse. Tav. Keep. So you ministers all say; and, M. Don't say that. yet, the pledge has made fifty sober men out Tav. Keep. It is true. There, everything. of drunkards, where your religion, as you call I might almost assert, is taken away. Tho it. has made one I speak knowingly on the Church excludes all pleasures, as evil in subject.
themselves. What ground is there, therefore, M. It pains me, to hear any one speak so for the reformed drunkard to stand upon ? lightly of religion.
M. The ground of trust in God. Tav. Keep. Don't misunderstand me. I Tav. Keep. Good ground, I will own, for Am no scoffer at God and the Bible.
those who can trust in Him. M. And yet you scoff at religion.
M. All may, if they will. Tav. Keep. Don't misunderstand me in Tav. Keep. But, there lies the great this, either. I have only spoken of the value difficulty. This willing to trust in God is of what you call religion, in reforming the easy enough in theory, but how difficult do drunkard. Do not construe my remarks into thousands, and tens of thousands, find it in any thing beyond this.
practice. Many seem, for a time, to trust in M. What we call religion ?
but the result proves, that it is only Tav Keep. Your suddenly wrought con. seeming. Depend upon it, your Church versions, I mean. Your washing the Ethiop's systems, with bere and there an exception, skin white in a moment. In this kind of fail to provide for that very class most in need religion I never bad any faith: and this kind of its aving influence. You require them to of religion, let me tell you, never had, nor ever come up to you, but never dream of going will have, any salutary efficacy, in saving down to them. men from the degradation of drunkenness. M. You make broad assertions, my friend. M. The Bible is very explicit on this
Tav. Keep. Yet true, as that the sun subject. To all men, whether sober or not, it shines. The children of this world, as they says, Ye must be born again." Here is the were eighteen hundred years ago, are still only chance of salvation from evil.
wiser than the children of light. They go T'av. Keep. I have never questioned this. down to the level of the ignorant, the sensual
, But I have always questioned your common and the debased, and hold them where they interpretation of the Scripture annunciation. are, by ministering to what is in them. But The Bible regards our natural birth as the the children of light," as the religionists of ty pe of spiritual birth, does it not ?
the day esteem themselves, never do this. M. Certainly
They offer only mental pleasures and sublime Tav. Keep. And, yet, your new spiritual ecatacies, and condemn all sensual pleasures man is conceived and born in a moment; as evil. Instead of coming down to the coming forth, as it were, in full stature. But, sensual-minded, with pure sensual pleasures, in natural birth, there is brought forth a and, by these, gradually lifting them up, step cender. helpless, ignorant infant, and a growth by step, until, by an almost imperceptible therefrom, with almost imperceptible slow- transition, they are able to elevate them into ness; until, at length, we have the man in a perception of mental delights, they say to fall stature. If this is the case, naturally, all, in a spirit of self-righteousness, come ap how can we look for a different order of things to us. But, alas! who of the grovelling crowd epiritually? I am no Doctor of Divinity; but, are able to go up ? depend upon it, my friend, you can have no M. What would you have us do? tie spiritual man in any other way,
Tav. Keep. I can say what I think it wise S. of T. There is, to my mind, force in for you to do. wliat you say; and I perceive some glimpses M. Well: what is it? of a new light breaking in upon me. Without Tav. Keep. Bring within the pale of the doubt, as experience too amply demonstrates, Church all innocent pleasures. there is some defect in our system; for, M. What do you call innocent? though we can draw multitudes over to our Tav. Keep. Such as do not violate any of side, large numbers soon leave us for the old God's commandments. enticements. It seems too true, that we take M. Mention some of them. from the clinging vine its former supports, Tav. Keep. Dancing, concerts of fine and fail to give another, having equal power music, exercises in elocution, dramatic repreto lift up to the breezes and sun-shine. sentations, and all other modes of enjoyment
Tao. Keep. In other words, as Temperance not evil in themselves. reformers, you cut off from a man, who has
M. No; never. sought, for years, his pleasure in sensual S. of T. You are right, friend Tavern indulgence, all his old delights; and, ere a Keeper! I see this as I never saw it before. new and higher life is developed, you fail to It is too true, that we have failed to provide substitute for bim those innocent social plea innocent pleasures, blending the sensual with sures, that he may enter into without danger. the intellectual, for those, who, during long You make stirring appeals to his reason and years, have debased themselves in things manhood, and all that; while, in truth, he is merely corporeal. And this has arisen, but a child, weak-limbed, and tottering in the mainly, from our desire, as temperance men, right way. You lift him upon his feet, and to be co-workers with the Churches. We say to him, “Walk on bravely, confidently, saw, and acknowledged, the power of God in and all will be well;" and, yet, he has, in saving men; and numbers of us had faith in
tho pledge; only so far as it paved the way increase the common stock of enjoyment. A for religion, But, afar off, in stately attitudes, few are drones in the hive; spending their stood the Church, with a repulsive, rather than days in idleness, and taking from others, an inoiting aspect. It did not come down without rendering a just return of benefits, to help us ; bui rather rebuked us, for inter. And there is yet another class, who are fering with its exclusive right to save men. neither producers nor idlers, but parasites,
Tav. Keep. Your arch-enemy knows better drawing life from the very hearts of the how to do his work. He understands the people; who pull down, but never aid in power of dramatic spectacles, of music and building up, the social fabric. Can you guess pictures, of all things that appeal to the the class to which I allude? senses; and he is daily gathering in his Tav. Keep. To do so, would not, by any harvest, of those whom the Church neglects to meang, be difficult. save. Under his particular patronage is the S. of T. It grieves me, friend Tavern theatre, which you might make so all-power. Keeper, to adjudge you as belonging to this ful for good; and, everywhere, he is seizing class. upon things innocent, yet despised and Tav. Keep. I will not gainsay your judg. neglected by the Church, and making them ment now. Tomorrow it will be different. engines of destruction. But, good morning! S. of T. Do I hear aright? Will you, I have said a great deal more than I expected indeed, give up this evil traffic ? to say, at first. Pardon my free speaking; Tav. Keep. Such is my purpose. For and do not be so unwise as to reject what is some time, my mind has been approaching untrue. even though it be uttered by a Tavern this decision. "It has been confirmed by our Keeper. Good morning, gentlemen.
present conversation. S. of T. Just one word, if you please. S. of T. You will come over on our side, Tav. Keep: Well; speak freely.
and help us ? 8. of T. “I must also venture upon a plain Tav. Keep. I will abandon the sale of word or two, before we part. I acknowledge liquor. Thus much I owe to society, as a myself your debtor, for useful hints; perhaps good citizen. Beyond that, I can now pledge I may be of equal service to you.
myself to nothing. As already said, I do not Tav. Keep. 'Say on: I am always willing think either your rule of action, or that of the to learn.
Church, the surest and best that can be S. of T. You seem to have thought a good adopted. You do not come down low enough, deal on the subject of temperance. Has it stooping under the poor debased drunkard, never occurred to you, that, as a vender of like the mother-bird to her fledginys. You do liquor, you were doing harm in the com. not wisely regard what is in man. You do munity?
not come to his senses with erticements, and Tav. Keep. Oyes; often. Bat, then, I thus give bim the good, opposite to the evil have argued. that my giving ap the sale of that has been removed. But I have spoken ardent spirits, wouldn't lessen their consump. of this already. Good morning! tion. Some one else would take my stand, S. of T. May God confirm you in your and sell on, just the same as before. And, good resolutions. why. I have asked myself, should I not have M. Amen. the benefit, as well as another.
Tav. Keep. And may he bring to your S. of T. Might nol a thief, or robber, use love of serving your fellows, a higher intelli. the same argument ?
gence; for, rest assured, that both of you have Tav. Keep. Not always; for, if he failed much to learn of the science, by which we to rob, or steal, in a certain case, his intended are saved froin evil. victim would, in all probability, go free of harm.
750. DEBATE-CHARACTER OF JULIUS CÆBAR. S. of T. Perbaps so. Still, I do not anderstand how any one, as intelligent and
N. B. This Debate can be given as a WHOLE, OT observant as you are, can reconcile it to his any. part of it be declaimed by one, or more instinctive sense of right, to make gain of that
individuals, according to circumstances. which destroys his brother, body and soul.
R. A., Chairman. Tav. Keep. I doubt, if many who sell liquor, permit that instinctive sense of right, F. A., R. V., W. M., R. T., W. 8., H. 1., F. W.
THE DEBATERS.-J. G., F.M., R. P., R. G., B. G., to which you refer, to come into play. S. of T. How can they help ii ?
R. A. Gentlemen, I am happy to see you. Tav. Keep. The selfish love of gain rules Agreeably to the notice of your late worthy over most of our impulses.
chairman, you have assembled to discuss the S. of T. Most true. But, are we just to propriety of calling Cæsar a Great Man. I ourselves, to say nothing of society, thus to promise myself much satisfaction from your permit self-love to overrule these better debate. I promise myself the pleasure of impulses ?
hearing many ingenious arguments on each Tav. Keep. I will not say that we are. side of the question, and the gratification of M. Society is held in its integrity, by the witnessing a contest, maintained with anima bond of mutual benefits. The farmer, the tion, good humor, and courtesy. You are my mechanic, the manufacturer, the artist, are all sureties, and I shall not be disappointed. engaged in promoting the public good. Each The avocations of your late chairman have works for, and provides, food raiment, or not allowed him to regume his seat-& seat Other things necdful to sustain life, and I honorable in itself, but more honorable from