r person will make, at that time when wisdom be justified of her children, and nothing pass ;rcat or illustrious, which is not an ornament and :ction to human nature.
he story of Gyges, the rich Lydian monarch, is a .norable instance to our present purpose. The oraj being asked by Gyges, who was the happiest man, eplied, As.'laus. Gyges, who expected to have heard himself named on this occasion, was much surprised, and very curious to know who this Aglaus should be. After much enquiry he was found to be an obscure countryman, who employed all his time in cultivating a garden, and a few acres of land about his house.
Cowley's agreeable relation of this story shall close this day's speculation.
Thus Aglaus (a man unknown to men,
But the gods knew, and therefore lov'd him then)
~~Tuns fry u oUcii'ie'.V-thrr. •-ithGilt 2 r.^'U?;
Aglaus, now consign u .. CtC'.Tiai ii~t.
For Gyges, the rich king, wicked and great,
Presum'd at wise Apollo's Delphic seat,
Presum'd to ask, O thou, the whole world's eye,
See'st thou a man that happier is than I!
The god, whoscorn'd to flatter man, reply'd,
Aglaus happier is. But Gyges cry'd,
In a proud rage, Who can that Aglaus be!
We've heard as yet of no such king as he-
And true it was, through the whole earth around, ^
No king of such a name was to be found.
Is some old hero of that name alive,
Who his high race d.-es from the gods derive >
Is it some mighty gen-ral, that has done
Wonders in tight, and god-like honours won!
Is it some man of endless wealth? said he:
None, none of these; who can this Aglaus be?
AfierloJTg search, and vain enquiries past,
In an ob'cure Arcadian vale at last,
(T1V Arcadian life has always shady been)
Near Sopho's town, (which he but once had seen)
This Aglaus, who monarch's envy drew,
Whose happiness the gods stood witness te,