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Arising out of business, often brought
Into close contact. Though reserved, nor caught By specious seeming, Juan's youth, and patience,
And talent, on his haughty spirit wrought,
Reserve and pride could make him, and full slow In judging men—when once his judgment was
Determined, right or wrong, on friend or foe, Had all the pertinacity pride has,
Which knows no ebb to its imperious flow, And loves or hates, disdaining to be guided, Because its own good pleasure hath decided.
Though oft well founded, which confirm'd but more His prepossessions, like the laws of Persians
And Medes, would ne'er revoke what went before. His feelings had not those strange fits, like tertians,
Of common likings, which make some deplore What they should laugh at—the mere ague still Of men's regard, the fever or the chill.
XVIII. 66'T is not in mortals to command success;
But do you more, Sempronius—don't deserve it.” And take my word, you won't have any
less : Be wary, watch the time, and always serve it; Give gently way, where there 's too great a press ;
And for your conscience, only learn to nerve it,For, like a racer or a boxer training, ’T will make, if proved, vast efforts without paining.
Lord Henry also liked to be superior,
As most men do, the little or the great ; The very
lowest find out an inferior, At least they think so, to exert their state Upon : for there are very few things wearier
Than solitary pride's oppressive weight, Which mortals generously would divide, By bidding others carry while they ride.
O’er Juan he could no distinction claim;
And, as he thought, in country much the same-
At which all modern nations vainly aim; And the Lord Henry was a great debater, So that few members kept the House up
It was his foible, but by no means sinister-
Court mysteries, having been himself a minister : He liked to teach that which he had been taught,
And greatly shone whenever there had been a stir; And reconciled all qualities which grace man, Always a patriot, and sometimes a placeman.
He almost honour'd him for his docility,
Or contradicted but with proud humility.
In faults which sometimes show the soil's fertility,
Constantinople, and such distant places;
Or did what they should not with foreign graces. Of coursers also spake they : Henry rid
Well, like most Englishmen, and loved the races; And Juan, like a true-born Andalusian, Could back a horse, as despots ride a Russian.
And diplomatic dinners, or at other-
As in freemasonry a higher brother. Upon his talent Henry had no doubts,
His manner show'd him sprung from a high mother ; And all men like to show their hospitality To him whose breeding marches with his quality.
XXV. At Blank-Blank Square ;--for we will break no squares
By naining streets : since men are so censorious, And apt to sow an author's wheat with tares,
Reaping allusions private and inglorious,
Which were, or are, or are to be notorious,
XXVI. Also there bin another pious reason
For making squares and streets anonymous ; Which is, that there is scarce a single season
Which doth not shake some very splendid house With some slight heart-quake of domestic treason
A topic scandal doth delight to rouse : Such I might stumble over unawares, Unless I knew the very chastest squares.
XXVII. 'T is true, I might have chosen Piccadilly,
A place where peccadilloes are unknown ; But I have motives, whether wise or silly,
For letting that pure sanctuary alone.
Find one where nothing naughty can be shown,
Was Juan a recherché, welcome guest,
other noble scions were ;
Or even mere fashion, which indeed 's the best
very often supersede the rest.
Of counsellors," as Solomon has said,
Indeed we see the daily proof display'd
Where'er collective wisdom can parade, Which is the only cause that we can guess Of Britain's present wealth and happiness;
Or, should it shake, the choice will more perplex Variety itself will more encumber.
'Midst many rocks we guard more against wrecks ; And thus with women : howsoe'er it shock some's Self-love, there 's safety in a crowd of coxcombs.
But Adeline had not the least occasion
For such a shield, which leaves but little merit To virtue proper, or good education,
Her chief resource was in her own high spirit,
And for coquetry, she disdain'd to wear it :
XXXII. To all she was polite without parade ;
To some she show'd attention of that kind Which flatters, but is flattery convey'd
In such a sort as cannot leave behind
A gentle genial courtesy of mind,
A dull and desolate appendage. Gaze
Who were or are the puppet-shows of praise,
On the most favour'd; and, amidst the blaze
XXXIV. There also was of course in Adeline
That calm patrician polish in the address, Which ne'er can pass the equinoctial line
Of any thing which Nature would express :
At least his manner suffers not to guess
XXXV. Perhaps from Horace ; his “Nil admirari”
Was what he call’d the “ Art of Happiness ;" An art on which the artists greatly vary,
And have not yet attain'd to much success.
Indifference certes don't produce distress ;
XXXVI. But Adeline was not indifferent : for,
(Now for a common- 2-place!) beneath the snow, As a volcano holds the lava more
Within-et cætera. Shall I
So let the often-used volcano go.
XXXVII. I 'll have another figure in a trice :
What say you to a bottle of Champagne ? Frozen into a very vinous ice,
Which leaves few drops of that immortal rain,
About a liquid glassful will remain ;
And thus the chilliest aspects may concentre A hidden nectar under a cold presence,
And such are many—though I only meant her From whom I now deduce these moral lessons,
On which the Muse has always sought to enter : And your cold people are beyond all price, When once you ’ve broken their confounded ice.
Unto the glowing India of the soul ;
Have not exactly ascertain’d the Pole
Thus gentlemen may run upon a shoal ; For, if the
's not open, but all frost (A chance still), 't is a voyage or vessel lost.