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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1805 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAP. V. Greece, w Hen we
contemplate Greece, and especially when we six our eyes on Athens,
our admiration is strongly, I had almost said, is irresistibly
excited, in reflecting, that such a diminutive spot concentrated
within itself whatever is great and eminent in almost every point
of view; whatever confers distinction on the human intellect;
whatever is calculated to inspire wonder, or communicate delight.
Athens was the pure wellhead of poetry; Hither, as to their
fountain, other stars Repairing, in their golden urns draw light.
It was the theatre of arms, the cradle of the arts, the school of
philosophy, and the parent of eloquence. To be regarded as the
masters in learning, the oracle of taste, and the standard of poG 3
liteness, liteness, to the whole civilized world, is a splendid
distinction. But it is a pestilent mischief, when the" very renown
attending such brilliant advantages, becomes the vehicle for
carrying into other countries the depraved manners by which these.
pre-eminent advantages are accompanied. This was confessedly the
case of Greece with respect to Rome. Rome had conquered Greece by
her arms; but whenever a subjugated country contributes, by her
vices, to enslave the state which conquered her, she amply revenges
herself. But the perils of this contamination do not terminate with
their immediate consequences. The ill effects of Grecian manners
did not cease with the corruptions which they engendered at Rome.
There is still a serious danger, lest, while the ardent and
high-spirited young reader contemplates Greece only through the
splendid medium of her heroes and her artists, her poets and her
orators; while his imagination is sired with the glories of
conquest, and captivated with the charms of literature, ...
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