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DETACHED THOUGHTS. “ NEWTON is justly extolled. The reasoning power which he displayed in the mathematical forms of syllogizing, has seldom been approached, never surpassed. A sterling instance of his à priori penetration is the inference from its refractive power that the diamond would be found inflammable, though he knew no method of exposing it to combustion. His use of words is less skilful than his use of signs. Such combinations of phrase as vis inertiæ, where the terms are interdestructive, and of course unintelligible, occur in his writings. His chronology disappoints ; it wants erudition; it wants sagacity; the very ground-work of the system reposes on authorities, which deserved apprecia. : tion, but not confidence.”
“Time was when literary epitomizers were in fashion, when a Wynne obtained a reputation by stripping Locke of his driftless ambiguity and voluminous tautology. Time is, when literary expanders are in vogue, and the materials of a pamphlet, in order to be rendered saleable, must be diluted into a quarto. Time will be, when acres of barren paper will be willingly exchanged for a small but fertile garden; and when merit will be meted not by the magnitnde but by the quality of its efforts."
“ Every religious sect which unites itself with the state, is favourable either to despotism or revolution, as it suits its interests. The Catholics were the first moderns who justified tyrannicide, and the Presbyterians brought back Charles the Second. The established clergy concurred with Charles the First in every act of tyranny, and they expelled bis son."
“ The great, except upon public occasions, are not Jiberal according to their means; it seems as if they had little sense of sufferings which they never can themselves experience. The travelling mendicant goes to the farm or to the cottage door rather than to the great house; and it is a well-known fact, that street beggars receive the greatest part of their alms from female seryants. Want blunts the feelings; wealth hardens the heart; it was for this reason that He who best knew the human heart said, how difficult it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.”
A. A. R.
SUBJECT OF THE PLATE.
TRANSLATION FROM THE MORESCO.
And let no tear be shed,
And sleep amid their country's foes
Thy loved one's aching pillow;
A grave beneath the billow;
And strew the lily in its bloom,
Round the cold precincts of the tomb,
As fairy hands could twine,
A form more pure than thine ;
And let no tear be shed,
And sleep amid their country's foes,