Now, it is well known, that a man may with more impunity be guilty of an actual breach either of real good breeding or of good morals, than appear ignorant of the most minute point of fashionable etiquette.
But search the land of living men, Where wilt thou find their like again.
Breathes there the man, with soul so dead, Who never to himself hath said, This is my own, my native land Whose heart hath neer within him burnd, As home his footsteps he hath turnd From wandering on a foreign strand If such there breathe, go mark him well For him no Minstrel raptures swell High though his titles, proud his name, Boundless his wealth as wish can claim Despite those titles, power, and pelf, The wretch, concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust, from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonord, and unsung.
Where, where was Roderick then One blast upon his bugle horn Were worth a thousand men.
I was not always a man of woe.
A man may drink and not be drunk A man may fight and not be slain A man may kiss a bonny lass, And yet be welcome home again.
When a man has not a good reason for doing a thing, he has one good reason for letting it alone.
Where lives the man that has not tried How mirth can into folly glide, And folly into sin.
Thus aged men, full loth and slow, The vanities of life forego, And count their youthful follies o'er, Till Memory lends her light no more.
But woe awaits a country when She sees the tears of bearded men.
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