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be the Chief of Your Species; and a continued Chain of Successes resiiltingfrom Wife Counsels, have denominated You the First of Mankind in the Age which was Blefs'd with Your Birth. Enjoy what it is not in the Power of Fate it self to take from You, the. Memory of Your Past Actions. Past Actions make up Present Glory. It is in the Power of Mortals to be Thankless to You for Doing them; but it is not in their Power to take from You, that You have Done them. It is in the Power of Man to make Your Services Ineffectual inconsequences to Your Country; but it is not in their Power to make them Inglorious to Your Self. Be not therefore You concern'd; but let Us lament, who may suffer by Your Removal. Your Glory is augmented by Comparison of your Merit to the Reward it meets with: But the Honour of Your Country—
It is as impossible to do You Dishonour, as to recall Yesterday: Your Character is indelible in the Book of Fame: And tho' asterafew Turbulent Years, it will be said of Us therest of Mankind, They were; it will be to the End of Time said, MAltLBOROUGHls. My Lord, You are posless'd of all the Englijh Glory of the whole Age in which You live; and all who shall be transmitted to Posterity, muss pass down only memorable, as they have exerted themselves in Concert -Jwith'You, or against You, with Endless Honour as Your Friends, Infamy as Your Enemies. The Brightest Circumstance that can be related of the QUEEN HeriSelf, will-be, It was SHE for whom MARLBOROUGH Conquer'd. Since it is Thus,?Aft£Wrif even the Glorious Edi
fee which Your Country decreed should beErected to Perpetuate Your Memory, stand Unfinish'd, Iet it stand so a Monument of the Instability olf Human Affairs. Your Glory is not chang'd, because the rest of Mankind are changeable. It is not Your Fault, that other Generals have recelv'd a Greater Reward for Escaping Your Valour, than You have for making them fly before it.
Had it pleas'd God that we had lost You by Your Mortality, the Greatest Man next to You would have had the Mitigation of his Inferior Desert, that the same Age could not produce such another: But how will he do to avert the Eyes of Mankind, upon all Exigencies, from looking towards You yet living?'
My Noble Lord, Be convine'd, that You cannot be Disgrac'd; that Your Stand in Human Life is Immutable-, that Your Glory is as rmpassive as the Fame of Him who Dy'd a Thousand Years ago. Whence is it that we thus Love You, that we thus Honour You? It is from the very Qualities, which lay Yon open to the Assaults of Your Enemies. That Sweet Complacency, that Admirable Spirit, which is so tempered for the Arts of Common Life, makes us lose our Wonder in Love. Is that Aminble Man, with that Easy Gesture, that Gentle Beseeching Mein, the Man Terrible in Battel, the Scourge of Tyrants? My Lord MARLBOROVGH, do not think there are not Men who can fee Your scverul Accomplishments, Your Excellencies that Expose You to the Possibility of being ill treated. We understand You too well not to see, and to thank You, that You come Home, as if You B 3 had had never heard the Acclamations of the Universe. That Your Modesty and Resignation have made Your Transcendent, Your Heroick, Your God-like Virtue capable of being blended in Society with other Men. And, My Lord, do You think we can let that Virtue be Dangerous to You, which only makes Your other Qualities not Dangerous to us? Accept, O Familiar, O Amiable, O Glorious Man, the Thanks of every Generous, every Honed Man in Great Britain. Go on in Your Easie Mein of Life, be contented we See You, we Admire You, we Love You the more. While You are what You cannot cease to be, that Mild Virtue is Your Armour; the Shameless Ruffian that should Attempt to Sully it, would rind his Force against it at Detestable, as the Strength of a Ravislier in the Violation of Chastity, the Testimonies of a Perjur'd Man Confronting Truth, or Clamour drowning the Voice of Innocence.