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When he might act the woman in the scene , He proved best man P the field , and for his meed Was brow-bound with the oak . His pupilage Man-enter'd thus , lie waxed like a sea ; And , in the brunt of seventeen battles since , He lurch'd all swords o' the garland . * * * •*
Our spoils he kick'd at ; And looked upon things precious , as they were The common nnuck o' the world ; he covets less Than misery itself would give ; rewards
His deeds with doing them ; and is content To spend the time , to end it . ' Here we have the principles of a high-minded Radical wrought out in practice . At sixteen years he drove the bristled-lipped slaves of the oppressor Tarquin before him , just as the sixteen year old el eves of the Polytechnic school drove before them the
vieilles moustaches of the ignorant tyrant Charles out of the streets and strong holds of Paris ; and he * kicked at spoils / even as did the French students , and their far poorer brethren the workmen , and as Bourmont and his people , the French Tories , did not . There was nothing of the Tory , of the modern aristocrat , in all this , but , on the contrary , the very opposite . In the words of old Menenius , * He is right noble . '
He abhors the custom of standing , like a beggar , to ask the suffrages of the people , working on their feelings by the exposure of his naked cicatrices ; and he is right in saying that such a custom * might well be taken from the people . ' For their own good it ought to be taken from them . None can thrive so well by it as the charlatan : it is mocking the people with the semblance of acknowledging them as the source of power , while it cheats them of the substance , and deprives them of judgment by tht 1 intoxication of their gratified vanity . He is a candidate , not
proposed by himself , but by others , to fill an important public office ; and his fitness for that office , according to his qualities , could better be decided on by the judgment than by the feelings , '' ' hough the people had loved him never so much , it would not follow that that love qualified him for the consular duties , in the absence of wisdom or knowledge . The qualities fitting a man tar a legislator may be possessed by one who has no popular banners ; and it is constantly observed , that at an election a w inning exterior carries more weight with it than the profoundest
knowledge . As good laws are not made by feeling , but b y judgment , it would therefore be for the interest of a community to flect their organs of government only by a knowledge of their actions or writings , and keep all mere personal attraction out of the question . In all honour did Coriolanus speak , and his heaving
Coriolanus no Aristocrat 193
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), March 2, 1834, page 193, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2631/page/33/