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Thomas Babington, Lord Macaulay. (1800–1859) (continued)
      The Puritan hated bear-baiting, not because it gave pain to the bear, but because it gave pleasure to the spectators. 1 
          History of England. Vol. i. Chap. iii.
      An acre in Middlesex is better than a principality in Utopia. 2 
          On Lord Bacon.
      I have not the Chancellor’s encyclopedic mind. He is indeed a kind of semi-Solomon. He half knows everything, from the cedar to the hyssop. 3 
          Letter to Macvey Napier, Dec. 17, 1830.
    These be the great Twin Brethren
  To whom the Dorians pray.
          The Battle of Lake Regillus.
    To every man upon this earth
  Death cometh soon or late;
And how can man die better
  Than facing fearful odds
For the ashes of his fathers
  And the temples of his gods?
          Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, xxvii.
    The Romans were like brothers
In the brave days of old.
          Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, xxxii.
    How well Horatius kept the bridge.
          Lays of ancient Rome. Horatius, lxx.
    The sweeter sound of woman’s praise.
          Lines written in August, 1847.
    Oh! wherefore come ye forth in triumph from the north,
  With your hands and your feet and your raiment all red?
Note 1.
Even bear-baiting was esteemed heathenish and unchristian: the sport of it, not the inhumanity, gave offence.—Hume: History of England, vol. i. chap. lxii. [back]
Note 2.
See Tennyson: “Better fifty years of Europe than a cycle of Cathay.” [back]
Note 3.
I wish I were as sure of anything as Macaulay is of everything.
William Windham (1750–1810). [back]