Shakspeare's Seven Ages of Man: Or, the Progress of Human Life; Illustrated by Prose and Verse, From the Works of the Most Eminent Writers; With a Brief Memoirs of Shakspeare and His Writings

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Excerpt from Shakspeare's Seven Ages of Man: Or, the Progress of Human Life; Illustrated by Prose and Verse, From the Works of the Most Eminent Writers; With a Brief Memoirs of Shakspeare and His Writings

And those ancient sons of Æsculapius, both the Machaon of Homer, and the Iapis of Virgil, are eulogised by their respective poets for having, amidst the deafening clamours of contending hosts, bound up the bleeding wounds, and soothed the agonies of expiring mortality.

The most luminous miracles wrought by our Blessed Saviour in the land of Judea, and detailed with inimitable simplicity in the New Testament had, my dear Sir, for their object, the removal of corporeal debility, as well as the infusion of vigour into the human frame. If the Jews (it has been said) were thankful for these interpositions, surely those virtues which God has in a natural way bestowed on medicine, and that sagacity he has given to men for the discovery of those virtues, are matter of much greater acknowledgment, as the benefit is so much more extensive and lasting. Among the ancients, Mens sana in corpore sano, was deemed the consummation of sublunary felicity. Indeed,

Health is the choicest blessing man receives
From bounteous Heaven - by her the smiling hours
Are winged with transport - she, too, gives the soul
Of firmness - without her the hand of toil
Would languid sink - the eye of reason fade!

Denman.

That your friends in the country, my dear Sir, where you had long and successfully practised, lament your removal to the great metropolis, was to be expected. Their loss is our gain.

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