O grant me, Heaven, a middle state,
Neither too humble nor too great;
More than enough, for nature’s ends,
With something left to treat my friends.
True valor, on virtue founded strong, meets all events alike.
A sovereign’s great example forms a people; the public breast is noble or vile as he inspires it.
Bred in camps, trained in the gallant openness of truth that best becomes a soldier, thou art happily a stranger to the baseness and infamy of courts.
Affliction is the wholesome soil of virtue, where patience, honor, sweet humuily, and calm fortitude, take root and strongly flourish.
The multitude unawed is insolent; once seized with fear, contemptible and vain.
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