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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1846 Excerpt: ... There are certain moral precepts of general and everlasting application more commonly acknowledged than willingly obeyed yet holding a conspicuous place in every human transaction: their necessity is undenied: they form the theoretical standard of virtue in civilised society, receive an outward reverence from all, and are generally used as a convenient test of our neighbour's conduct and character whenever it becomes expedient to taunt him with their violation. These laws, essentially attached to Christianity, shone with as clear a light in the middle ages as at present, but the human mind was not then so well fitted to receive them: they were rather used as a reprehension to others than as practical rules of individual conduct. In those times also, that enthusiasm excited by a succession of mysterious ceremonies miscalled religion became deep and frequent, while the sober pace of genuine morality moving with ' pilgrim steps in amice grey,' was comparatively circumscribed and unheeded. And even if natural impulse might in some have produced more lofty and practical virtues, universal example must soon have whirled them into the common vortex of licentiousness: accustomed from infancy to the companionship of Vice, the men of those days were blind to her naked deformities and only beheld her in the brilliant trappings of successful villany and mundane honour, with wealth, glory, and external reverence: nay even in the very garb of virtue: and dazzled by this factitious splendour the world followed eagerly in her train. Success, no matter by what means or in what cause, from the turn of the die to a revolution of the state was then the great measure of worldly approbation : the test of conduct, the salve of crime, the justification of injury. In this murky atm...
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  • Henry E. Napier (Author)
  • General Books LLC (8 Feb. 2012)
  • English
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