It is no novelty that mankind do not distinctly foresee their own changes, and that their sentiments are adapted to past, not to coming ages.

If I, he may thus argue, who exercise my own mind, and have been refined by tribulation, find the serpent's egg in some fold of my heart, and crush it with difficulty, shall I not pity those who have stamped with less vigour, or who have heedlessly nurture

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