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Dutch Fleet had entered the Medway ? The answer is ' Because Drake won.' Why was it right of Alexander the Great to-throw away water when his army was perishing, but wrong of Marie Antoinette to say ' Let them eat cake ' ? The answer is ' Because Marie Antoinette was executed.' Why was George Washington right because he would not tell a lie, and Jael right because she told nothing else ? Answers on similar lines. We must take a larger view of the past than of the present, because when examining the present we can never be sure what is going to pay. As a general rule,, anything that ends abruptly must be given bad marks ; for instance, the fourth century B.C. at Athens, the year 1914 in Italy, and the summer of 1914 everywhere. A civilization. that passes quickly must be decadent, therefore let us censure those epochs that thought themselves so bright, let us show that their joys were hectic and their pleasures vile, and clouded by the premonition of doom. On the other hand, a civilization that does not pass, like the Chinese, must be stagnant, and is to be censured on that account. Nor can one approve anarchy. What then survives ? Oh, a greater purpose, the slow evolution of Good through the centuriesan evolution less slow than it seems, because a thousand years are as yesterday, and consequently Christianity was only, so to speak, established on Wednesday last. And if this argument should seem flimsy (it is the Bishop of London's, not our own -he put it into his Christmas sermon) one can at all events return to an indubitable triumph of evolution-oneself, sitting untouched and untouchable in the professorial chair, and giving marks to men.
Sweet then is dalliance, censure sweeter. Yet sweetest of all is -pity, because it subtly combines the pleasures of the other two. To pity the dead because they are dead is to experience an exquisite pleasure, identical with the agreeable heat that comes to the eyes in a churchyard. The heat has nothing to do with sorrow, it has no connection with anything that one has personally known and held dear. It is half a sensuous delight, half gratified vanity, and Shakespeare knew what he was about when he ascribed such a sensation to the fantastical Armado. They had been laughing at Hector, and Armado, with every appearance of generosity, exclaims :` The sweet war-man

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is dead and rotten ; sweet chucks, beat not the bones of the buried ; when he breathed he was a man.' It was his happiest moment ; he had never felt more certain either that he was alive himself, or that he was Hector. And it is a happiness that we can all experience until the sense of actuality breaks in. Pity wraps the student of the past in an ambrosial cloud, and washes his limbs with eternal youth. ` Dear dead women with such hair too,' but not ' I feel chilly and grown old.' That comes with the awakening.

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