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See'st thou yon rock that rears its awful form,
The present age, though sufficiently willing to do justice to the habits of Napoleon, now that death has removed him from this bustling scene, is yet not the proper period to depict his character, his policy, his rise, his career, and his downfall, as hereafter, they will be transmitted to posterity. The living, who judged ill of him from his actions, or adored him from his personal qualities, and his extraordinary career, Ram. Mag. No. XI.
are yet too prejudiced to judge of him impartially.
every thing that could add to the accommodation of his sub
jects. His ambition, though uncircumscribed, was, as he says, of a cold nature, and he fought not like the son of Ammon, for glory, nor like Julius, to attain power and a name. He was a mixture of the good and bad qualities of both; for
The force of nature could no farther go,
He united the romantic enthusiasm of Alexander, with the cautious policy of Julius; he partook of the hasty, spirit of the former, and was not free from the hesitation of the latter. Cæsar hesitated to pass the Rubicon, which Napoleon would not have done, nor would Alexander, Cæsar hesitated to assume the name of Emperor, when he possessed the power, and thus fell a prey to the conspirators. Napoleon hesitated, when fortune seemed adverse, and thus hastened his own fate. There is one point in which Napoleon and He of Rome assimilate remarkably, and that is the promptitude with which they took advantage of casual circumstances, ever ready to profit by that tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Both restless in their elevation, and uniting the manners of the plain citizen, with the magnificence of Emperors, they fell, the orie by his friends, the other by his over reaching ambition. Na-. poleon was a disbeliever in human principles, he thought all men actuated by their own selfish interests, and thus he had no one to rely upon in the hour of adversity He was a believer io days and destipies, and fortunate times, and seasons, which present many remarkable coincidences in the period of his career.
No one will doubt his military genius as superior to those of his contemporaries; no one will deny that he possessed talents, of the highest order. His mind he could adapt to the greatest, and to the minutest affairs; he could plan a conquest or an opera ballet, with the same ease and vivacity. He was temperate in his personal indulgencies; omitting nothing which could insure or extend his power, he was plain