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. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ... ON TEMPERANCE. The ancient moralists extended the virtue of temperance to the government of all our selfish propensities, whether ...Read MoreThis 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. 1804 edition. Excerpt: ... ON TEMPERANCE. The ancient moralists extended the virtue of temperance to the government of all our selfish propensities, whether the object of them be riches, honours, or sensual pleasures. But I here use the word, as it is now generally used, to express that moderation which reason and prudence prescribe to the gratification of our appetite; so as neither to injure the health of our bodies, nor cloud the faculties of the mind, nor render us unfit for the more more important duties or the more refined enjoyments of a rational creature. And this requires little more than to attend to the dictates of Nature, who, unless she is stimulated by artificial incentives, is satisfied with a moderate quantity of the plainest and most simple food. It has been observed that all other animals are contented with one species of food; flesh, fish, or fowl, or vegetables; and never encroach on that of a different species. The lion, though invested with sovereign power, and living in regal style, is content with the leg of a calf, or the haunch of a stag; never thinks of a second course, or of a desert, or even even of sauce, cauliflower, or carrot, pickled cucumber, or the like. The eagle also, king of the birds, feasts himself and the royal family, the young princes, and the infanta, on a brace of pheasants, a turkey, or a dozen pigeons; but would not debase himself by stooping to a nest of larks, or robin-redbreasts, for a second course. But man, as lord of the creation, by his prerogative, falls foul on whatever comes in his way, and ransacks the universe to gratify his voracious appetite: the fowls of the air, the fishes of the sea, the beasts of the forest, with vegetables of every genus and every species; not only "herbs, which which were intended for the...Read Less
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