Carlyle – Past and Present

He had a Man’s Soul in him;

To which anarchy, mutiny and the other fruits of temporary Mercenaries were intolerable:

He had never been a Baron otherwise…

He felt it precious,

And at last it became

Habitual and his fruitful enlarged existence

Included it as a necessity,

To have those around him who in heart loved him;

Whose lives he watched over with rigor yet with love;

Who were prepared to give their lives for him,

If need came.

The task will be hard; but no noble task was ever easy.

The task will wear away your lives, and the lives

Of your sons and grandsons;

But for what purpose, if not for tasks like this,

Were lives given to men?

Thomas Carlyle, 1843...