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All abuse eternizes itself; it is an Augean stable, and requires a Hercules to cleanse it.
Rousseau was in many respects -- as great pleaders always are -- a man of the day, who must needs become a mere name to posterity, yet he could not but have had in him some not inconsiderable share of that principle by which man eternizes himself.
Like Alexander Gill, he is now remembered only as the schoolmaster of a great poet, and that he did his duty well may be inferred from Dante's speaking of him gratefully as one who by times "taught him how man eternizes himself."
The immortality of the soul was infinite misery, because it is that which eternizes their misery, but when this overplus is added, the incorruptibility of the body, and so the whole man made an inconsumable subject for that fire to feed upon perpetually, what heart can conceive it without horror!
Rash combat oft eternizes a man: if he should fall, Clie song of praise is his; but ah! the tears, the never-ending tears of the abandon'd, the surviving woman posterity ne'er reckons, and the poet names not the thousand dzys and nights of weeping wherein her anguisht soul with fruitless groans calls on her hastily-departed friend. —