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Scott and Thermistocles. A modern writer observes that the fine sentiment we call Patriotism is, in the first instance at least, an instinctive feeling of attachment to the place of our nativity — the spot of earth on which we were born. In its inception, man is hardly conscious of the germ of this sentiment, which, however, exists in every heart, but it grows with his growth, and strengthens with his strength, till it becomes a principle and a passion, capable of facing death itself, with the words which Horace wrote, and many a patriot has illustrated by a splendid fate : Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori. Metastasio has beautifully painted this passion in his opera of "Il Themistocle," in which he describes the Athenian General, an exile at the Court of Xerxes, assailed by strong temptations to turn his counsels and arms against his ungrateful country; but in vain : Them.--And would's thou have Themistocles a rebel, To o'erturn his native walls?