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[47] Nil ego, si peccem. We see here what notion we are to form of all Helen's mighty boasts of chastity. It was more the fear of reproach and infamy, than any detestation of vice, that kept her from giving way to her passion; and accordingly we find in the end, that this restraint was too feeble to retain her long in her duty. True virtue is of a very different nature, and derives its value from itself, without any regard to the opinion of others. “Oderunt peccare boni virtutis amore,

says Horace. Hopes of escaping undiscovered can be no motive to a man of this character; because he places his happiness in self-approbation, and dreads the reproach of his own mind, more than that of the world.

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