Yet these are not the things one regrets.
It will not do to calculate too closely with the affectionate human impulse.
We must consent to make many mistakes, Qr we should move too slow to help our brothers much.
I am sure you do not regret what you spent on Miani, and other worthless people.
As things looked then, it would have been wrong not to have risked the loss.
But Margaret crowned all her talents and virtues with a love of truth, and the power to speak it. In great and in small matters, she was a woman of her word, and gave those who conversed with her the unspeakable comfort that flows from plain dealing.
Her nature was frank and transparent, and she had a right to say, as she says in her journal:—
I have the satisfaction of knowing, that, in my counsels, I have given myself no air of being better than I am.
In the chamber of death, I prayed in very early years, ‘Give me truth; cheat me by no illusion.’
O, the granting of this prayer is sometimes terrible to me!
I walk over the burning ploughshares, and they sear my feet.
Yet nothing but truth will do; no love will serve that is not eternal, and as large as the universe; no philanthropy in executing whose behests I myself become unhealthy; no creative genius which bursts