Did he gain wealth?
No. He neither sought nor despised it. It thrust itself upon him, but he put it away from him. He refused its companionship because its people could not have its company.
He gave what he had to a weak cause, and to those whose necessities were greater than his own. And home itself he sacrificed on the altar of his country.
But he refuted the shallow worldling's maxim that ‘every man has his price,’ and that true manhood has none, however great.
The plunderer of India
defended himself by exclaiming that ‘when he considered his opportunities, he was astonished at his own moderation.’
Mark Antony appeased the anger of the Roman
populace against the fallen tyrant by Caesar
's will, wherein he left them his rich and fair possessions—to them and their heirs forever.
The Captive of St. Helena, aggrandized with the tears and blood of Europe
, drew his own long will, dispensing millions to his favorites.
had opportunities as great as any conqueror and took nothing—not even that which others pushed upon him.
But he has left a great, imperishable legacy to us and our heirs forever.
The heart of man is his perpetual kingdom.
There he reigns transcendent, and we exclaim: ‘Oh, king, live forever.’