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--Thirty-seven is a perilous age for artists and poets; it was fatal to Raphael, Mozart, Burns and Byron. Ten years later, or forty-seven, has been equally remarked as a critical period in a soldier's and a statesman's life. It marked the turning point in the career of Dr. Arnold, Disraeli, Lord Palmerston, and Wellington, was at the age at which Napoleon was banished to St. Helena, and very nearly which was fatal to Pitt, Spencer, Addison, Goldsmith and Hood; an illustration of the incompatibility of intensive and extensive life.

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