The Complete Works in Philosophy, Politics and Morals of the late Dr. Benjamin Franklin, Vol. 1 [of 3]

By Benjamin Franklin

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to the trade in which he had been brought up. In the road of
commerce, said he, you will be sure, by diligence and assiduity,
though you have no capital, of so far succeeding as to be employed
as a factor; and may thus, in time, acquire the means of setting
up for yourself. I concurred in these sentiments, but at the same
time expressed my approbation of amusing ourselves sometimes with
poetry, with a view to improve our style. In consequence of this it
was proposed, that, at our next meeting, each of us should bring a
copy of verses of his own composition. Our object in this competition
was to benefit each other by our mutual remarks, criticisms, and
corrections; and as style and expression were all we had in view, we
excluded every idea of invention, by agreeing that our task should be
a version of the eighteenth psalm, in which is described the descent
of the Deity.

The time of our meeting drew near, when Ralph called upon me, and
told me that his performance was ready. I informed him that I had
been idle, and, not much liking the task, had done nothing. He shewed
me his piece, and asked me what I thought of it. I expressed myself
in terms of warm approbation; because it really appeared to have
considerable merit. He then said, Osborne will never acknowledge
the smallest degree of excellence in any production of mine. Envy
alone dictates to him a thousand animadversions. Of you he is not so
jealous: I wish, therefore, you would take the verses, and produce
them as your own. I will pretend not to have had leisure to write
any thing. We shall then see in what manner he will speak of them.
I agreed to this little artifice, and immediately transcribed the
verses to prevent all suspicion.

We met. Watson's performance was the first that was read; it had
some beauties, but many faults. We next read Osborne's, which was
much better. Ralph did it justice, remarking a few imperfections,
and applauding such parts as were excellent. He had himself nothing
to show. It was now my turn. I made some difficulty; seemed as if
I wished to be excused; pretended that I had had no time to make
corrections, &c. No excuse, however, was admissible, and, the piece
must be produced. It was read, and re-read. Watson and Osborne
immediately resigned the palm, and united in applauding it. Ralph
alone made a few remarks, and proposed some alterations; but I
defended my text. Osborne agreed with me, and told Ralph that

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Text Comparison with Vie de Benjamin Franklin, écrite par lui-même - Tome II suivie de ses œuvres morales, politiques et littéraires

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[9] On aegle's wings, immortal, scandals fly, While virtuous actions are but born and die.
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Je priai alors un de mes camarades de faire le tour de l'étang, et de porter mes vêtemens dans un endroit que je lui indiquai; et tenant toujours la corde du cerf-volant, je traversai l'eau sans la moindre fatigue, et même avec beaucoup de plaisir.
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Accoutumés à voir manger et boire tous les animaux qui nous sont familiers, nous avons de la peine à concevoir comment un crapaud peut exister dans une pareille prison.
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»Je répète la question.
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Il répondit qu'il étoit bien cruel de pendre un homme pour avoir _seulement_ volé un cheval.
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Là, ils pourront apprendre et exercer des arts mécaniques, sans que cela leur procure aucun désagrément.
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Alors, de beaux livres, bien reliés et dorés sur tranche, seront distribués aux élèves qui se distingueront et surpasseront leurs camarades dans quelque genre de science.
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Depuis la conversation que j'ai eue avec Votre Excellence, sur le moyen d'unir plus intimement.
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Les dépêches officielles, que j'ai recommandé de vous faire passer avec cette lettre, vous apprendront la nature de ma mission.
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(_Note du Traducteur.
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Depuis la dernière paix, les Irlandais n'ont cessé d'émigrer pour se rendre en Amérique.
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Cette classe, réduite ailleurs à la subsistance la plus étroite, est en Angleterre dans une bien meilleure situation.
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--Vous me représentez comme un gourmand et un ivrogne; et tout le monde qui me connoît sait qu'on ne m'a jamais accusé, auparavant, d'être un homme qui mangeoit trop ou qui buvoit trop.
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Le bonhomme Richard dit: Je n'ai jamais vu un arbre qu'on transplante souvent, ni une famille qui déménage plusieurs fois dans l'année, prospérer autant que ceux qui ne changent point de place.