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    George John Whyte-Melville
Excerpt from book: CHAPTER V BBIDLBD AND SADDLED Wb once heard a remark drop from a pair of the sweetest lips that ever belonged to a gentle philosopher, of the truth of which we have been the more convinced the more we have watched the vagaries and eccentricities into which its victims are drawn by that affection of the brain called by the wise folly, and by fools love. "In all cases of attachment," said our beautiful moralist, " depend upon it one must be always bridled and saddled, the other always booted and spurred." Of the truth of this axiom experience has left us not the slightest doubt: but what a lesson does it convey as to the inherent selfishness of mankind, and the insufficiency of any earthly blessing to confer perfect happiness. The one that is "bridled and saddled" has indeed " a jade's time of it," the one that is " booted and spurred " uses the latter instruments ruthlessly and without remorse. Who would be the loser in the game ? Who would not wish to hold the bridle and apply the spurs ? And yet perhaps there may come a time when it will be unspeakable happiness to feel that we have had all the suffering and all the sorrow, proudly conscious that we have been " bridled and saddled " all our lives, and are about to die honestly in our harness at the end. Woe to the " booted and spurred " one then. When the kindly face will be seen never again but in our dreams—when the fond heart we have wrung so often is at peace for evermore—when a world's wealth and an age of longing cannot unsay the cruel word, nor recall the cold glance—when hope is dead, and even wishing a bitter mockery, howmuch better to sleep peacefully beneath the daisies, wearied with the strife, subdued in the defeat, than to pluck them for a remembrance which shall pass away indeed, but shall leave a blank more ...  
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