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XI.-Demosthenes to the Athenians, exciting them to prose

cute the war against Philip. VHEN I compare, Athenians, the speeches of some

amongst us with their actions, I am at a loss to reconcile what I see with what I hear. Their protestations are full of zeal against the public enemy; but their measures are so inconsistent, that all their professions become suspected. By confounding you with a variety of projects, they perplex your resolutions; and lead you from executing what is in your power, by engaging you in schemes not reducible to practice.

'Tis true, there was a time, when we were powerful enough not only to defend our own borders, and protect our allies, but even to invade Philip in his own dominions, Yes, Athenians, there was such a juncture: I remember it well. But, by neglect of proper opportunities, we are no longer in a situation to be invaders ; it will be well for us, if we can provide for our own defence, and our allies. Never did any conjuncture require so much prudence as tbis. However, I should not despair of season. able remedies, had I the art to prevail with you to be unanimous in right measures. The opportunities which have so often escaped us, have not been lost through ignorance or want of judgment, but through Degligence or treachery. If I assume, at this time, more than ordinary liberty of speech, I conjure you to suffer patiently those truths, which have no other end but your own good. You have too many reasons to be sensible how much you bave suffered by hearkening to sycophants. I shall, therefore, be plain, in laying before you the grounds of past mis. Garriages, in order to correct you in your future conduct.

You may remember it is oot above three or four years since we had the news of Philip's laying siege to the fortress of Juno, in Thrace. It was, as I think, in October we received this intelligence. We voted an immediate supply of three-score talents; forty men of war were ordered to sea ; and so zealous were we, that, preferring the necessities of the state to our very laws, our citizens above the age of five and forty years were commanded to serve.

Wbat followed? A whole year was spent idly, without any thing done; and it was but in the third mouth of the following year, a little after the celebration of the

feast of Ceres, that Charademus set sail, furnished with no more than five talents, and ten gallies, not half man. ned.

A rumor was spread that Philip was sick. That rumor was followed by another--that Philip was dead. And then, as if all danger died with him, you dropped your preparations; whereas then, then was your time to push and be active; then was your time to secure yourselves, and confound him at once. Had your resolutions, taken with so much heat, been as warmly seconded by action, you had then been as terrible to Philip, as Philip, recovered, is now to you. “ To what purpose at this time, these reflections? What is done cannot be undone." But by your leave, Athenians, though past moments are not to be recalled, past errors may be repeated. Have we not now a fresh provocation to war? Let the memory of oversights, by which you have suffered so much, instruct you to be more vigilant in the present danger. If the Olynthians are not instantly succored and with your utmost efforts, you become assistants to Philip, and serve him more effectually than he can help himself.

It is not surely, necessary to warn you, that votes alone can be of no consequence. Had your resolutions, of themselves, the virtue to compass what you intend, we should not see them multiply every day, as they do, and upon every occasion, with so jittle effect; nor would Thil. ip be in a condition to brave and affront us in this manner. Proceed, then, Athenians, to support your deliberations with vigor. You have heads capable of advising what is best; you have judgment and experience to discern what is right; and you have power and opportunity to execute what you determine. What time so proper for action? What occasion so happy? And when can you hope for such another, if this be neglected ? Has not Philip, contrary to all treaties, insulted you in Thrace? Does he not, at this instant, straiten and invade your confederates, whom you have solemnly sworn to protect ! Is he not an implacable enemy? A faithless ally? The usurper of provinces to which he has no title nor pretence? A stranger, a barbarian, a tyrant? And, indeed, tvhat is he not?

Observe, I beseech you, men of Athens, how different your conduct appears from the practices of your ances. tors. They were frierds to truth and plain dealing, and detested flattery and servile compliance. By unanimous consent, they continued arbiters of all Greece for the space of forty-five years without interruption ; a public fund of no less than ten thousand talents, was ready for any emergency: they exercised over the kings of Macedon, that authority which is due to barbarians ; obtained both by sea and land, in their own persons, frequent and signal victories; and by their noble exploits, transmitted to posterity an immortal memory of their virtue, superior to the reach of malice and detraction. It is to them we owe that great number of public edifices, by which the city of Athens exceeds all the rest of the world in beauty and magnificence. It is to them we owe so many stately temples, so richly embelJished, but above all, adorned with the spoils of vanquished enemies. But visit their own private habitations : visit the houses of Aristides, Miltiades, or any other of those patriots of antiquity: you will find nothing, not the least mark or ornament, to distinguish them from their neighbors. They took part in the government, not to enrich themselves, but the public; they had no scheme or ambition but for the public; nor knew any interest but for the public. It was by a close and steady application to the general good of their country, by an exemplary piety towards the immortal gods, by a strict faith and religious honesty betwixt man and man, and a moderation als ways uniform, and of a piece, they established that repu. tation which remains to this day, and will last to utmost posterity.

Such, o men of Athens, were your ancestors : so glorious in the eye of the world; so bountiful and mudikcent to their country; so sparing, so modest, so self-denying to themselves. What resemblance can we find in the present generation of these great men? At a time when your ancient competitors have left you a clear stage; when the Lacedemonians are disabled; the Thebans employed in troubles of their own; when no other state whatever is in a condition to rival or molest you; in short, when yoiz are at full liberty; when you bave the opportunity and

the power to become once more the sole arbiters of Greece ; you permit, patiently, whole provinces to be wrested from you ; you lavish the public money in scandalous and obscure uses; you suffer your allies to perish in time of peace, whom you preserved in time of war; and to sum up all, you yourselves, by your mercenary court, and servile resignation to the will and pleasure of designing insidious leaders, abet, encourage and strengthen the most dangerous and formidable of your ene emies. Yes, Athenians, I repeat it, you yourselves are the contrivers of your own ruin. Lives there a man w who has confidence enough to deny it?--Let him arise and assign, if he can, any other cause of the success and prosperity of Philip. But," you reply, “ what Athens may have lost in reputation abroad, she has gained in splendor at home. Was there ever a greater appearance of prosperity? A greater face of plenty? Is not the city enlarged? Are not the streets better paved, houses repaired and beautified ?"-Away with such trifles. Shall Í be paid with counters ? An old square new vamped up! A fountain ! An aqueduct! Are these acquisitions to brag of ? Cast your eye upon the magistrate, under whose ministry you boast these precious improvements. Behold the despicable creature raised, all at once, from dirt to opulence; from the lowest obscurity to the highest honors. Have not some of these upstarts built private houses and seats, vieing with the most sumptuous of our public palaces? And how have their fortunes and their power increased, but as the commonwealth has been ruined and impoverished !

To what are we to impute these disorders ? And to what cause assign the decay of a state, so powerful and flourishing in past times? The reason is plain.—The ser. vant is now become the master. The magistrate was then subservient to the people ; punishments and rewards were properties of the people? all honors, dignities and „referments, were disposed by the voice and favor of the people; but the magistrate now has usurped the right of the people, and exercises an arbitrary authority over his ancient and natural lord. You miserable people! (the mean while without money, without friends) from being the ruler, are become the servant;

from being the master, the dependant; happy that these governors, into whose hands you have thus resigned your own power, are so good and so gracious as to continue your poor allowance to see plays.

Believe me, Athenians, if recovering from this lethargy, you would assume the ancient freedom and spirit of your fathers; if you would be your own soldiers and your own commanders, confiding no longer your affairs in foreign or mercenary hands; if you would charge yourselves with your own defence, employing abroad, for the public, what you waste in unprofitable pleasures at home; the world might, once more, behold you,

mak. ing a figure worthy of Athenians. "You would bave us then (you say) do service in our armies, in our own persons; and for so doing, you would have the pensions we receive, in time of peace, accepted as pay, in time of war.

Is it thus we are to understand you ?”— Yes, Athenians, 'tis my plain meaning, I would make it a standing rule, that no person, great or little, should be the better for the public money, who should grudge to employ it for the public service. Are we in peace ? The public is charged with your subsistence. Are we in war, or under a necessity at this time, to enter into a war? Let your gratitude oblige you to accept, as pay, in defence of your benefactors, what you receive, in peace, as mere bounty.--Thus, without any innovation; without altering or abolishing any thing, but pernicious novelties, introduced, for the encouragement of sloth and idleness; by converting only for the future, the same funds, for the use of the serviceable, which are spent, at present, upon the unprofitable ; you may be well served in your armies; your troops regularly paid; justice duly administered; the public revenues reformed and increased; and every member of the commonwealth rendered useful to his country, according to his age and ability, without any further burihen to the state.

This, O men of Athens, is what my duty prompted me to represent to you upon this occasion. May the gods inspire you, to determine upon such measures as may be most expedient for the particular and general good of our country!

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