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48                           FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
ter of man is to be formed—the instrument by which the powers of the body are to be trained, by which the mental faculties are to be devel­oped and expanded, by which the heart, the seat of the affections, is to be moulded.
I am well aware that in reaching this result, we have only come to a point that has been long established. That man is designed to be the subject of education, as I have before re­marked, is a proposition too obvious to have been ever overlooked. I have already quoted a proverb, in use three thousand years ago, which shows that this truth was well understood then. In a later, but still a remote age, Philip of Mace-don, in his famous letter to Aristotle, asking him to become the preceptor of the infant Alexander, says, "I am less grateful that the gods have given me a son, than that he is born in the time of Aristotle." It is said of the emperor Theo-dosius that he used frequently to sit by his chil­dren Arcadius and Honorius whilst Arsenius taught them. He commanded them to show the same respect to their master that they would to himself; and surprising them once sitting, whilst Arsenius was standing, he took from them their princely robes, and did not restore them till a long time, nor even then but with much entreaty. So high a compliment to one
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