Gulliver's Travels Into Several Remote Nations Of The World
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I was surprised to find corruption grown so high and so quick in that empire, by the force of luxury so lately in­troduced, which made me less wonder at many parallel cases in other countries, where vices of all kinds have reigned so much longer, and where the whole praise, as well as pillage, hath been engrossed by the chief com­mander, who, perhaps, had the least title to either.
As every person called up made exactly the same appearance he had done in the world, it gave me melan­choly reflections to observe how much the race of human kind was degenerate among us, within these hundred years past.
I descended so low, as to desire that some English yeomen, of the old stamp, might be summoned to appear; once so famous for the simplicity of their manners, diet, and dress; for justice in their dealings; for their true spirit of liberty; for their valour and love of their country. Neither could I be wholly unmoved, after comparing the living with the dead, when I considered how all these pure native virtues were prostituted for a piece of money by their grandchildren, who, in selling their votes, and managing at elections, have acquired every vice and corruption that can possibly be learned in a court.
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