Beatus ille

"Happy is the man"— the opening words of Horace's second Epode, in which a usurer praises the charms of country life, its freedom from worry and its simplicity, but soon finds his love of money overpowering his sentiment. 'Haec ubi', etc.,

"So spake the money-lender Alphius; he was all but adopting a country life; he got in all his money at the middle of the month, but when the first comes round he wants to put it out again."
Note by A.J.Grieve, (MA) to the chapter Changes To The Constitution in Part Two of "Reflections On The Revolution"
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