Dangerous Gifts of Genius.
Genius, when unaccompanied by right principles and self-control, is a more dangerous quality in a woman than in a man. Nothing shows this more plainly than the life of Lady Caroline Lamb. No one was more fully alive to her faults than she was herself. When the Hon. William Lamb, then Lord Melbourne, laid his heart and fortune at her feet, she refused him, saying that she was afraid her violent temper would wreck their happiness. Again, however, he proposed ; and this time, unfortunately for himself, was accepted. Lady Caroline’s fear that she could not control her temper was by no means groundless. At the marriage ceremony she was seized with a fit of passion, and she thus afterwards described her behavior : “ I stormed at the Bishop, tore my valuable dress to pieces, and was carried nearly insensible to the carriage which was to convey me for ever from my home.” Lady Caroline was certainly at times not quite sane. Lord Melbourne made.her a far better husband than moat men would have done ; and though at last he was obliged to separate from her, he still retained a portion of his old affection.
Without undervaluing intellect, we think that no one will be inclined to deny that both in men and women the qualities of the heart are far more important than those of the head; and we cannot do better than conclude with the following lines of the late Canon Kingsley, addressed to young girls, and which bear closely on this subject. Be good, sweet maid, and let who will be clever; Do noble things, not dream them all day long; So making life, death and that vast for ever One grand sweet song. — Chambers' Journal.
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Dangerous Gifts of Genius., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 267, 12 February 1881
Dangerous Gifts of Genius. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 267, 12 February 1881
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