And again, he need not make himself uneasy at incurring a reproach for
those vices without which the state can only be saved with difficulty, for if everything is considered carefully, it will be found that something which looks like virtue, if followed, would be his ruin; whilst something else, which looks like vice, yet followed brings him security and prosperity.
They glided rapidly along, Stephen rowing, helped by the backward-flowing tide, past the Tofton trees and houses; on between the silent sunny fields and pastures, which seemed filled with a natural joy that had no reproach for
God, You gave your servant Ambrose grace eloquently to proclaim your righteousness in the great congregation, and fearlessly to bear reproach for
the honour of your name"--Collect for the celebration of his Feast Day, December 7.
Thus, Jesus could be spared reproach for
these later developments, while Paul was blamed for being anti-sexual or anti-woman, or for turning against his own people.
Few famous social historians escape at least an occasional reproach for
overlooking or misreading the law, a subject without which, the author argues, we cannot read the habits of the past.