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GIVING A DAUGHTER IX MARIAGE.
517. CONFIDENCE, COURAGE, BOASTING — ishave lions and tigers to rule over you? hope elated, security of success in obtaining its Know you not that cruelty-is the attribuie object; and COURAGE is the contempt of any unavoidable danger in the execution of what is re
of wild beasts ; clemency--that of man? solved upon: in botii, the head and whole body Varieties. 1. There is no person so lilare erecied rather gracefully, the breast projecled, the countenance clear and open, the accents tle, but the greatest may sometimes need bis strong. roui
full-mouthed, and not 100 rapid; assistance: hence, we should all exercise the voice firm and even BOASTING, exagger clemency, when there is an opportunily, toates these appearances by loudness, blustering wards those in our power. This is illustraand railing, what is appropriately called swag. gering: the eye-brows drawn down), the faceted by the fable of the mouse and the lion. red and bioated, mouth pouts, arms placed a- when the lion became entangled in the toils kimbo, foot stamped on the ground, large strides 'n walking, voice hollow, thundering, swelling of the hunter, he was released by the mouse, into bombast; head ofien menacingly, right fists which gnawed asunder the cords of the net clenched, and sometimes brandished at the per-I in consideration of having been spared his son threatened.
own life, by the royal beast, on a former ocBase men, that use them, to so base effect :
casion. 2. It is a universal principle-- that But tuer stars--did govern Proteus' birth:
an essence cannot exist out of its form; nor His words--are bonds; his oaths--are oracles ; His lore--sincere; his thoughts--immaculate :
be perceived out of its form; nor can the His tears-pure messengers-sent from his heart,
quality of a forin be perceived, till the form His heart-as far from fraud as heaven from earth. itself is an object of thought : hence, if an 518. GIVING OR GRANTING,-when done with
essence does not present itself in form, so an unreserved good will, is accompanied with a that its form can be seen in thoughi, it is tobenevolent aspect, and kind tone or voice: the tally impossible to know anything about, or right hand open, with the palm upward, extend: be affected with, that essence.
3. The truths ing toward the person favored, as it what he asks; the heart at the same time inclini of religion, and the trutlis of science, are of ing forward, as indicating a benevolent dispo- different orders ; though sometimes blended, sition und entire consent: all indicative of how heartily the javor is granted, and the benesac yet never actually confoundeil : theology-is tors joy in conferring it.
the sun, and science-the moon-to retiect
its light and glory. If I have 100 selerely punished you,
My Mother. Alas, how little do we arYour compensation makes amends; for I
preciate a mother's tenderness while living! Have given you here a thrrad of mine own life,
How heedless, are we, in youth, of all her Or that for which I live, whom once again
anxielies and kindness! But when she is I tender to thy hand; all thy vexations
dead and gone; when the cares and coldness Were but my trials of thy love, and thou
of the world come withering to our hearts; Hast strangely stood the test. Here, atore heav'n, when we experience bow hard it is to find I ratify this my rich gist: Ferdinand, Do not smile ai me, that I boast her off;
true sympathy, how few lore us for ourselres, For thou wilt find she will outstrip all praise,
how few will befriend us in our misfortunes;
then it is, that we think of the mother we And make it halt behind her. "Then--as my sifond thine own acquisition
have lost. Worthily purchas'd-take-my DAUGHTER.
The love of praise, howe'er conceal'd by art, Impatience. In those evils which are al- Reigns—more or less, and glows-in erery hean: iotted to us by Providence, such as deforinity. The proud-10 gain it, toils on toils endure, privation of the senses, or old age, it is al. The modest-shun it-but to make it sure.
Think not the good, ways to be remembered, that impatience can have no present efiect, but to deprive us of The gentle deeds of mercy--thou hast done, the consolations which our condition admits, Shall die forgotten all; ihe poor, the prisoner, by driving away from us those by whose con
The fatherless, the friendlexs, and the wilow,
Who daily-own the bounty of thy hand, versation or advice we might be amused or
Shall cry to hearen, and pull a blessing on thee. helped; and that, with regard to futurity, it is yet less to be justified, since, without les- Tird Nature's sweet restoret, balmy Sleep! sening the pain, it cuts off the hope of that He, like the world, his ready risits pays reward, which He, by whom it is indlicted, Swift on his downy pinions, flies from grief.
Where Fortune smiles; the uretrheil he forsales; will confer upon those who bear it well.
In Nature there's no blemish, but the mind; Anecdote. Clemency. Alphonsus, king None can be call'd deformed, but the unkind: of Nuples and Sicily, so celebrated in history Virtue is beauty; but the beauteous-evil for his clemency, was once asked, why he are empty runks, o'erflourish'd by the devil. was so favorable to all men; even to those can chance of sering first, thy title prove ? most notoriously wickel? He replied, “Be- | And knowist thou noi, no law is made for love? cause good men are won by justice ; the bad, Law is 10 things, which to free choice relate; by clemency.” Some of his ministers com
Love is not in our choice, but in our fate: plained to him, on another occasion, of this Laws are bur positivc; love's power. we see, clemency; when he exclaimed “Would you l Is Nature's sancion, and her first degree.
Views of Truth. We see truths through TUDE--puts on an
the medium of our own minds, as we see objects axpect full of com
around us thro' the atmosphere; and, of course, placency; (see ove;) if the ob
we see them not as they are in themselves, but as ject of it be a char
they are modified by the quality of the medium acter greatly su
thro' which we riew them; and, as the minds of perior, it express
all are different, we must all have different vieres es much subnis. sion: the right
of any particular truth; which is the reason, that hand is open with
differences of opinion arist, and always will exist: the fingers spreaci,
hence, it is no argument against truth, that inen and press d upon
have different views of it; and because they muse the breast just 0
have different views, it is no reason why they ver the heart, expresses, very ap
should quarrel about their opinions; for good uses, propriately, a s'n
and not matters of opinion, are the touch-stone of cere and hearty sensibility of obligation. The fillowship. Thus it is, that the all of religion reengraving represents the deep-felt emotions of a noble mind.
lates to life, and the life of religion is to do good,
from a love of doing good. While we agree, and O great Sciolto! O my more than father!
are united in doing good, we should not fight Let me not live, but at thy very name,
among ourselves, about mere matters of opinion, My eager heart springs up, and leaps with joy.
still, we must not be indifferent about them; for When I forget the vast, vast debt I owe thee,
truth is necessary to give form to goodness; and (Forget—but 'tis impossible,) then let me
every good person will naturally desire to know Forget the use and pririlege of reason Be banish'd from the commerce of mankind,
the truth, that he may regulate his conduct by it;
and thus, acquire the greatest and highest degree of To wander in the desert, among brutes,
goodness. To bear the various fury of the seasons,
Varieties. 1. The young-are slaves to The midniglit cold, and the noontide scorching heat, novelty; the old—to cristom. 2. The volume To be the scorn-of earth, and curse of henren.
of nature, is the book of knowledge, and he 521. A man is never the less an artist, for becomes the wisest, who makes the best senot having his tools about him; or a musician, lections, and uses them properly. The greatbecause he wants his fiddle : nor is he the less est friend of truth-is time ; her greatest ene brave, because his hands are bound, or the
my-prejudice ; and her constant companion worse pilot, for being upon dry ground. Ifl is humility. 4. The best means of establishionly have will to be grateful, I am so. Asing a high reputation is to speak well, and gratitude is a necessary, and a glorious, so aci better. 5. Be studious, and you will be also is it an obrious, a cheap, and an easy vir- learned; be industrious and frugal, and you tue: so obvious, that wherever there is life, will be rich; be sober and temperate, and you there is place for it: so cheap, that the covetous will be healthy ; be virtuous, and you will be man may be gratified without expense : so easy, that the sluggard may be so likewise happy. 6. He, who governs his passions,
does more than he, who commands armies. without labor.
Socrates, being one day offended with his serTo the generous mind, The heaviest debt—is that of gratitude,
rant, said, “I would beat you, if I were not When 'tis not in our power to repay it.
angry. 7. The best mode of gaining a high
reputation, is-to be--what you appear to be. Tis the Creator's primary great law,
Like birds, whose beauties languish, half conceald, That links the chain of beings to each other,
Till, mounted on the wing, their glossy plumes, Joining the greater to the lesser nature.
Expanded, shine with azure, green, and gold; When gratitude-o'erflows the swelling heart, How blessings brighten-as they take their flight And breathes in free and uncorrupted praise
Deep-as the murmurs of the falling floods ; For benefits received, propitious hearen
Sweet--as the warbles of the vocal woods : Takrs such acknowledgments as fragrant incense,
The listning passions hear, and sink, and rish, And doubles all its blessings.
As the rich harmony, or swells, or dies! Anecdote. The bill of indictment, pre- The pulse of avarice--forgets to move; ferred against John Bunyan, author of Pil- A purer rapture-fills the breast of love ; grim's Progress, &c., was as follows: “John Derotion-lifts to heav'n a holier eye, Bunyan hath derilishly and perniciously ab. And bleeding pity-heaves a sofrer sigh. stained from coming to church, to hear divine
I, soliinry, court service, and is a common upholder of several The inspiring breeze, and meditate upon the book unlawful meetings and conventicles, to the Of nature, ever open; aiming thence, disturbance and distraction of the good sub- 1 Warm from the heart, to learn the moral song. jects of this kingdom, contrary to the laws of A dark, cold calm, which nothing now can breaking our sovereign lord the king,” &c., was con- Or warm, or brighten ;-like that Syrian lake,
Upon whose surface, morn and rummer shed victed, and imprisoned twelve years and six
Their smiles in vain; for all beneath is dead! months.
All is silent--twas my fancy! And too fond of the right, to pursue the expertient. Still-as the breathless interval--between the flash and thunder.
522. To act a Passion properly, we must |
Lacownics. 1. Wher we behold a full grown never attempt it, until the imagination has man. in the perfection of vigor and health, and conceived cearly and distinctly, a strong and the splendor of reason and intelligence, and are vivid i led of it, and we feel its influence in our informed that “God created man in his own inmost soul; then, the form, or image of that image, after his own likeness ;' we are attracted idea, will be impressed on the appropriate with tenfold interest to the examination of the inuscles of the face, and communicate, in-object. That is placed before us, and the structure stantly, the same impressions to the muscles of his mind and body, and the succinct developof the bo:ly; which, whether bruceil, or re
inenis of the parts and proportions of each. 2. A lii.vetl, (the idea being either active or passive,) / working man without tools, tho' he has the best by impelling, or retariling the flow of the designs and most perfect practical skill, can do ailection, will transmit their own sensation to do nothing with the best of tools; and without
nothing useful; willout skill, his design could the voice, and rightly dispose the proper ges- design, his skill and tools would be both inoperature.
tive: thus again, three distinct essentials are COURAGE, DISTRACTION.
seen to be necessary in every thing. A generous fer, the vel'r'in hardy gleanings of many it hapless fight, with
Mercy! I know it not,--for I am miserable ;
I'll give thee misery, for here she duelis, Heroic fire, inspirited each other,
This is her home, where the sun never dawna, Resolved on death ; disdaining to survive
The bird of night-siis screaming o'er the roof; Their dearest country. "If we fall," I cried,
Grim spectres-sweep along the horrid gloom; "Let us not lamely full, like passive cowards;
And naught is heard, but wailing and lamenting. Nv; let us live, or let us die like men;
Ilark! somethingcracks above! it shakes! it tollers/ Come on. my friends, 10 Alfred we will cut
And the nodding ruin falls to crush us! Our glorious way; or, as we nobiy perish,
'Tis fullen! 'tis here! I felt it on my brain ! Will offer to the genius of our country,
A waving flood-of bluish fire swells o'er me! Whole hecatombs of Danes."
And now, 'lis out; and I am drowned in blood ! As if one soul had moved them all,
Ha! what art thou ? thou korrid, headless trunk!
It is my ilastings:-see! he waf's me on;
Varieties. 1. Can actions be really good, like the two twists of a rope, mutually mix unless they proceed from good motives 2 2. ve with the other, and twine inextrica'ly By doubting, we are led to think; or, consider round the heart; producing gout, if mode whether it be so, and to collect reasons, and ruiely in Julged; but certain destruction, if thereby to bring that truth rationally into our suufered to become inordinate. 2. Pussion-- minds. 3. The effects of music--are pro25 the great nuw:r and spring of the soul: duced directly upon Vie affectins, without when men's passions are strongest, they may the intervention of thought. 4. What shall have great and noile effects; but they are
we do, to obtain justice, when we are injur. then also, apt to lead to the greatest evils.
ed? Seek recompense at law, if at all. 5. Anecdote. Pungent Preaching. An old Suppose a person insults us in such a maninan being asked his opinim of a certain ser. Then furgire him. t. In the Lord, are infi
ner, that the law cannot give us relress? mon, replied, “I liked it very well, except that there was no pinch to it. I always like nite love, infinite wisdom, and infinite power
or authoril!!,-which three essential attrin to have a pinch to every sermon.”
bules-constitute the only God of hearen Want is a bitter and a hateful good,
and carth. 7. The New Testament was diBecause its virtues are not understood.
vided into verses, in 1551, by Robert Stirens, Yet many things, impossible to thought,
for the convenience of reference to a ConcorHave been, by need, io full perfection brought. The daring of the soul proceeds from thence,
lance ; and the Old Testament is supposed Bharpness of wit, and active diligence;
to have been divided into verses, about the Prudence at once, and fortitude it gives,
same time; those divisions, of course, are of And, if in salience taken, mends our lives;
no authority ; nor are the punctuations. For even that indigence which brings me low,
All live by seeming.
Will eke with it his service. All admit it,
524. DESPAIR. Shakspeare hus most exqui- saw a spider climbing up one of the raftcrr : sitely depicted il's passion, where le bas drawn the insect fell, but immediately made a se com in despair, and terrified with the inner of duke attempt to ascend; and the hero suw, with Humphrey, to which he was accessory: The first regret, the spider fall the second time; it !hen example is Despair, the second, Despair and Ro-nade a third unsuccessful attempt. With If thou te'st Death, I'll give thee Fugland's treasures, the spider baffled in its aim twelve limes;
much interest and concern the monarch saw Enough to purchase such another island, So thou wilt let me lice, and feel no pain.
but the thirteenth essay was successful; Bring me to my trial, when you will;
when the king, starting up, exclaimed, “Thir Died he not in his bed? where should he die ? despicable insect has taught me persererance Can I make men live, whether they will or no ? I will follow its example. Ilave I not been Oh! torture me no more; I will confess.
twelve times defeated by the enemy's supedlire again? then show me where he is;
rior force ? On one fight more hangs the inI'll give a thousand pounds to look upon him. dependence of my country.” In a few days, He hath no eyes,--the dust-hath blinded them;
his anticipations were realized, by the gloriCombolown his hair; look! LOOK! it stands upright, ous victory at the battle of Bannockburn, and Like lime-twigs-10 catch my winged soul;
the defeat of Edward the Second. Give me some drink, and bid the apothecary Bring in the strong poison, that I bought or lim.
Varieties. 1. The bee---rests on natural
flowers, never on painted ones, however inHenceforth-let no man-trust the first false slep
imitably the color may be laid on; apply this To guill. It hangs upon a precipice,
to all things. 2. The rapidity with which Whose deep descent, in fast perdition ends. How far-am I plunged down, beyond all thought, the progress which the mind is about to make;
the body may travel by steam, is indicative of Which I this evening framed! Consummate horror! guilt-beyond a name!
and improvements in machinery-represent Dare not my soul repent. In thee, repentance
those which are developing in the art of teach. Were second guilt, and 'ıwere blaspheming heaven ing. 3. Equal and exact justice to all, of To hope for mercy. My pain can only crase
whatever state, or persuasim, religious and When gods want power to punish. Ha! the dawn! political. 4. What is matter? and what are Rise, never more, O! sun! let night prevail. its essential properties, and what its primera Eternal darkness-close the world's wide scene : form? 5. How much more do we know of And hide mc-from myself.
the nature of matter, than we do of the essen tial properties of spirit ? 6. What is the ori. gin of the earth, and in what form did it originally exist,-in a gaseous, or igneous forin? 7. Everything that exists, is designed to aid in developing and perfecting both body and mind: the universe is our school-house.
DESPAIR makes a despicable figure, and descends from a niean original. 'Tis the offspring of fear, of laziness, and impatience ; it argues a defect of spirit and resolution, and oftentimes of how esty too. I would not despair, unless I saw my misfortune reconded in the book of fate, and signed and scaled by necessity. I am not mad ; this hair I tear is mine;
My name is Constance; I was Gofrey's wife; 525. GRIEF is disappointment, devoid of hope: Young Arthur-is my son,-and he is lcsl. but muscles braced mistantly, imply hope strongly: I am not mad; I would to heaven I were ; and a spirited vivacity in the eye, is the effeci of pleasure and elevation. They are inconsistent For then, 'tis like I should forget myself. with a passion that depresses, whicli grief mani-Oh, if I could, what grief-I should forget! festly does; because depress on slackens the Preach some philosophy—10 make me mad, nerves, and imbraced nerves deject the looks and And, cardinal, thou shalt be canonized; air, necessarily; therefore, a relaxed men, and languid eye, forin the truest picture of natural For being not mad, but sensible of grief, sorrow. The smaller engraving represents vacant My reasonable part produces reason, griet, and the other deep silent grief.
That I may be delirered of these woes, I'll go, and, in the anguish of my heart,
And teaches me to kill, or hang myself; Weep o'er my child--if he must die, my life If I were mad, I should forget my son, Is wrapt in his; and shall not long survive; Or madly think a bale of rags were he. Pris for kis sake, that I have suffered life, I an, not mad ; too well I feel Groaned in captivity, and outlived Hector, The diffused plague of each calamity. Yes, my As-ly-a-nax! we will go together ; Make thy demand on those, who own thy power, TOGETHER-to the realms-of night-we'll go.
Know, I am still beyond thee; and tho’ fortun: Anecdote. Lesson from a Spider. King Has stripp'd me of this train, this pomp of greatness, Robert Bruce, the restorer of the Scottish 'This outside of a king, yet sull--my soul monarchy, being out one day reconnoitering Fixed high, and on herself alone dependent, the army, lay alone in a barn. In the morn- Is ever free anul royal; and even now, ing, still reclining on his pillow of straw, he . As at the head oriaule, does defy thee.
526. JEALOUSY is
Anecdote. Lord Gads! y, over the enloubtful anger, strug;
trance of a beautiful grottu, had caused this gling against faith and pity; it is a tenderness
inscription to be placed,—“Let nothing enresisted by resentment
ter here but what is gooil." Dr. Rennel, the of suspected injury;
master of the temple, who was walking over the perves braced strong, mply determination of
the ground, with much point asked—“Then revenge and punishment;
where does your lordship enter?" whule, at the same time, a soit passive hesitation
Everything Useful. The mineral, vew the eye, confesses a
getable, and animal kingdoms, are designed Erluctance at the heart,
for the nourishment, clothing, habitation, reto part with, or efface a gentle and indulged idea.
creation, delight, protection and preservation Again, it is rage at a con
of the human race; abuse does not tako cluded infidelity; and
away use, any more than the falsification of then the eye receives and flashes out sparklings of truth destroys the truth; except, with those intlamed ideas, while the muscles, contracting the will's violence, from a repressive disposition of who do it. Everything which is an object of thy heart, grow slack, and lose their spring, and the senses, is designed to aid in developing sd disarm and modily the enraged indignation. the most external faculties of man; and Now from this unsettled wavering in the balance of the purpose, when the heart and judgment what is of an economical and civil nature, weigh each other, and both scales alternately and what is imbibed from parents, teuchers, preponderate, is induced a glowing picture of and others, and also from books, and reflecjealousy:
tions upon them all, is useful for perfecting Oh! what dam-ned minutes tells he o'er, Who doats, yet doubts, suspects, yel strongly lores! divine truths are designed to perfect the hu
the rational faculties of the mind: and all O jealousy! thou bane of social joy!
man mind, and prepare it for receiving a Oh! she's a monsier, made of contradictions !
spiritual principle from the Lord, our CreaLet truth, in all her native charms appear,
tor and Redeemer'. And with the voice of harmony itself Plead ile just cause of innocence traduc'd ; Varieties. 1. A fit Pair. A Dandy is a Deaf as the adder, blind as upstart greatness, thing, in pantalows, with a body and two She sees, nor hears. And yet, let slander whisper, arms, head without brains, tight boots, a cane, Rumor has fewer tongues than she has ears; and white handkerchief, two broaches and a And Argus' hundrd eyes are dim and slow,
ring on his little finger. A Coquette is a To piercing jealousy's.
young lady, with more beauty than sense, 527. The Fruits. Men, instead of applying more accomplishuients than learning, more the salutary medicines of philosophy and religion charms of person than graces of mind, to abate the rage, and recover the temper of their vitiated imaginations, cherish the disease in their more admirers than friends, and more fools bosoms, until their increasing appetites, like the than wise men for her attendants. 2. The hounds of Actaon, tear into pieces the soul they sunshine of prosperity-has attractions for were intended to enliven and protect.
all, who love to bask in its influence, hoping A polish'd glass, held to the lips, when life's in doubt: to share in its pleasures. 3. The verdant Is there be breadth, 'twill catch the damp and show it. lown, the shady grove, the variegated landJealous tage—is but a hasty flame,
scape, the beautiful ocean and the starry fir. That blazes out, when love too fiercely burns. mament are contemplated with pleasure, by It is jealousy's peculiar nature,
every one, who has a soul. 4. A man should To swell small things to grere; nay, out of nough, not be ashamed to own, that he has been in To conjure much, and then to lose its reason the wrong; which is only saying, in other Amid the hideous phantoms it has formed. words, that he is wiser to-day than he was Where lore reigns, disturbing jealousy
yesterday. 5. The love of truth and goodDoth call himself affection's sentinel;
ness, is the best passion we can indulge. 6. Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny,
A woman's lise, is the history of the affec And, in a peaceful hour, doth cry, kill, kill; tions, the heart is her world; it is there
Distempering gentle love with his desire, her ambition strives for empire, and there As air and water do abate the fire.
she seeks for untold treasures. 7. The best
How blest am I and noblest conquest, is that of reason over In my just censure! in my true opinion :- our passions, and follies. Aluck for lesser knowledge !-how accurs'd In being so bless'd! There may be in the cup
Those you make friends, A spider steep'd, and one may drink, depart,
And give your hearts to, when they once perceive And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge
The least rub in your fortunes, full away 1: not in'ected; but if one present
Like water from ye, never found again The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known
But where they mean to sink ye. How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides,
Oh jealousy! With violent hefts.--I have drunk, and seen the
Lore's eclipce! thou art in thy disease spider!
A wild, mad patient, wondrous hard to please