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L’Estrange, in his Fables, tells us that a number o. frolicksome boys were one day watching frogs, at the side of a pond; and that, as any of them put their heads above the water, they pelted them down again with stones.—One of the frogs, appoaling to the humanity of the boys, made this striking :::::::::: “Children, you do not consider, that though this may be sport to you, it is death to us.” Sully," the great statesman of France, always retained at his table, in his most prosperous days, the same frugality to which he had been accustomed in early life. He was; frequently reproached, by the courtiers," for this simplicity; but he used to reply to them, in the words of an ancient philosopher: “If the guests' are men of sense, there is susficient for them: if they are not, I can very well dispense with their company.” Socrates," though primarily attentive to the culture" of his mind, was not negligent of his external appearance. His cleanliness resulted from those ideas of order and decency, which governed all his actions; and the care which ne took of his health, from his desire to preserve his mind free and tranquil. - Eminently” pleasing and honourable was the friendship between o and Jonathan. “I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan,” said the plaintive and surviving David; “very pleasant hast thou been to me: thy love for me was wonderful; passing the love of women.” Sir Philip Sidney,” at the battle near Zutphen," was wounded by a musketball, which broke the bone of his thigh. He was carried about a mile and a half, to the camp; and being faint with the loss of blood, and probably parched with thirst through the heat of the weather, he called for drink. It was immediately brought to him: but, as he was putting the vessel to his mouth, a poor wounded i soldier, who happened at that instant to be carried by him, looked up to it with wishful eyes. The gallant and generous Sidney took the bottle from his mouth, and delivered it to the soldier, saying, “Thy necessity is yet greater than mine.” Alexander the Great, demanded of a pirate, whom he had taken, by what right he infested the seas? “By the same right,” replied he, “that Alexander enslaves the world But I am called a robber, because I have only one small vessel; and he is styled a conqueror, because he commands
great fleets and armies.” We too often judge of men by the splendour, and not by the merit of their actions. Antoninus Pius," the Roman Emperor, was an amiable and good man. When any of his courtiers attempted to inflame him with a passion for military glory, he used to answer: “That he more desired the preservation" of one subject, than the destruction of a thousand enemies.” Men are too often ingenious in making themselves miserable, by aggravating to their own fancy, beyond bounds, all the evils which they endure. They compare themselves with none but those whom they imagine" to be more happy; and complain, that upon them alone has fallen the whole load of human sorrows. Would they look with a Inore impartial eye on the world, they would see themselves surrounded . sufferers; and find that they are, only drinking out of that mixed cup, which providence has pre pared for all. “I will restore thy daughter again to life,’ said the eastern sage, to a prince who grieved immoderatey” for the loss of a beloved child, “provided thou art able o engrave on her tomb, the names of three persons who have never mourned.” The prince made inquiry after such persons; but found the inquiry vain, and was silent. ===== SECTION VIII. a Wrath, röth, or räth, anger, fury, d'En-e-my, &n'-A-mé, a foe. rage. e Righ-te-ous, r1'-tshē-ăs, just, vir b Stall, stāll, to keep in a stall or tuous. stable, a crib in which an ox is fed. f Slug-gard, slåg'-gūrd, an inactive, c Re-buke, ré-būke', to chide, re- lazy fellow. prehend. He that hath no rule over his own spirit, is like a city that is broken down, and without walls. A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger. * Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled" ox and hatred there with. Pride goeth before destruction; and a haughty spirit before a fall. Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be truly wise. o Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an oy are deceitful. Open rebuke" is better than secret OWe. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of 2 soo! than of him
He that is slow to anger, is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lord; that which he hath given, will he pay him again. If thine enemy" be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink. - He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see? w I have been young, and now am old; yet have I never seen the righteous" forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. I have seen the wicked in great power; and spreading himself, like a green bay-tree. Yet he passed away: sought him, but he could not be found. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom. Length of day is in her right hand; and in her left hand, riches and honour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. -, ow good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like precious ointment: like the dew of Hermon, and the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion. ' The sluggards will not plough by reason of the cold; he shall therefore begin harvest, and have nothing. I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the man void of understanding: and lo! it was all grown over with thorns; nettles had covered its face; and the stone wall was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I looked upon it, and received instruction. Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time; nor that which is measured by number of years: But wisdom is the gray hair to man; and an unspotted life is old age. Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy fathers; and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind. If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever. - == SECTION IX. a Ex-pe-ri-ence, éks-pê'-ré-énse, c Cher-ish, tshër’-rish, to support, practice, to try. . . | shelter. b im-par-tial-ly, lm-pár'-shāl-lè, d Nour-ish, när'-rish, to support by equitably, justly. food.
bv marriage. That every day has its pains and sorrows is universally experienced," and almost universally confessed. Butlet us not attend only to mournful truths: if we look impartially" about us, we shall find, that every day has likewise its pleasures and its joys. We should cherish" sentiments of charity towards all men. The author of all good nourishes" much piety" and virtue in hearts that are unknown to us; and beholds re pentance ready to spring up among many, whom we consider as reprobates." No one ought to consider himself as insignificants in the sight of his Creator. . In our several stations, we are all sent forth to be labourers in the vineyard of our heavenly Father. Every man has his work allotted, his talent committed to him; by the due improvement of which he may, in one way or other, serve God, promote virtue, and be useful in the world. The love of praise should be preserved under proper subordination" to the principle of J. Ih itself, it is a useful motive' to action; but when allowed to extend its influence" too far, it corrupts the whole character, and produces guilt, disgrace, and misery. To be entirely destitute of it, is a defect. To be governed by it, is depravity.' . The proper adjustment of the several principles of action in human na ture is a matter that deserves our highest attention. For when any one of them becomes either too weak or too strong, it endangers both our virtue and our happiness. The desires and passions of a vicious man, having once
obtained an unlimited sway, trample him under their feet. They make him feel that he is subject to various, contradictory, and imperious" masters, who often pull him differ ent ways. His soul is rendered the receptacle" of many re ugnant” and jarring dispositions; and resembles some bar arous country, cantoned” out into different principalities which are continually waging war on one another. Diseases, poverty, disappointment, and shame, are far from being, in every instance, the unavoidable doom of man. They are much more frequently the offspring of his own misguided choice. Intemperance engenders disease, sloth" produces poverty, pride creates disappointments, and dishonesty exposes to shame. The ungoverned, passions of men betray them into a thousand follies; their follies into crimes; and their crimes into misfortunes. When we reflect on the many distresses which abound in human life; on the scanty proportion of happiness which any man is here allowed to enjoy; on the small difference which the diversity of fortune makes on that scanty proportion; it is surprising, that envy should ever have been a revalent passion among men, much more that it should |. prevailed among Christians. Where so much is sus. fered in common, little room is left for envy. There is imore occasion for pity and sympathy,” and inclination to assist each other. At our first setting out in life, when yet unacquainted with the world and its snares, when every pleasure enchants with its smile, and every object shines with the gloss of novelty,' let us beware of the seducing appearances which surround us; and recollect what others have suffered from the power of headstrong desire. If we allow any passion, even though it be esteemed innocent," to acquire an absolute" ascendant," our inward peace will be impaired.” But if any, which has the taint of guilt, take early possession of our mind, we may date, from that moment, the ruin of our tranquillity. . Every man has some darling passion, which generally affords the first introduction to vice.” The irregular gratifications, into which it occasionally seduces him, appear under the form of venial' weaknesses; and are indulged, in the beginning, with scrupulousness and reserve. But, by longer practice, these restraints weaken, and the power of habit grows. One vice brings in another to its aid. By a