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The Investigation of Thought. While 482. SNEER
investigating the nature of thought, we forgei is ironical
that we are thinking : we propose to understand pprobation;
that, which, in the very effort to do so, necessawith a voice
rily becomes the more unintelligible; for while and countenance of
we think that we appreciate the desired end, the mirth, some
power that enables us to do so, is a part of the what exagge
thing sought, which must remain inerplicable. Tated,we cast
Since it is impossible to understand the nature the severest censure ; it is
of thought by thinking, it is manifest, that every laypocritical
modification of thought, must be quite obscure in mirth and
its nature; and, for the same reason, in judging food humor,
of what we call ideas, we must use ideas derived and differs from the real
from the same original, while every judgment :S by the sly,
only a new modification. Therefore, the only arch, satyri
true philosophy of mind, must, as to its princical tones of voice, iook and gesture, that accom- ples, be revealed. Has there been such a revela. puny it; the nose is sometimes turned up, to
tion? manifest our contempt, disdain. SCORN—is the extreme of contempt ; that disdain, which Anecdote. Brotherly Love. A little boy, springs from a person's opinions of the mean. seeing two nestling birds peck at each other, ness of an object, and a consciousness, or belief of his own worth and superiority.
inquired of his elder brother, what they were Satan beheld their flight,
doing. “They are quarreling," was the And to his mates—thus, in derision callid : reply. "No," replied the other, " that canO friends! why come not on those victors proud? not be, for they are brothers.” Ere while, they fierce were coming, and when we, To entertain them fair, with open front, [terms But seven wise men the ancient world did know; And breast, (what could we more ?) propounded We scarce know sev'n, who think thems'le's not so. Of composition--strai't they changed tbeir minds, Flew off, and into strange vagaries fell,
If a better system's thine, As they would dance; yet for a dance, they rais'd
Impart it freely; or make use of mine. somewhat extravagant and wild, perhaps for 3. He, who knows the world, will not be too Joy of offer'd peace; but I suppose,
bashful; and he, who knows himself, will If our proposals once again were heard, never be impudent. 4. To speak all that is We should compel them to a quick result. true, is the part of fools; to speak more than
483. You pretend to reason? you don't is true, is the folly of too many. 5. Does a go much as know the first elements of the art candle give as much light in the day time, as of reasoning: you don't know the difference at night? 6. I am not worthy of a friend, between a category and a predicament, nor if I do not advise him when he is going between a major and a minor. Are you a astray. 7. A bad great man, is a great had rector, and don't know that there is a com- man; for the greatness of an evil, makes a nianication between the brain and the legs? man's evil greater. 8. All public vices, are 2 Sreer. He has been an author these twen- not only crimes, but rules of error; for they ty years, to his bookseller's knowledge, if to are precedents of evil. 9. Toyish airs, please no one's else. 3. Chafe not thyself about the trivial ears; they kiss the fancy, and then bera'ble’s censure: they blame, or praise, but tray it. 10. Oh! what bitter pills men swalas one leads the other.
low, to purchase one false good. O what a rogue and peasant slave am I!
Aside the devil turn'd, Is it not monstrous, that this player here,
For envy, yet with jealous leer malign, But in a fiction, in a dream of passion,
Ey'd them askance, and to himself thus plaind: Could force his soul so to bjs own conceit, Sight hateful, sight tormenting! thus these two That from her working, all his visage warm'd, Iparadis'd in one another's arms, Toars in his eyes, distraction in his aspect,
The happier Eden shall enjoy their fill A broken voice, and his whole function suiting, of bliss on bliss : while I to hell am thrust, With forms to his conceit! and all for nothing; Where neither joy nor love, but ñerce desire, FJ: Hecuba!
Among our other torments, not the least, What's Hecuba to him, or he to Hecuba,
Still unfulfilled, with pain of longing pines. That he should weep for her ?
Learning is an addition beyond Thou look'st a very statue of surprise,
Nobility of birth : honor of blood, As if a lightning blast had dried thee up, Without the ornament of knowledge, is And had not left thee moisture for a tear.
A glorious ignorance. w, like a broken instrument, beneath
Self-love never yet could look on Truth, The skillful touch, my joyless heart lies dead!
But with hlear'd beams; sleck Flattery and she Vor answers to the master's hand divine.
Are twin-born sisters, and so mix their eyes, What can ennoble sots, or sludes, or cowards ? As if you sever one, the other dies.
of silver, which the boy conceivir.g was to be 484. FEAR
changed, went for that purpose; but, on his is a powerful
return, not finding his benefactor, he watched emotion, excited by expectation of
several days; at length the gentleman passed some evil, or ap
that way; when the boy accosted him, and prehension of inn
gave him all the change, counting it with pending danger;
great exactness. The nobleman was so it expresses less apprehension
pleased with the boy's honesty, that he placed than dread, and
him at school, with the assurance of provide this less than ter
ing for him afterwards; which he did, and ror or fright: it excites us to pro
that boy became an ornament to humanity. vide for our secu
Etiquetto of Stairs. In showing a vis rity on the approach of evil;
itor-up or down stairs, always precede him, sometimes settles
or her: there is a common error upon this into deep anxie
subject, which ought to be corrected. Some ly, or solicitude:
i may be either filial in the good, or slavish in persons will suffer you to precede them; even the wicked. See the engraving for its external when they hold the light. Gentlemen should appearance, and also Terror or Fright. always precede ladies, up and down stairs. Now, all is hush'd-and still, as death!
Etiquette of Riding. The gentleman How reverend is this tall pile,
should keep the lady on the right hand, that Whose ancient pillars rear their marble heads, she may the more conveniently converse with To bear aloft its arch'd and ponderous roof, him, and he may the more readily assist her, By its own weight made steadfast and immorable, in case of accident. Looking-tranquillity! it strikes an awe,
Varieties. 1. When you have bought And terror on my aching sight.
[cold, The tombs, and monumental caves of death, look one fine thing, you must buy ten more; so And shoot a chillness to my trembling heart.
that your appearance may all be of a piece. Give me thy hand, and let me hear thy voice ;
2. Miraculous evidence, is inefficacious for Nay, quickly speak to me, and let me hear
producing any real, or permanent change in Thy voice—my own af-frights me with its echoes.
one's confirmed religious sentiments; and Tis night! the season when the happy-ake
this is the reason, that no more of the Scribes Repose, and only witches are awake;
and Pharisees of old, embraced the christian Now, discontented ghosts begin their rounds,
religion. 3. The great secret, by which hapHaunt ruin'd buildings and unwholesome grounds. piness is to be realized, is to be contented First, Fear--his hand its skill to try,
with our lot, and yet strive to make it better, Amid the chords bewilder'd laid;
by abstaining from everything that is evil. 4. And back recoil'd, he knew not why,
Every one is responsible for bis own acts: all Evin at the sound himself had made.
must be judged according to their deeds. 5. A sudden trembling-seized on all his limbs,
Is it not much easier to blame, than to avoid His eyes distorted grew, his visage-pale;
blame? 6. What is the difference between His speech forsook him!
good and evil? 7. What makes us so dis. Full fast he flies, and dares not look behind him;
contented with our condition, is the false and Till, out of breath, he overtakes his fellows,
exaggerated estimate, we form of the happiWho gaiher round, and wonder at the lots of ness of others. 8. It is much easier to plunge horrid apparitions.
into extravagance, than to reduce our cxCome, old sir,-here's the place-stand still ; penses ; this is pre-eminently true of nations, llow fearful 'tis to cast one's eyes so low!
as well as individuals. 9. Be decisive, or The crows and choughs, th't wing the midway air, mild, according to circumstances. 10. Sux Show scarce so gross as beetles. Half way down, your conduct to the occasion. llangs one that gathers samphire, dreadful trade!
As flame ascends, Methinks he seems no bigger than one's head; As bodies to their proper centre more, The fishermen th't walk upon the beach,
As the pois'd ocean to the attracting moc: Appear like mice, and yon tall anchoring bark, Obedient swells, and every headlong streani Seems lessen'd to a skiff ;-her skiff a buoy, Devolves its winding waters to the main, Almost too small for sight. The murmuring surge, So all things which have life aspire to God, That on unnumber'd idle pebbles chafes,
The sun of being, boundless, unimpair'd, Cannot be heard so high. I'll look no more,
Centre of souls. Lest my brain turn, and the disorder make me
Nature Tumble down headlong.
Never did bring forth a man without a mun;
Nor could the first man, being but
The passive subject, not the active mover,
Be the maker of himself; so of necessity, by a little ragged boy. He told him he had no
There must be a power superior to nature. change; upon which the boy offered to pro
Spare not, nor spend too much; be this your aithe cure it. His lordsbip finally gave him a piece Spare-but to spend, and only spend to spars
the track of its agency shall exceed human 485. Rail
sight and calculation. ERY-may sig
Anecdote. The duke of Orleans, on be nity a bantermig, a prompt
ing appointed regent of France, insisted on irg to the use
the power of purdoning: “I have no objecof jesting lan
tion," said he,“ to have my hands tied from guage; good humored pleas
doing harm; but I will have them free to do antry, or slight
good." satire; satirical
Truth. Truth will ever be unpalatablok merriment, wit, irony, bur
those, who are determined not to relinquisb lesque. It is
error, but can never give offence to the honvery difficult
est and well-meaning: for the plain-dealing indeed, in mark the precise
remonstrances of a friend-differ as widely boundaries of
from the rancor of an enemy, as the friendly the different
probe of a surgeon—from the dagger of an passions, as
assassin. some of them are so slightly touch'd, and often melt into each Varieties. 1. Envy is blind to all good; other; but because we cannot perfectly delineate and the ruling passion of the envious is, to every skade of sound and passion, is no reason detract from the virtues of others. 2. A goo! why we should not attempi approaches to it.
486. RAILLERY, without animosity, puts on the person will have no desire to influence oth. aspect of cheerfulness; the countenance smiling, ers, any farther than they can see that his and the tone of voice sprightly.
course is right. 3. Good fortune, however Let me play the fool
long continued, is no pledge of future secuWith mirth and laughter ; so let the wrinkles come, rity. 4. Cases often occur, when a prudent And let my liver rather heat with wine,
and dignified confession, or acknowledgment Than my heart cool with mortifying groans. of error, gives to the person making it, a deWhy should a man, whose blood is warm within, cided advantage over his adversary. 5. Agi. Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster ?
tation is to the moral and mental world, Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice, what storms are to the physical world; what By being peevish? I tell thee what, Antonio,
winds are to the ocean, what exercise is to (I love thee, and it is my love that speaks)
the body. 6. Truth can never die; she is There are a sort of men, whose visages
immortal, like her Author. 7. There are a Do cream and mantle like a standing pond, And do a willful stillness entertain,
great many fools in the world: he who would With purpose to be drest in opinion
avoid seeing one, must lock himself up alone, Of wisdom, gravity, profound conceit,
and break his looking glass. 8. What we As, who should say, I am Sir Oracle,
do ourselves-- is generally more satisfactori. And when I ope my lips, let no dog bark !
ly done, than what is done by others. 9. Such I'll tell thee more of this another time;
is the state of the world, at present, that But fisd not with this melancholy bait,
whoever wishes to purchase anything, must For this fool's gudgeon, this opinion.
beware. 10. The opposite of the heavenly vir. Come, good Lorer.zo, fare-ye-well a while, tues and principles, are the principles of hell. l'il end my exhortation after linner.
A fool, a fool, I met a fool i'th'forest, 487. Miscellaneous. 1. It is impossi- A molley fool, a miserable varlet; ble, to estimate, even an inconsiderable As I do live by food, I met a fool, effort to promote right education. 2. It is Who laid him down, and bask'd him in the sun, said, that a stone, thrown into the sea, agia And rail'd on lady Fortune in good terms; tates every drop of water in that vast ex- In good set terms, and yet a motley fool; panse ; so it may be, in regard to the influ- Good morrow, fool, quoth I; No, sir, quoth he, ence we exert on the minds of the young. 3. Call me not fool, til. heav'n hath sent me fortune, Who can tell, what may be the effect of a sin- And then he drew a dial from his poak, gle good principle, deeply fixed in the mind; and looking on it, with lack-lustre eye, a single pure and virtuous association strong-Suys, very wisely, It is ten o'clock; y riveted, or a single happy turn given to the Thus may we see, quoth he, how the word waqa Thoughts and affections of youth? It may And after one hour more 'twill be eleven,
'Tis but an hour ago since it was nine, spread a salutary and sacred influence over the whole life, and thro’ the whole mass of the And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe,
And then from hour to hour we rol and ros,
Breived it, it will go down from one generation And i did laugh sans intermission
Hark!—the death-denouncing trumpet—sounds The fatal charge, and shouts proclaim the onset. Destruction—rushes dreadful to the field, And bathes itself in blood. Havoc let loose, Now undistinguished—rages all around; While RUIN, seated on her dreary throne, Sees the plain strew’d with subjects, truly hers, Breathless and cold! 489. Plotting CRUELTY AND HoRRoR! Macbeth's soliloquy before murdering Duncan. (Starting.) “Is this a dagger, which I see before me?” (Courage.) “The handle toward my hand? Come, let me clutch thee:” (Wonder.) “I have thee not; and yet I see thee still.” (Horror.) “Art thou not, fatal trision, sensible to feeling—as to sight? or art thou but a dagger of the mind? a false creation, proceeding from the heat-oppress'd brain * (Eyes staring, and sized o one point.) “I see thee yet, in form as palpable as that which now I draw.” (Here draws his own, and compares them.) “Thou marshallost me the way that I was going; and such an instrument I was to use. Mine eyes are made the fools of the other senses, or else worth all the rest: I see thee still; and on thy blade and dudgton, gouts of blood, which was not so before.” (Doubting.) “There's no such thing.” (Horror.) “It is the bloody business, which informs thus to m me eyes. Now, o'er one-half the world, nature seems dead, and wicked dreams abuse the curtain'd sleep; now tritchcraft—celebrates pale Hecate's offerings; and withered murder, alarmed by nis sentinel, the wolf, whose howl's his watch, thus with his stealthy pace, towards his design—moves
... lik a ghost. Thou sound and firm-set earth, hear
not my steps, which way they walk, for fear the very stones prate of my whereabout, and take the present horror from the time, which now suits with it. While I threat, he lives—I go, and it is done; the bell invites me. (A bell rings.) Hear it not, Duncan; for it is a knell, that summons thee to heaven, or to hell. Music! oh! how faint, how weak! LANGUA*E—fades before thy spell; Why should feeling—ever speak, When thou canst breathe her soul—so well. BRONSON. 13
Woman's Love. As the dove wil. clasp its wings to its side, and cover and conceal the arrow, that is preying on its vitals, so is the nature of wo. man, to hide from the world the pangs of wounded affection. Amecdote. Swearing nobly Reproved Prince Henry, son of James II., had a particular aversion to the vice of swearing, and profanation of the name of God. When at play, he was never known to use bad words; and on being asked the reason, why he did not swear, as well as others, answered, that he knew no game worthy of an oath. The same answer he gave at a hunting match, when the almost spent stag was killed by a butcher's dog, that was passing along the road; the huntsmen tried to irritate the prince against the butcher, but without succeeding, His highness answered coolly, “True, the dog killed the stag, but the butcher could not help it.” They replied, that if his father had been served so, he would have sworn so, as no one could have endured it. “Away,” said the prince, “all the pleasure in the world is not worth an oath.” Varieties. 1. A selfish person is never contented, unless he have everything his own way, and have the best place, and be put first in every thing; of course, he is generally unhappy. 2. The mind of man is, of itself, opaque, the Divine mind alone, is luminous. He is the light of both worlds, the natural and spiritual. 3. Is it not better to remain in a state of error, than to understand something of a truth, and then reject it, because we do not understand it fully? 4. Guilt was never a rational thing; it disturbs and perverts the faculties of the mind, and leaves one no longer the use of his reason. 5. All evils, in their very nature, are contagious, like the plague; because of the propensity to evil, into which every one is born; therefore, keep out of the infected sphere as much as possible. 6. Is the eye tired with beautiful objects, or the ear with melodious sounds? Love duty, then. and performance will be delightful. 7. Seek only good; thus, pleasure comes unsought. When twilight dews are falling fast, Upon the rosy sea; I watch that star whose beam so oft Has lighted me to thee; And thou, too, on that orb so dear, Ah! dost thou gaze at ev'n, And think, tho' lost forever here, Thou'lt yet be mine in heav'n' There's not a garden walk I tread, There's not a flower I fee; But brings to mind some hope that's fled, Some joy I've lost with thee; And still I wish that hour was near, When, friends and foes forgiven, The pains, the ills we've wept thro' here, May turn to smiles in heaven! He help'd to bury, whom he help do starva,
Historians. We find but fer historians o. 490. WEBP
all ages, who have been dilgent en Jugh in then ONG-is the ex
search for truth ; it is their common method, to pression, or mani
take on trust, what they distribute to the public festation, of sor.
by which means, a falsehood, once received from row, grief, anguish or joy, by
a famed writer, becomes traditional to posterity. out-cry, or by
Anecdote. Washington and his Mother. shedding i ears;
Young George was about to go to sea, as a a lamentation, be
midshipman ; every thing was arranged, the wailing, bemoaning: we may weep
vessel lay out opposite his father's house, the each other's woe,
little boat had come on shore to take him off, or weep tears of
and his whole heart was bent on going. Af. joy; so may the rich groves weep
ter his trunk had been carried down to the odorous gum and
boat, he went to bid his mother farewell, and balm; there is
he saw the tear bursting from her eye. How. weeping amber, and weeping grounds : crying—is an audible ex-ever, she said nothing to him; but he saw that pression, accompanied, or not, with tears; but his mother would be distressed if he went, weeping always indicates the shedding of tears; and perhaps never be happy again He just and, when called forth by the sorrows of others, turned round to the servant and said, “Go especially, it is an infirmity of which no man and tell them to fetch my trunk back; I will would be destitute.
491. Whither shall I return? Wretch not go away, to break my mother's heart.” that I am! to what place shall I betake my: she said to him, “George, God has promised
His mother was struck with his decision, and self? Shall I go to the capital? Alas! it is overflow'd with my brother's blood! or, shall to bless the children, that honor their parents, I return to my house? yet there, I behold my
and I believe he will bless you. mother-plunged in misery, weeping and de
Varieties. 1. Timotheus - an ancient spairing. 2. I am robbed! I am ruined ! teacher of oratory, always demanded a double O my money! my guineas! my support: fee from those pupils, who had been taught my all is gone! Oh! who has robbed me? by others; for, in this case, he had not only who has got my money? where is the thief? to plant, but to root out. 2. He, that shortA thousand guineas of gold ! hoo, hoo, hoo, ens the road to knowledge, lengthens life. 3. hoo! 3. I cannot speak and I could wish Never buy, or read bad books ; for they are you would not oblige me,—it is the only ser- the worst of thieves; because they rob you vice I ever refused you: and tho' I cannot of your money, your time, and your princt give a reason why I could not speak, yet I ples. 4. Theocracy—is a government by God hope you will excuse me without reason.
himself; as, the government of the Jews; Had it pleased heaven
democracy—is a government of the people. To try me with affliction; had it rained
5. Without the intenseness and passion of All kinds of sores and shaines on my bare head; study, nothing great ever was, or ever will Steeped me in poverty to the very lips ;
be accomplished. 6. Who can tell where Given to captivity, me and my utmost hopes;
each of the natural families begins, or where I should have found in some part of my soul
it ends? 7. To overcome a bad habit, one A drop of patience; but, alas ! to make me must be conscious of it; as well as know bow A fixed figure, for the hand of scorn
to accomplish the object. 8. The best defen. To point his slow unmoving finger at
ders of liberty do not generally vociferate Oh
loudly in its praise. 9. Domestic feuds can I am not prone to weeping, as our sex
be appeased only by mutual kindness and Commonly are ; the want of which vain dew, forbearance. 10. Volumes of arguments Perchance shall dry your pities; but I have avail nothing against resolute determinations That honorable grief lodged here, which burns
for convince a man against his will, and he is Worse than tears drown.
of the same opinion still. Why tell you me of moderation ?
When William wrote his lady, to declare, The grief is fine, full, perfect, that I taste,
That he was wedded to a fairer fair, And violenteth in sense as strong
Poor Lucy shrieked, “to life, to all adieu ;** As that which causeth it: How can I moderate
She tore the letter,-and her raven hair, If I could temporize with my affection,
She beat her bosom, and the post-boy too; Or brew it to a weak and colder palate, The like allayment could I give my grief;
Then wildly-to the window tiew,
And threr herself—into a chair.
All is silent-'twas my fancy !
Still as the breathless interval between
The flash and thunder.
Who never fasts, no banquet e'er enjoys.
Who never loils or watches, hever sloepe.