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Laconics. I have s'en the flower-withe: with a judicial oath, is

ing on the stalk, and its bright leaves-spread on expressed by lifting in

the ground. I looked again; it sprung forth the right hand and eyes lowards heaven; if con

afresh; its stem was crowed with new buds, and science be applied to,

its sweetness filled the air. I have seen the sun by laying the right hand

set in the west, and the shades of night shut in upon the breast exactly

the wide horizon: there was no color or shrpe, upon the heart; the voice low and solemn, the

nor beauty, nor music; gloom and darkness brooded words slow and deliber

around. I looked! the sun broke forth again upon &te; but when the affir

the east, and gilded the mountain-tops; the lark mation is mixed with

rose-10 meet him from her low nest, and the rage or resentment, the

shades of darkness fled away. I have seen the voice is more open and loud, the words quicker,

insect, being come to its full size, languish, and re. and the countenance has all the confidence of a fuse to eat : it spun itself a tomb, and was shroudstrong and peremptory assertion.

ed in the silkeu cone: it lay without feet, or shape, Notes. The Duke had reproached Lord Thurlow with his or power to move. I looked again: it had burst its plebeian extraction and his recent admission to the peerage. He tomb; it was full of life, and sailed on colored rose from the woolsack and advanced slowly to the place from wings through the soft air ; it rejoiced in its new which the chancellor addresses the house, then fixing his eye on he Duke (in the words of a spectator,)“ with the look of Jove

being. when he has grasped the thunder," spoke as follows:

Varieties. 1. Many a young lady can My Lords.I am amazed ; yes my Lords, I am chatter in French or Italian, thrum the piano, amazed at his grace's speech. The noble duke and paint a little, and yet be ignorant of cannot look before him, behind him, or on either housekeeping, and not know how even to side of him, without seeing some noble owes his seat in this house to his successful exo make a loaf of bread, roast a piece of meat, ertions, in the profession to which I belong. Does or make a palatable soup. 2. It is a false he not feel that it is as honorable, to owe it 10 idea to think of elevating woman to her right these, as to being the accident of an accident? To all these noble lords, the language of the noble position of intelligence and influence in soduke is as applicable, and as insulting, as it is to ciety, without making her thoroughly and myself. But I don't fear to meet a single and practically acquainted with the details of doalone. No one venerates the peerage more than mestic life. 3. It is wrong for either men or I do-but, my lords, I must say, that the peerage solicited me, not I the peerage.

women, to bury themselves in their every. Nay more,–I can say, and will say, that as a day avocation, to the neglect of intellectual peer of parliament,-as speaker of th right hon and moral culture, and the social amenities orable house, as keeper of the great seal, -as guardian of his majesty's conscience, -as' lord of life: but it is still worse to give exclusive high chancellor of England-nay, even in that attention to the latter, and utterly neglect the character alone, in which the noble duke would former; because, in the former are involved think it an affront to be considered—but which character none can deny me—as a man, I am, at our first and most important duties. 4. Neg. this time, as much respected, as the proudest peer lected duties never bring happiness: even I now look down upon.

the best of society would fail to delight, if A man of sovereign parts he is esteem'd! enjoyed at the expense of human duties. 5. Well fitted in the arts, glorious in arms; That which is our duty should always take Nothing becomes him ill, that he would well.

precedence : otherwise no effort to obtain The only soil of his fair virtue's gloss, (If virtue's gloss will stain with any soil,)

happiness can be successful. Is a sharp wit match'd with too blunt a will : [wills Still—let my song—a nobler note assume, Whose edge hath power 10 cut, whose will still And sing the impressive force of SPRING on man: It should none spare that come within his power.

Then, HEAVEN—and earth, as if contending,-rie

To raise his being, -and serene-his soul. Anecdote. Butler, Bishop of Durham, Can he forbear–10 join-the general smile and author of the Analogy, being applied to Of NATURE? Can fierce passions-vex his breast for a charitable subscription, asked his steward While every gale is peace, and every grove what money he had in his house; the stew - Is melody? ard informed him there were five hundred The happiness-of human kind, pounds. “ Five hundred pounds!” said the Consists-in rectitude of mind, bish ɔp; "what a shame for a bishop to have A will-subdued to reason's sway, such a sum in his possession!” And he or And passions-practiced 10 obey : dered it all to be given to the poor immedi

An open—and a generous heart, ately.

Refined from selfishness—and art;
Bold with joy,

Patience, which mocks—at fortune's power, Forth from his lonely hiding-place,

And wisdom-neither sad, nor sour. (Porten ous sight!) the owlet Atheism,

Never forget our loves,—but always cling Sailing on obscure wings athwart the noon, To the fixed hope—th't there will be a timeDorops his blue-fringed lids, and holds them close, When we can meet--unfeller d—and be cleste Ard, hooting at the glorious sun in heaven, With the full happiness-of certain love. Cries out, “Where is it?

A villain, when he most seems kind, The world is still deceived by ornament.

Is most to be suspected.



Laconics. 1. The idle often delay ti to Having gone thro',

morrow, what ought to be done to-day. 2. Science briefly, with the ma

is the scribe, and theology the interpreter of God's jor passions, and

works. 3. Regret is unavailing, when a debt is given illustrations of each, before dis

contracted; tho' a little prudence, might have premissing these im

vented its being incurred. 4. A loud, or rehmen: portant subjects, it

mode of delivery, accompanied by a haughty acmay be useful to

tion, may render an expression highly offensive; present the minor ones; occasionally

but which would be perfectly harmless, if pra alluding to the prin

nounced properly. 5. Dishonesty chooses the most cipal ones. The ac

expeditious route ; virtue the right one, though it be companying engra.

more circuitous. 6. Is the soul a mere vapor, a ving represents calm fortitude, dis

something without either essence or form? 7. Iiricretion, benevo

pressions, firmly fixed in the mind, and long cher. lence, goodness,and

ished, are erased with great difficulty; how impor. nobility. Admira

tani, then, they should be good ones. tion may also be combined with amazement: surprise, (which sig

Difficulty-is a severe instructor, set over nifies-taken on a sudden,) may, for a moment, us by the supreme ordinance of a parental startle; astonishment may stupefy, and cause an guardian and legislator, who knows us better entire suspension of the faeulties; but AMAZEMENT than we know ourselves, and he loves us bethas also a mixture of perturbation; as the word means to be in a maze, so as not to be able to ter too. He, that wrestles with us, strengtheng collect one's self: there is no mind that may not, our nerves, and sharpens our skill. Our anat times, be thrown into amazement at the awful tagonist is our helper. This amicable conflict dispensations of Providence.

with difficulty obliges us to an intimate acADMONITION TO ACT JUSTLY. Remember March, the ides of March remember! to consider it in all its relations. It will uct

quaintance with our object, and compels us Did not great Julius-bleed for JUSTICE’ sake? What villain touch'd his body,—that did stah,

suffer us to be superficial. And not for justice?

VARIETIES. What! shall one of us,

Sleep-seldom visits sorrow; That struck the foremost man-of all this world,

When it does, it is a comforter. But for supporting robbers, shall we-now

Why, on that brow, dwell sorrow and dismay, Contaminate our fingers with base bribes ?

Where loves were wont to sport, and smiles to play And sell the mighty space of our large honors,

With equal mind, what happens, let us bear, For so much trash-as may be grasped thus?

Nor joy, nor grieve too much, for things beyond cer care. I had rather be a dog, and bay the moon,

Thus, my fleeting days, at last, Than SUCH a Roman.

Unheeded, silently are passed, Anecdote. Ethelwold, bishop of Win

Calmly-shall I resign my breath, chester, in king Edgar's time, sold the gold

In life-unknown,--forgot-in death. and silver vessels belonging to the church, to

Love-never reasons, but profusely gives ; relieve the poor, during a famine, saying:

Gives, like a thoughtless prodigal, its all, “There is no reason, that the senseless tem

And trembles then, lest it has done too little ples of God, should abound in riches, while his

Tho' all seems lost, 'tis impious-10 despair; living temples ware perishing with hunger."

The tracks of Providence-like rivers—wird.

Why shrinks the soul DOMESTIC LOVE AND HAPPINESS. happy they! the happiest of their kind!

Back on herself, and startles at destruction ? Whom gentle stars unite, and in one fate

'Tis the Divinity—that stirs within us. Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings blend. Still raise--for good—the supplicating voice, Tis not the coarser tie of human laws,

But leave to HEAVEN the measure, and the chows Unnatural oft, and foreign to the mind,

Safe in His power, whose eye discerns afar That binds their peace, but harmony itself,

The secret ambush of a specious prayer. Attumng all their passions into love;

Implore His aid; in His decisions rest; Where friendship-full, exerts her softest power,

Secure-whate'er He gives, he gives the best. Perfect esteem, enliven'd by desire

Yet, when the sense of sacred presence fires, Ineffable, and sympathy of soul;

And strong devotion to the skies aspires, . Thought, meeting thought, and will preventing will,

Pour forth thy fervors—for a healthful mind, With boundless confidence: for nought but love

Obedient passions, and a will resigned; Can answer love, and render bliss secure.

For love, which scarce colleolive man can fill;

For patience, sovereign o'er transmuted ill;
Meril-seldom shows


that, panting for a happier seat, Itselfbedecked in tinsel, or fine clothes ; Counts death-kind nature's signal of retreat: But, hermit-like, 'uis oft'ner us'd to fly, These goods-for man--the laws of heaven ordain, And hide its beauties—in obscurity.

These goods He grants, who grants the power is For p.aces in the court, are but like beds With these celestial wisdom calms the mind, (gain, In the hospital; where this man's headlies And makes the happiness—she does not fird. Al that ir an's foot, and so, lower and lower.

Call it dirersion, and the pill goes down

500. Arguing requires a cool, sedate, atten Laconics. 1. To know—is one thing, to do live aspect, and a close, slow, and emphatical is another. 2 Consider what is said, rather than accent, with much demonstration by the hand ; it assumes somewhat of authority, as if fully who said it: and the consequence of the argu. convinced of what it pleads for; and sometimes ment, rather than the consequence of him, who rises to great vehemence and energy of action : delivers it. 3. These proverbs, maxinis, and lacon. the voice clear, distinct, and firm as in confidence. ics, are founded on the facts, that mankind are the

REASONING WITH DEFERENCE TO OTHERS. same, and that the passions are the disturbing Ay, but yet

forces; the greater or less prevalence of which, Let us be keen, and rather cut a little, [tleman, give individuality to character. 4. If parents Than fall and bruise to death. Alas! this gen- give their children an improper education, whose Whom I would sare, had a most noble father! is the misfortune, and whose the crimes ? 5. The Let but your honor know, (whom I believe greater your facilities are for acquiring knowl. To be most straight in virtue) whether, in edge, the greater should be your efforts : and geThe working of your oron affections, [ing. nius-is the power-of making efforts. 6. The Had time cohered with place, or place with wish- world's unfavorable views of conduct and chaOr, that the resolute acting of your blood, (pose, racier, are as floating clouds, from which the Could have attaind the effect of your own pur- brightest day is not free. 7. Never marry-but Whether you had not some time in your life, for love ; and see that thou lovest only what is Errid in this point, you censure now in him, lovely. And pull’d lar upor: you.

This World. What is the happiness that 591. AFFECTATION--displays itself in a thou- this world can give ? Can it defend us from dissand different gestures, airs, and looks, accord- asters ? Can it preserve our hearts from grief, 119 to the character which the person affects. Affectation of learning--gives a siif formality to

our eyes from tears, or our feet from falling 1 the whole person: the words come stalking out

Can it prolong our comforts ? Can it multiply our with the pace of a funeral procession, and every days? Can it redeem ourselves, or our friends sentence has the solemnity of an oracle. Affec- from death? Can it soothe the king of terrors, tation-of pity-urns up the goggling whites of the eye to heaven, as if the person was in a

or initigate the agonies of the dying ? trance, and fixes them in that posture so long,

VARIETIES. that the brain of the beholder grows giddy : Three poets, in three distant ages born, then comes up deep grumbling, a holy groan from the lower part of the thorax, but so tremen

Greece, Italy, and England did adorn. dous in sound, and so long protracted, that you

The first in lostiness of thought surpassed ; expect to see a goblin rise, like an exhalation The next, in majesty ; in both, the last. from the solid earth : thus he begins to rock, The force of nature could no further go; from side to side, or backward and forward, like

To make a third, she join'd the former two. an aged pine on the side of a hill, when a brisk wind blows; the hands are clasped together,

Under a portrait of Milton-Dryden. and often lifted, and the head shaken with fool- T'he poetry of earth is never dead!ish vehemence ; the tone of voice is canting, or

When all the birds are faint with the hot sun, a sing-sony lullaby, not much removed from an Irish howl, and the words godly doggerel. AF

And hide in cooling trees, a voice will run, FECTATION OF BEAUTY, and killing--puts a fine From hedge to hedge about the new-mown mead; woman, by turns, into all sorts of forms, appear. That is the grasshopper's ;-he takes the lead ances and attitudes, but amiable ones: she un In summer luxury ;-he has never done does hy art, or rather awkwardness, all that nature hax done for her; for nature formed her al

With his delighis; for when tired out with fan most an angel : and she, with intinite pains. He rests at ease beneath some pleasant weed inakee herself a monkey: this species of affec- The poetry of earth is ceasing never :tation is easily imitated, or taken off: in doing On a lone winter evening, when the frost which, make as many, and as ugly grimaces, mo- Has wro't a silence from the stove, there shrills tions and gestures, as can be made; and take care that nature never peeps out ; thus you may

The cricket's song, in warmth increasing ever, represent coquettish affectation to the life. And seems to one, in drowsiness half lost, Anecdote. A nobleman advised a bishop

The grasshopper's among some grassy hills. to make an addition to his house, of a new

Believe me, if all those endearing young charms, wing, in modern style. The prelate answer

Which I gaze on so fondly to-day, [arms, ed him, “ The difference between your ad

Were to change by to-morrow, and fleet in sy vice and that which the devil gave to our Sa- Thou wouldst still be ador'd, as this moment

Like fairy gifs fading away; (thou art, viour-is, that Satan advised Jesus to change

Let thy loveliness fade as it will, stones into breail, that the poor might be fed ; and around the dear ruin each wish of my heart, and you desire me to turn the bread of the

Would entwine itself verdantly still. poor into stones.

It is not while beauty and youth are thy own, A wise poor man,

And thy cheeks unprofan'd by a tear, is like a sacred book that's never read;

That the fervor and faith of a soul can be known, To himself he lives, and to all else seems dead :

To which time will but make thee more dear. This age thinks better of a gilded fooi,

Oh! the heart that has truly lov’d, never forgets Than :f a threadbare saint in wisdom's school.

But as truly loves on to the close; Cheer’ul looks—make every dish-a feast, As the sunflower turns on her god, when he sets And in this-Crowns a welcome.

The same look which she turn'd when he rase

803. AUTHORITY-opens the countenance, but great, but by keeping his risolutions; 110 per draws the eye-brows a little, so us to give the look an air of gravi'yi

son ever escaped contempt, who could not

keep them. AUTHORITY FORBIDDING COMBATANTS TO FIGHT. Let them lay by their helmets and their spears,

Laconics. 1. Writing and printing serve as And both return back to their chairs again :

clothing to our ideas, by which they become visi. Withdraw from us,-and let the trumpet sound;

ble in forms, and permanent in duration ; thus, Draw near

painters speak of embodying the fleeting colors And list whal, with our council, we have done.

of begutiful frowers, by fixing them in some earth. For that our kingdom's earth-should not be soif d, ly substance. 2. When the pupil of our intellectual With that dear blood which it hath fosterd;

eyes becomes adjusted to the darkness of enor, And for our eya-doth hate the dire aspect,

genuine truth dazzles and blinds us. 3. Habit car: Oícivil wounds, plough'd up with neighbor's swords: only get the better of habit; but beware of chang. Therefore, we banish you our territories :

ing one bad habit for another. 4. The torc.; or Yous, cousin Hereford, upon pain of death,

improvement, is destined to pass from hand 1 Till twice five summers have enriched our fields,

hand; and what, tho' we do not see the order! 5 Shall not regret our fair dominions,

When nature is excited, she will put forth her But tread the stranger paths of banishment.

forts; if not in a righe, in a wrong way. 6. Cor. 504. Philosophers say, that man is a mi-seniis the essence of marriage, the ceremonies-i13 Crocosm, or a little world, resembling in min form, and the duties--its rises. niature every part of the great; and, in our Physiological Ignorance-is undoubtopinion, the body natural may be compared edly, the most abundant source of our sufferings : to the body politic; and if that be so, how every person, accustomed to the sick, must have can the Epicurean's opinion be true, that the heard them deplore their ignorance-of the neces. unirerse was formed by a fortuitous concourse

sary consequences of those practices, by which of atoms? which we will no more believe, shall be deeply convinced, that the eternal laws of

their health has been destroyed : and when men than that the accidental jumbling of the letters of the alphabet could fall by chance into one mode of life, and health and vigor with another,

Nature have connecied pain and decrepitude with a most ingenious and learned treatise of phi- they will avoid the former, and adhere to the latter losophy.

It is strange, however, to observe, that the gener On pain of death, no person be so bold

ality of mankind do not seem to bestow a single Or daring hardy, as to touch the lists,

thought on the preservation of their lielih, vill it is Except the marshal, and such officers

too late to reap any benefit from their conviction Appointed to direct these fair designs.

If knowledge of this kind were generally diffused,

people would cease to imagine, that the human Let fancy-lead,

constitution was so badly contrived, that a state And be it ours-to follow, and admire,

of general health could be oversel by every trifle ; As well we may, the graces infinite

for instance, by a little cold; or that the recovery Di nature. Lay aside the sweet resource

of it lay concealed in a few drops, or a pill. Did That winter needs, and may at will obtain,

they better understand the nature of chronic disOf authors, chaste and good, and let us read

eases, and the causes which produce them, they The living page, whose every character

could not be so unreasonable as to think, that they Delights, and gives us wisdom. Not a tree,

might live as they choose, with impunity: or did A plant, a leaf, a blossom, but contains

they know anything of medicine, they would soon A folio volume. We may read, and read,

be convinced, that though fits of pain have beep And read again, and still find something new,

relieved, and sickness cured, for a time, the toes. Goniething to please, and something to instruch,

tablishment of health-depends on very different t'en in the noisome weod.


and principles. Anecdote. Eat Bacon. Dr. Watson, late bishop of Landaff, was enthusiastically at- Tis doing wrong-creates such doubts. These tached to the writings of Lord Bacon; and Render us jealous, and destroy our peace. considered, that no one, desirous of acquiring

Though wisdom-wake, real sound knowledge, could read the works Suspicion sleeps at wisdom's gate, and to simplicity 0° that great man too often, or with too much Resigns her charge; while goodness thinks no in

Where no ill seems. care and attention. It was frequently reruarked by him—“If a man wishes to become Tis god-like magnanimity—10 keep, wise, he should eat Bacon."

When most provoked, our reason calm, and clear Making Resolutions. Never form are- Christianity-depends on fact; solution that is not a good one; and, when Religion-is not theory, bui act. nnce formed, never break it. If you form a Amid thy bowers—the tyrant's land is seen, resolution, and then break it, you set your And desolation-reddens all thy green. self a bad example, and you are very likely No; there is none.-no ruler of the stars; lo follow it. A person may get the habit of Regardful of my miseries,--saith despair. freaking his resolutions; this is as bad to Calm, and serene, he sees approaching death, the character and mind, as an incurable dis- As the safe port, the peaceful, silent shore, tase to the body. No person can become Where he may resto-life's tedious voyage o'er.


505. BUFFOONERY-assuines a sly, arch, leer Laconics. 1. Every act of apparent disur ing gravity; nor inust it quit the serious aspect, der and destruction, is, when contemplated arighk though all should split their sides : which com; and taking in an immeasurable lapse of ages, the inami of countenance is somewhat difficult, but not so hard to acquire, as 10 restrain the contrary most perfect order, wisdom, and love. 2. As it resympathy—that of weeping when others weep. spects the history of our race, scarce s the first Examples will suggest themselves. COMMANDING hour of man has yet passed over our heads; why requires a peremp cory air, a severe ad stern look: then do we speak of partiality? 3. In turning the hand is held out, and moved towards the person to whom the order is given, with the palm our eyes to the regions of darkness, in the history upwards, and sometimes it is accompanied with of man, as well as to those of light, we are in. a significant nod of the head to the person ad duced to reflect upon our ignorance, as well as up dressid. If the command be absolute, and to a person unwilling 10 obey, the right hand is extend.

on our knowledge. 4. The natural nistory of man, ed and projecied forcibly towards him.

is of more importance than that of all animats, We were not born to sue, but to command ;

vegetables, and minerals; and, in mastering the Which, since we cannot do, to make you friends, former, we receive a key to unlock the mysteries Be ready-as your lives shall answer it,

of the latter. 5. Some professors of religion boast At Coventry, upon St. Lambert's day ;

of their ignorance of science; and some would. There-shall your swords-and lances ARBITRATE

be philosophers, treat with contemph, all truths, that The sweiling difference of your seuled hare;

are not malkematical, and derived from facts :

which show the greatest folly? Since we cannot stay you, you shall see Justice-decide the victor's chivalry.

Effects of Success. If you would reLord Marshal-command our officers at arms,

venge yourself on those who have slighted Be ready-10 direct these home alarms.

you, be successful; it is a bitter satire on Silezce, ye winds,

their want of judgment, to show that you That make outrageous war upon the ocean :

can do without them,-a galling wound-to And thou, old ocean! lull thy boisterous waves;

the self-love-of proud, inflated people; but Ye wavering elements, be hushed as death,

you must reckon on their hatred, as they While I impose my dread commands on hell;

will never forgive you. And thou, profoundest hell! whose dreadful sway

VARIETIES. ls given to me by fate and demi-gorgon- (gions; !

They-never fail, who die Hear, hear my powerful voice, thro' all thy re- In a good cause ; the block may soak their gore; And from thy gloomy caverns thunder the reply. Their heads-may sodden in the sun, their limi; Begone! forever leave this happy sphere: Be strung to city-gates, and castle-walls; For perjur'd lovers have no mansions here. But still, their spirits-walk aboad. Though years Look round the habitable world, how few

Elapse, and others-share as dark a doom, Know their own good, or, knowing it, pursue.

They but augment the deep swelling thought,

Which overpowers all others, and conduct Happiness—does not consist so much in the world at last—40 FREEDOM. outward circumstances and personal gratifi

The ocean,-when it rolls aloud, cations, as in the inward feelings. There

The tempest—bursting from the cloud, can be no true enjoyment of that, which is

In one uninterrupted peal! not honestly obtained; for a sense of guilt in When darkness-sits around the sky, fuses into it a bitter ingredient, which makes And shadowy forms-go trooping by, it nauseous. What pleasure can the drunk

And everlasting mountains reel, ard have in his cups, when he knows, that AU, ALL of this-is FREEDOM'S songevery drop he swallows, is so much dishon 'Tis pealed,-'lis pealed-ETERNALLT estly taken from his wife and children; and, JOY kneels, at morning's rosy prime, that, to satisfy his brutal propensity, they are In worship to the rising sun; deprived of the necessaries of life.?

But Sorrow loves the calmer time,

When the day-god his course has run Anecdote. Dr. Franklin. The follow

When Night is in her shadowy car, ing epitaph, was written by himself, many

Pale Sorrow wakes while Joy doth sleep. years previous to his death: “The body of

And, guided by the evening star, Benjamin Franklin, Printer, (like the cover

She wanders forth to muse and weep. of an old book, its contents torn out, and

Joy loves to cull the summer flower, stripp'd of its lettering and gilding,) lies here

And wreath it round his happy brow: food for worms; yet the work itself shall not

But when the dark autumnal hour be lost; for it will, (as he believed,) appear Hath laid the leaf and blossom low; once more in a new and more beautiful edi

When the frail bud hath lost its worth, tion, corrected and aniended by the Author.” And Joy hath dash'd it from his crest, lle is a parricide to his mother's name,

Then Sorrow takes it from the earth, And with an impious hand murthers her fame,

To wither on her wither'd breas!. l'hat wrongs the praise of women; that dares write Oh, Liberty, thou goddess, heavenly brighh Libels on saints, or with foul ink requite

Profuse of bliss, and pregnant with delighui The milk they lent us.

Eternal pleasures in thy presence reigra, None think the great unhappy, but the great. And smiling plenty louds thy wanton lruin

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