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Should I-have answered Caius Cizssus thus or a painful sense
When Marcus Brutus-grows so covetous, of guilt. casts down
To lock such rascal-counters from his friends. the countenance,
Be ready--gods, with all your thunderboles, and clouds it with anxiety; hangs
Dash him to pieces ! down the head;
Anecdote. A young gentleman, (the soit draws down the
of his Majesty's printer, who had the porten eye-brows; the right hand beats
for publishing Gibbon's works,) made his ap ibe breast; the
pearance, at an assembly, dressed in green teeth gnashes with
and gold. Being a new face, and extremely anguish, and the
elegant, though he was not overstocked with whole body is
sense, he attracted much attention, and a genstrained, and vio
eral murmur prevailed, to know who he was. lently agitated: if
A lady replied, loud enough to be heard by the Elrong remorse is
stranger, "Oh! don't you know him? It is succeeded by the
young Gibbon, bound in calf, and gilt; but more gracious dis
not lettered." position of penitencs, or contrition, the eyes are raised, (tho with great appearance of doubting Seeing Right. He, only, sees well, who and fear,) to the throne of mercy, and immediately sees the whole, in the parts, and the parts, in cast down again in the earth; ihen floods of tears the whole. I know but three classes of men, are seen w How; the knees are bended, or the those who see the whole, those who see but a body prostrated on the ground; the arms are part, and those who see both together. spread in a suppliant posture, and the voice of deprecation is uttered with sighs and groans,
Varieties. 1. He, who lives well, and be timidity, hesitation, and trembling. The engra- lieves aright, will be saved ; but he, who does ving indicates a noble miud in distress.
not live well, and believe aright, cannot be The heart,
saved. 2. Let times be ever so good, if you Pierced with a sharp remorse for guill,
are slothful, you will be in want : but let
times be ever so band, if you are diligent in Disdains the costly poverty of hecatombs, the performance of duty, you will prosper. And offers the best sacrifice-itself.
3. The reptile, in human form, should be Blest tears-of soul-felt-penitence!
avoided with great care. 4. If the sun is to In whose benign, redeeming flow
be seen by its own light, must not the truth
be seen in like manner? The sounlest ar Ls felt the first,-the only sense
gument will produce no more conviction in Of guiltless joy—that guilt can know.
an empty head, than the most superficial dec. Go, maiden, weep-the tears of woe,
lamation; as a feather and a guinea will fall By beauty-to repentance given,
with equal velocity, in a vacuum. 5. As Though bitterly-on earth they flow,
light-has no color, water--no taste, and
air-no odur, so, knowledge should be equal Shall turn to fragrant bulm-in Heaven!
ly pure, and without admixture. 6. We 538. Security diminishes the passions; the should have a glorious conflagration, if all, mind, when left to itself, immediately languishes; who cannot put fire into their books, would end. in order to preserve iis ardor, must be every consent to put their books into the fire. 7. moment supported by a new flow of passion. For The union of truth and goodness-is like the same reason, despair, though contrary to secu- that of water and fire, which nothing can rity, has a like influence.
resist. 539. RAILLERY, in sport, without real animosi. As up the tower of knowledge slow we rise, iy, puts on the aspect of cheerfulness, and some: How wide and fair the opening prospect lies! voice is sprightly: With contempt or disgust, it But while the viewexpands, the path grows steeper, casts a look asquine from time to time, at the o- The steps more slippery, and the chasın 's deeper: ject, and quits
the cheerful aspect, for one mixed Then why climb on? Nat for the prospect's beauty, between an affected grin and sourness : the upper Not for the triumph, but because 'tis duty, lip is drawn up with a smile of disdain : the arms sometimes set a-kimbo on the hips, and the What thing is love, which naught can countervail! right hand now and then thrown out towards the Naughi save itself, evin such a thing is love. object, as if they were going to strike one a back. And worldly wealth ir: worth as far doth fall, handed blow; voice rather loud, arch and mean
As lowest earth doth yield to heavin above. ing; sentences short, expressions satirical, with mock-praise occasionally intermixed.
Divine is love, and scorneth worldly pelf,
And can be bought with nothing but with self. You have done that, which you should be sorry for. There is no lerror, Cassius, in your threats ;
We see but half the causes of our deede For I am arm'd so strong in honesty,
Seeking them wholly in the outer life,
And heedless of the encircling spirit-world, That they pass by me as the idle wind, Which I respect not. I did send to you,
Which, tho' unseen, is felt, and sous in ve For certain sums of gold, which you denied me;
All gems of pure, and world-wide purposes For I can raise no money by vile means.
O fortune! thou canst not divide No-Casssus, I had rather coin my heart,
Our bodies so, but that our hearts are tier, And drop my blood for drachmas, than 10 wring
And we can love by letters still, and gift, Prom the hard hands of peasants, their vile trash, And dreams. By any indirection. I did send
It is in vain, that we would coldły gazeTo you for gold—10 pay my legions;
On such as smile upon us; the hears muy Which you i snied me; was that done, like Cassius? Leap kindly back-10 kindness.
340. RBPROVING — puts on a stern aspect; | victim; whose departure froin thertacitly toughens the voice, and is accompanied with ges-calls in question the infallibility of their doc"ures, not differing much from that of threatening, trines, and thereby wounds their self-love, but not so lively; it is like reproach, (which see,) which makes them care more for their party, but without the sourness and ill-nature.
than for the progress of truth. What is the ILLUSTRATION. What right have you, to character, business, peace and happiness of the waste your tune, which is the state's; your supposed offender, to them, when bent on his health, which makes time worthful, and the of the true christian! Thus is seen the rot
destruction.? Alas! how unlike the conduct life of goodness in you, which makes living tenness of“ profession, without principle." all your acts? Answer me—what right have
Dead Languages. Thal man must have a you to wrong yourself, and all the world?
strange value for words, when he can think it How comes it, Cassio, you are thus forgot; worth while to hazard the innocence and virtue of That you unlace your reputation thus,
his son for a litde Greek and Latin; whilst he should And spend your rich opinion-for the name, be laying the solid foundations of knowledge in his Of a night brawler? Give me answer to it. mind, and furnishing it with just rules to direct his RESIGNATION.
future progress in life.-Locke. Yet, yet endure, nor murmur, O my soul; [less ? Anecdote. Dandies. As lady Montague For, are not thy transgressions great and number was walking through a public garden with a Do they not cover thee-like rising floods ?
party, she was very much annoyed by an
impertinent coxcomb, who was continually And press thee-like a weight of waters down?
making some foolish observation. On apa Does not the hand of righteousness-afllict thee?
proaching one of the temples, over which And who-shall plead against it? who shall say, there was a Latin inscriptim, she took ad. To Power Almighty, thou hast done enough; vantage of it, to expose his ignorance, in the Or bid his dreadful rod of vengeance stay? hope of putting him to silence. Pray sir," Wzit then, with patience, till the circling hours
said she, be kind enough to explain that inShall bring the time of thy appointed test,
scription to us.” “Madam," said he, with an
affected air, “I really do not know what it And lay thee down-in death.
means, for I see it is dog Latin."
“ How Duties of Society. Every right pro- very extraordinary it is," said lady Mary, duces a corresponding duty: hence, may be “that puppies should not understand their inferred the positive duty of society, to give own language." every individual, born in its bosom, an adequate education. For if society has a right to The lunatic, the lover, and the poet, the services of every one of its members, Are, of imagination, all compact: this right necessarily involves some duties ; and what can that duty more directly be, thun One-sees more derils, than vast hell can hold; that society should give to all its children, That-is the madman: the lover, all as frantic, such an education, as will fit them for the Sees Helen's heauty-in a brow of Egypt: services it intends to exact from them in after The poet's eye, in a fine frenzy rolling, (hearer. life? And if parents are unable to give their Do:h glance from heaven to earth, from earth 10 children such an education, it is the duty of And, as imagination bodies forth society to assist them; and if they are un- The forms of things unknown, the poet's pen willing, society ought to take the pluce of parents, and perform the duty of the parents.
Turns them to shapes, and gives to airy nothing, No one can violate the laws of God, nor the A local habitation, and a name. government of the world, with impunity; Such tricks hath strong imagination ; and the more sacred the trust, the more ter- That, if it would but apprehend some joy, rible will be the effects of a disregard of them. It comprehends some bringer of that joy; Each substance of a grief-hath twenty shadows,
Or, in the night, imagining some fear, Which show like grier itself, but are not so: How easy is a bush-supposed a bear ? For corrow's eye, glazed with blinding tears, An honest soul is like a ship at sea, Divides one thing entire-10 many objects; That sleeps at anchor-upon the occasion's calm Like perspectires, which, rightly gazed upon, But, when it rages, and the wind blows high, Show nothing but confusion; eyed awry, She cuts her way-with skill and majesty. Distinguish form.
Varieties. 1. What is the difference beToo Common. Envy, hatred, malice, tween acute and chronic disease? 2. It is and uncharitableness. How melancholy and folly for an eminent man to think of escapheart-rending-to reflect upon the vast num- / ing censure, and a weakness to be affected by ber of professing christians -of all orders, who it. 3. If we had it in our power to gratify Suow, by their deeds, that they are under the every wish, we should soon feel a surfeit. 4. influence of these infernal passions ; altho When anything below God-is the supreme in their sabbath devotions, they may pray object of our love, at some time or other, it against them with their lips, and entreat their will be an object of sorrow. 5. Truthis its Maker to enable them to keep the law which own witness, and fears not a free and impar. says, “Thou shalt not bear false witness tial examination; it seeks to be seen in its against thy neighbor." Let å man of one own resplendent brightness. 6. By confes. branch of the church, leave it, even from the sing our faults to others, we contribute very best of motives, and join another, which hap- much towards putting them away, and con. pens to differ from it in religious belief, and firming ourselves against them. 7. Which how soon the air is rent with the political cry, is worse-to worship the works of our own "Sinot the deserter." Nothing seems too bad hands, or the creations of our own imaging for the disaffected to say about their marked tions?
Anecdote. To a mai of exalted mind, is negligent an
the forgiveness of injuries, is productive of ger: it insinuates
more pleasure and satisfaction, than obtaintherefore, by a
ing vengeance. The Roman emperor, Adri. voluntary slack
an, who was skilled in all the accomplish. ness, or disarm
ments of body and mind, one day seeing a ing of the nerves,
person, who had injured him, in his former a known, or con
station, thus addressed him, “You are safe cluded essence
now; I am emperor." of all power in the united ob
Braying. There are braying men in the jeci, even to
world as well as braying asses ; for, what's make the de
loud and senseless talking, huffing, and fence seem necessary: and the ur.braced muscles swearing, any other then a more fashionable are assisted in this show of contemptuous disregard, way of braying? hy an affected smile upon the eye, because slack nerves, if at the same time the looks were also lan- industrious to their labor, and visit only those
Varieties. 1. Idlers should leave the guid, would too much resemble sorrow, or even fear; whereas, the purpose is disdain and insult: who are as idle as themselves. 2. There are and tho in more provoking serious cases, where some minds, which, like the buzzard's eye, ocorn admits disturbance, it assumes some sense can pass heedlessly over the beauties of naof anger, it must still retain the slack unguarded ture, and see nothing but the carcase, rotting languor of the nerves, Jest it should seem to have in the corner. 3. He, is well constituted, who conceived impressions of some estimable and im- grieves not for what he has not, and rejoices portant weightiness, where its design is utter dis- for that he hus. 4. True ease in writing, regard and negligence.
speaking and singing, comes from art, not Age, thou art shamed; chance. 6. When once a man falls, all will Rome, thou hast lost tlie breed of noble bloods; tread on him. 7. The action should always When went there by an age, since the sun shone, keep time with the emphasis and the voice : But it was fained with more than one man?
it should be the result of feeling, not of When could they say, till now, who talked of Rome, His words were fire, both light and heat! At onco
thought. That her wide walls-encompassed but one man !
With zeal they warmed us and convinc'd with rea542. Language of FEELING. There is I had read and heard of eloquence before, (80.. an original element in our natures, a connec-How 't is despotic—lakes the heart by storm, tion between the senses, the mind and the heart, implanted by the Creator, for pure and Where'er the ramparts, prejudice, or use, noble purposes, which cannot be reasoned Environ it withal ; how, 'lore its march, away. You cannot argue men out of their Siony resolves have given way like flaz; senses and feelings; and, after having wea- How it can raise, or lay, the mighty surge ried yourself and others, by talking about or popular commotion, as the wind, books and history, set your foot upon the The wave that frets the sea—but, till to-day, spot, where some great and memorable ex. I never proved iis power. When he began, ploit was achieved, especially, with those whom you claim kindred, and your heart A thousand hearers pricked their ears to list. swells within you. You do not now reason; With each a different heart; when he left of you feel the inspiration of the place. You Each man could tell his neighbor's by his own. cold philosophy vanishes, and you are ready Rage—is the shortest passion of our souls. to put off your shoes from your feet; for the Like narrow In soks, that rise with sudden shoro place whereon you stand is holy. A language which letters cannot shape, which It swells in haste, and falls again as soon. sounds cannot convey, speaks, not to the Sull, as it ebbs, the softer thoughts flow in, head, but to the heart; not to the understand-And the deceiver-love-supplies its place. ing, but to the affections. The player's profession
Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul, Lies not in trick, or attitude, or start,
Is the best gift of Heav'n: a happinessNature's true knowledge is the only art,
That, even above the smiles and frowns of fate, The strong-felt passion bolts into his face; Exalts great nature's favorites : a wealth The mind untouch'd, what is it but grimace ! That ne'er encumbers ; nor to baser hands To this one standard, make your just appeal, Can be transferr'd. It is tho only goodHere lies the golden secret, learn to feel: Nan justly boasts of, or can call his owon Or fool, or monarch, happy or distressid,
Riches—are oft by guilt and baseness earn'd. No actor pleases that is not possessid.
But for one end, one much-neglected use,
This nohle end is—10 produce the soul:
I stand-as one upon a rock They are my constant friends;
Environ'd-with a wilderness of sea ; Who, when harsh fate its dull orow bends, Who marks the waxing tide-grow wave by wour Uncloud me with a smiling ray,
Expecting ever, when some envious surge And, in the depth of midnight, force a day. Wi!!, in his brinish bowels, swaliow him
VIRTUE THE BEST TREASURE.
543. SHAME-Or a sense of appearing to a dis Modesty in a man is never to te allowed as Advantage, before one's fellow-creatures, turns
a good quality, but a weakness, if it suppresses his away the face from the beholders, covers it with virtue, and hides it from the world, when he has, blushes, hangs the head, casts down the eyes, draws down and contracts the eye-brows; either
a the same time, a mind to exert himself. A mod. strikes the person dumb, oi, if he attempts to say est person seldom fails to gain the good-will of anything, in his own defence, causes his congue to those he conrerses with, because nobody envies a falier, confounds his utterance, and puts him upon man, who does not appear to be pleased wiib making a thousand gestures and grimaces, to keep himself in countenance : all which only heightens himself. his confusion and embarrassment.
Miscellaneous. 1. It is a striking feature Oh my dread Lord
in the present day, that men are more and I should be guiltier-than my guiltiness,
more inclined to bring old sayings and doings To think I can live undiscernible,
to the test of questions, as these—what do
they mean? and what for ? and consequentWhen I perceive your grace, like power divine,
ly, are beginning to awake from a long menHath looked upon my passes ; then, good prince, tal sleep, and to assert their right to judge and No longer session-hold upon my shame,
act for themselves. 2. Great hinderance to But let my trial-be my own confession;
good is often found in the want of energy in Immediate sentence then, and sequent death,
the character, arising from an individual not Is all the grace I beg.
having accustomed himself to try and do his
best, on all occasions. 3. Whoever would Hard Questions. In every step, which become a person of intelligence and prudreason takes in demonstrative knowledge, ence, in any of the departments of life, must must there be intuitive certainty? Does the early accustom himself and herself to look power of intuition, imply that of reasoning, for the meaning of his own and others say. when combined with the faculty of memory? ings; and consider well the end and object of In examining those processes of thought, his own, and others' doings. which conduct the mind, by a series of con- for often vice-provokid to shame,. sequences, from premises to a conclusion, is there any intellectual act whatever, which Borrows the color of a virtuous deed: the joint operation of memory, and what is Thus, libertines-are chaste, and misers-good, called intuition, does not sufficiently ex- A coward-raliani. plain? What is the distinction between the That holy Shame, which ne'er forgets elements of reasoning, and the principles of What clear renown--it used to wear; reasoning? If the elements of reasoning are
Whose blush remains, when Virtue sets, employed to connect the concatenations in an argument; and if an argument could not
To show her sunshine-has been there. be made without the elements of reasoning;
A flush, (cheek, does it follow, that the elements of reasoning (As shame, deep shame, had once burnt on her imply the principles of reasoning? If, in Then lingerid there forever) look'd like health every step, which reason takes in demonstra- Offering hope, rain hope, to the pale lip; tive knowledge, there must be intuitive certainty, does this necessarily imply anything like the rich crimson of the evening sky, more, than that, without the intuitive power, Brightest—when night is coming. we could not know when one link in the Wise men-ne'er sit and wail their loss, chain was completed ?
But cheerly seek how to redress their harms, 544. SURPRISE AT UNEXPECTED EVENTS. What tho' the mast—be now blown over-board, Gone 10 be married ; gone to swear a peace! The cable broke, the holding anchor lost, False blood to false blood joined! Gone to be friends! And half our sailors swallow'd in the flool? Shall Lewis have Blanch? and Blanch these pro- Yet lives our pilot still : Is 't meet, that he It is not so: thou hast mis-spoke, mis-heard? (vinces ? Should leave the helm, and, like a fearful lad, Be well advised, tell o'er thy tale again:
With tearful eyes, add water to the sea, It cannot be ! thou dost but say 'uis so;
And give more strength to that which hath too much; What dost thou mean by shaking of thy head? Whiles, in his moan, the ship spliis on the rock, What means thai hand-upon that breast of thine? Which industry—and courage--might have sav'd? Why holds thine eye-that lamentable rheum, Varieties. 1. It is wrong to affront aniLike a proud river--peering o'er his bounds ? body; and he who does it, must expect to su Be ther2 sad sighsconfirmers of thy words?
paid in his own coin. 2. Many persons, in Then speak again; not all thy former tale,
easy circumstances, often ruin themselves, But this one word-whether thy tale be true ?
by attempting to vie with the rich. 3. Do no:
the works of God, as well as his Word-cach Anecdote. To Cure Sore Eyes. “Good- lessons of wisdom? 4. Everything tends to morning, landlord,” said a man the other produce its likeness ; the idle nuake their asday, as he sted into a tavern to get some-sociates idle; the libertine-corrupts the inthing to drink. Good-morning, sir," replied nocent ; the quarrelsome - create broils ; mine host; “how do you do?”“Oh, I don't gamesters-make gamesters, and thieves,-, know," said the man, raising his goggles, and thieves. 5. Are thinking and motion-all wiping away the rheum; “I'm plagued most the actions of which we can conceive? think to death with these ere pesky sore, eyes; I ing-being an act of the mind, as motion is wish you'd tell me how to cure 'em." "Wil- of matter? 6. Which invention is more in. lingly," said the merry host. “Wear your portant, that of the mariner's compass, or ihon goggles over your mouth, wash your eyes in art of printing? 7. When we truly love brandy, and I'll warrant a cure.
God, we shall also love one another. Vict oft is hid in virtue's fair disguise,
The real patriot--bears his private wrongs, And, in her honord form-escapes inquiring eyes. Rather than right them-ai the public cosa
545. SUSPICION: JEALOUSY. Fear of another's | No, my dear, you must not sit ; for I intend endeavoring to prevent our attainment of the de: to make you stand, this evening, as long as sired good, raises our SUSPICION; and suspicion of you made lady B-remain in the same his having obtained, or likely to obtain it, raises, position. or constitutes JEALOUSY. Jealousy between the sexes—is a ferment of love, hatred, hope, fear,
Laconic. There is no difference between shame, anxiety grief, pity, suspicion, envy, pride, knowledge and temperance; for he, who knowe rage, cruelty, vengeance, sadness, and every oth- what is good, and embraces it, who knows what er tormenting passion, which can agilate the is bad, and avoids it, is learned and temperate. But human mind. Therefore, to express it well, one should know how to represent all these pag- they, who know very well what ought to be done, sions by turns, and often several of them logether : and yet do quite otherwise, are ignorant and stupid it shows itself by restlessness, peerishness, thoughtfulness, anxiety, and absence of mind. Some
Varieties. 1. What is the difference betimes ii bursts out into piteous complaints and tween possessing the good things of life, and weeping: then a gleam of hope, that all is yet enjoying them 2. In our intercourse with well, lights up the counterance into a momenta- others, we should ascertain what they wish ry smile: immediately the face, clouded with gen- to hear ; not what we wish to say. 3. True eral gloom, shows the mind over-cast again with politeness may be cherished in the hovel, as horrid suspicions, and frightful imaginations; thus well as in the palace; and the most tattered the jealous-is a prey to the most tormenting feel, clothing, cannot conceal its charms. 4. Is ings, and is alternately lantalized with hope, and not true religion-eternally the same, whatplunged into despair.
ever may be the conduct of its professors? Who finds the heifer dead, and bleeding fresli,
5. Humility-learns the lessons from itself :
while it never scorns the instructions of othAnd sees fast by a butcher with an axe,
ers. 6. Beauty-gains nothing, and home. But will suspect, 'twas he that made the slaughter? liness — loses much, by gaudy attire. ,.7. Who finds the partridge in the puttock's neat, Music-tends to harmonize and melodize But may imagine how the bird was dead, the affections and thoughts, as well as to anAlthough the kite soar with unbloodied beak imate, and lubricate the inventive faculties. 546. Hands, FEET AND ARMs. Observe truth, which manifests itself by virtue of its
8. Everything that originates in order, is accurately, the different positions of the feet, inherent light. 9. The groves and the woods hands, arms, &c. of the oratorical and poet- are the musical academies of the singing ical engravings, and that of the passions; birds. 10. Time and space are confined to and study out the various causes, or subjects,
matter. and states of thoughts and feelings, prompting them; and, in imitating them, there
As Nature and Garrick were talking one day, will often be suggested to you the appropri- It chanced they had words, and sell out; ate feeling and thought. Each engraving Dame Reason would fain have prevented a fray, should be made a particular subject of study; But could not, for both were so stout. and there is more matter on a page of en- Says Garrick, I honor you, madam, 'uis true, grarings, than on any printed page; but, in
And with pride, to your laws, I submit; speaking, never think about making gestures; let them be the result of unrestrained feel. But Shaks peare paints stronger and better than you, ing, and they will be more likely to be right:
All critics of taste will admit. Fuard, sedulously against all affectatim, and Hor! Shakspeare paint better and stronger than i, do nothing you do not feel and think. If (Cries Nature, quite touch'd to the soul;) these hints and suggestions are not of use to Not a word in his volumes I ever could see, you, more would be of but little service; and
But what from my records he stole. io illustrate every me, and many more, you And thou, wicked thief:-nay, the story I'll rell, will find an abundance of examples in the work, which is designed for those who
Whenever I paint, or I draw, think.
My pencils you filch, and my colors you steal,
For which thou shalt suffer the law; Would he were fatter ; but I fear him not:
And when on the stage, in full lustre you shine, Yes, if my name were liable to fear,
To me all the praise shall be given:
The toil shall be yours, and the honor be mine
So Nature and Garrick are even.
Foul jealousy, that turnest love divine
To joyless dread, and mak’st the loving hear Soldom he smiles; and smiles.in such a sort,
With hateful thoughts to languish and to pire, As if he mocked lumself, and scorned his spirit,
And feed itself with self-consuming smart, That could be moved to smile at anything.
Of all the passions in the mind, thou vilest er: Such men as he, be never at heart's ease,
0, let him far be banished away, Whilst they behold a greater than themselves,
And in his stead let love forever dwell, And th:refore, are they very dangerous.
Sweet love, that doth his golden wings ernbay
In blessed nectar, and pure pleasure's well, Anecdote. Queen Caroline, having observed that her daughter, the princess, had
Untroubled of vile fear or bitter fell. made one of the ladies about her, stand a
The soul of mon long time, while the princess was talking to Createth its own destiny of power; ner, on some tritling subject, was resolved to give her a suitable reprimand. Therefore,
And, as the trial,-is intense here, when the princess came, in the evening, to
His being-hath a nobler strength in heaon. read to her mother, as usual, and was draw- O marriage! marriage! what a curse—is thina, ing a chair to sit down, the queen said to her, Where hands, alone, consent--and hearts -abhor