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FORGIVENESS.

1. When on the fragrant sandal tree

The woodman's axe descends,
And she who bloomed so beauteously

Beneath the keen stroke bends,
E'en on the edge that wrought her death
Dying she breathes her sweetest breath,
As if to token, in her fall,
Peace to her foes, and love to all.

2. How hardly man this lesson learns,

To smile, and bless the hand that spurns;
To see the blow, to feel the pain,
But render only love again!
This spirit not to earth is given
One had it, but he came from heaven.
Reviled, rejected, and betrayed,
No curse he breathed, no plaint he made,
But, when in death's deep pang he sighed,
Prayed for his murderers, and died.

MORAL AND SELECT SENTENCES.

1. The character of the person who commends you is to be considered, before you set much value on his praise.

2. The only benefit to be derived from flattery is, that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed in what we ought to be.

3. The lips of talkers will be telling of such things as do not at all concern them, but the words of such as have understanding are weighed in the balance. The heart of fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of the wise is in their heart.

4. Gratitude is a delightful emotion. The grateful heart, in the performance of its duty, endears itself to all.

5. Ingratitude is a crime so shameful, that the. man was never yet found who would acknowledge himself guilty of it.

6. Never insult the unfortunate, especially when they implore relief and assistance. If you cannot grant their requests, refuse them mildly and tenderly.

7. No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the sight of a person whom you have obliged; neither is any music so agreeable to the ear, as the voice of one who owns you for his benefactor.

8. The difference between honor and honesty seems to be chiefly in the motive. The honest man does that from duty, which the man of honor does for the sake of character.

9. Honor is but a fictitious kind of honesty ; it is a sort of paper credit, with which men are obliged to trade, who are deficient in the sterling cash of true morality and religion.

10. What affects the mind with the most lively and transporting pleasure, is the feeling that we are acting, in the eye of infinite wisdom, power, and goodness, in a manner that will crown our virtuous endeavors with a happiness, hereafter, large as our desires, and lasting as our immortal souls; without this, the highest state is insipid, and with it, the lowest is a paradise.

11. Next to their duty to God, there is no virtue, adapted to the capacity and practice of the young, more lovely than duty to their parents. It is at once their ornament, their interest, their honor, and their pride. It will be esteemed by good men, as the brightest jewel in their conduct.

12. The retirement of the closet is hallowed ground. There the inspiration of religion is more

deeply felt, and devotion elevates the soul. There falls the tear of contrition; there the sigh of the heart rises towards heaven; there the soul, melting with tenderness, pours itself forth before its Creator.

13. It is of the highest importance to season the passions of a child with devotion, which seldom dies in a mind that has received an early tincture of it.

14. Philosophy makes us wiser, Christianity makes us better men. Philosophy elevates and steels the mind, Christianity softens and sweetens it. The former makes us the object of human admiration, the latter of divine love. That insures us a temporal, but this an eternal happiness.

15. Philosophy may infuse stubbornness, but religion only can give patience.

16. Science may raise to eminence, but virtue alone can guide to felicity.

SELECTIONS IN POETRY.

1. 'Tis with our judgments as our watches: none

Go just alike, but each believes his own.

2. Order is Heaven's first law; and this confessed,

Some are, and must be, greater than the rest;
More rich, more wise; but who infers from hence
That such are happier, shocks all common sense.

3. Virtue, the strength and beauty of the soul,

Is the best gift of Heaven; a happiness
That even above the smiles and frowns of fate
Exalts great nature's favorites; a wealth
That ne'er encumbers, nor to baser hands

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Can be transferred : it is the only good
Man justly boasts of, or can call his own.

4. O, who can hold a fire in his hand

By thinking on the frosty Caucasus ;
Or cloy the hungry edge of appetite
By bare imagination of a feast;
Or wallow naked in December's snow
By thinking on fantastic summer's heat?

5.

Not a breeze
Flies o’er the meadow; not a cloud imbibes
The setting sun's effulgence; not a strain
From all the tenants of the warbling shade
Ascends, but whence the bosom may partake
Fresh pleasure unreproved.

6. If there's a Power above us,

(And that there is, all nature cries aloud Through all her works,) he must delight in virtue; And that which he delights in must be happy.

7. Can storied urn or animated bust

Back to its mansion call the fleeting breath ? Can Honor's voice provoke the silent dust,

Or Flattery soothe the dull, cold ear of death?

8. All that's worth a wish, a thought,

Fair virtue gives unbribed, unbought,
Cease, then, on trash thy hopes to bind;
Let nobler views engage thy mind.

9. It is not from his form, in which we trace

Strength joined with beauty, dignity with grace,
That man, the master of this globe, derives
His right of empire over all that lives.
That form, indeed, the associate of a mind
Vast in its powers, ethereal in its kind

That form, the labor of Almighty skill,
Framed for the service of a free-born will
Asserts precedence and bespeaks control,
But borrows all its grandeur from the soul.

10.

O, 'tis excellent
To have a giant's strength; but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.

I DID NOT THINK OF THAT

1. One day, as Mr. Lawson, a merchant tailor, stood at his cutting board, a poorly-dressed young woman entered his shop, and, approaching him, asked, with some embarrassment and timidity, if he had any work to give out.

2. “What can you do ?” asked the tailor, looking rather coldly upon his visitor.

“I can make pantaloons and vests,” replied the girl.

3. “Have you ever worked for the merchant tailors ?"

“ Yes, sir, I have worked for Mr. Wright." " Has he nothing for you to do ?”

4. No, not just now. He has regular hands, who always get the preference."

“ Did your work suit him ?"
“ He never found fault with it.”
" Where do you live?

5. “In Cherry Street," replied the young woman. s At No. -"

Mr. Lawson stood and mused for a short time.

6. “I have a vest here,” he at length said, taking a small bundle from the shelf, " which I want by to-morrow evening at the latest. If

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