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“ Much is in thy power; and therefore much is expected of thee. Though the Almighty only can give virtue, yet, as a prince, thou mayst stimulate those to beneficence, who act from no higher motive than immediate interest : thou canst not produce the principle, but mayst enforce the practice. Let thy virtue be thus diffused ; and if thou believest with reverence, thou shalt be accepted above.
“Farewell! May the smile of Him who resides in the heaven of heavens, be upon thee; and against thy name, in the volume of His will, may happiness be written !"
“One great end to which all knowledge ought to be employed, is the welfare of humanity. Every science is the foundation of some art beneficial to men; and while the study of it leads us to see the beneficence of the laws of nature, it calls upon us also to follow the great end of the Father of nature, in their employment and application.
“I need not say what a field is thus opened to the benevolence of knowledge; I need not tell you, that, in every department of learning, there is good to be done to mankind. I need not remind you, that the age in which we live has given us the noblest examples in this kind, and that science now finds its highest glory in improving the condition, or in allaying the miseries of humanity.”
“Rise with the lark, and with the lark to bed.
Her oriental veil puts off! Think why,
3. “ These few precepts in thy memory Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue, Nor any unproportioned thought his act. Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar. The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried, Grapple them to thy soul with hooks of steel; But do not dull thy palm with entertainment Of each new hatched unfledged comrade. Beware Of entrance to a quarrel ; but, being in, Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee. Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice : Take each man's censure but reserve thy judgment Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy, But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy; For the apparel oft proclaims the man : Neither a borrower nor a lender be; For loan oft loses both itself and friend; And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all, - To thine own self be true;
III. “Animated," or Lively, Style.
“ The cottage curs at early pilgrim bark ; Crowned with her pail the tripping milkmaid sings ; The whistling ploughman stalks afield; and hark ! Down the rough slope the ponderous wagon rings ; Through rustling corn the hare astonished springs, Slow tolls the village clock the drowsy hour; The partridge bursts away on whirring wings; Deep mourns the turtle in sequestered bower, And shrill lark carols clear from her aërial tower."
“ With quickened step, Brown Night retires : young Day pours in apace, And opens all the lawny prospect wide. The dripping rock, the mountain's misty top, Swell on the sight, and brighten with the dawn. Blue, through the dusk, the smoking currents shine; And from the bladed field the fearful hare Limps awkward ; while along the forest glade The wild deer trip, and often, turning, gaze At early passenger. Music awakes The native voice of undissembled joy ; And thick around the woodland hymns arise. Roused by the cock, the soon clad shepherd leaves His mossy cottage where with Peace he dwells ; And from the crowded fold, in order drives His flock, to taste the verdure of the morn.
"The atmosphere is not the only scene of animal enjoyment. Plants are covered with insects, greedily sucking their juices, and constantly, as it should seem, in the act of sucking. It cannot be doubted that this is a state of gratification. What else should fix them so closely to the operation and so long? Other species are running about, with an alacrity in their motions, which carries with it every mark of pleasure. Large patches of ground are sometimes half covered with these brisk and sprightly natures.
“If we look to what the waters produce, shoals of the fry of fish frequent the margins of rivers, of lakes, and of the sea itself. These are so happy, that they know not what to do with themselves. Their attitudes, their vivacity, their leaps out of the water, their frolics in it, all conduce to show their excess of spirits, and are simply the effects of that excess.
“ Then to the spicy nut brown ale,
And crop-full, out of doors he flings,
“But oh! how altered was its sprightlier tone, When Cheerfulness, a nymph of healthiest hue,
Her bow across her shoulder flung,
Blew an inspiring air, that dale and thicket rung,
The hunter's call, to Faun and Dryad known.
“Last came Joy's ecstatic trial :
He, with viny crown advancing,
Amidst the festal sounding shades
Love framed with Mirth a gay fantastic round;
And he, amid his frolic play,
“ How does the water come down at Lodore ?
Receding and speeding,