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waters, and at all temperatures. They have sung of its divinity, radiating the high way to heaven; of its terrestrial visits ; of its influences upon the mind; of its spring showers and May flowers; its summer heat and foliage; its autumnal fruit and yellow leaf; and of its winter nose-gays and chills. They have portrayed, in glowing colors, its lightning flashes on riven hearts; its melting powers on hearts of flint; its amalgam fires on kindred souls ; its firmness, its fickleness; its stability, its flight; its joys, its miseries ; its friendships, its quarrels ; making it, like some politicians, every thing by turns, and nothing long ; each to suit his own fancy, and that fancy at various temperatures. They have sung its timidity, and boldness; its truth and falsity; its strength and weakness; its unrelenting sternness and god-like forgiveness ; its disappointments and triumphs. Most of the large, and myriads of poetic minnows, have tuned their harps to songs of love, set to airs, from Yankee Doodle up to Old Hundred.
If doctors, alias poets, disagree, who shall decide? Terrestrial love is like a chamelion, it takes the colors of the hearts on which it creeps. If the hearts are pure white, all is well ; otherwise, an amalgamation is unnatural, often ruinous, always despicable. If two black hearts, melted by the unhallowed fires of base passions or sordid avarice, aided by the flux of deception, commingle, the fruits are the quintessence of Pandemonium. Nor has the time yet been ushered in, when the lion and the lamb can lie down together in peace. If money, high family reputation, mere personal beauty, or fashionable accomplishments, are the basis of love, the foundation is sandy--the superstructure will not withstand the storms of life. If these motives were mutual, the flame sooner dies; if pure on the one hand only, the fire may last longer, but leaves a keener chill when it expires. That love which is based on the mutual esteem of pure hearts, refracting and reflecting the rays of good qualities on each other, is alone productive of earthly joy. If this is made more pure, by the smiles of a reconciled God, who is love, induced by an obedience to his will; if religion chastens the union, the highest pinnacle of earthly happiness is reached—the most refined enjoyments are experienced. If not, it is owing to a disposition so crooked, like the grain of some trees, that lightning could not follow it.
Like some vast flood, unbounded, fierce, and strong,
His nature leads ungovern'd man along.--Crabbe. By some, this term is confined to high-seasoned and an over abundance of food; by others, it is made to cover all excesses in the gratification of sensual pleasures and debased appetites. Either is ruinous to health -combined, they hasten misery and death. Nature has her fixed laws, and when those, governing the human system, are violated, the penalty follows close on the heels of the offender. Overload the stomach with plain food, you impose a burden on the digestive powers, that weakens them; high-seasoned food accelerates the evil-add alcohol, you then have the infantry, cavalry, and artillery of the enemy; all pouring a deadly fire upon the citadel of nature. If you choose to forward the work of conquest more rapidly, use the rockets of tobacco, and the bomb shells of opium. These combined forces will soon demolish the strongest fortifications nature ever erected. You know it, you have often seen it, perhaps now feel it !
If you are desirous of a more naval, a slower, but not less expensive and sure process, be abstemious in food and drink-attend balls, gay circles, theatres, the hells of blacklegs, dress fashionably, deprive yourself of sleep, make whist parties, play the libertine, and dance to folly as she flies. In this way, you will succeed as surely, sometimes more rapidly, than you at first anticipated-anticipated did I say?–a mistake-no man anticipates the end of such mad career. His base appetites and delirious desires first dethrone reasonconvert the man into a brute—the animal leads him, hoodwinked, to the gulf of ruin, and pushes him into destruction. Combine all these forces, attack simultaneously by sea and land, you can take the citadel by storm.
Reader, this manual is short, but true as the books of Euclid. Look around you can readily discover demonstrations-and, fearful thought, perhaps in your own person. If so, pause, reflect—invoke the great Jehovah to enable you to break the serpentine coils that bind you—let reason resume her throne—let common sense lead you back to duty and to safety. There plant yourself on the rock of Ages-take the Bible for your manual, the Spirit of all grace for your guide, and let Heaven be your aim, that it may be your reward.
Distinguished link in being's endless chain!
MAN was created after the moral image of Deity, his soul, an embodied immortal spirit; his body capped the climax of visible creation. He was endowed with all the rational powers, with intellect to discern and plan. His body was the crowning glory of created matter; was put in motion by the pure breath of the great Jehovah, with all the appetites and sensibilities, requisite for the unalloyed enjoyment of the rich bounties in the store house of nature, and with physical powers to execute, all that reason and genius should dictate to be done. He was the grand connecting link between Heaven and Earth—his soul communing with God and Humanity; celestial and terrestrial pleasures commingling in harmony.
As the finishing touch on that elysian state of man, Woman was made, and added a brighter lustre, a softer melody, a finer tone, a richer enchantment, and new delights, to the heart of man, and the beauties of creation. The great Architect looked upon this finished work with delight, heaven rejoiced, angels smiled, Satan wept, hell was moved. This Elysium was suspended by a single cord-obedience to God in but one particular—one tree had forbidden fruit, all else was free as mountain air, and ample as their needful wants. With lightning speed and burning wrath, Lucifer flew to the bowers of Eden, put on the deceptive mask of the wily snake; sang the siren song of untasted pleasures within the reach of the happy pair ; infused his polluting breath with theirs; seduced them from allegiance to their King; destroyed their innocence by inducing disobedience ; stamped the indelible stain of sin on their purity, with ink infernal; infused his own vile passions in their nature; planted the poison of mortality in their bodies ; sowed the seeds of thistles, briars, and thorns in their garden; snatched the flowers of bliss from Paradise ; cut the silver cord of all their joys; stripped them of happiness, and left them naked; hiding, and writhing in bitter agony and keen despair. Ruin ensued, Jehovah frowned, the earth was cursed, the rebels fled, heaven mourned, angels wept, Satan smiled, hell rejoiced. The deed was done, man had fallen.
Thus were our first progenitors betrayed and seduced from the duty they owed to their Creator; all the miseries of their fall rushed upon them and their progeny ; their created powers in full vigor, but poisoned with the miasma of hell; with a clear perception of good and evil, and with full power to choose between them, a natural impulse inclined them to the latter; the most cogent reasons pressed upon them to still love God and return to him for succor; but their hearts were charged with rebellion and enmity against him, and his government; and they at once commenced weaving a garment of self righteousness to hide the shame of their degradation. But all was vain-they were doomed culprits, and could neither hide their shame, or flee from impending wrath. They were arraigned-had no excuse -were condemned--the sentence of death was passed