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The first convivial party, the first social glass, the first infatuating game at cards, the first lucky throw of the dice, the first fortunate lottery ticket, the first success in fancy stocks, the first violation of the sacred decalogue—all apparently TRIFLES in themselves, have proved the entering wedge to the county prison, the state penitentiary, and the barbarous gallows. Reader, think of, and prepare for thy final destiny.
In our intercourse in society, a word, a look, a gesture, a smile, a frown, a sneer, the curl of the lip, a fling of the head, a hint, an inuendo-although small items of communication and expression, may be big with consequences—may break a shaft or burst the boiler of friendship.
All the relations of life are interwoven with TRIFLES, and, unless the shuttle is plied with a skillful hand, the texture of the web will be full of knots, and of many discordant colors. Let all duly appreciate TRIFLESlook at them closely, but let them be reflected by the sunbeams of charity-arranged and woven together by sound discretion, that an even and beautiful fabric may be presented before the gazing millions, at the great day of final examination.
Think'st thou, there is no tyranny but that
However harsh and hard in his own bearing.-Byron. Much wind and time are expended, in denouncing monarchies, and the institutions of slavery; both in opposition to the republican form of government adopted by us. To cure these evils, we must cure greater ones, on which they are predicated. Strip the world of vice, in all its borrowed forms, and make every man, woman, and youth intelligent; especially, let them be made to read and understand the Bible; freedom would then be as universal as man, The devil is the father of Tyranny. He first corrupted, then enslaved the human family. All Tyranny is based on corruption, and, as virtue predominates, every species of slavery must recede. His Satanic majesty has numerous petty Tyrants, who carry out the principles of his most arbitrary government with an iron hand. His magic power consists in his first paralyzing reason, and bringing all the base passions under his control. The passions being enslaved, the soul becomes torpid, the body passive, and the work is done.
The courts of kings are admirable manufactories for bringing these passions into submission. Luxury, dissipation, and fashion ; with their concomitant retinue of subalterns, whether in kingly courts, or in a republic, exercise a Tyranny, more to be dreaded than the guillotine or the scaffold. The former kill soul and body, the man Tyrant can only consign our clay to its mother earth. We must turn back the stream at the fountain head, before we can stop those that flow from it.
When all mankind become free in the Gospel of our immaculate Redeemer, the slavery of vice will be done away. Thrones, kings, and the thraldom of body and mind, will then vanish, like the morning fog before the rising sun.
Then we shall see,
An enchanting halo surrounds this word, a harmonious euphony vibrates from its sound. It is the most mellow word in our language. It was the watchword in heaven, before this mighty globe was spoke into existence—its melody still echoes there--and will, through the rolling ages of eternity.
It is the magic word that has rallied millions to deeds of noble daring-it has been seized by each successive combination of the human family, to accomplish desired objects-good and evil. All have perceived, that Union is strength, that united, they might stand, divided, they must fall. What language thrills through the soul of the patriot and Christian, like “OUR Union,”—the watchword of '76. And shall this UNION be preserved to millions yet unborn, or will we, like nations that have gone before us, suffer patriotism to be strangled, basely suffocated, by party spirit and internal dissen
sions, originated by demagogues, and those who care only for the fleece, loaves and fishes ? For years, tou little attention has been given to the moral qualifications of our legislators. Available men, with some honorable exceptions, have been selected, on party grounds exclusively. I only name the fact to induce reflectionnot to discuss it, or cast personal reflections. Let us lay the adage deeply to heart-UNITED, WE STANDDIVIDED, WE FALL.
UNION-symphonious word-mothers, teach your babes to lisp it—it is the first word they can speak. Let this be the watchword from the WHITE HOUSE down to the rude cabin of the back-woods-man-from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the northern provinces of Queen Victoria, to the land of the Montezumas.
Let Christians make it their watchword, in the conflict with the man of sin—let the members of every church cultivate Union-let every Society, formed for the amelioration of man, cultivate it-let the students in our seminaries cultivate it; let its importance be impressed on the pupils in our primary schools ; let parents teach it to their children, by precept and example-let it be the rallying word between husband and wife, to quell the little squalls of wind that may suddenly arise ; let it be the bond of peace to guide us in all the concerns of life; and, above all, let us live in the constant enjoyment of Union with the great Jehovah, and be prepared to enter into that heavenly Union, where songs of euphonious symphony, shall melt upon the soul, and UNION! UNION! UNION! shall burst from the lips of countless millions, who commenced their Union with God and the Lamb, before they left their tenements of clay.
Nature, indulgent, provident, and kind,
The great Architect of the Universe made all things well, and designed them for good. Man was the lofty cap-stone of the climax of creative wisdom, animated by the pure breath of Jehovah, and placed upon earth to enjoy the rich and liberal bounties of nature. This enjoyment was not designed to be selfish, but to be rendered purer and more complete, by association and social intercourse. As a finishing touch to the magnificent plan of man's happiness, woman was ushered into his Paradise, to smooth his pathway, and shed a softer and more mellow bliss around him. The design of their mutual creation, was to impart consolation to each other and their progeny, and to glorify God in all their actions. "This obligation still rests upon the family of man-how to discharge it, is an important inquiry.
The great plan of Usefulness is suspended by a triple cord-a right disposition, intelligence, and wealth. With these, every man and woman will be useful. The first is the grand filament of the cord, around which the others are twined. The second is within the reach of all in our community ; the third is in the possession of more than apply it to its legitimate purpose —that of aiding the cause of humanity, alleviating misery, and increasing happiness.
The family of man is composed of teachers and learners; the idle and industrious; the evil and the