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“ The horse, to be sure, mother," said Henry; “but I would rather be the master, and go of my own accord.”
12. "Well, then, where you can, be the master, the master of yourself, Henry; and when you know what is right, do it quickly, — do it cheerfully, of your own accord.
“ But there are some things which you naturally forget, or do not yet understand, of which you require to be reminded. Allow us, therefore, to lead you ; do not oblige us to drive you along."
13. “ It is putting off what we ought to do, which often makes us dislike doing it at last,” said Henry's brother.
“ Most persons dislike getting up early, in cold weather; but, disagreeable as it is, if we have courage to jump out directly when we ought to do so, there is pleasure in it, — the pleasure of acting right. But the longer we linger in bed, the greater is our reluctance to rise ; and when, at length, we do get up, we have the pain of self-reproach.
14. “ It is far easier to do what we must, when we feel contented, than when we feel discontented with ourselves."
“I hope, indeed,” said his mother, “ that Henry will soon find that necessary things are by no means necessarily unpleasant, and that he will always obey the call of duty at once and cheerfully."
MORAL AND SELECT SENTENCES.
1. It is not by starts of application, or by a few years' preparation of study, that eminence can be attained. "No; it can be attained only by means of regular industry, grown up into a habit, and ready to be exerted on every occasion that calls for it.
2. We should acknowledge God in all our ways, mark the operations of his hand, cheerfully submit to his severest dispensations, strictly observe his laws, and rejoice to fulfil his gracious purposes.
3. A man's first care should be, to avoid the reproaches of his own heart; his next, to escape the censures of the world.
4. Exercise and temperance strengthen the constitution, and sweeten the enjoyments of life.
5. Industry is the demand of nature, of reason, and of God.
6. 'If our principles are false, no apology from ourselves can make them right; if founded in truth, no censure from others can make them wrong.
7. Business sweetens pleasure, as labor sweetens rest.
8. A man of cultivated imagination can converse with a picture, and find an agreeable companion even in a statue.
9. The bounties of Providence are so manifest, that a grateful heart is overpowered, when it calls them to remembrance.
10. True charity is not a meteor which occasionally glares, but a luminary which, in its regular course, dispenses a benignant influence.
11. Life consists not of a series of illustrious actions or elegant enjoyments, but in performing common duties, removing small inconveniences, procuring petty pleasures.
12. As we perceive the shadow to have moved along the dial, but did not perceive it moving, and it appears that the grass has grown, though nobody ever saw it grow; so the advances we make in learning, as they consist of such minute steps, are only perceivable by the distance.
13. He that lies in bed all a summer's morning, loses the chief pleasure of the day. He that gives up his youth to indolence, undergoes a loss of the same kind.
14. The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular; and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent.
15. To acquire a thorough knowledge of our own hearts and characters; to restrain every irregular inclination; to subdue every rebellious passion; to purify the motives of our conduct; to cultivate that temperance which no pleasure can seduce, that meekness which no provocation can ruffle, that patience which no affliction can overwhelm, and that integrity which no interest can shake, - this is the task, which, in our sojourn here, we are required to accomplish.
16. The music of a bird in captivity, produces no very pleasing sensations. It is but the mirth of a little animal, insensible of its unfortunate situation; it is the landscape, the grove, the golden break of day, the contest upon the hawthorn, the fluttering from branch to branch, the soaring in the air, and the answering to its young, that give the bird's song its true relish.
SELECTIONS IN POETRY.
1. 'Tis not in titles, 't is not in rank,
To purchase peace and rest;
To make us truly blest.
And centre in the breast,
But never can be blest.
2. The ivy round some lofty pile
Its twining tendril flings;
As lonelier still becomes the place,
3. The wildest ills that darken life
Are rapture to the bosom's strife;
4. Each morn should see some task begun,
Each evening see it close;
Will earn a night's repose.
5. Then come the wild weather, come sleet and
come snow; We will stand by each other, however it blow. Oppression and sickness, and sorrow and pain, Shall be to our true love, as links to the chain.
Beauty may stain The
eye with a celestial blue — the cheek With carmine of the sunset; she may breathe Grace into every motion; She may give all that is within her own Bright cestus; and one glance of intellect, Like stronger magic, will outshine it all.
THE CHOICE BETWEEN GOOD AND EVIL.
1. There are few persons who do precisely as ney ought to do. It is very seldom that any one, even for a single day, discharges every duty that rests upon him, at the same time avoiding every thing that is wrong.
There is usually something neglected, delayed, or postponed, that ought to be done to-day.
2. There is usually some thought entertained, ome feeling indulged, some deed committed, that is sinful. If any person doubts this, let him make the experiment; let him closely watch every thought and action for a single day, and he will perceive that what we say is true.
3. And yet, if a person can once make up his mind to do right, it is the surest way to obtain happiness. I shall endeavor to illustrate this by an allegory:
THE GARDEN OF PEACE.
4. In an ancient city of the east, two youths were passing a beautiful garden. It was enclosed by a lofty trellis, which prevented their entering; but, through the openings, they could perceive that it was a most enchanting spot. It was embellished by every object of nature and art, that could give beauty to the landscape.
5. There were groves of lofty trees, with winding avenues between them; there were green lawns, the grass
of which seemed like velvet; there were groups of shrubs in bloom, and scattering delicious fragrance upon the atmosphere.
6. Between these pleasing objects, there were fountains sending their silvery showers into the air; and a stream of water, clear as crystal, wound with gentle murmurs through the place. The charms of this lovely scene were greatly heightened by the music of birds, the hum of bees, and the echoes of youthful and happy voices.
7. The two young men gazed upon the scene