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from a neglect of this great truth--that evil can produce only evil — that good ends must be wrought out by good means."
“I will never forget it again,” said Benjamin, bowing his head.
“ Remember,” concluded his father, “ that, whenever we vary from the highest rule of right, just so far we do an injury to the world. It may seem otherwise for the moment; but, both in time and in'eternity, it will be found so."
To the close of his life Ben Franklin never forgot this conversation with his father; and we have reason to suppose that, in most of his public and private career, he endeavored to act upon the principles which that good and wise man had then taught him.
LXXII. - NOSE AND EYES.
BETWEEN Nose and Eyes a strange contest arose ;
The spectacles set them unhappily wrong;
To which the said spectacles ought to belong.
So the Tongue was the lawyer, and argued the cause
With a great deal of skill, and a wig full of learning; While Chief Justice Ear sat to balance the laws,
So famed for his talent in nicely discerning.
* In behalf of the Nose, it will quickly appear,
And your lordship," * he said, “will undoubtedly find, That the Nose has had spectacles always in wear,
Which amounts to possession time out of mind.”
* In England, a judge is addressed as “your lordship,” when spoken to in court; here, as “your honor.”
Then holding the spectacles up to the court,
“ Your lordship observes they are made with a straddle As wide as the ridge of the Nose is ; in short,
Designed to sit close to it, just like a saddle.
“ Again, would your lordship a moment suppose
('Tis a case that has happened, and may be again) That the visage or countenance had not a nose,
Pray who would or who could wear spectacles then?
“On the whole, it appears, and my argument shows,
With a reasoning the court will never condemn, That the spectacles plainly were made for the Nose,
And the Nose was as plainly intended for them.”
Then shifting his side, as a lawyer knows how,
He pleaded again in behalf of the Eyes;
For the court did not think they were equally wise.
So his lordship decreed, with a grave, solemn tone, –
Decisive and clear, without one if or but, That whenever the Nose put his spectacles on,
By day light or candle light, Eyes should be shut.
[St. Nicholas, or Santa Claus, as he is sometimes called, is an imaginary personage who is supposed to fill the stockings of good little boys and girls with presents, the night before Christmas.]
'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
from the bed to see what was the matter.
The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth,
LXXIV. TIT FOR TAT.
A LAW there is, of ancient fame,
Lex Talionis * is its Latin name;
Give our next neighbor but a pat, He'll give you back as good, and tell you,“ Tit for tat.”
This tit for tat, it seems, not men alone,
A mighty elephant, that swelled the state
Of Aurengzebe | the Great,
* The literal meaning of these two words is, the law of retaliation.
+ Delhi is a city in India, on the River Jumna, containing about two hundred thousand inhabitants.
Aurengzebe was a powerful monarch, who reigned over the Mogul empire in Hindostan. He was born in 1618, and died in 1707.
One day was taken by his driver
To drink and cool him in the river. The driver on his neck was seated,
And as he rode along,
By some acquaintance in the throng With a ripe cocoa nut was treated.
A cocoa nut's a pretty fruit enough,
The fellow tried, and tried, and tried,
To find out its inside,
At length, quite out of patience grown,
To break this plaguy shell ?
May do perhaps as well."
An elephant, they say, has human feeling,
And full as well as we he knows
The difference between words and blows, Between horse play and civil dealing.
Use him but well, he'll do his best, And serve you faithfully and truly;
But insults unprovoked he can't digest; He studies o'er them, and repays them duly.
“ To make my head an anvil,” thought the creature,
The driver took him to the water,