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bosom of the earth. He is dissatisfied with the present, and the only being that regrets the past, and dreads the future. Pride seals his ruin. Many arts has he invented, neglecting only the “one great art”-that of being happy.
Sweet as refreshing dews or summer showers
Life is but a scene of labour,
Every one's his task assigned,
When we see him lag behind;
Man's condition to improve,
In a bond of mutual love.
With determination true;
Ye all have your work to do.
We are wiser than we know.
With purity, truth, faith, meekness and love! He who cultivates peace with others does them a kindness, but he does himself a greater by the returns to his own breast. If you brighten a knife, it will smocth the stone on which you brighten it.
Pride, however disguised, is littleness ;
But sin-hath faculties unused. If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows that he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them; if he be compassionate towards the atflictions of others, it shows that his heart is like the noble tree that is wounded itself when it gives the balm ; if he easily pardons and remits offences, it shows that his mind is planted above injuries, so that he cannot be shot; if he be thankful for small benefits, it shows that he weighs men's minds, and not their trash; but, above all, if he is willing to suffer for others, it shows much of a divine nature, and a kind of conformity with Christ himself.
The quality of mercy is not strained;
When mercy seasons justice. The Grace of God, like the dew, falls everywhere; but it drops in greatest abundance in the valley, and remains longest in the shade.
Some high or humble enterprise of good
When drooping health and spirits go amiss ?
Health is the vital principle of bliss,
And exercise of health: in proof of this,
Soon swallowed in disease's sad abyss;
Has light as air each limb, each thought as clear as day. It is not what people eat, but what they digest, that makes them strong. It is not what they gain, but what they save, that makes them rich, It is not what they read, but what they remember, that makes them learned. It is not what they profess, but what they practise, that makes them righteous.
Goodness, Truth, and Beauty, are three sisters,
Reason's whole pleasure, all the joys of sense,
To be resign'd when ills betide,
And pleas’d with favours giv'n-
How nature seems to smile!
The livelong day beguile.
With open hand she showers
And soothe the silent hours.
Gives nature power to please;
Enlivens all it sees :
Seem bright as smiling May,
As peep of early day.
Virtue has raised above the things below:
Shrinks not though Fortune aims her deadliest blow.
Certainly it is heaven upon earth to have a man's mind move in charity, rest in Providence, and turn upon the poles of truth.
Gratitude is the music of the heart, when its chords are swept by the breeze of kindness.
Who lives to nature, rarely can be poor;
Who lives to fancy, never can be rich.
Is bound in shaliows and in miseries.
What stronger breast-plate than a heart untainted ?
All end, in Love of God, and Love of Man.
Gladdening the hearts of weary wayfarers
Oh deem not, ’midst this worldly strife,
The nobler passions of the soul.
And a calm stealeth over the breast;
And our worldly thoughts nestle to rest;
With fancy and fiction allied !
Doth not true song
To the whole world belong?
A heritage to all ?
(CONTAINING ALL THE ESSENTIALS FOR ELOCUTIONARY PRACTICE.)
INFLECTIONS OF THE VOICE. In conversation--especially when this is animated-the voice naturally rises and falls. On the contrary, it is too common to read in a dull, monotonous tone, which is not only disagreeable, but renders reading, in a great measure, useless. The term rising inflection, or the rising slide of the voice, does not mean raising the voice, nor does falling inflection signify lowering it;. these terms refer to musical sounds, and not to degrees of vocal force.
The acute accent ( denotes the rising inflection, and is used when the sense is not complete. The word thus marked is generally followed by a comma. The grave accent () shows the falling inflection or cadence, and it is chiefly used at the completion of a sentence, or-when this is long-at the end of its principal parts.
Did he say flúte, or flûte? He said flute, not flúte. The following expressions to be treated similarly :-Mét or mèt-fîn or fìn-blół or blot-lord or lòrd-úrn or ùrn-father or fåther-fást or fast-fáre or fàre-drawl or drawl-wash or washtrué or truè-púll or pull-pérfect or perfect-mérry or mèrryvirtue or virtue-mirror or mìrror.
It In the great majority of words which contain the letter H, either at the beginning, middle, &c., the H should be pronounced. As this is generally neglected, the following examples of both the mute and aspirate H are given for additional practice:
Words in which (as well as in their derivatives) the initial H is mute :-Heir, herb, honest, honor, hospital, hostler, hour, humble, humor.
Other words having H silent, though not initial :-Asthma, diphthong, dishabille, isthmus, naphtha, rhapsody, rhetoric, rheumatism, Rhine, rhinoceros, rhomb, rhubarb, rhyme, rhythm, shepherd, Thames, Thomas, triphthong. Also such words ås ah, catarrh, Micah, Sarah, &c.
The preceding words having H mute, and those in the next two groups, might be used as exercises on the inflections as well as on the aspirate, when this occurs. Thus: Did he say heír, or hèrb?
He said herb, not heir ? Did he say asthma, or diphthòng? He said diphthong, &c. Did you say áil, or hàil?
I said hail, not all. Did you say Wáles, or whales? i said whàles, not Wales, &c.
* It will greatly promote the Pupil's progress if these and the subsequent examples be frequently read aloud-slowly at first.-(Vide Intervals of Inflection.)