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Bethink thee, wherefore were they sent? and hath not use blunted their
keenness? Need hope, and patience, and courage, be strangers to the meanest hovel ? Thou art in an evil case,-it were cruel to deny to thee compassion, But there is not unmitigated ill in the sharpest of this world's sorrows: I touch not the sore of thy guilt; but of human griefs I counsel thee, Cast off the weakness of regret, and gird thee to redeem thy loss. Thou hast gained, in the furnace of affliction, self-knowledge, patience,
and humility, And these be as precious ore, that waiteth the skill of the coiner: Despise not the blessings of adversity, nor the gain thou hast earned so
hardly, And now thou hast drained the bitter, take heed that thou lose not the
Power is seldom innocent, and envy is the yoke-fellow of eminence;
chased; He would be on the mountain's top without the toil and travail of the
climbing But equity demandeth recompense; for high-place, calumny and care; For state, comfortless splendour eating out the heart of home; For warrior fame, dangers and death; for a name among the learned, a
spirit overstrained; For honour of all kinds, the goad of ambition; on every acquirement, the
tax of anxiety. He that would change with another, must take the cup as it is mixed • Poverty, with largeness of heart: or a full purse, with a sordid spirit; Wislom, in an ailing body; or a common mind with health: Godliness, with man's scorn; or the welcome of the mighty, with guilt: Beauty, with a fickle heart; or plainness of face, with affection. For so hath Providence determined, that a man shall not easily discover Unmingled good or evil, to quicken his envy or abhorrence. A bold man or a fool must he be, who would change his lot with another, It were a fearful bargain, and mercy hath lovingly refused it : For we know the worst of ourselves, but the secrets of another we see not,
And better is certain bad, than the doubt and dread of worse.
MOREOVER, a moral compensation reacheth to the secrecy of thought
for thy foe:
may know nothing of the cause that maketh thee distasteful
to his soul, The cause of unkind suspicion, for which thou hast thy punishment; And if thou think of him in charity, wishing or praying for his weal, He shall not guess the secret charm that lureth his soul to love thee For just is retributive ubiquity: Samson did sin with Dalilah, And his eyes and captive strength were forfeit to the Philistine : Jacob robbed his brother, and sorrow was his portion to the grave · David must fly before his foes, yea, though his guilt is covered: And He, who seeming old in youth, (6) was marred for others' sin, For every special crime must bear its special penalty: By luxury, or rashness, or vice, the member that hath erred suffereth, And therefore the Sacrifice for all was pained at every pore.
ALIKE to the slave and his oppressor cometh night with sweet refreshment,
And half of the life of the most wretched is gladdened by the soothings
of sleep. Pain aildeth zest unto pleasure, and teacheth the luxury of health ; There is a joy in sorrow, which none but a mourner can know; Madness hath imaginary bliss, and most men have no more; Age hath its quiet calm, and youth enjoyeth not for haste: Daily, in the midst of its beatitude, the righteous soul is vexed; And even the misery of guilt doth attain to the bliss of pardon. Who, in the face of the born-blind, ever looked on other than content? And the deaf ear listeneth within to the silent music of the heart. There is evil poured upon the earth from the overflowings of corruption,Sickness, and poverty, and pain, and guilt, and madness, and sorrow; But, as the water from a fountain riseth and sinketh to its level, Ceaselessly toileth justice to equalize the lots of men: For, habit, and hope, and ignorance, and the being but one of a multitude, And strength of reason in the sage, and dulness of feeling in the fool, And the light elasticity of courage, and the calm resignation of meekness And the stout endurance of decision, and the weak carelessness of apathy, And helps invisible but real, and ministerings not unfelt, Angelic aid with worldly discomfiture, bodily loss with the soul's gain, Secret griefs, and silent joys, thorns in the flesh, and cordials for the spirit (-Short of the insuperable barrier dividing innocence from guilt,-). Go far to level all things, by the gracious rule of Compensation.
OF INDIRECT INFLUENCES.
FACE thy foe in the field, and perchance thou wilt meet thy master,
battle; But sind him when he looketh not for thee, aim between the joints of his
harness, And the crest of his pride will be humbled, his cruelty will bite the dust. Reard not a lion in his den, but fashion the secret pitfall, So shalt thou conquer the strong, thyself triumphing in weakness. The hurricane rageth fiercely, and the promor.tory standeth in its might, Breasting the artillery of heaven, as darts glance from the crocodile : But the small continual creeping of the silent footsteps of the sea Mineth the wall of adamant, and stealthily compasseth its ruin. The weakness of accident is strong, where the strength of design is weak: And a casual analogy convinceth, when a mind beareth not argument. Will not a man listen ? be silent; and prove thy maxim by example: Never fear, thou losest not thy hold, though thy mouth doth not render a
Contend not in wisdom with a fool, for thy sense maketh much of his
conceit; And some errors never would have thriven, had it not been for learned
refutation: Yea, much evil hath been caused by an honest wrestler for truth And much of unconscious good, by the man that hated wisdom: For the intellect judgeth closely, and if thou overstep thy argument, Or seem not consistent with thyself, or fail in thy direct purpose, The mind that went along with thee, shall stop and retum without thee, And thou shalt have raised a foe, where thou mightest have won a friend
Hints, shrewdly strown, mightily disturb the spirit,
BEHOLD those broken arches, that oriel all unglazed,
Tell me, daughter of taste, what hath charmed thine ear in music?