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'MIRTH, JOLLY LAUGHTER. among them, that they are countenanced by 462. When
so large a portion of the American people. delight arises from ludicrous
Maxims. 1. He, that hearkens to counsel, is or fugitive amuse
wise. 2. Courage-ought to have eyes, and ears, menis, in which
as well as arms. 3. Credit, lost, is like a broken others share with
looking-glass. 4. It is sweet 10 do good unseen us, it is called
and in secret. 5. Nature—unites the beautiful with MIRTH, LAUGHTER OR MERRIMENT;
the useful: hence, handsome is, that handsome which opens the
does. 6. The mob hath many heads, but no brains. mouth horizon
7. A superior mind cares but little about dress, pro tally, shrivels the
vided it be decent. 8. The world—is a large and nose, raises the cheeks high, les
interesting book, and is opened to us day and sens the aperture
night. 9. Vanity-renders beauty contemptible. of the eyes, and
10. Vows, made in storms, are forgotten in calms; fills them with
because they are the offspring of fear. tears.
Anecdote. Play upon words. A poor INVOCATION OF THE GODDESS OF MIRTH.
drunken loafer—was picked up in the street, But come, thou goddess, fair and free,
by the watchman, when the following decisIn heav'n yclep'd Euphosyne;
ion was made: There is no sense in his head, And of men-heart-easing MIRTH;
no cents in his pocket, and a powerful scent Whom lovely Venus bore:
in his breath: he was of course sent to the Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee watchhouse. Jest and youthful Jolity,
The Feet. There are seven bones in the Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles, ankle, five in the metatarsus, and fourteen Nods, and becks and wreathed smiles, phalanges in the foot, which are strongly fasSuch as hang on Hebe's cheek,
tened together by means of a gristle, which And love to live in dimple sleek;
yields—so as to enable us to tread, with equal Sport, that wrinkled Care derides,
ease, on level or unequal surfaces. We often And Laughter, holding both his sides ; hear of the small feet of the Chinese ladies; Come, and trip it as you go
and we also see some ladies in a christian On the light fantastic toe,
land who try to make themselves heathens, And in thy right hand-lead with thee
by wearing a very small shoe, under the false The mountain-nymph, sweet Liberty.
notion, that it is genteel to have small feet. MIRTH AND MELANCHOLY.
Genteel to have corns, impeded circulation, Now, by two-headed Janus, Nature hath framed strange fellows in her times; shall we come to our senses, leave off tight
and all their train of horrors! Oh, when Some, that will evermore peep through their eyes, shoes, and cease to worship the god of fashAnd laugh, like parrots at a bag-piper; And others-of such vinegar aspect,
VARIETIES. That they'll not show their teeth in way of smile,
Like the lily, Though Nestor swear the jest be laughable.
That once was mistress of the field, 463. THEATRES. If the lofty powers of I'll hang my head, and perish. the master tragedian were concentrated to
Her suny locks the development of mind, in the presence Hang on her temples, like a golden fleece. of those, only, who can appreciate his gen
She looks as clear, ius; if the public display of them, on the As morning roses, newly washed with dew. stage, were unaccompanied by any of those There's nothing in the world can make me joy; excressences, which cling, incubus-like, to Life—is as tedious—as a twice-told tale, modern theatres ; the evil of which the phi- Vexing the dull ear of drowsy man. lanthropist and patriot complain, would Love is blind, and lovers cannot see seem to be trifling. But when he throws The petty follies, that themselves commit. himself in the midst of such scenes, as he How far that little candle throws his beams! must necessarily meet, in all the theatres of So-shines a good deed—in this naughty world. the present day, he gives the sanction of his Penetration—has an aid of divination. presence, his example and reputation, to
HONESTY. some of the most monstrous abuses, which Thou art full of love and honesty, esist among men. Although his moral char And weigh'st thy words before thou giv'st them breathe acter may be irreproachable, yet a man is al
Therefore, these stops of thine fright me the more :
For such things, in a false disloyal knave, ways known by the company he keeps; and,
Are tricks of custom ; but, in a man that's just, in spite of himself and his friends, he is They are close denotements, working from the heart, identified with all the theatres, in which he That passions cannot rule. performs: his character is assimilated to his Gold, silver, vases sculptur'd high,
Paint, marble, gems, and robes of Persian dye, debased associates, who boast of his society;
There are, who have not, and, thank heaven! there are and ape his greatness. It is because he is! Who, if they have not, think not worth their care.
ECSTASY, RAPTURE, &c.
Maxims. 1. He is not wise, who is not wise 464. Ec
for himself. 2. If you wish a thing done, go; if not, STASY, RAP
send. 3. The silence of the tongue is often the eloTURE, TRANS
quence of the heart. 4. The perfection of art is, to PORT, express
conceal art. 5. Every day is a little life; and a dinary eleva
whole life but a day repeated. 6. We find it hard tion of the
to forgive those, whom we have injured. 7. Fashspirits, an excessive ten
ionable women are articles manufactured by milsion of mind :
iners; they signify
They want but little-here below, to be out of
And want that little-for a show. one's self, out
8. Do nothing you would wish to conceal. 9. Apof or:e's mind, carried away
pearances are often deceiving. 10. Riches cannot beyond one's
purchase mental endowments. self. ECSTA
Anecdote. Look at Home. The advice SY-benumbs
of a girl, to Thales, a Milesian astronomer, the faculties, takes away the power of speech, and sometimes was strong and practical. Seeing him gazof thought; it is generally occasioned by sudden ing at the heavens, as he walked along, and and unexpected events: but RAPTURE often invig- perhaps piqued, because he did not cast an orates the powers and calls them into action. The former, is common to all persons of ardent eye on her attractions, she put a stool in his feelings; especially, children, &c., the illiterate: path, over which he tumbled and broke his the latter is common to persons of superior minds, shins. Her excuse was, that she wanted to and circumstances of peculiar importance. teach him, before he indulged himself in What followed, was all ecstasy, and trances :
star-gazing, to “ look at home." Immortal pleasures round my swimming eyes did dance. By swift degrees, the love of nature works,
A proper judge—will read each work of wit, And warms the bosom, till at last, sublim'd
With the same spirit, that its author writ.
It comes o'er the ear, like the sweet south wind, Scorns the base earth and crowd below,
Which breathes upon a bank of violets, And, with a peering wing, still mounts on high
Stealing-and giving odor. He play'd so sweetly, and so sweetly sung,
Th't mind and body— often sympathize, That on each note the enraptur'd audience hung.
Is plain; such-is this union, nature ties: 465. GARRICK. It is believed, that this
But then, as often too, they disagree, tragedian greatly surpassed his predecessors, Which proves—the soul's superior progeny. in his genius for acting, in the sweetness and variety of his tones, the irresistible magic of That sat on her seven hills, and from her throne
Yet this is Rome, his eye, the fire and vivacity of his action, the elegance of his attitudes, and the whole
Of beauty-ruled the world. pathos of expression. The cause of which Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day, success was, his intimate and practical
(Live till to-morrow,) will have passed away. knowledge of human nature. Example. A With pleasure-let us own our errors past, certain gentleman, on returning from the And make each day-a critic-on the last. theatre, asked his postillion, (who sat in his
Thinking - leads man to knowledge. private box,) what he thought of the great He may see and hear, and read and learn, Mr. Garrick. “Not much, my lord," was whatever he pleases, and as much as he pleashis reply, "for he talked and acted just like es : he will never know any thing of it, exJohn and I in the stable.”. When this was cept that which he has thought over; that repeated to the tragedian, he declared it the which, by thinking, he has made the progreatest compliment ever paid him: for, perty of his mind. Is it then saying too said he, if nature's own children can't dis- | much, that man, by thinking only, becomes tinguish me from themselves, it is a pretty truly man. Take away thought from man's sure indication that I am about right. life, and what remains ?
'T was the bow of Omnipotence: bent in His hand, Dat, in her temple's last recess inclos'd,
Whose grasp at creation the universe spann'd; On dullness' lap, th' annointed head repos’d.
'T was the presence of God, in a symbol sublime;
His vow from the flood to the exit of Time!
Not dreadful, as when in the whirlwind he pleads,
When storms are his chariot, and lightnings his steeds, Then raptures high-the seat of sense o'erflow, The black clouds his banner of vengeance unfurl'd, Which only heads-refin'd from reason, know; And thunder his voice to a guilt-stricken world ;Hence, from the straw, where Bedlam's prophet Not such was the rainbowo, that beautiful one! He hears loud oracles, and talks with gods : (nods, Whose arch was refraction, its key-stone the sun; Hence, the fool's paradise, the statesman's scheme,
A pavilion it seem'd, which the Deity graced, The air-built castle, and the golden dream,
And justice and mercy met there, and embraced. The maid's romantic wish, the chemist's flame,
Awhile, and it sweetly bent over the gloom,
Like love o'er a death-couch, or hope o'er the tomb; And poet's vision of eternal fame.
Then left the dark scene; whence it slowly retired; How dost thou wear, and weary out thy days,
As love had just vanish'd, or hope had expired. Restless ambition; never at an end.
Virtue, not rolling suns—the mind matures.
Maxims. 1. We must strike while the iron 466. Love
is hot; but we must sometimes make the iron hot gives a soft se
by striking. 2. Books are to the young, what renity to the
capital is to the man of business. 3. It is not good countenance, a languishing to
husbandry, to make a child's fortune-great, and the eyes, a
his mind-poor. 4. Some-excuse their ignorance, sweetness to
by pretending, that their taste lies in another dithe voice, and a tenderness
rection. 6. Reading, makes a full man, and thinkto the whole
ing, a correct man. 6. Not the pain, but the frame : fore
cause-makes the martyr. 7. Learn some useful head smooth
art or trade, that you may be independent of the and enlarged ;
caprice of fortune. 8. Nothing is harder for honeye-brows arch. ed; mouth
est people, than to be denied the privilege of little open;
speaking their minds. 9. Some—are penny-wise, when entreat
and pound-foolish. 10. A true friend sometimes ing, it clasps
ventures to be offensive. the hands, with intermingled fingers, to the breast; eyes lan
Anecdote. Tuo Lawyers. A wealthy guishing and parily shut, as if doating on the ob- farmer, being engaged in a law-suit against ject; countenance assumes the eager and wistful one of his opulent neighbors, applied to a look of desire, but mixed with an air of satisfaction and repose ; accents soft and winning, voice lawyer, who happened to be engaged on the persuasive, flattering, pathetic, various, musi- opposite side; but, who told him he would cal and rapturous, as in Jor: when declaring, give him a recommendation to a professional the right hand, open, is pressed forcibly on the friend; which he did in the following lines : breast; it makes approaches with the greatest delicacy, and is attended with trembling hesi “Here are two fat wethers, fallen out together, tancy and confusion; if successful, the counte. If you'll fleece one, I'll fleece the other, nance is lighted up with smiles ; unsuccessful and make them agree like brother and brother." love adds an air of anxiety and melancholy. 467. To the above may be added, Shaks
The letter being unsealed, the farmer had peare's description of this affection, as given the curiosity to open and read it; he did so, by the Good Shepherd, who was requested to and instead of carrying it to the other lawyer, tell a certain youth, what 'tis to love:
he took it to the person, with whom he was It is to be all made of sighs and tears :
at variance. Its perusal cured both parties, It is to be all made of faith and service :
and ended the dispute. Inference-Lawyers It is to be all made of fantasy,
live by the violation of the laws of goodness All made of passion, and all made of wishes :
and truth. All adoration, duty, and observance,
Conversation. When five or six men All humbleness, all patience, and impatience, are together, it is curious—to observe the All purity, all trial, all observance.
anxiety every one has to speak. No one LOVE DESCRIBED.
wishes to hear; all he desires, is an audiCome hither boy; if ever thou shalt love, tor. Rather than defer telling their respecIn the sweet pangs of it remember me:
tive stories, they frequently all speak at the For such as I am-all-true lovers are :
same time. Unstaid and skittish in all motions else ; [beloo'd.
Varieties. , The United States-is on a Save in the constant image of the creature, that is conspicuous stage; and the WORLD-marks LANGUISHING LOVE.
her demeanor. 2. If a parent-withhold from O fellow, come, the song we had last night :
his children—the light, and influence of DiMark it Cesario; it is old and plain; The spinsters, and the knitters
in the sun, [bones, vine Truth, is he not, in part, responsible And the free maids, that weave their threads with for their crimes? 3. Eloquence—is the lanDo use to chant it; it is silly, sooth,
guage of Nature,—of the soul; it cannot be And dallies with the innocence of love,
acquired in the schools, though it may be culLike to old age.
tivated there. 4. What is the object of courtHail, wedded love, mysterious law, true source
ship? to get acquainted ; to show off ; to Of human offspring, sole propriety
take in; or, to marry ? 5. What a dreadful In paradise, of all things common else!
thing it is to be “cut out,”—and to "get By thee adult'rous lust-was driv'n from men
the mitten!” Among the bestial herds to range ; by thee
They—know not my heart, who belive there can be
One stain of this earth-in its feelings for thee; Founded in reason, loyal, just, and pure,
Who think, while I see thee in beauty's young hour, Relations dear, and all the charities
As pure as the morning's first dew on the flower, Or father, son, and brother, first were known. I could harm what I love-as the sun's wanton ray Here, love his golden shafts employs, here lights But smiles on the dew-drop--to waste it away! His constant lamp, and waves his purple wings, No-beaming with light-as those young features are, Reigns here and revels : not in the bought smile There's a light round thy heart, which is lovlier far: Of harlots, loveless, joyless, unendear'd,
It is not that check—'tis the soul-dawning clear
Through its innocent blush, makes thy beauty so dear.. Casual fruition; not in court amours,
As the sky we look up to, though glorious and fair, Mix'd dance, or wanton mask, or midnight ball. Is look'd up to the more, because heaven is there!
Maxims. 1. He that feels as he ought, will be 468. PITY,
polite without knowing it. 2. Comon sense is the benevolence to
growth of all countries and all ages, but it is very the afflicted; a
rare. 3. Modesty is one of the chief ornaments of mixture of love for an objeet
youth. 4. In every condition be humble; the loftier which s uifers,
the condition, the greater the danger. 5. Feelings whether human
and thoughts are the parents of language. 6. To or animal, and a
gain a good reputation, be, what you desire to ap. grief that we are unable to re
pear. 7. In prosperity, we need consideration; in move those suf
adversity--patience. E. Kindness is more binding ferings. It is seen
than a loan. 9. Right should be preferred to kindin a compassion
red. 10. A wise man adapts himself to circumate tenderness of voice, a feel
stances, as water does to the vessel that contains it. ing of pain in the
Anecdote. When Woodward first acted countenance;
Sir John Brute, Garrick was induced, either features drawn together, eye
by curiosity or jealousy, to be present. A brows drawn down, mouth open, and a gentle few days afterward, they happened to meet, raising and falling of the hands and eyes; as if | when Woodward asked Garrick, how he liked mourning over the unhappy object.
him in the part; adding, I think I struck out Hadst thou but seen, as I did, how at last, sonie beauties in it. Garrick replied, " I think Thy beauties, Belvidera, like a wretch
you struck out all the beauties in it.” That's doom'd to banishment, came weeping forth: Discretion. At the same time, that I Whilst two young virgins, on whom she once think discretion—the most useful talent a Kindly look'd up, and at her grief grew sad! (lean'd, man can be master of, I look upon cunning Ev'n the loud rabble, th't were gather'd round
to be the accomplishment of little, mean, unTo see the sight, stood mute, when they beheld Her: govern'd their roaring threats, and grumbld generous minds. Discretion-points out the PITY
noblest ends to us, and pursues the most pro.. How many bleed,
per and laudable methods of attaining them; By shameless variance, between man and man! cunning-has only private, selfish aims, and
On the bare earth, exposed, he lies, sticks at nothing which may make them suc-
Show mercy, and thou shalt find it. views, and, like a well-formed eye, commands Life, fill?d with grief's distressful train,
a whole horizon ; cunning-is a kind of Forever asks the tear humane.
short-sightedness, that discovers the minutest
objects, which are near at hand, but is not. The quality of mercy—is not strain'd;
able to discern things at a distance. It droppeth, as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath : it is twice bless'd;
Varieties. 1. Said an Indian chief to the
President, “May the Great Spirit bear up It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes : Tis mightiest—in the mightiest; it becomes
the weight of thy gray hairs, and blunt the The throned monarch-better than his crown;
arrow, that brings them rest. 2. The great His sceptre shows the force of temporal power,
truth has finally gone forth to the ends of the The attribute to awe—and majesty,
earth, that man shall no more render account Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings;
to man, for his belief, over which he himself But mercy—is above this sceptr'd sway,
has no control. 3. Let every one feel, think, It is enthroned—in the hearts of kings,
act and say whatever he pleases; provided, It is an attribute to God himself :
he does not infringe upon like privileges of And earthly power-doth then show likest God's, others. 4. Virtue - promotes worldly pros When mercy-seasons justice.
perity; vice destroys it. 5. Who can fully But from the mountain's grassy side, realize the strength of parental affection, A guiltless feast I bring :
without experiencing it? and even then, who A scrip, with fruits and herbs supplied, can describe it. 6. Grief, smothered, preys And water from the spring.
upon the vitals; give it vent into the bosom Thou great, thou best prerogative of power! of a friend. 7. Nothing is of any service, Justice may guard the throne, but, join’d with thee, that does not help to re-unite the soul to God. On rocks of adamant it stands secure,
But, whate'er you are, And braves the storm beneath.
That in this desert inaccessible, Mercy—is the becoming smile of justice;
Under the shade of melancholy houghs, This—makes her lovely, as her rigor_dreadful;
Lose and neglect the creeping hours of time, Either, alone, defective :—but, when join'd,
If ever you have looked on better days, Like clay and water in the potter's hands,
If ever been where bells have knoll'd to church;: They mingle influence, and together rise,
If ever sat at any good man's feast! In forms, which neither, separate, could bestow.
If ever, from your eye-lids, wip'd a tear, The sweetest cordial-we receive at last,
And know what 'tis to pity, and be pitied, 18-conscience-of our virtuous actions past. Let gentleness my strong enforcement be
Maxims. 1. It is one thing to know how to 469. HOPE
give, and another to know how to keep. 2. Every is a mixture of
thing perfected by art, has its source in nature. joy and desire, agitating the
3. He who tells you the faults of others, intends to mind, and anti
tell others your faults. 4. Opinion is free, and cipating its en
conduct alone amenable to the law. 5. Extravajoyment; it ev
gant praise is more mortifying than the keenest er gives pleas
satire. 6. Love all beauty, and you will love all ure; which is not always the
goodness. 7. A foolish friend does more harm than case with wish
a wise enemy. 8. When our hatred is violent, it and desire; as
sinks us below those we hate. 9. There should they may pro
be no delay in a benefit, but in the modesty of the duce or be accompanied with
receiver. 10. A cup of cold water, in time of need, pain and anxie
may save a man's life. ty. Hope erects
Acquaintance with Human Nature. and brightens the countenance, o
He, who has acquired a competent knouilpens the mouth
edge of the views, that occupy the generality to half a smile, arches the eye-brows, gives the of men; who has studied a great variety of with the hands open, ready to receive the object characters, and attentivly observed the force of its wishes, towards which it leans a little; the and violence of human passions ; together voice is somewhat plaintive, and manner incli- with the infirmities and contradictions they ning to eagerness, but colored by doubt and anxiety; the breath drawn inward more forcibly than produce in the conduct of life, will find in usual, in order to express our desires more strong this knowledge, a key to the secret reasons ly, and our earenest expectation of receiving the and motives which gave rise to many of the object of them. But thou, O HOPE! with eyes so fair,
most important events of ancient times. What was thy delighted measure ?
Varieties. 1. Some people will do alStill it whisper'd-promis'd pleasure,
most anything, rather than own a fault ; And bade the lovely scenes al distance hail; tho' everything depends on it: thus, Seneca's
Still would her touch the strain prolong, wife, to conceal her blindness, declared that
She called an echo still thro' all her song; could see. 2. What is the difference between
pleasure and happiness? 3. There is, in all
exist; an inmost, middle, and outermost; [health
and in h: man beings, there is a soul, mind, Thou captive's freedorn, and thou sick man's Thou lover's victory, thou beggar's wealth !
and body ; will, understanding, and act ; afThou manna, which from heaven we eat,
fection, thought and speech ; intellectual, To every taste a several meat;
rational, and scientific; end, cause, and ef. Hope! thou first fruit of happiness !
fect, all essentially distinct. 4. Our Lord Thou genue dawning of a bright success! does not say—if a man see a miracle, he Who, out of fortune's reach doth stand,
shall know that my doctrine is from God; And art a blessing still at hand!
but, “if any man will do my will." Brother of faith! 'twixt whom and thee,
The flower-soon dies, but hope's soft ray The joys of heaven and earth divided be;
Unchang'd-undying shines The future's thine,—the present's his.
Around that form-where pale decay, Thou pleasant, honest flatterer; for none
A peaceful heart enshrines : Flatter unhappy men, but thou alone!
Like ivy-round the blighted tree, O Hope, sweet flatterer, whose delusive touch
It twines around the heart,
The only verdant part.
Kings it makes Gods, and meaner creatures Kingo.
Hope, though 'tis pale sorrow's only cordial, And let me hail thee-from that friendly grove. Has yet-a dull and opiate quality,
Anecdote. A traveler in a stage-coach, Enfeebling—what it lulls. not famous for its swiftness, inquired the A beacon shining o'er a stormy sea; name of the coach. A fellow passenger re A cooling fountain-in a weary land ; plied, “I think it is the Regulator, for I ob A green spot-on a waste and burning sand; serve that all the other coaches go by it."
A rose—that o'er a ruin sheds its bloom; Hast thou power?-the weak defend;
A sunbeam-smiling o'er the cold dark tomb. Light ?-give light : thy knowledge lend ; Westward—the course of empire takes its way; Rich?-remember Him, who gave;
The four first acts already past, Free!-be brother to the slave.
A fifth-shall close the drama with the day; A disputable point—is no man's ground.
Time's noblest offspring—is the last.