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526. JEALOUSY is

Anecdote. Lord Gadshy, over the endoubtful anger, strug:

trance of a beautiful grotto, had caused this gling against faith and

inscription to be placed,—“Let nothing enpity; it is a tenderness resisted by resentment

ter here but what is good.Dr. Rennel, the of suspected injury;

master of the temple, who was walking over the nerves braced strong, imply determination of

the ground, with much point asked—“Then revenge and punishment;

where does your lor dship enter ?'' while, at the same time, a soft passive hesitation

Everything Useful. The mineral, vein the eye, confesses a

getable, and animal kingdoms, are designed reluctance at the heart,

for the nourishment, clothing, habitation, reto part with, or efface a gentle and indulged idea.

creation, delight, protection and preservation Again, it is rage at a con

of the human race; abuse does not take cluded infidelity; and

away use, any more than the falsification of then, the eye receives and flashes out sparklings of truth destroys the truth; except, with those infiamed ideas, while the muscles, contracting the will's violence, from a repressive disposition of who do it. Everything which is an object of the heart, grow slack, and lose their spring, and the senses, is designed to aid in developing 80 disarm and modify the enraged indignation. the most external faculties of man; and Now from this unsettled wavering in the balance of the purpose, when the heart and judgment what is of an economical and civil nature, weigh each other, and both scales alternately and what is imbibed from parents, teachers, preponderate, is induced a glowing picture of and others, and also from books, and reflecjealousy.

tions upon them all, is useful for perfecting Oh! what dam-ned minutes tells he o'er,

the rational faculties of the mind : and all Who doats, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves! divine truths are designed to perfect the huO jealousy! thou bane of social joy!

man mind, and prepare it for receiving a Oh! she's a monster, made of contradictions !

spiritual principle from the Lord, our CreaLet truth, in all her native charms appear,

tor and Redeemer. And with the voice of harmony itself Plead the just cause of innocence traduc'd;

Varieties. 1. A fit Pair. A Dandy is a Deaf as the adder, blind as upstart greatness, thing, in pantaloons, with a body and two She sees, nor hears. And yet, let slander whisper, arms, head without brains, tight boots, a cane, Rumor has fewer tongues than she has ears; and white handkerchief, two broaches and a And Argus' hundrd eyes are dim and slow, ring on his little finger, A Coquette is a To piercing jealousy's.

young lady, with more beauty than sense, 527. THE FRUITS. Men, instead of applying more accomplishments than learning, more the salutary medicines of philosophy and religion charms of person than graces of mind, to abate the rage, and recover the temper of their vitiated imaginations, cherish the disease in their more admirers than friends, and more fools bosoms, until their increasing appetites, like the than wise men for her attendants. 2. The hounds of Actæon, tear into pieces the soul they sunshine of prosperityhas attractions for were intended to enliven and protect.

Jealousy-is like

all, who love to bask in its influence, hoping A polish'd glass, held to the lips, when life's in doubt: to share in its pleasures. 3. The verdant If there be breadth, 'twill catch the damp and show it. lawn, the shady grove, the variegated landJealous rage—is but a hasty flame,

scape, the beautiful ocean and the starty fire That blazes out, when love too fiercely burns.

mament are contemplated with pleasure, by It is jealousy's peculiar nature,

every one, who has a soul. 4. A man should To swell small things to great; nay, out of nought, not be ashamed to own, that he has been in To conjure much, and then to lose its reason

the wrong; which is only saying, in other Amid the hideous phantoms it has formed. words, that he is wiser to-day than he was Where love reigns, disturbing jealousy

yesterday. 5. The love of truth and goodDoth call himself affection's sentinel ;

ness, is the best passion we can indulge. 6. Gives false alarms, suggesteth mutiny,

A woman's life, is the history of the affec And, in a peaceful hour, doth cry, kill, kill ; tions ; the heart is her world; it is there

Distempering gentle love with his desire, her ambition strives for empire, and there As air and water do abate the fire.

she seeks for untold treasures. 7. The best

How blest am I and noblest conquest, is that of reason over In my just censure! in my true opinion ! our passions, and follies. Alack for lesser knowledge !-how accurs'd In being so bless'd! There may be in the cup

Those you make friends, A spider steep'd, and one may drink, depart,

And give your hearts to, when they once perceive And yet partake no venom, for his knowledge

The least rub in your fortunes, full away Is not infected; but if one present

Like water from ye, never found again

But where they mean to sink ye.
The abhorr'd ingredient to his eye, make known
How he hath drunk, he cracks his gorge, his sides,

Oh jealousy!
With violent hefts.--I have drunk, and seen the

Love's eclipse! thou art in thy disease spider!

A wild, mad patient, wondrous hard to please.

528. JUDGING—demands a grave, steady look, Anecdote. In the early period of the with deep attention, the countenance altogether French revolution, when the throne and the clear from any appearance, either of disgust, or favor : the pronunciation slow, distinct, and em- altar had been overturned, a Benedictine phatical, accompanied with little action, and that monastery was entered, hy a devastating band, very grave.

its inmates treated with wanton and unproJUDGING ACCORDING TO STRICT LAW.

voked cruelty, and the work of demolition If you refuse-to wed Demetrius

and plunder going on,-when a large body Either must you die the death, or abjure,

of the inhabitants rallied, drove the spoilers Forever, the society of men.

away, but secured the ringleaders, whom they Therefore, fair Hermia, question your desires,

would have severely punished, had not the Know of your youth, examine well your blood, Whether, not yielding to your father's choice,

abbot, who had received the worst indignities You can endure the livery of a nun;

from these very leaders, rushed forward to For aye to be in a shady cloister mew'd; protect them. “I thank you, my children," Chaunting faint hymns to the cold fruitless moon.

said he," for your seasonable interference; Take time to pause, and, by the next new moon, let us, however, show the superiority of reli(The sealing day betwixt my love and me, gion, by displaying our clemency, and suffer. For everlasting bond of fellowship,)

ing them to depart.” The ruffians were overUpon that day, either prepare to die,

powered by the abbot's humanity, fell at his For disobedience to your father's will,

feet, entreated his benediction and forgiveness. Or else—to wed Demetrius, as he would, Or on Diana's altar to protest

But yonder-comes the powerful king of day, For age-austerity--and single life.

Rejoicing in the east. The lèss'ning cloud, Miscellaneous. 1. In opening a cause, Illum'd with fluid gold, his near approach

The kindling azure, and the mountain's brow, give a general view of the grounds on which Betoken glad. Lo, now, apparent all the charge is made, and of the extent, magni- Aslant the dew-bright earth, and color'd air, tude, tendency, and effect of the crime al- He looks—in boundless majesty abroad; ledged. 2. There is some consolation for dull And sheds the shining day, that, burnishid, plays authors, that the confectioner may put good on rocks, and hills, and tow'rs, and wand'ring into their books, if they fail to do it themselves. High gleaming from afar.

(streams, 3. Uncle Tohy's oath: “ The accusing spirit, Varieties. 1. Should we be governed by which flew up to heaven's chancery, with the our feelings, or by our judgment? 2. Earths, oath, blushed—as he gave it in; and the re- waters, and atmospheres—are the three gecording angel-dropped a tear upon it, and neral elements, of which all natural things blotted it out forever. 4. Would not many are made. 3. The human body is composed persons be very much surprised, if their ideas of all the essential things which are in the of heavenly joys, should be exhibited here-world of nature. 4. The three periods of our after, to show them their falsity? 5. Beauty development are—infancy, including the first is given, to remind us, that the soul should be

seven years; childhoodthe second seven, kept as fair and perfect in its proportions, as and youthấthe third seven; the close of the temple in which it dwells; the spirit of which,-is the beginning of manhood. 5. beauty flows in, only where these proportions Adolescence is that state, when man begins are harmonious. 6. Can any one be a lover to think, and act—for himself, and not from of truth, and a searcher after it, and yet turn the instruction, and direction of others. 6. his back on it, when presented, and call for The cerebellum, and consequently, the vomiracles ? 7. The aphorism, “ Know thy- luntary principle of the mind, never sleeps ; self,” is soon spoken, but one is a long time but the cerebrum, and of course, the reasonin obeying it; Gracian-was placed among ing faculty-does. 7. Beware of the erronethe seven wise men of Greece, for having ous opinion, that you must be remarkably been the author of the maxim ; but never, re

original; and that to speak, and write, unplied the sage, was any one placed there for like anybody else, is a great merit. having performed it. Who painted Justice blind, did not declare 'Tis certain, greatness, once fallen out with fortune, What magistrates should be, but what they are:

Must fall out with men too: what the declin'd is, Not so much, 'cause they rich and poor should weigh He shall as soon read—in the eyes of others, In their just scales alike; but, because they,

As feel—in his own fall: for men, like butterflies, Now blind with bribes, are grown 80 weak of sight, Show not their mealy wings, but to the summer. They'll sooner feel a cause, than see it right.

He stood up
Justice, painted blind,

Firm in his better strength, and like a tree
Infers, his ministers are obliged to hear

Rooted in Lebanon, his frame bent not. The cause; and truth, the judge, determine of it; His thin, white hairs—had yielded to the wind, And not sway'd or by favor, or affection,

And left his brow uncovered; and his face, By a false gloss, or corrected comment, alter Impressed with the stern majesty of grief, The true intent and letter of the law.

Nerved to a solemn duty, now stood forth Man's rich with little, were his judgment true. Like a rent rock, submissive, yet sublime.

533. Modesty-is a diffidence of ourselves, Punishments. There are dreadful punaccompanied with delicacy in our sense of what-ishments enacted against thieves ; but it were ever is mean, indirect, or dishonorable, or a fear much better to make such good provisions, by of doing

these things, or of having them imputed which cvery man might be put in a method how to us. Submission is an humble sense of our inferiority, and a quiet surrender of our power to live, and so be preserved from the fatal necesto a superior. Modesty bends the body forward ; sity of stealing, and of being imprisoned, or dying has a placid, downcast countenance, bends the

for it. eyes to the breast, if not to the feet, of the superior character; the voice is low, the tone sub Varieties. 1. Some politicians consider missive, and the words few. Submission adds honesty excellent in theory,--and policy safe to them a lower bending of the head, and a in practice ; thus admitting the absurd theory, spreading out of the arms and hands, down- that principles entirely false, and corrupt in wards towards the person submitted to. the abstract, are more salutary in their pracNow, good my lord,

tical manifestation, than principles essentially Let there be some more test of my metal,

good and true. 2. In public and private life, Before so noble, and so great a figure,

in the learned and unlearned professions, in

scenes of business, and in the domestic circle, Be stamped upon it.

the masterpiece of man is decision of character. O noble sir !

3. The moral sense of the people, is the sheetYour ever kindnesss doth wring tears from me ;

anchor, which alone can hold the vessel o. I do embrace your offer, and dispose,

state, amidst the storms that agitate the world. From henceforth, of poor Claudia.

4 True religion has nothing to fear, but much

to hope, from the progress of scientific truths. As lamps burn silent with unconscious light, 5. A writer or speaker should aim so to So modest ease in beauty shines more bright ; please, as to do his hearers and readers the Unaiming charms, with edge resistless fall, greatest amount of good. 6. It is not the And she who means no mischief, does it all.

part of a lover of truth, either to cavil or re

ject, without due examination. 7. Il man534. Pride. When our esteem of ourselves, or opinion of our own rank or merit is so high, ners are evidence of low breeding. as to lessen the regard due to the rank and As turns a flock of geese, and, on the green, merit of others, it is called pride : when it sup- Poke out their foolish necks in awkward spleen, poses others below our regard, it is contempt, (Ridiculous in rage!) to hiss, not bite, scorn, or disdain. Pride assumes a lofty look, bordering on the look and aspect of anger. The So war their quills, when sons of Dullness write. eyes full and open, but with the eye-brow con Clear as the glass, his spotless fame. siderably drawn down, the mouth pouting out,

And lasting diamond writes his name: but mostly shut, and the lips contracted: the words walk out and strut, and are uttered with

All jealousy a slow, stiff, bombastic affectation of importance; Must still be strangled in its birth : or time the hands sometimes rest on the hips, with the will soon conspire to make it strong enough elbows brought forward in the position called

To overcome the truth. a-kimbo; the feet at a distance from each other, and the steps long and stately. Obstinacy-When satire flies abroad on falsehood's wing, adds to the aspect of pride.

Short is her life, and impotent her sting; Worcester! get thee gone ; for I do see

But, when to truth allied, the wound she gives Danger and disobedience in thine eye:

Sinks deep, and to remotest ages lives. O sir, your presence is too bold and peremptory,

Every man in this age has not a soul And majesty-might never yet endure

Of crystal, for all men to read their actions (der, The moody frontier, of a servant's brow;

Thro': men's hearts and faces are so far asunYou have good leave to leave us ; when we need

That they hold no intelligence. Your use and counsel, we shall send for you.

Something heavy on my spirit, Did'st thou not think, such vengeance must await Too dull for wakefulness, too quick for slumber, The wretch that with his crimes all fresh about sits on me as a cloud along the sky, Rushes, irreverent, unprepared, uncalled, [him, which will not let the sunbeams through, nor yet Into his Maker's presence, throwing back,

Descend in rain and end, but spreads itself With insolent disdain, his choicest gifts ?

'Twixt earth and heaven, like envy between Anecdote. One of the emperors of China met a procession, conducting some malefac

And man, an everlasting mist.

(man

SONNET. tors to punishment. On being informed of the facts, he burst into tears; when one of

Like an enfranchised bird, that wildly springs, his courtiers endeavored to comfort him, say

With a keen sparkle in his glancing eye,

And a strong effort in his quivering wings, ing, “In a commonwealth, there must be

Up to the blue vault of the happy sky,-punishment; it cannot be avoided, as mankind now are.” His majesty replied, “ I weep

So my enamor'd heart, so long thine own,

At length from Love's imprisonment set free, not, to see those men prisoners, nor to see

Goes forth into the open world alone, them chastised; I know the good must be

Glad and exulting in its liberty: protected from the bad ; but I weep, because

But like that helpless bird (confind so long, my time is not so happy as that of old was, His weary wings have lost all power to soar,) when the virtues of the princes were such, Who soon forgets to trill his joyous song, that they served as a bridle to the people, and And feebly fluttering, sinks to earth once moretheir example was sufficient to restrain a So, from its former bonds released in vain, whole kingilom."

My heart still feels the weight of that remember'd chain. To recount Almighty works,

Whole years of joy gl de unperceived away, What words, or tongue, of seraph-can suffice ? While sorrow counts the minutes as they pass.

535. TRIMISING is expressed by benevolent | Laconics. 1. We must be instructed by all looks, a sofi hut earnest voice, and sometimes by things of one thing, if we would know that one inclining the head, or nod of consent; the hands thing thoroughly. 2. The evolution of the natural whom the promise is made : sincerity in promising sciences, amounts to the creation of a new sphere, is expressid by laying the hand gently on the in the human mind. 3. All truths, scientific, philoheart.

sophical and theological, are in perfect harmony I'll deliver all,

with each other. 4. The use, or effect, which proAnd promise you calm seas, auspicious gales, duces the end, must be the first point of analytic And sail, so expeditious, it shall catch

inquiry; i. e. first the fact, or result, and then, the Your royal fleet far off.

reasoning upon it. 5. When it is impossible, to I will be true to thee, preserve thee ever,

trace effects to visible causes, the mental sight must The sad companion of this faithful breast; take up, and complete the operation. 6. There is While life, and thought remain.

a universal analogy between all the spheres of Where'er I go, my soul shall stay with thee;

creation, natural, mental and spiritual, and beTis but my shadow, that I take away.

tween nature, and all things in human society. 7.

Nature-is simple and easy, it is man that is diffi536. REFUSING, — when accompanied with

cult and perplexed. displeasure, is done nearly the same way as dismissing with displeasure: without it-it' is done Genius. They say of poets, that they must with a visible reluctance, that occasions the bring- be born such; so must mathematiciūns, so ing out the words slowly, with such a shake of must great generals, and so must lawyers, the head, and shrug, as is natural on hearing and so, indeed, must' men of all denominasomething that gives us a screw of the shoulders, tions, or it is not possible that they should and hesitation in the speech, as implies perplexity excel; but with whatever faculties we are between granting and refusing; as in the follow- born, and to whatever studies our genius may ing example of refusing to lend money :

direct us, studies they still must be. Nature They answer--in a joint--and corporate voice,

gives a bias to respective pursuits; and this That now they are at falt-want treasure--cannot strong propensity is what we mean by genius. Do-what they would; are sorry, (you are honorable) Milton did not write his Paradise Lost; nor But yet they could have wished-(they know not) Homer his Iliad ; nor Newton his Principia, Something hath been amiss-a noble nature

without immense labor. May catch a wrench) would all were well—'tis pity;

Light grief is proud of state, and courts compassion; And so intending other serious matter, After distasteful looks-and other hard fractions

But there's a dignity-in cureless sorrow, With certain half caps, and cold-moving words

A sullen grandeur, which disdains complaint; They frown me into silence.

Rage is for little wrongs-despair-is dumb. Pride. The disesteem and contempt of Let coward guilt, with pallid fear, others is inseparable from pride. It is hardly To shelt'ring caverns fly, possible to overvalue ourselves, but by under

And justly-dread the vengeful fate, valuing our neighbors ; and we commonly

That thunders through the sky. most undervalue

those, who are, by other men, thought to be wiser than we are; and it is a

Protected by that hand, whose laiv, kind of jealousy in ourselves that they are so,

The threat'ning storms obey, which provokes our pride.

Intrepid virtue-smiles secure, They said, her cheek of youth was beautiful,

As in the blaze of day. Till withering sorrow blanch'd the white rose there; Varieties. 1. When you can do it, withBut grief did lay his icy finger on it,

out injury to truth and mercy, always avoid

a quarrel and a lawsuit. 2. When the founAnd chill'd it—to a cold and joyless statue.

dation of our hope is assailed, ought we not Anecdote. Garrick and Hogarth, sitting to contend, earnestly, for the faith once delivtogether one day, mutually lamented the ered to the saints? 3. When there is a right want of a picture of Fielding; “I think,” said desire, and an untiring industry, there will, Garrick, "I could make his face;" which he eventually, be the reward of light. 4. They, did accordingly. “For heaven's sake, hold,who understand most of a subject, will be vesaid Hogarth, * remain as you are a few min- ry indulgent to those, who know but little of utes;" he did so, while the painter sketched it. 5. If we are unwilling to do anything for the outlines, which were afterwards finished ourselves, how can we expect others will do from their mutual recollection: and this draw- much for us? 6. Every deceiver, whether by ing was the original of all the portraits we word, or deed, is a liar, and no one, that has have of the admired Tom Jones.

been once deceived by him, will fail to shun, He that holds fast the golden mean,

if not despise him.

Whether present, or absent, you always appear, And lives, contentedly, belween

A youth-most bewitchingly pleasant, The little and the great,

For when you are present, you're absent-my dear; Feels not the wants-that pinch the poor,

And when you are absent--you're present. Nor plagues—that haunt the rich man's door, How charming--is divine philosophy! Imbittering-all his state.

Not harsh and crabbed, as dull fools suppose, The tallest pines-feel most—the power

But musical as is Apollo's lute, Of wintry blast; the loftiest tower

And a perpetual feast-of nectar'd sweets, Comes heaviest—to the ground.

Where no crude surfeit reigns. The bolisthat span the mountain side,

Seeming devotion doth but gild the knave, His cloud-capt eminence-divide;

That's neither faithful, honest, just nor brave; And spread the ruin round.

But where religion doth-with virtue join, Nature-is frugal, and her wants are few. It makes a hero-like an angel shine.

537. REMORSE,

Should I-have answered Caius Cassius thus? or a painful sense

When Marcus Brutus-grows so covetous, of guilt. casts down

To lock such rascal-counters from his friends, the countenance,

Be ready--gods, with all your thunderbolts, and clouds it with anxiety; hangs

Dash him to pieces ! down the head;

Anecdote. A young gentleman, (the son draws down the

of his Majesty's printer, who had the potent eye-brows; the right hand beats

for publishing Gibbon's works,) made his apthe breast; the

pearance, at an assembly, dressed in green teeth gnashes with

and gold. Being a new face, and extremely anguish, and the

elegant, though he was not overstockcd with whole body is

sense, he attracted much attention, and a genstrained, and vio

eral murmur prevailed, to know who he was. lently agitated: if

A lady replied, loud enough to be heard by the strong remorse is

stranger, “Oh! don't you know him? It is succeeded by the

young Gibbon, bound in calf, and gilt; but more gracious dis

not lettered.position of penitence, or contrition, the eyes are raised, (tho' with great appearance of doubting Seeing Right. He, only, sees well, who und fear,) to the throne of mercy, and immediately sees the whole, in the parts, and the parts, in cast down again to the earth; then floods of tears the whole. I know but three classes of men; are seen to flow; the knees are bended, or the those who see the whole, those who see but a body prostrated on the ground; the arms are part, and those who see both together. spread in a suppliant posture, and the voice of deprecation is uttered with sighs and groans,

Varieties. 1. He, who lives well, and betimidity, hesitation, and trembling. The engra- lieves aright, will be saved ; but he, who does ving indicates a noble mind in distress.

not live well, and believe aright, cannot be The heart,

saved. 2. Lét times be ever so good, if you Pierced with a sharp remorse for guilt,

are slothful, you will be in want : but let

times be ever so bad, if you are diligent in Disdains the costly poverty of hecatombs,

the performance of duty, you will prosper. And offers the best sacrifice-itself.

3. The reptile, in human form, should be Blest tears--of soul-felt-penitence!

avoided with great care. 4. If the sun is to In whose benign, redeeming flow

be seen by its own light, must not the truth

be seen in like manner 2 The sounilest arIs felt the first,-the only sense

gument will produce no more conviction in Of guiltless joy—that guilt can know.

an empty head, than the most superficial decGo, maiden, weep-the tears of

woe,

lamation; as a feather and a guinea will fall By beauty-to repentance given,

with equal velocity, in a vacuum. 5. As Though bitterly-on earth they flow,

light-has no color, water--no taste, and Shall turn to fragrant balm-in Heaven!

air-no odor, 80, knowledge should be equal

ly pure, and without admixture. 6. We 538. SECURITY-diminishes the passions; the should have a glorious conflagration, if all, mind, when left to itself, immediately languishes ; who cannot put fire into their books, would and, in order to preserve its ardor, must be every consent to put their books into the fire. 7. moment supported by a new flow of passion. For The union of truth and goodness—is like the same reason, despair, though contrary to secu- that of water and fire, which nothing can rity, has a like influence.

resist. 539. RAILLERY, in sport, without real animosi- | As up the tower of knowledge slow we rise, iy, puts on the aspect of cheerfulness, and someHow wide and fair the opening prospect lies ! times a kind of simple laughter,--and the tone of But while the view expands, the path grows steeper, voice is sprightly: With contempt or disgust, it casts a look asquint from time to time, at the ob- The steps more slippery, and the chasın 's deeper : ject, and quits the cheerful aspect, for one mixed Then why climb on? Not for the prospect's beauty, between an affected grin and sourness : the upper Not for the triumph, but because 'tis duty. lip is drawn up with a smile of disdain: the arms sometimes set a-kimbo on the hips, and the What thing is love, which naught can countervail? right hand now and then thrown out towards the Naught save itself, ev'n such a thing is love. object, as if they were going to strike one a back. And worldly wealth in worth as far doth fail, handed blow ; voice rather

loud, arch and meaning; sentences short, expressions satirical, with

As lowest earth doth yield 10 heav'n above. mock-praise occasionally intermixed.

Divine is love, and scorneth worldly pell,

And can be bought with nothing but with self. You have done that, which you should be sorry for. There is no terror, Cassius, in your threats ;

We see but half the causes of our deeds, For I am arm'd so strong in honesty,

Seeking them wholly in the outer life,

And heedless of the encircling spirit-world, That they pass by me as the idle wind, Which I respect not. I did send to you,

Which, tho' unseen, is felt, and sows in us

All For certain sums of gold, which you denied me;

gems

of pure, and world-wide purposes. For I can raise no money by vile means.

O fortune! thou canst not divide No-Cassius, I had rather coin my heart,

Our bodies so, but that our hearts are tied, And drop my blood for drachmas, than to wring

And we can love by letters still, and gifts, From the hard hands of peasants, their vile trash,

And dreams. By any indirection. I did send

It is in vain, that we would coldly gazeTo you for goldto pay my legions ;

On such as smile upon us; the heart-must Which you denied me; was that done, like Cassius? Leap kindly back-to kindness.

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