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most deeply buried, holds-chained to it by these all-pervading forces-the uncounted worlds which-like luminous sand-are sprinkled by the hand of the Great Creator throughout the glorious universe!
The very law which moulds a tear,
And bids it trickle from its source
And guides the planets in their course!
THE GREAT CHANGES OF NATURE. Geology teaches us to regard our position upon the earth as one far in advance of all former creations. It bids us look back through the countless ages of the past, and see through all the vast changes a gradual progress to a higher and still higher state of things. No grain of matter has either been added or taken away from the earth since it was first poised with other worlds. But in virtue of those forces which seem to originate in the sun, a constant succession of new forms has been produced, as the old things passed away. Hence what is now a beautiful and fragrant flower, or a living and sagacious animal, was once a portion of the shapeless mass which lay in the deep ocean; destined to return to the inorganic state, but from this to arise again clothed perhaps with more exalted powers than ever.
Ages on ages slowly pass away,
“ORIENT PEARLS AT RANDOM STRUNG.”
Heart! be thou like the sunflower, and unfold
To all the blessings God hath given thee!
Nature hath assigned
And strenuous action next. Christianity is a divine system of spiritual attractions, by which, whosoever honestly gives himself to them, is effectually drawn out of the otherwise invincible entanglements and inextricable difficulties of this dark, uncertain and trying world.
Christianity alone can save us; but it must be based on that which is eternally God's own, and which is as indestructible and invincible as He is Himself: it must be based on Reason and Conscience :-that is Reason spontaneously embracing the Faith in Christ, and the conscientious reception of that Faith which is at once with Reason and with the History of the World.
There are two lights for man, one which enlightens his understanding, and is subject to discussion and doubt, leading to aberration and error. The other enlightens the heart, and never deceives; for it is at once truth and conviction.
If e'er, when faith had fallen asleep,
I heard a voice “ Believe no more,”
And heard an ever breaking shore,
The freezing reason's colder part,
And, like a man in wrath, the heart
Is equal warning given;
Above us is the Heaven!
The one Idea which History exhibits as evermore developing itself into greater distinctness, is the Idea of Humanity-the noble endeavour to throw down all the barriers erected between men by prejudice and one-sided views; and by setting aside the distinc
tions of religion, country, and colour, to treat the whole human race as one brotherhood, having one great object-the free development of their spiritual nature !
What is our duty here? To tend
From good to better-thence to best !
Unmurmuring to our bed of rest;
Of our existence sinks in night,
May shine our names in memory's light;
A hundred-fold in days to come.
The laurels that a Cæsar wears are weeds.
My son, be this thy simple plan :
From the low prayer of want, and plaint of woe,
Life is transfigured in the soft and tender
Light of love, as a volume dun
In the declining sun.
Happy the man who dares be just,
Unfearing smite ;-God is his rock!
How happy is he born and taught
That serveth not another's will,
And simple truth his utmost skill.
Of hope to rise or fear to fall,
And having nothing, yet hath all.
With earnest soul spend every hour!
And break the bonds which now enthral-
And Love, Faith, Death and Duty call !
The key to social happiness lies in a delicate attention, a fine sense of the nameless and exquisite tenderness of manner and thought. It is rarely found in the characters of men, but it outweighs, when it is, all grosser qualities. There are many who waste and lose affections by carelessness, and often unconscious
is not a plant to grow untended: the breath of indifference, or rude touch, may destroy for ever its delicate texture. There is a daily attention to the slight courtesies of life, which can alone preserve the first fresliness of affection. The easy surprises of pleasure, the earnest cheerfulness of assent to slight wishes, the habitual respect to opinions, the polite abstinence from personal topics in the company of others, and unwavering attention to their comfort, are some of the secrets of that rare happiness which age and habit alike fail to impair or diminish.
Whether famous or unknown when I die,
Not the applauding thunder at its heels! Take what the present moment offers, and work it up in the best way you can; put soul into it-then it will stand forth as something great and real.
There's a Divinity that shapes our ends,
As well as those forlorn ;-
And oh! I dare not scorn.
Of beauty hath a share;
That God still lingers there. God loves to see His Children “happy," and He has sent an abundance of every thing to make them so. Yet they do strangely prefer that which is unnatural! Now, I detest even virtues that are unnatural. I dislike a matronly “Miss.” The cat should begin by being a kitten !
The noble heart that's truly blest
Is never all its own;
That beats for self alone! All who would be “ well” and “happy" should take Nature into their counsels. Of all physicians she is the most skilful. She effects her cures without medicines, and makes no charge whatever for her attendance.
The history of Nature exhibits only blessings; that of Man little save cruelty and madness. Man everywhere despises the hand that spins the garment he wears, and that cultivates for him the