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on earth and places its top in Heaven, vanish in thin air! But if you do believe, say what ought to be the conduct of him who, to his own conviction, stands with hell beneath him, Heaven above him, and eternity before him. By all the worth of the immortal soul, by all the blessings of eternal salvation, by all the glories of the upper world, by all the horrors of the bottomless pit, by all the ages of eternity, and by all the personal interest you have in these infinite realities, I conjure you to be in earnest in personal religion!
57. NEVER DESPAIR. -- Samuel Lover.
O, NEVER despair! for our hopes, oftentime,
The leaves which the sibyl presented of old,
Though lessened in number, were not worth less gold;
And though Fate steal our joys, do not think they're the best,
Good fortune oft comes in adversity's form,
And the rainbow is brightest when darkest the storm;
Then, up! up! never despair!
And when all creation was sunk in the flood,
For, high o'er the ruin, hung Hope's blessed form,
58. CHARITY.-Thomas Noon Talfourd.
THE blessings which the weak and poor can scatter
Ah! never shall the land forget
How gushed the life-blood of her brave,
Now all is calm, and fresh, and still;
And talk of children on the hill,
And bell of wandering kine, are heard.
No solemn host goes trailing by
The black-mouthed gun and staggering wain;
Men start not at the battle-cry;
O, be it never heard again!
Soon rested those who fought, but thou,
Who minglest in the harder strife
For truths which men receive not now,
A friendless warfare! lingering long
Yet nerve thy spirit to the proof,
The sage may frown,
yet faint thou not!
Nor heed the shaft too surely cast,
The hissing, stinging bolt of scorn,
For with thy side shall dwell, at last,
Truth, crushed to earth, shall rise again;
Yea, though thou die upon the dust,
When those who helped thee flee in fear,-
Like those who fell in battle here,
Another hand thy sword shall wield,
60. THE DIZZY ACTIVITIES OF THE TIMES. -Edward Everett.
WE need the spirit of '75 to guide us safely amid the dizzy activities of the times. While our own numbers are increasing in an unexampled ratio, Europe is pouring in upon us her hundreds of thousands annually, and new regions are added to our domain, which we are obliged to count by degrees of latitude and longitude. In the mean time, the most wonderful discoveries of art, and the most mysterious powers of nature, combine to give an almost fearful increase to the intensity of our existence. Machines of unexampled complication and ingenuity have been applied to the whole range of human industry we rush across the land and the sea by steam; we correspond by magnetism; we paint by the solar ray; we count the beats of the electric clock at the distance of a thousand miles; we annihilate time and distance; and, amidst all the new agencies of communication and action, the omnipotent Press-the great engine of modern progress, not superseded or impaired, but gathering new power from all the arts-is daily clothing itself with louder thunders. While we contemplate with admiration - almost with awe - the mighty influences which surround us, and which demand our coöperation and our guidance, let our hearts overflow with gratitude to the patriots who have handed down to us this great inheritance. Let us strive to furnish ourselves, from the storehouse of their example, with the principles and virtues which will strengthen us for the performance of an honored part on this illustrious stage. Let pure patriotism add its bond to the bars of iron which are binding the continent together; and, as intelligence shoots with the electric spark from ocean to ocean, let public spirit and love of country catch from heart to heart.
61. THE GOOD GREAT MAN.-S. T. Coleridge. Born, 1770; died, 1834.
renounce this idle strain!
Or heap of corses which his sword hath slain?
love, and light
62. TAXES THE PRICE OF GLORY.-Rev. Sydney Smith. Born, 1768; died, 1845. JOHN BULL can inform Jonathan what are the inevitable consequences of being too fond of Glory:- TAXES! Taxes upon every article which enters into the mouth, or covers the back, or is placed under the foot; taxes upon everything which it is pleasant to see, hear, feel, smell, or taste; taxes upon warmth, light, and locomotion ; taxes on everything on earth, and the waters under the earth; on everything that comes from abroad, or is grown at home; taxes on the raw material; taxes on every fresh value that is added to it by the industry of man; taxes on the sauce which pampers man's appetite, and the drug that restores him to health; on the ermine which decorates the Judge, and the rope which hangs the criminal; on the poor man's salt, and the rich man's spice; on the brass nails of the coffin, and the ribbons of the bride; at bed or board, couchant or levant, we must pay.
The school-boy whips his taxed top; the beardless youth manages his taxed horse, with a taxed bridle, on a taxed road;-and the dying Englishman, pouring his medicine, which has paid seven per cent., into a spoon that has paid fifteen per cent., flings himself back upon his chintz-bed, which has paid twenty-two per cent., makes his will on an eight-pound stamp, and expires in the arms of an apothecary, who has paid a license of a hundred pounds for the privilege of putting him to death. His whole property is then immediately taxed from two to ten per cent. Besides the probate, large fees are demanded for burying him in the chancel; his virtues are handed down to posterity on taxed marble; and he is then gathered to his fathers,—to be taxed
In addition to all this, the habit of dealing with large sums will make the Government avaricious and profuse; and the system itself
will infallibly generate the base vermin of spies and informers, and a still more pestilent race of political tools and retainers of the meanest and most odious description; while the prodigious patronage which the collecting of this splendid revenue will throw into the hands of Government will invest it with so vast an influence, and hold out such means and temptations to corruption, as all the virtue and public spirit, even of Republicans, will be unable to resist. Every wise Jonathan should remember this!
63. THE PRESS. -Adaptation from Ebenezer Elliot. Born, 1781; died, 1849.
GOD said "Let there be light!"
Grim darkness felt His might,
Then startled seas and mountains cold
And lo! the rose, in crimson dressed,
And, blushing, murmured-"Light
Then was the skylark born;
Flowed o'er the sunny hills of noon;
Lo, Heaven's bright bow is glad!
And shall the immortal sons of God
And darker than the tomb ?
No, by the mind of man!
We will aspire!
Our souls have holy light within,
Shall see and feel its fire.
By all we hope of Heaven,