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"And is mine one?" asked Abou.

"Nay, not so,"

Replied the angel. Abou spake more low,
But cheerly still; and said I pray thee, then,
Write me as one that loves his

The angel wrote and vanished.


The next night
It came again, with a great wakening light,

And showed the names whom love of God had blest;
And lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest!


William Shakspeare. Born, 1564; died, 1016.

My blessing with you!

And these few precepts in thy memory

Look thou character. Give thy thoughts no tongue,
Nor any unproportioned thought his act.
Be thou familiar, but by no means vulgar :
The friends thou hast, and their adoption tried,
Grapple them to thy soul with hoops of steel;
But do not dull thy palm with entertainment
Of each new-hatched, unfledged comrade. Beware
Of entrance to a quarrel; but, being in,
Bear it that the opposer may beware of thee.
Give every man thine ear, but few thy voice;
Take each man's censure, but reserve thy judgment.
Costly thy habit as thy purse can buy,

But not expressed in fancy; rich, not gaudy:
For the apparel oft proclaims the man;

And they in France, of the best rank and station,
Are most select and generous chief in that.
Neither a borrower nor a lender be;

For loan oft loses both itself and friend,
And borrowing dulls the edge of husbandry.
This above all, - to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

72. WHERE IS HE?- Henry Neele. Born, 1798; died, 1823.
"Man giveth up the ghost, and where is he?"

"AND where is he?" Not by the side
Of her whose wants he loved to tend;
Not o'er those valleys wandering wide,
Where, sweetly lost, he oft would wend.
That form beloved he marks no more;
Those scenes admired no more shall see ;
Those scenes are lovely as before,

And she as fair, - but where is he?

No, no! the radiance is not dim,
That used to gild his favorite hill;
The pleasures that were dear to him

Are dear to life and nature still;
But, ah! his home is not as fair;
Neglected must his garden be;
The lilies droop and wither there,

And seem to whisper, Where is he?
His was the pomp, the crowded hall!
But where is now his proud display?
His riches, honors, pleasures, - all,
Desire could frame; but where are they?
And he, as some tall rock that stands,
Protected by the circling sea,
Surrounded by admiring bands,
Seemed proudly strong, ·

and where is he?

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In many respects, the Nations of Christendom collectively are becoming somewhat analogous to our own Federal Republic. Antiquated distinctions are breaking away, and local animosities are subsiding. The common people of different countries are knowing each other better, esteeming each other more, and attaching themselves to each other by various manifestations of reciprocal good will. It is true, every nation has still its separate boundaries and its individual interests; but the freedom of commercial intercourse is allowing those interests to adjust themselves to each other, and thus rendering the causes of collision of vastly less frequent occurrence. Local questions are becoming of less, and general questions of greater importance. Thanks be to God, men have at last begun to understand the rights and feel for the wrongs of each other! Mountains interposed do not so much make enemies of nations. Let the trumpet of alarm be sounded, and its notes are now heard by every nation, whether of Europe or America. Let a voice borne on the feeblest breeze tell that the rights of man are in danger, and it floats over valley and mountain, across continent and ocean, until it has vibrated on the ear of the remotest dweller in Christendom. Let the arm of Oppression

be raised to crush the feeblest nation on earth, and there will be heard everywhere, if not the shout of defiance, at least the deep-toned murmur of implacable displeasure. It is the cry of aggrieved, insulted, much-abused man. It is human nature waking in her might from the slumber of ages, shaking herself from the dust of antiquated institutions, girding herself for the combat, and going forth conquering and to conquer; and woe unto the man, woe unto the dynasty, woe unto the party, and woe unto the policy, on whom shall fall the scathe of her blighting indignation!

74. THE WORTH OF FAME.-Joanna Baillie. Born, 1765; died, 1850.

O! WHO shall lightly say that Fame

Is nothing but an empty name,
Whilst in that sound there is a charm
The nerves to brace, the heart to warm,
As, thinking of the mighty dead,

The young from slothful couch will start,
And vow, with lifted hands outspread,

Like them to act a noble part!

O! who shall lightly say that Fame
Is nothing but an empty name,

When, but for those, our mighty dead,
ages past, a blank would be,
Sunk in oblivion's murky bed, -
A desert bare, a shipless sea?
They are the distant objects seen,
The lofty marks of what hath been.

O! who shall lightly say that Fame
Is nothing but an empty name,
When memory of the mighty dead

To earth-worn pilgrim's wistful eye
The brightest rays of cheering shed,
That point to immortality?

A twinkling speck, but fixed and bright,
To guide us through the dreary night,
Each hero shines, and lures the soul
To gain the distant, happy goal.

For is there one who, musing o'er the grave
Where lies interred the good, the wise, the brave,
Can poorly think, beneath the mouldering heap,
That noble being shall forever sleep?

No; saith the generous heart, and proudly swells.


Though his cered corse lies here, with God his spirit dwells."


O, THE dark days of vanity! while here
How tasteless, and how terrible when gone!
Gone! they ne'er go; when past, they haunt us still;
The spirit walks of every day deceased,

And smiles an angel, or a fury frowns.
Nor death nor life delights us. If time past

And time possest both pain us, what can please?
That which the Deity to please ordained,

TIME USED! The man who consecrates his hours
By vigorous effort and an honest aim,

At once he draws the sting of life and death;
He walks with Nature, and her paths are peace.
Ye well arrayed! ye lilies of our land!
Ye lilies male! who neither toil nor spin
(As sister lilies might), if not so wise
As Solomon, more sumptuous to the sight!
Ye delicate! who nothing can support,
Yourselves most insupportable! for whom
The winter rose must blow, the Sun put on
A brighter beam in Leo; silky-soft
Favonius breathe still softer, or be chid;
And other worlds send odors, sauce, and song,
And robes, and notions, framed in foreign looms,
O ye Lorenzos of our age! who deem

One moment unamused a misery

Not made for feeble man; who call aloud
For every bauble drivelled o'er by sense,
For rattles and conceits of every cast;
For change of follies and relays of joy,

To drag your patient through the tedious length
Of a short winter's day, say, Sages, say!
Wit's oracles! say, dreamers of gay dreams!
How will ye weather AN ETERNAL NIGHT,
Where such expedients fail?

76. FORGIVE. - -Bishop Heber. Born, 1783; died, 1826.

O GOD! my sins are manifold; against my life they cry,
And all my guilty deeds foregone up to Thy temple fly.
Wilt thou release my trembling soul, that to despair is driven?
"Forgive!" a blesséd voice replied, "and thou shalt be forgiven."

My foemen, Lord, are fie ce and fell; they spurn me in their pride; They render evil for my good; my patience they deride;

Arise! my King! and be the proud in righteous ruin driven!


Forgive!" the awful answer came, "as thou wouldst be forgiven!"

Seven times, O Lord, I've pardoned them; seven times they 've sinned


They practise still to work me woe, and triumph in my pain;

But let them dread my vengeance now, to just resentment driven !
Forgive!" the voice in thunder spake, "or never be forgiven!"

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77. TRUE SCIENCE OUGHT TO BE RELIGIOUS. - President Hitchcock.

I AM far from maintaining that science is a sufficient guide in religion. On the other hand, if left to itself, as I fully admit,

"It leads to bewilder, and dazzles to blind."

Nor do I maintain that scientific truth, even when properly appreciated, will compare at all, in its influence upon the human mind, with those peculiar and higher truths disclosed by Revelation. All I contend for is, that scientific truth, illustrating as it does the divine character, plans and government, ought to fan and feed the flame of true piety in the hearts of its cultivators. He, therefore, who knows the most of science, ought most powerfully to feel this religious influence. He is not confined, like the great mass of men, to the outer court of Nature's magnificent temple; but he is admitted to the interior, and allowed to trace its long halls, aisles and galleries, and gaze upon its lofty domes and arches; nay, as a priest he enters the penetralia, the holy of holies, where sacred fire is always burning upon the altars; where hovers the glorious Schekinah; and where, from a full orchestra, the anthem of praise is ever ascending. Petrified, indeed, must be his heart, if it catches none of the inspiration of such a spot. He ought to go forth from it, among his fellow-men, with radiant glory on his face, like Moses from the holy mount. He who sees most of God in His works ought to show the stamp of Divinity upon his character, and lead an eminently holy life.

Yet it is only a few gifted and adventurous minds that are able, from some advanced mountain-top, to catch a glimpse of the entire stream of truth, formed by the harmonious union of all principles, and flowing on majestically into the boundless ocean of all knowledge, the Infinite mind. But when the Christian philosopher shall be permitted to resume the study of science in a future world, with powers of investigation enlarged and clarified, and all obstacles removed, he will be able to trace onward the various ramifications of truth, till they unite into higher and higher principles, and become one in that centre of centres, the Divine Mind. That is the Ocean from which all truth originally sprang, and to which it ultimately returns. To trace out the shores of that shoreless Sea, to measure its measureless extent, and to fathom its unfathomable depths, will be the noble and the joyous work of eternal ages. And yet eternal ages may pass by, and see the work only begun!

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