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Mé-lis'să felt a strong inclination to comply with the call of this inviting nymph; but first she thought it would be prudent at least to ask her name.
“ My name," said she, 66 is DISSIPA’TION.”
4. The other female then ădvănc'ed. She was clothed in a close habit of brown stuff, simply relieved with white She wore her smooth hair under a plain cap. Her whole pěrson was perfectly neat and clean. Her look was serious, but satisfied; and her air was staid and composed. She held in one hand a dis'tăff; on the opposite arm hung a work-basket; and the gir'de* round her waist was garnished with scissors, knitting-needles, reels, and other implements of female labour. A bunch of keys hung at her side. She thus accosted the sleeping girl.
5.“ Me-lis'să, I am the gē'ni-ús who have ever been the friend and companion of your mother; and I now offer you my protection. I have no allurements to tempt you with, like those of my gay rival. Instead of spending all your time in ămūşe'měnts, if you enter yourself of my train, you must rise early, and păss the long day in a variety of employments, some of them difficult, some laborious, and all requiring exertion of body or of mind. You must dress plainly ; live mostly at home; and aim at being useful răther than shī’ning.
6. “ But in return, I will insure you content, even spirits, self-approbation, and the esteem of all who thoroughly know you. If these offers appear to your young mind less inviting than those of my rival, be assured, however, that they are more real. She has promised much more than she can ever make good. Perpetual pleaş'ures are no more in the power of Dissipa'tion, than of Vice and Folly, to bestow. Her delights quickly pâll, and are inevitably succeeded by languor and dişgust. She appears to you under a dişguişe',t and what you see is not her real face.
7. “ For my-self', I shall never seem to you less amiable than I now do; but, on the contrary, you will like me hetter and better. If I look grave to you now, you will see me chēēr'ful at my work; and when work is over, I can enjoy every innocent ămūşe'měnt. But I have said enough. It is time for you to choose whom you will follow, and
that choice all your happiness depends. If you would know my name, it is House'wiFERY.”I
8. Mē-lis'să heard her with more attention than delight; and though overawed by her manner, she could not help * gěr'di.
+ disg-rise'. I hús'uif-re.
turning again* to take another look at the first speaker. She beheld ber still offering her presents with so bewitching an air, that she felt it scarcely possible to resist; when, by a lucky accident, the mask with which Dissipa'tion's face was so artfully covered, fell off. As soon as Mē-lis'să beheld, instead of the smiling fea'turest of youth and cheer'sûlnéss, a countenance wän and ghăstly with sickness, and soured by fretfulness, she turned ăwāy with horrour, and gave her hand unreluctantly to her sober and sincere companion.
The noble Băs'ket-mà'ker.
1. THE Gěr'mănş of rank and fortune, were formerly remarkable for the custom of having their sons instructed in some mechanical business, by which they might be habituated to a spirit of in'dustry ; secured from the miseries of idleness; and qual'ified, in case of necessity, to support themselves and their families. A striking proof of the utility of this custom, occurs in the following narrative.
2. A young Gěr'măn nobleman of great merit and talents, paid his addresses to an accomplished young lady of the Pa-lăt'i-năte; and applied to her father for his consent to marry her. The old nobleman, ămóngst other observations, ăsked him, “how he expected to main-tāin's his daughter." The young man, surprised at such a question, obşěrv'ed, 6 that his põş-şěss'ións were known to be ample, and as secure as the hón'ours of his family."
3. 56 All this is very true," replied the father : 6 but you well know, that our country has suffered much from wars and devastation; and that new events of this nature may sweep ăwāy all your ēstāte', and render you destitute. To keep you no longer in suspense, (continued the father, with great politeness and affection,) I have seriously resolved never to marry my daughter to any person, who, whatever may be his hõn'ourş or property, dóeş not poş-şěss' some mechanical art, by which he may be able to support her in case of unforeseen' events."
4. “The young nubleman, deeply affected with his determination, was silent for a few minutes; when recovering himself, he declared, “ that he believed his happiness so much *a-gen'.
fé'tahürs. I měn-tāne'.
depended on the proposed union, that no difficulty or submis sions, consistent with his hõn'our, should prevent him from endeavouring to accomplish it." He begged to know whether he might be allowed six months to acquire the knowledge of some manual art The father, pleased with the young man's resolution, and affection for his daughter, consented to the proposal; and pledged his hõn'our that the măr'rsage* should take place, if, at the expiration of the time limited, he should succeed in his undertaking.
5. Animated by the tenderest regard, and by a high sense of the happiness he hoped to enjoy, he went immediately into Flăn'ders, engaged himself to a white twig băsket-māker, and applied every power of ingenuity and In'dustry, to become skilled in the business. He soon obtained a complete knowledge of the art; and, before the expiration of the time proposed, returned, and brought with him, as specimens of his skill, several bás'ketst adapted to fruit, flowers, and needlework.
6. These were presented to the young lady; and universally admired for the delicacy and perfěc'tion of the workmanship. Nóthing now remained to prevent the accomplishment of the noble youth's wishes: and the marriage was solemnized to the satisfaction of all parties.
7. The young couple lived several years in affluence; and seemed by their vir’tues and moderation, to have secured the favours of fôr'tune.[ But the ravages of war, at length, extended themselves to the Pa-lăt'i-năte. Both the families were driven from their country, and their ēstātes' forfeited. And now opens a most interesting scene.
8. The young nobleman commenced his trade of băsketmaking; and by his superiour skill in the art, soon cómmàn'ded extensive business. For many years, he liberally supported not only his own family, but also that of the good old nobleman, his father-in-law; and enjoyed the high satisfaction of contributing, by his own in'dustry, to the happiness of connexions doubly endeared to him by their misfortunes ;// and who otherwise would have sunk into the miseries of neglect and indigence, sharpened by the remembrance of better days.
* măr'ridje. † băs'kits. fór'tshüne. mis-fór'tshüns.
Tenderness to mothers. 1. MARK that pārent hen, said a father to his beloved son. With what anxious care dóeş she call together her offspring, and cover them with her expanded wings ! The kite is hóvering in the air, and, disappointed of his prey, may pěrhăps' dart upon the hen herself, and bear her off in his talons.
2. Dóeş not this sight suggest to you the tenderness and affection of your mother! Her watchful care protected you in the helpless period of infancy, when she nourished you with her milk, taught your limbs to move, and your tongue to lisp its unformed accents. In your childhood, she mourned over your little griefs; rejoiced in your innocent delights ; administered to you the healing balm in sickness; and instilled into your mind the love of truth, of vir'tuent and of wisdom. Oh! cherish every sentiment of respect for such a mother. She merits your warmest gratitude, ēsteem', and veneration.
PERCIVAL. SECTION II. Respect and affection due from pupils to their tutors. 1. QUIN-TIL'I-AN says, that he has included almost all the duty of scholars in this one piece of advice which he gives them: to loje those who instruct them, as they love the sciences which they study; and to look upon them as fathers from whom they derive not the life of the body, but that instruction which is, in a manner, the life of the soul.
2. This sentiment of affection and respect disposes them to apply diligently, during the time of their studies; and preşěrves' in their minds, during the remainder of life, a tender gratitude toʻwards their instructers. It seems to include a great part of what is to be expected from them.
3. Docil'ity, which consists in readily receiving instructions and reducing them to practice, is properly the yir'tue of scholars, as that of masters is to teach well. As it is not sufficient for a labourer to sow the seed, unless the earth, * de-daktik.