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after having opened its bo'şóm to receive it, wârms and moistens it; so the whole fruit of instruction depends upon a good correspondence between masters and scholars.
4. Gratitude tõ’wardŞ those who have faithfully laboured in our education, is an essential vir'tue, and the mark of a good heart.
“Of those who have been carefully instructed, who is there,” says Cic'e-rõ, 5 that is not delighted with the sight, and even the remembrance of his preceptors, and the very place where he was educated ?" Sěn'e-că exhorts young men to prēşěrve' always a great respect for their masters, to whose care they are indebted for the ăměnd'ment of their faults, and for having imbibed sentiments oi' hón'our and probity.
5. Their exactness and severity sometimes displease, at an age when we are not in a condition to judge of the obligations we owe them; but when years lave ripened our understanding and judgment, we diş-çěrn' that admonitions, réprimånds', and a severe exactness in restraining the passions of an imprudent and inconsiderate age, far from justifying dişlike, dēmànd' our esteem' and love. Màr'củs Âu-rēʻliùs, one of the wisest and most illustrious emperors that Ròme ever had, thanked Heaven for two things espec'ially ; for having had excellent tutors himself; and for having found the like blessing for his children.
On filial piety. 1. From the créa'tures of God let man learn wisdom, and apply to himself the instruction they give. Go to the děş'ěrt, my son : obşěrve the young stork of the wilderness ; let him speak to thy heart. He bears on his wings his aged sire : he lodges him in safety, and supplies him with food.
2. The piety of a child is sweeter than the incense of Pěr'si-ä* offered to the sun ; yea, more delicious than odours wäfted from a field of X-rā bi-ăn spices, by the western gales.
3. Be grateful to thy father, for he gave thee life ; and to thy mother, for she sustained thee. Hear the words of their mouth, for they are spoken for thy good; give ear to their admonition, for it proceeds from love.
4. Thy father has watched for thy welfare, he has toiled for thy ease: do hón'our, thěre'fore, to his age, and let not his gray hairs be treated with irreverence. Forget not thy helpless infancy, nor the frowardness of thy youth ; and bear with the in-firmi-tieş* of thy aged pārents : assist and support them in the decline of life. So shall their hoary heads go down to the grave in peace: and thy own children, in reverence of thy exămple, shall repay thy piety with filial love.
ECON'ONY OF HU’MAN LIFE.
Love between brothers and sisters. 1. You are the children of one father, provided for by his care; and the breast of one mother gave you suck. Let the bonds of affection, thěre'före, unite thee with thy brothers and sisters, that peace and happiness may dwell in thy father's house.
2. And when you are separated in the world, remember the relation that binds you to love and unity; and prēfer' not a strānger before thy own blood. If thy brother is in ădvěr'sity, assist him ; if thy sister is in troŭble, forsake her not. So shall the fôr'tunest of thy father contribute to the support of his whole race, and his care be continued to you all, in your love to each other. ECONOMY OF HU'MAN LIFE.
Benevolence 1. WHEN thou considerest thy wants, when thou beholdest thy imperfections, acknowledge his goodness, O son of, humanity! who hón'oured thee with reason; endued thee with speech; and placed thee in society, to receive and confér' reciprocal helps and mū'tū-alf obligations.
2. Thy food, thy clothing, thy convenience of habitation; thy protection from the injuries, thy enjoyment of the cóm'fórts and the pléaş'ures of life; all these thou owest to the assistance of others, and couldst not enjoy but in the bands of society. It is thy duty, there'fore, to be a friend to mankind, as it is thy interest, that man should be friendly to thee.
3. Rejoice in the happiness and prosperity of thy neighbour. Open not thy ear to slănder; the faults and failings of men give pain to a benevolent heart. Desire to do good, and search out occasions for it; in removing the oppression of another, the virtuous mind relieves itself. * in-för'ınc-tiz. + fór'tshūnz.
4. Shut not thine ear against the cries of the poor; nor harden thy heart ăgainst the calamities of the innocent. When the fatherless call upon thee, when the widow's heart is sunk, and she implores thy assistance with tears of sorrow, pity their affliction, and extend thy hand to those who have nóne to help them. When thou seest the naked wânderer of the street, shivering with cold, and destitute of habitation, let bounty open thy heart; let the wings of charity shelter him from death, that thy own soul may live.
5. Whilst the poor man groans on the bed of sickness ; whilst the unfortunate languish in the horrours of a dungeon; or the hoary head of age lifts up a feeble eye to thee for pity; how canst thou riot in su-pěr'flu-oủs enjoyments, regardless of their wânts, unfeeling of their woes?
ECON'OMY OF HUMAN LIFE
Ingratitude to our Supreme Benefactor is highly culpable.
AR-1A-BA'NES was distinguished with peculiar favour by a wise, powerful, and good prince. A magnificent palace, surrounded with a delightful garden, was provided for his residence. He partook of all the luxuries of his sóv'ěr-eign's table, was invested with extensive authority, and admitted to the hõn'our of a free intercourse with his gracious master. But Àr-ta-bā'nes was insensible of the advăn’tages which he enjoyed; his heart glowed not with gratitude and respect; he ă-voided the society of his benefactor, and ă-būş'ed his bounty.
2. “I detest such a character,” said A-lex'ís, with generous indignation !" It is your own picture which I have drawn," replied Eu-phro'ni-ús. “ The great Pö'těntáte of heaven and earth has placed you in a world, which displays the highest beauty, order, and magnificence; and which abounds with every means of convenience, enjoyment, and happiness. He has furnished you with such powers of body and mind, as give you dominion over the fishes of the sea, the fowls of the air, and the beasts of the field. He has invited you to hold communion with him, and to exalt your own nā'ture, by the luve and imitation of his divine perfections."
3. “ Yet have your eyes wândered, with brutal gaze, over the fair creation, unconscious of the mighty hand from which it sprung. You have rioted in the profusion of nature, without suitable emotions of gratitude to the sóv'er-eign Die
pen'ser of all good: and you have too often slighted the glorious con'včrse, and forgotten the presence of that Omnip'otent Being, who fills all space, and exists through all ētěr'nity.”
PER'CIVAL SEC'TION VII.
Speculation and practice. 1. A CERẤTAIN astronomer was contemplating the moon through his telescope, and tracing the extent of her seas, the height of her môûn’tains, and the number of habitable territories which she contains. 6 Let him spy what he pleases, said a clown to his companions ; "he is not nearer to the moon than we are."
2. Shall the same obşěrvă'tión be made to you, X-lèx'ís ? Do you sūr-păss' others in léar'ning, and yet in goodness remain upon a level with the uninstructed vulgar? Have you so long gazed at the temple of vir'tue, without ad-văn'cing one step tò'wardş it ? Àre you smitten with moral beauty, yet regardless of its attainment? Àre you a phi-los'o-pher in theory, but a novice in practice? The pàr-ti-ali-ty* of a father inclines me to hope, that the reverse is true. I flatter my-self',t that by having learn'ed to think, you will be qualified to act; and that the rectitude of your conduct will be adequate to your improvements in knowledge.
3. May that wisdom which is justified in her works, be your guide through life! And may you enjoy all the felicity which flows from a cultivated understanding, pious and wellregulated affections, and extensive benevolence! In these consists that sóv'ěr-eign good. which ancient sages so much ex-tól’; which reason recommends, religion authorizes, and God approves.
The Eagle. The Golden Eagle is the largest and the noblest of all those birds that have received the name of eagle. It weighs * par-she-il'c-le.
t me self".