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sands descend to the lone grave, uncared for, literally
“ Without a mourner, creed, or friend.'
Life to them has been a prototype of the tomb; but beyond that life of suffering, the Lazarus will be received in the bosom of happiness, here below the rich will have had their reward. And yet we would fain not consider our Saviour's words as applying to all the worldly prosperous. “How hardly shall a rich man enter into the kingdom of Heaven.”
No, there are exceptions to all rules, even Divine ones ; and though we believe in the doctrine, we worship the mercy, and feel the exquisite difference between the good and the bad. It really is not by giving away a certain quantity of coals, beef, and blankets at Christmas that the lord of a manor, the member of a village, can remedy want. Opening the gates of Eden, and showing it to us once a year, would not regain us our lost inheritance; but constant, unchanging, unwearying patience is the real charity of power. He is, in fact, the father of a race of dependants, the member's village should be his home; I say village, because towns have a certain degree of traffic, which must in general keep the inhabitants from that idleness which engenders poverty in villages. But small towns are equally dependent upon the member's patronage. It is astonishing to hear persons say how much, or how little, a member has done for a place. It would do the man of power good, if he followed the example of ancient monarchs, and sallied forth incog. to hear what was said of him. The monarch who was not satisfied with his day, unless he performed a good action, ought to have been a modern member of Parliament, if only to reform those, who offer themselves as candidates for the honour of the post, not its duties.
It is wonderful with what blind devotion the poor follow the example of the great. It is wonderful- men with the same power of thinking, endowed the same, with heart, mind, and feeling, all following in the train of one who bas this difference— power. Even their duty to the great Creator is in a certain degree guided by him to whom they look up; and if he hath not, like the pastor, the actual care of immortal souls, he draws them nearer by his example to the servant of God, who is ready to give them instruction. A church well filled by the poor, shows that the rich are encouraging them by the power of example.
Were we inclined to believe in the doctrine of the Pythagoreans, we should wish the transmigration of souls to be from rich to poor : that the rich might feel how galling it is to possess talent and industry, and find it unnoticed and unavailable ; and that the poor might perceive the great responsibility which riches bring in their train. The Phrygian fabulist who was so fond of making animals talk, might have found this supposed metempsychosis an equally fertile subject of imagination.
What would become of talent, if the influential part of mankind shut themselves up in their pride, after attaining the degree of power they coveted ?
Those who toil not for the laurels of fame, will be ready to say that talent can stand on the ground of its own merit. But no; that is a lofty feeling of the mind which will be
rudely rent asunder. Besides which, talent, like beautiful, but uncultivated, flowers, will as often spring in humble as in high life, and the man of power is wanted to assist the man of talent.
As far back as 1213 the celebrated Kircudbright philologist would have remained unknown, and been obliged to continue his father's lowly avocation, that of a shepherd, if he had not been patronized and brought into notice.
Poets, painters, and sages, bow in deference to men of power ; but the latter must not forget that far prouder is the feeling of talent than wealth. And yet, what can the aspiring son of genius do? unassisted by power, that power which opens the paradise of his wishes, and brings him into notice and repute. The coldest philosophy of those who laugh at social height, must be daily more and more