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up the golden treasures of the bee.
GOD made the country: and man made the town.
63 The fplendor of your lamps : they but eclipse Our fofter firellite. Your songs confound Our more harmonious nores. The thrush departs Scar'd, and th' offended nightingale is mute. There is a public mischief in your mirtb: It plagues your country. Folly such as your's, Grac'd with a sword, and worthier of a fan, Has made, what enemies could ne'er have done, Our arch of empire, stedfalt but for you, A mutilated structure, soon to fall. --Cowper.
COUNTRY - MAIDEN. How happy is the harmlefs country-maid, Who, rich by nature, scorns fuperfluous aid ! Whose modest clothes no wanton eyes invite But, like her soul, preserve the native white : Whose little store her well-taught mind does please ; Not pinch'd with want, nor cloy'd with wanton eafe : Who, free from storms, which on the great ones fall, Makes but few wishes, and enjoys them all. No care, but love, can discompose her breast, Love, of all cares, the sweeteit and the best !-Roscommon.
CONTEMPT. CONTEMPT of others is the truest fymptom of a base and bad heart. While it suggests itself to the mean and the vile, and tickles their little fancy on every occalion, it never enters the great and good mind, but on the strongest motives: nor is it then a welcome guest; affording only an uneasy sensation, and bringing always with it a mixture of concera and compasion.--Fielding,
CONTEMPT is a kind of gangrene, which, if it seizes one part of a character, corrupts all the rest by degrees.-Johnson.
THERE is not in human nature a more odious disposition than a proneness to contempt, which is a mixture of pride and ill nature. Nor is there any which more certainly denotes a bad mind; for in a good and benign temper there can be no room for this sensation. That which constitutes an object of contempt to the malevolent, becomes the object of other pallions to a worthy and good-natured man; for in such a person, wickedness and vice must raise hatred and abhorrence; and weakness and folly will be sure to excite compasion ; fe that he will find no object of his contempt in all the actions of men.---'ilding:
THE bafell and meanest of all human beings, are generally the most forward to despise others. So that the nioit contemptible are generally the most contemptuous.-Idem.
Sage Franklin next arose, in awful mein ;
Congress of 1774.-Gare.
Now, graceful rising from his purple throne,
The angel's eye
Adams, enrag'd, a broken charter bore,
retortive look'd creation through ;
that the 100-cenforious world would learn This wholesome rule, and with each other bear! Bui man, as if = fue to his own species, Takes pleasure to report his neighbour's faults, Judging with rigor every small offence, And prides himself in scandal. Few there are Who, injur’d, take the part of the tranfgreffor, And plead his pardon, ere he deigns to aik it.-E. Haywood.
CONVERSATION. THE conversation of most men is disagreeable, not so much for want of wit and learning, as of good breeding and discretion.
If you refolve to please, never speak to gratify any particular vanity or passion of your own, but always with a delign either to divert or inform the company. A man who only aims at one of these, is always eafy in his discourse. He is never out of humour at being interrupted, because he confiders that those who hear him, are the best judges whether what he was saying eculd either divert or inform them.
A modest person seldom fails to gain the good will of those he converses with ; because nobody envies a man who does not appear to be pleased with himself.
We should talk extremely little of ourselves. Indeed what can we say ? It would be as imprudent to discover our faults, as ridiculous to count over our fancied virtues. Our private and domeflic affairs are no less improper to be introduced in conversation. What does it concern the company, how many horses you keep in your liables? Or whether your fervant is most knave or fool?
A man may equally affront the company he is in, by engrolling all the talk, or observing a contemptuous filence. Before
you tell a story, it may be generally not amiss to draw.a fort character, and give the company a true idea of the principal persons concerned in it; the beauty of most things confilling not so much in their being said or done, as in their being said or done by such a particular person, or on such a particular occasion.
Notwithstanding all the advantages of youth, few young people plcase in conversation. The reason is, that want of experience makes them positive, and what they say is rather with a design to please themselyes than any one else.