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SIR WILLIAM JONES'S EPITAPH,
(Written by himself) This elegant and affecting piece of compo sition is entitled to particular attention; it is simple and impressive.
“ HERE was deposited,
The mortal part of a man,
With an ardour
And who having devoted
Resigned it calmly,
VANITY Is so common a passion that we meet with it in almost every character ; it is, however, to be restrained and regulated ; and the following observations respecting it are worthy attention.
“VANITY, (and the same may be said of sel. fishness) is not resisted like any other vice, which is sometimes busy and sometimes quiet ; it is not to be attacked as a single fault, which is indulged in opposition to a single virtue ; but it is uniformly to be controlled, as an active, a restless, a growing principle, at constant war with all the Christian graces, which not only mixes itself with all our faults, but insinuates itself into our virtues too; and will, if not checked effectually, rob our best actions of their rewards." -- Miss More,
DR. BENTLEY Was a man of great talents and profound learning ; his temper and manners were also of a singular nature, as the subsequent anecdote testifies.
“ WHEN Dr. Bentley was Vice-chancellor of Cambridge, and sitting in his official capacity, one of the beadles came up to him, and said he had brought the man who was accused of atheism. “ Oh! very well,” says the doctor, where is this giant that would dethrone the Al mighty ? let me see him."
“ This is HE,” the beadle, pointing to a little man as thin as Simon Shadow the taylor, Falstaff's recruit, “ What this little diminitive animal," eplied
the doctor, “ is this the scrap of entity who de nies his God?" ...Anon.
KNOWLEDGE Is desirable on many accounts ; but more es. pecially because it induces self-acquaintance, and along with it humility, a virtue well suited to the condition of humanity.
" Or all our desires, perhaps the desire of knowledge is that of which the gratitications are the most pure and unmixed, as well as the most permament, and which being, at the same time, the most difficult to cloy or satiale, af. fords the most certain and ample means of du. rable and solid happiness.
- The science of the philosopher, by giving him a more extensive view of things, makes him sensible of his own insignificance in the scale of being; and whilst it enlarges bis under. standing, narrows his pretensions, and humbles his pride : for whatever may be said of the pride of science, it is always meek and humble, compared with the pride of ignorance."Knight.
GARRULITY, OR excessive speaking, is at all times offen. sive, but in young persons unpardonable ; they should talk little and hear much for their own improvement.
" The art or virtue of holding your tongue, I shall recommend to your attention, which is both a rare and excellent quality, and what contributes greatly to our ease and prosperity, In general, therefore, remember that it is as
dangerous to fall in love with one's own voice, as one's own face. Those that talk much can. not always talk well, and may much oftener incur censure than praise ; few people can bear to be eclipsed, and a superiority of sense is as ill-brooked, as a superiority of beauty or fortune. If you are wise, therefore, talk little but hear much ; what you are to learn from yourself must be by thinking, and from others by speech : let them find tongue ther, and you ear; by which means such as are pleased with themselves, which are the gross of mankind, will likewise be pleased with you, and you will be doubly paid for your attention, both in af. fection and knowledge."...Morrice.
Is a dangerous weapon ; few are able to employ it with prudence and discretion ; it should be seldom used, and then with the strictest propriety.
“ NO person living is insensible to the injury of contempt, nor is there any talent so invidious, or so certain to create ill will as that of ridicule. The natural effects of years which all hope to attain, and the infirmities of the body which none can prevent, are surely of all others, the most improper objects of mirth. There are subjects enough that are innocent, and on which you may freely indulge the vivacity of your spirits ; for I would not condemn you to per. petual seriousness ; on the contrary, I delight in a joyous temper, at all ages, and particu. larly at yours. Delicate and good natured raillery amongst equal friends, if pointed against such triling errors as the owner himself, can
heartily join to laugh at, or such qualities as they do not pique themselves, is both agreeable and useful ; but then it must be offered in perfect kindness and sincere good humour; if tinctured with the least degree of malice, its sting becomes venomous and detestable. The person rallied should have liberty and ability to return the jest, which must be dropped on the first appearance of affecting the temper."
ORIGIN OF LANGUAGE Is truly curious, and has given rise to inte. resting speculation ; the following account of it is worthy attention,
“If we suppose a period before any words were invented or known, it is clear that men could have no other method of communicating to others what they felt, than by the cries of passion, accompanied with such motions and gestures as were further expressive of passion : for these are the only signs which nature teaches to all men, and which are understood by all, One who saw another going into some place where he himself had been frightened or ex. posed to danger, and who sought to warn his neighbour of the danger, could contrive no other way of doing so than by uttering those cries, and making those gestures, which are the signs of fear ; just as two men at this day would en deavour to make themselves understood by each other, who should be thrown together on a desolate island, ignorant of each other's language. Those exclamations, therefore, which by grammarians are called interjections, uttered