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The boys, all as one,
Said “ Now for some fun!
That, by stone, stump, or log,
So with full hands and hats
They brought stones and brick-bats, And began the poor innocent creatures to slaughter;
Till one, they saw jump
To the top of a stump, That stood under the reeds, in the edge of the water.
And thus—if we're able
To credit the fable, The thing must have filled every hearer with won
'Mid a volley of stones
That threatened his bones,
Let alone-let alone
Club, brick-bat, and stone, Naughty boys! cruel boys! and pelt us not thus !
Consider, I pray,
Consider, your play,
* Pronounced chops.
A CHAPTER ON LOUNGERS. 1. One lounger takes up more room than two labourers.
2. Loungers are always unhappy themselves, and their presence makes others so.
3. Loungers are invariably in mischief, because they have no other employ. Mice, rats, thieves, and ? borrowers themselves, are a less intolerable and destructive, species of animals than loungers.
4. If you wish to injure your credit-lounge. No man of sense will ever trust you a sixpence after having detected you in lounging.
5. Lounging should be classed among the great national evils that require to be removed. If nothing else can effect a cure, there should be established a great national anti-lounging society, with auxiliaries in every city, town, village, hamlet, and printing office in the country.
6. When do people first begin to visit the grogshop—the bar-room--the porter-house ?—when they first learn to lounge.
7. Lounging begets idleness, restlessness, impatience of restraint, and neglect of duty.
8. Where do you hear vulgar and profane language? Among loungers. Who waste the precious hours of the Sabbath? Loungers.
9. For what purpose were theatres and playhouses invented ? For the edification of loungers. Who loiter around ten-pin alleys, billiard-rooms, racegrounds, and cock-pits! Loungers.
10. Who foment the wars that desolate the earth? Princely loungers, with whom campaigns are a game
of hazard and amusement-whose dice-boards are battle-fields-whose chessmen human beings.
11. Why are all these abuses tolerated in this age of boasted light, and literature, and learning ?-Because learned loungers have turned authors for their own and others' amusement, and deluge the world, not with their works but with their idleness : and because fashionable loungers read to drive away thought, not to promote thinking.
12. Honesty should not lounge—for lounging and paying seldom go together. Patriotism cannot lounge
--for lounging is the nation's curse. Christian, dost · thou lounge? Up, and be doing— Whatsoever thy
hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might.'
THE WAY TO FIND OUT PRIDE.
PRIDE, ugly pride, sometimes is seen,
Now, if you really wish to find
Can you with frankness own a crime, And promise for another time? Or say you've been in a mistake, Nor try some poor excuse to make, But freely own that it was wrong To argue for your side so long ? Flat contradiction can you bear, When you are right, and know you are ; Nor flatly contradict again, But wait, or modestly explain, And tell your reasons, one by one, Nor think of triumph, when you've done? Can you in business, or in play, Give up your wishes or your way; Or do a thing against your will, For somebody that's younger still? And never try to overbear, Or say a word that is not fair ? Does laughing at you, in a joke, No anger, nor revenge, provoke ? But can you laugh yourself, and be As merry as the company? Or when you find that you could do To them, as they have done to you, Can you keep down the wicked thought And do exactly as you ought ? Put all these questions to your heart, And make it act an honest part; And, when they've each been fairly tried, I think you'll own that you have pride; Some one will suit you, as you go And force your heart to tell you so ;
But if they all should be denied,
GREAT EFFECTS RESULT FROM LITTLE
CAUSES. The same connexion betwixt small things and great, runs through all the concerns of our world. The ig. norance of a physician, or the carelessness of an apothecary, may spread death through a family or a town. How often has the sickness of one man become the sickness of thousands ? How often has the error of one man become the error of thousands ?
A fly or an atom may set in motion a train of intermediate causes, which shall produce a revolution in a kingdom. Any one of a thousand incidents, might have cut off Alexander of Greece in his cradle. But if Alexander had died in infancy, or had lived a single day longer than he did, it might have put another face on all the following history of the world.
A spectacle-maker's boy, amusing himself in his father's shop, by holding two glasses between his finger and his thumb, and varying their distance, perceived the weathercock of the church spire, opposite to him, much larger than ordinary, and apparently much nearer, and turned upside down. This excited the wonder of the father, and led him to additional experiments; and these resulted in that astonishing instrument, the Telescope, as invented by Galileo and perfected by Herschell.
On the same optical principles was constructed the Microscope, by which we perceive that a drop of