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He ceased, for tears of anguish fell,
And hasting to his inmost cell,
O'er Rome, – of earth the ancient queen,
Who on her ruin’d throne is seen
With hectic cheek, and withering eye,
In desolated.majesty,
He mourn'd, -till Memory's flowrets sigh'd,
And Hope's last, saint illusion died.

FILIAL DUTY.

“Honor thy father and thy mother,” is the first commandment, with promise. The honor which children are required to give to their parents includes in it, love, reverence, obedience, and relief, if needed. From them, they have received their very existence, and consequently all the pleasures and enjoyments of life. The occasion which demands from children the greatest tokens of respect and tenderness in their behaviour to their parents, is when they labor under infirmities of body or mind, and in the time of extreme old age. “Me let the tender office long engage To rock the cradle of declining age, With lenient arts extend a parent's breath, Make languor smile, and smooth the bed of death;

Explore the thought, explain the asking eye,
And keep awhile a parent from the sky.”

COUNCIL OF HORSES.

A FABLE.

Upon a time, a neighing Steed,
Who grazed among a numerous breed,
With mutiny had fired the train,
And spread dissension through the plain.
On matters that concern'd the state,
The council met in grand debate.
A Colt, whose eyeballs flamed with ire,
Elate with strength and youthful fire,
In haste stepp'd forth before the rest,
And thus the listening throng address'd:-
“Good gods ! how abject is our race!
Condemn'd to slavery and disgrace.

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Shall we our servitude retain,
Because our sires have borne the chain 7
Consider, friends, your strength and might,
'T is conquest to assert your right.
How cumb’rous is the gilded coach'
The pride of man is our reproach.
Were we design'd for daily toil,
To drag the ploughshare through the soil;
To sweat in harness through the road;
To groan beneath the carrier's load 7
How feeble are the two-legg'd kind!
What force is in our nerves combined
Shall, then, our nobler jaws submit
To foam and champ the galling bit 7
Shall haughty man my back bestride 7
Shall the sharp spur provoke my side 7
Forbid it, heavens ! reject the rein;
Your shame, your infamy disdain.
Let him the lion first control,
And still the tiger's famish'd growl!
Let us, like them, our freedom claim;
And make him tremble at our name.”
A general nod approved the cause,
And all the circle neigh’d applause;
When, lo! with grave and solemn pace
A Steed advanced before the race,
With age and long experience wise;
Around he casts his thoughtful eyes,
And, to the murmurs of the train,
Thus spake the Nestor of the plain :
“When I had health and strength, like you
The toils of servitude I knew.
Now grateful man rewards my pains,
And gives me all these wide domains.
At will I crop the year's increase;
My latter life is rest and peace.

I grant, to man we lend our pains,
And aid him to correct the plains.
But doth not he divide the care,
Through all the labors of the year !
How many thousand structures rise,
To fence us from inclement skies!
For us he bears the sultry day,
And stores up all our winter's hay,
He sows, he reaps the harvest's gain;
We share the toil and share the pain.”
The tumult ceased. The colt submitted,
And like his ancestors was bitted.

MoRAL.

Since every creature is decreed
To aid each other's mutual need;
Submit with a contented mind,
To act the part by heaven assign'd.

FRIENDSHIP.

“Friendship’s the wine of life; but friendship new
Is neither strong nor sweet.”

Without friendship, life has no charm. The only things which can render friendship sure and lasting, are virtue, purity of manners, an elevated soul, and perfect integrity of heart.

Lovers of virtue should have none but men of virtue for their friends; and on this point, the proof ought principally to turn; because where there is no virtue, there is no security that our honor, confidence and friendship will not be betrayed and abused. The necessary appendages of friendship are confidence and benevolence.

AN EASTERN ALLEGORY.

THE celebrated Hiram, king of Tyre, was not only a patron of the arts, but a promoter of learning also. — He founded seminaries, encouraged talent, and favored men of letters.

In a simple state of society, the disputes of men arise out of questions of conduct; but, as they grow more learned and refined, they quarrel about matters of speculation. After the rights of property and the rules of duty are well ascertained, there is little opportunity for the exhibition of superior sagacity, except in the discussion of misty points of doctrine. Those, therefore, who are ambitious of display, leaving vulgar questions of right and wrong in action, to less ambitious minds, soar aloft into the diviner regions of doubt and abstraction.

Thus it happened in Phoenicia. The principles of morality, embracing the social and religious duties, having been settled so that “the wayfaring man, though a fool, need not err therein,” the philosophers began to wrangle about subtle points of belief. — Sundry questions were started relating to the destiny of the soul after death. The general notion of the future happiness of the virtuous and the misery of the wicked, was too easily comprehended, and too gen

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