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miserably expired on the spot. The moral of this is,

that, Attempting what is out of our power, only exposes

us to ridicule and contempt.

FORGIVENESS.

“To err is human, to forgive, divine.” “Teach me to feel another’s wo, To hide the fault I see; That mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me.” Of him that hopes to be forgiven, it is indispensably required that he forgive. On this great duty, futurity is suspended, and to him who refuses to practise it, it might seem that mercy would be inaccessible. The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior.

CONDUCT TO INFERIORS.

BE meek, courteous and affable to your inferiors, not proud nor scornful. To be courteous even to the meanest is a true index of a great and generous mind. But the insulting and scornful gentleman, who has been himself originally low, ignoble, or beggarly, makes himself ridiculous to his equals, and by his inferiors, is repaid with scorn, contempt, and hatred.

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THE wingED worshipPERs.

Two Swallows having flown into church during divine service, were apostrophized in the following stanzas.

GAY, guiltless pair,
What seek ye from the fields of heaven?

Ye have no need of prayer,
Ye have no sins to be forgiven.

Why perch ye here
Where mortals to their Maker bend ?

Can your pure spirits fear
The God ye never could offend ?

Ye never knew
The crimes for which we come to weep:

Penance is not for you,
Bless'd wanderers of the upper deep.

To you 'tis given
To wake sweet nature's untaught lays;

Beneath the arch of heaven
To chirp away a life of praise.

Then spread each wing,
Far, far above, o'er lakes and lands,

And join the choirs that sing
In yon blue dome not rear'd with hands.

Or if ye stay
To note the consecrated hour,

Teach me the airy way,
And let me try your envied power.

Above the crowd
On upward wings could I but fly.

I'd bathe in yon bright cloud,
And seek the stars that gem the sky.

*T were heaven indeed
Through fields of trackless light to soar,

On nature's charms to feed
And nature's own great God adore.

REVENGE.

A PAssion ATF and revengeful temper renders a man unfit for advice, deprives him of his reason, and robs him of all that is great or noble in his nature. It makes him unfit for conversation, destroys friendship, changes justice into cruelty, and turns all order into confusion.

Anger may dwell for a moment in the breast of a wise man, but rests permanently only in the bosom of fools. None more impatiently suffer injuries, than those that are most forward in doing them. A more glorious victory cannot be gained over man than this, that when the injury begins on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.

CLEANLINESS.

CLEANLINEss may be considered under the three following remarks. First, it is a mark of politeness, for no one, unadorned with this virtue, can go into company, without giving manifest offence. Second, cleanliness may be said to be the foster-mother of affection. Beauty commonly produces love, but cleanliness preserves it. Age is not unamiable, while it is preserved clean and unsullied. In the third place, it bears analogy with purity of mind, and naturally inspires refined sentiments and passions. It is an excellent preservative of health, and several vices, destructive both to mind and body, are inconsistent with the habit of it.

The despotic government of Spain, and the blind attachment of the people to the authority of their priests, have not been able to quench that high sense of honor, that has ever distinguished the character of the Spanish nobility; a quality which forms the basis of many of their virtues, and makes the Spaniards amiable, notwithstanding their sloth and bigotry.

In the city of Salamanca is a very celebrated university, where a grandee of the highest rank placed his only son, Don Sebastian, the heir of his immense estate, and the hope of the family, in whose mind he had early implanted the haughty distinctions of family descent, and the most scrupulous attachment to truth. Nature had favored him with many endowments. His person was tall and slender; his eyes black and expressive, which enlivened his swarthy complexion, and corresponded with his black hair, that he wore tied back with a ribbon ; his understanding was solid rather than brilliant; and his disposition, though haughty, was generous, and capable of strong attachments.

In the same college was a young man, nearly of Sebastian's age, called Don Ferdinand, whose attainments in the different branches of their education were upon an equality with his own. A constant rivalship

subsisted between these youths; they always contended for the same prize, and were each by turns successful candidates. Emulation, without envy, is an admirable spur to industry. Their mutual desire to excel each other advanced both to the highest reputation, for diligence and perseverance, which soon raised them far above their fellow students in their class. In every amusement that depended upon skill, the same contest for superiority was visible; and such was the interest it occasioned, that the daily diversions of their companions were tasteless, unless they were opposed to each other. An accident, that at first appeared unfortunate, converted the rivalship into the most lasting friendship. As they were one day performing the military exercise, and going through the manoeuvres of a mock fight, the adverse parties being commanded by the two rivals, the button came off the foil that Don Sebastian had in his hand, and entered just above the left eye of Don Ferdinand. The extreme agony produced a high fever, and for some days, not only endangered his sight, but his life. The generous mind of Sebastian was immediately disarmed of every feeling of jealousy. He thought only of the injury he had inflicted, and of the merits of the sufferer. He hastened to procure the first medical assistance, watched night and day by his side, and attended him with all the assiduity of the tenderest affection. Ferdinand was not willing to be outdone in generosity of sentiment. He was not con

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