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BOAT SONG. BEND on your oars - for the sky it is dark,
And the wind it is rising apace!
And they strive, as if running a race.
And the twilight is deepening fast;
As they flee from the face of the blast.
Stretch on your oars — - for the sun it is down,
And the waves are like lions in play,
Or to point, or to cheer our lone way.
Rise on your oars — – let the bright star of hope
Be seen 'mid the tempest's wild roar;
Have weather’d such tempests before.
Rest on your oars— for the haven is won,
And the tempest may bluster till morn; For the bold and the brave are now freed from the wave,
Where they late roamed so lonely and lorn.
IMPROVEMENT OF TIME. DILIGENCE, industry, and proper improvement are material duties of the young. To no purpose are they endowed with the best abilities, if they want activity for exerting them. Unavailing, in this case, will be every direction that can be given them, either for their temporal or spiritual welfare.
In youth, habits of industry are most easily acquired. In youth, the incentives to it are strongest, from ambition and from duty, from emulation and from hope ; from all the prospects which the beginning of life affords. If, dead to these calls, you already languish in slothful inaction, what will be able to quicken the more sluggish current of advancing years.
Industry is not only the instrument of improvement, but the foundation of pleasure. Industry is the appointed vehicle of every good to man, and is the indispensable condition of our possessing a sound mind in a sound body. Fly, therefore, from idleness, as the certain parent both of guilt and ruin.
ASKING QUESTIONS. Ask questions and many questions, and leave nothing till you are thoroughly informed of it, but be careful of asking only proper questions.
Such pertinent questions are far from being ill-bred, or troublesome to those of whom you ask them : on the contrary, they are a tacit compliment to their knowledge, and people have a better opinion of a young man, when he seems desirous to be informed.
ONE moonshiny night
With a great appetite
Quite pleased with his prize,
Both in taste and in size, While he ate, he devour'd the rest with his eyes.
You know I'm in joke,
When I say that the oak,
But you know too, in fable,
We feel ourselves able
Said the oak, looking big,
“ I think, Mr Pig,
But, you ill behaved hog!
You devour the prog,
He replied, looking up,
Though not ceasing to sup,
“ I acknowledge to you
My thanks would be due,
Tomorrow, good dame,
Give my children the same
He merits no praise
To the end of his days
“ HE NEVER TOLD A LIE.” MR Park, in his travels through Africa, relates that a party of armed Moors having made a predatory attack on the flocks of a village at which he was stopping, a youth of the place was mortally wounded in the affray. The natives placed him on horseback and conducted him home, while his mother preceded the mournful group, proclaiming all the excellent qualities of her boy, and by her clasped hands and streaming eyes, discovered the inward bitterness of her soul. The quality for which she chiefly praised her boy, formed of itself an epitaph so noble, that even civilized life could not aspire to a higher. “He never," said she with pathetic energy,“never, never, told a lie.”
THE HEIFER, GOAT, SHEEP AND LION.
A HEIFER, a goat, and a harmless sheep, once went partners with a young lion in a hunting match. When they had caught a stag of uncommon size, the lion, having first divided it into four parts, addressed his fellow sportsmen in the following terms; " I now take up the first part, my good friends," said he, “ because I am a lion; and you will certainly allow me to make free with the second, as a compliment to my valor ; the third also will very fairly come to my share because I am the strongest; and as to the fourth, wo be to him who dares to meddle with it." In this manner, he was unjust enough to assign the booty to himself, because none of his partners were able to dispute his claim."
l'his teaches us never to enter into partnership with a person who is too much above us.
EQUIVOCATION. An equivocation is nearly related to a lie. It is an intention to deceive, under words of a double meaning, or words which, literally speaking, are true ; this is equally criminal with the most downright breach of truth. A nod or sign may convey a lie, as effectually as the most deceitful language. Whether we deceive by actions or words, we are equally culpable.
Every engagement, though of the lightest kind, should be punctually observed, and he who does not think himself bound by such an obligation, has little pretension to the character of an honest man.