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And silence publicly enjoin'd,
THE RIVER, 235
Parted without the least regret,
RivKR River! little River:
River! River ! swelling River!
River ! River! brimming River!
River! River ! rapid River !
River! River! headlong River!
THE SENSIBLE ANSWER OF SOCRATES.
WHEN Socrates, the Athenian philosopher, had built himself a small house, one of the common people stepped up to him ; “And pray, sir,” said he, “what can be the reason that you, who are so great a man, should build such a little box as this for your dwelling house 2 ” “Indeed, neighbor,” replied the sage, “I shall think myself happy if I can fill even this with real friends.”
True friends are indeed great treasures, and the wise know how to prize them.
HEARts may agree, though heads differ. Since you wronged me, you never had a good thought of me. There is no better looking-glass than a true friend. After dinner, sit awhile ; After supper, walk a mile. Go to bed with the lamb, and rise with the lark. As the wind blows, you must set your sail. As love thinks no evil, so envy speaks no good. As virtue is its own reward, so vice is its own punishment.
FABLE. – PHILOSOPHER OUTDONE. 237
THE MULES AND "THE ROBBERS.
Two mules, who were each of them loaded with a pack, happened to travel in company. One of them was carrying money to the public treasury, and the other sustaining the weight of a large sack, which was full of barley. The former, being proud of his burden, tossed up his head with an air, and shook the tinkling bell, which dangled upon his neck; while his partner followed him at a distance with a humble and easy pace.
On a sudden, out rushed a gang of robbers from their ambush, and in the heat of the skirmish, they wounded the mule, who had been so vain of his money, and carried off the bags, leaving the barley for the next comer. Thus plundered and crippled, while he was bewailing his cruel fate, “For my part,” said the other mule, “I am heartily glad they did not think me worthy of notice ; for I have lost nothing by their contempt, and am still as whole and sound as ever.”
THE PHILOSOPHER OUTDONE.
A LEARNEd philosopher being very busy, in his study, a little girl came to ask him for some fire. “But,” says the doctor, “you have nothing to take it in ; ” and as he was going to fetch something for the purpose, the little girl stooped down to the fireplace, and taking some cold ashes in one hand, she put live embers on them with the other. The astonished doctor threw down his books, saying, “With all my learning, I should never have found out that expedient.”