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When near him a Chameleon seen
“Dear emblem of the flatt'ring host,
“Sir” says the sycophant, “like you,
THAT thou may'st injure no man, dove-like be, And serpent-like that none may injure thee,
BENEvoleNCE. — PILOT, ETC. 299
SYMPATHY AND BENEVOLENCE.
SYMPAthy and benevolence constitute those finer feelings of the soul, which at once support and adorn human nature. What is it that guards our helpless infancy, and instructs our childhood, but sympathy What is it that performs all the kind offices of friendship, in riper years, but sympathy What is it that consoles us in our last moments, and defends our characters when dead, but sympathy
A person without sympathy, and living only for himself, is the basest and most odious of characters. Can one behold such a character sickening at another's good, and not be filled with indignation ? Devoted as the world is to self. love, and estranged as it is from benevolence, no character of this kind, ever passed through life with respect, or sunk into the grave with pity.
THE PILOT AND THE SAILORS.
AFTER a ship at sea had been driven some time before a furious storm, exposed every moment to the mercy of the waves, while the trembling passengers were bewailing their hard fate with many tears and sighs, and expected nothing but death, the weather suddenly cleared up, and the face of the ocean was covered with a smile. As the mariners were exulting with all the extravagante of joy at this happy change of their affairs, the weary Pilot, who was grown wise by experience, thus reproved their hasty mirth. “My good lads,” said he, “we ought to rejoice with caution, and complain without despair; for the life of man is checkered alternately with joy and grief, and the frowns and smiles of fortune are alike inconstant.”
The Gypsies are a race of people with dark skins, who wander about from place to place, carrying their few articles of furniture with them. They are common in Spain, and parts of Germany, and a few are occasionally seen in England and France. They are never seen in
UNDERNEAth the greenwood tree,
QUIN. – OAK. – FABLE. 301
THE instruction of king George III., in elocution, was assigned to the celebrated Quin, under whose direction plays were sometimes performed at Leicester House, by the young branches of the royal family. Quin, who afterwards obtained a pension for his services, was justly proud of the distinction conferred upon him ; and when he heard of the graceful manner in which his majesty delivered his first speech from the throne, he cried out, “Ay, I taught the boy to speak ”
THE oak for grandeur, strength and noble size,
THE CANDLE AND THE CANDLESTICK.
“You mean, despicable thing,” said a candle to a candlestick, “what were you made for but to wait on me?” “And pray tell me,” said the candlestick, “ of what use you would be without me, though now you shine so proudly, while I hold you up 2"
To grass, or leaf, or fruit, or wall,
The snail sticks close, nor fears to fall,
As if he grew there, house and all
Within that house secure he hides,
When danger imminent betides
Of storm, or other harm besides
Give but his horns the slightest touch,
His self-collecting power is such,
He shrinks into his house with much
Where'er he dwells, he dwells alone,
Thus, hermit-like his life he leads,
Nor partner of his banquet needs,
And if he meets one, only feeds
Who seeks him must be worse than blind,
PALE Death, with equal foot, strikes wide the door, Of royal halls, and hovels of the poor.