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COLUMBUS. When Columbus, after having discovered the Western Hemisphere, was, by order of the king of Spain, brought home from America, in chains, the captain of the ship, who was intimately acquainted with his character, his knowledge and his talents, offered to free him from his chains, and make his passage as agreeable as possible. Columbus rejected his friendly offer, saying, “Sir, I thank you; but these chains are the rewards and honors for my services from my king, whom I have served as faithfully as my God; and as such, I will carry them with me to my grave.”

RESENTMENT. RESENTMENT may be distinguished into anger and revenge. Anger is the pain we suffer, upon the receipt of an injury, or an affront. Revenge is the inflicting of pain on the person who has injured or offended us. When prompted to resentment, we should particularly advert to the following reflections: the possibility of mistaking the motives from which the conduct that offends us proceeded; how often our own offences have been the effect of inadvertence, when they were construed into indications of malice; that the object of our resentment is suffering, perhaps, under a contrition, which he is ashained, or wants opportunity, to confess; bow ungenerous it is to triumph by coldness or insult over a spirit, already humbled in secret; that the returns of kindness are sweet, and that there is neither honor, nor virtuc, nor utility in resisting them.

EXERCISE. Without the regular exercise of the body, its health cannot be maintained; the body becomes weak, the countenance pale and languid, and the spirits depressed and gloomy. Regular bodily exercise, on the contrary, creates a healthy appetite, invigorates the powers of digestion, causes sound and refreshing sleep, a freshness of the complexion, and cheerfulness of the spirits; it wards off disease, and tends to preserve the vigor of both mind and body to an advanced age.

During the winter season, active exercise in the open air preserves the warmth of the body, and renders it less susceptible to the influence of cold, and less dependent for its comfort on artificial heat. The periods of the day best adapted to exercise are, early in the morning, and towards the close of the day.

Walking is the most beneficial and most natural exercise, because, in the erect position, every part of the body is free from restraint, while by the gentle motion communicated to each portion of it, in the act of walking, free circulation is promoted. Next to walking, riding on horseback is the kind of exercise to be preferred.

Many other species of exercise may be considered as contributing to the support of health ; such as working in the garden, or in the fields, running, leaping, dancing, and swimming

When sorrow weeps o'er virtue's sacred dust,
Our tears become us, and our grief is just,
Mourns, but not murmurs; sighs, but not despairs ;
Feels as a man, and as a christian bears.

A PERILOus life, and sad as life may be,
Hath the lone fisher on the lonely sea,
In the wild waters laboring, far from home,
For some bleak pittance e'er compelled to roam !
Few friends to cheer him in his dangerous life,
And none to aid him in the stormy sırise :
Companion of the sea and silent air,
The lonely fisher thus must ever fare;
Without the comfort - hope, with scarce a friend,
He looks through life, and only sees — its end !

Eternal Ocean! Old majestic Sea!
Ever love I from shore to look on thee,
And sometimes on thy billowy back to ride,
And sometimes o'er thy summer breast to glide :
But let me live on land - where rivers run,
Where shady trees may screen me from the sun;
Where I may feel secure, the fragrant air;
Where whate'er toil or wearying pains I bear,

Those eyes, which look away all human ill,
May shed on me their still, sweet, constant light,
And the little hearts I love, inay day and night,

Be found beside me, safe and ciustering still.

METAPHYSICS. A Scotch blacksmith being asked the meaning of metaphysics, explained it as follows; “When the party who listens dinna ken what the party who speaks means, and when the party who speaks dinna ken what he means himsel; that is metaphysics.”


When I was first aware of existence, I found myself floating in the clouds, among millions of companions. I was weak and languid, and had indeed fainted entirely away, when a breeze from the north was kind enough to fan me, as it swept along towards the equator. The moment my strength was renewed, I felt an irresistible desire to travel. Thousands of neighbors were eager to join me; and our numerous caravan passed rapidly through immense deserts of air, and landed in the garden of Eden. I fell on a white rose bush, which Adam was twining around the arbor where Eve was sitting; while she thanked him with her smiles, and shook my companions from the cluster of grapes she had plucked for him. I shall never forget the sounds she uttered! Mankind must have lost the knowledge of then now, for I never heard such tones; though, in a few instances, where childhood has been gifted with a rich, melodious voice, and I have heard it poured forth in careless happiness, it has seemed to me like the language of paradise.

As it was a cloudy day, and the sun did not appear, I slipped from a rose leaf to the bottom of a superb arum, and went quietly to sleep. When I awoke, the sun was bright in the heavens, and birds were singing, and insects buzzing joyfully. A saucy humming bird

was looking down upon me, thinking, no doubt, that he would drink me up; but a nightingale and scarlet lory both chanced to alight near him, and the flower was weighed down, so that I fell to the ground. Immediately, I felt myself drawn up, as if very small cords were fastened to me. It was the power of the sun, which forced me higher and higher, till I found myself in the clouds, in the same weak, misty state as before.

Here I floated about, until a cold wind drove me into the Danube. The moment I entered this river, I was pushed forward by such a crowd of water drops, that, before I knew whither I was bound, I found myself at the bottom of the Black Sea. An oyster soon drew me into his shell, where I tumbled over a pearl, large and beautiful enough to grace the snowy neck of Eve. I was well pleased with my situation, and should have remained a long time, had it been in my power; but an enormous whale came into our vicinity, and the poor oyster was rolled down his throat, with a mighty company of waves. I escaped from my pearl prison, and the next day, the great fish threw me from his nostrils, in a cataract of foam. Many were the rivers, seas, and lakes, I visited. Sometimes I rode through the Pacific, on a dolphin's back; and, at others, I slept sweetly under the shade of fan coral, in the Persian Gulf. One week, I was a dew drop on the roses of Cashmere; and another, I moistened the stinted noss, on cold, Norwegian rocks.

Years passed away before I again reposed on the banks of Euphrates. When I did, Adam was banished

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