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up to them will render you more prosperous in the world, and secure you a reward of a hundred-fold in your own mind."

The earnestness of Mrs. Barnet's manner, and the recollection of a son whom he had loved as much as he could love any thing, had already touched the heart of the husband: and this last iotimation of immediate prosperity and future reward, sounding in his ears something like accumulated interest and a large premium, came nearest his feelings, and overcame him entirely.

* Well, my dear,” said he, “ since this is your opinion, let the boy be brought hither as soon as you please.”

Mrs. Barnet threw her arms around her husband's neck, and thanked him with all the warmth of an overflowing and benevolent heart.


BENEVOLENCE. WHEN 1hou considerest thy wants, when thou beholdest thy in perfeotions, acknowledge his goodness, O son of humanity, who honoured thee with reason, endowed thee with speech, and placed thee in society, to receive and confer reciprocal helps and mutual obligations.

Thy food, thy clothing, thy convenience of habitation, thy protection from the injuries, thy enjoyment of the comforts and the pleasures of life; all these thou owest to the assistance of others, and couldest not enjoy but in the bands of society.

It is thy duty, therefore, to be a friend to mankind, as it is thy interest that man should be friendly ļo thee.


Happy is the man who hath sowo in bis breast the seeds of benevolence; the produce thereof shall be charity and love. From the fountain of his heart shall rise rivers of goodness; the streams shall overflow for the benefit of mankind.

He assisteth the poor in their trouble; he rejoiceth in furthering the prosperity of all men.

He promoteth in his neighbourhood peace and good will, and his name is repeated with praise and benedictions,

GRATITUDE. As the branches of a tree return their sap to the root, from whence it arose; as a river poureth its streams to the sea, whence its spring was supplied; so the heart of a grate-. ful man delighteth in returning a benefit received. He acknowledgeth his obligation with cheerfulness, he looketh on his benefactor with love and esteem.


O thou who art enamoured with the beauties of truth, and hast fixed thy heart on the simplicity of her charins, hold fast thy fidelity unto her, and forsake ber not; the constancy of thy virtue shall crown thee with honour. The tongue of the sincere is rooted in his heart, hypocrisy and deceit have no place in his words.

He blusheth' at falsehood, and is confounded; but in speaking the truth he hath a steady eye.

Yet with prudence and caution he openeth his lips ; he studieth what is right, and speaketh with discretion.

He adviseth with friendship; be reproveth with freedom; and whatsoever he promiseth shall surely be performed.


OH! happy they, the happiest of their kied,
Whom gentle stars unite, and in one fate,
Their hearts, their fortunes, and their beings blend!
'Tis not the courser tie of human laws
(Unnatural oft, and foreign to the mind)
That binds their peace, but harmony itself,
Attuning all their passions into
Where friendship full exerts her softest power
Ineffable, and sympathy of soul;

Thought meeting thought, and will preventing will
With boundless confidence, for nought but love
Cao answer love, and render bliss secure.

Let bim, ungenerous, who alone intent
To bless himself, from sordid parents buys
The loathing virgin, in eternal care,
Well meriled, consume his nights and days:

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Let eastern tyrants from the light of heaven
Seclude their bosom slaves meanly possessed
Of a mere lifeless violated form:
While those whom love çements in holy faith,
In equal transport, free as nature live,
Disdaining fear. What is the world to them! :,!!
Its pomp, its pleasures, and its nonsense all !
Who in each other clasps, whatever fair
High fancy forins, and lavish hearts can wish!
Something than beauty dearer should they look,

Or on the mind, or mind-illumined face,
* Truth, goodness, honour, harmony, and love,
The richest bounty of indulgent heaven!

Meantime, a smiling offspring rises round,

And mingles both their graces. By degrees, 1. The human blossom blows, and every day;

Soft as it rolls along, shews some new charm,
The father's lustre, or the mother's bloom.
The infant reason grows apace, and calls
· For the kind hand of an assiduous care :
Delightful task, to rear the tender thought,
To teach the young idea how to shoot,
To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind,
To breathe th' enlivening spirit, and to fix
The generous purpose in the glowing breast !
Oh! speak the joy! ye whom the sudden tear
Surprises often, while ye look around,
And nothing strikes your eye but sights of bliss,
All various nature pressing on the heart,
An elegant sufficiency, content,
Retirement, rural quiet, friendship, books,
Ease and alternate labour, useful life,
Progressive virtue, and approving heaven!
These are the matchless joys of virtuous love!
And thus their moments fly. The seasons thus,
As ceaseless round a jarring world they roll,
Still find them happy, and consenting spring
Sheds her own rosy garland on their heads,
Till evening comes at last, serene and mild,
When after the long vernal day of life,
Enamoured more as more remembrance swells
With many a proof of recollected love,
Together down they sink in social sleep,
Together freed, their gentle spirits fly,
To scenes where love and bliss immortal reign!


The foundation of the greater portion of the unhappiness which clouds matriinoniai lite, is to be sought in the unconcern so prevalent in the world as to those radical principles on which character, and the permanence of character, depend—the principles of religion. Popular language indicates the state of popular opinion. If an union about ta take place, or recently contracted between two young persons, be mentioned in conversation, the first question which we hear asked concerning it is, whether it be a good match. The very countenance and-voice of the enquirer, and of the answerer, the terms of the answer returned, and the observations, whether expressive of satisfaction or of regret, which fall from the lips of the company present in the circle, all concur to shew what, in common estimation, is meant by being welt married. If a young woman be described as thus married, the terms imply, that she is united to a man whose station and fortune are such, when compared with her own or those of her parents, that in point of precedence, in point of command of finery and of money, she is more or less a gainer by the bargain. In high life they imply, that she will now possess the enviable advantages of taking place of other ladies in the neighbourhood; of decking herself out with jewels and lace; of inhabiting splendid apartments; rolling in handsome carriages ; gazing on numerous servants in gaudy liveries, and of repairing to London, and other fashionable scenes of resort, all in a degree somewhat higher than that in which a calculating broker, after poring on her pedigree, sumıning up her property in hand, and computing, at the market price, every item which is contingent or in reversion, would have pronounced her entitled to. A few slight and obvious alterations would adapt the picture to the middle classes of society. But what do the terms imply as to the character of the man selected to be her husband? Probably nothing. His character is a matter which seldom enters into the consideration of the per. sons who use them; unless, at length, it appears in the shape of an after-thought, or is awkwardly hitched into theit remarks for the sake of decorum. If the terms imply any thing on this point, they mean no more than that he is not notoriously and scandalously addicted to vice. He may be covetous, he may be proud, he may be ambitious, he may be malignant, he may be devoid of Christian principles, practice, and belief; or, to say the very least, it may be totally unknowo whether he does not fall, in every particular, under this description; and yet, in the language and in the opinion of the generality of both sexes, the match is excellent. In the same manner a diminution of power as to the supposed advantages already enumerated, though counterpoised by the acquisition of a companion eminent for his virtues, is supposed to constitute a bad match; and is universally lamented in police meetings with real or affected concern, The good or bad fortune of a young man in the choice of a wife is estimated according to the same rules. ..

From those who contract marriages, either chiefly or in a considerable degree, through motives of interest or ambition, it would be folly to expect previous solicitude respecting piety of heart. And it would equally be folly to expect that such marriages, however they may answer the purposes of interest or ambition, should terminate otherwise than in wretchedness. Wealth may be secured; rank may be obtained; but if wealth and rank are to be the main ingredients in the cup of matrimonial felicity, the pure and sweet wine will be exhausted at once, and nothing remain but bitter and corrosive dregs.

Among various absurd and mischievous lessons which young women were accustomed in the last age to learn frou dramatic representations, one of the most absurd and mischievous was this: That a man of vicious character was very easily reformed; and that he was particularly likely, when once reformed, to make a desirable and exemplary husband. At the conclusion of almost every comedy, the hero of the piece, signalized throughout its progress by qualities and conduct radically incompatible with the existence of matimonial happiness, was introduced upon the stage as having experienced a sudden change of beart, and become a convert, as by a miracle, to the vays of virtue aod religion.

Let the female sex be assured, that whenever on the stage of real life an irreligious and immoral young man is suddenly found, on the eve of matriinony, to change his external conduct, and to recommend himself by professions of a determination to amend, the probability that the change is adopted, as in the theatre, for the sake of form and con,

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