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. 8. Energy enables a man to force his way through irksome drudgery and dry details, and carries him onward and upward in every station in life. It accomplishes more than genius, with not one half the disappointment and peril.
9. “ Woe unto him that is faint-hearted !” says the son of Sirach. There is, indeed, no blessing equal to the possession of a stout heart. Even if a man fail in his efforts, it will be a great satisfaction to him to enjoy the consciousness of having done his best.
10. Lay it down as a maxim, that nothing can be accomplished without a fixed purpose — a concentration of mind and energy. Whatever you attempt to do, whether it be the writing of an essay, or the whit. tling of a stick, let it be done as well as you can do it. It was this habit that made great men of Franklin, and Newton, and hundreds whose labors have been of incalculable service to mankind.
11. Fix your mind closely and intently on what you undertake : in no other way can you have a reasonable hope of success. An energy that dies in a day is good for nothing. The inventions that bless mankind were not the result of a few moments’ thought and investigation. A lifetime has often been given to a single object. It is will — force of purpose — that enables a man to do or be whatever he sets his mind on being or doing.
12. A strong desire may itself transform possibility into reality. A holy man was accustomed to say, “ Whatever you wish, that you are ; for such is the force of the human will, joined to the Divine, that whatever we wish to be, seriously, and with a truo intention, that we become. No one ardently wishes to be submissive, patient, modest, or liberal, who does not become what he wishes."
SWEET evening hour! Dear evening hour!
Sweet hour! that bids the laborer cease ;
0! season of soft sounds and hues,
Yes, lovely hour I thou art the time
Then, trembling, from the vaulted skies
Sweet hour! for heavenly musing made,
1. O, THE difference between sea and land! The sailor-lives a life of daily, hourly, momentary risk, and he reckons it by voyages. He goes on your ěrrands, he dares dangers for you, he lives a strange life for you.
2. Think of what winter is at sea. Think of what it is to have the waves discharge themselves on a ship, with a roar like artillery, and a force not much less. Think of what it is for a sailor to be aloft in the rigging, holding on by a rope, wet with the rain, or numbed with the cold, and with the mast of the ship swaying, like a reed, with the wind.
3. Think of what it is when men drop from the yard arms into the sea, or when they are washed, like insects from the deck. Think of what it is, day and night, without rest, and without sleep, to strive against a storm, - against the power of wind and Waves, – every wave a mighty enemy to surmount.
4. Think what it is to strike a rock, — to shriek but once, and then, perhaps, be drowned. Think of the diseases that come of hardships at sea. Think of what it is to be sićk in a lazaretto, — to be dying in a foreign hospital.. Think of all this, and then, perhaps, you will think rightly of what it is to be a sailor.“ · 5. Think of what you yourselves owe to the sailor. It is through his intervention that you are possessed
of those comforts that make of a house a home. Live comfortably, you can not, - live at all, perhaps, you can not, — without seamen will expose themselves for you, risk themselves for you, and, alas ! often, very often, drown,- drown in your service, — drown, and leave widows and orphans destitute.
6. 0! what a consideration-it is, that, so often, my happiness is from suffering somewhere! The church-I worship in has every one of its pillars deep founded in a martyr's grave. The philosophy that delights me for its truth is what some wise man had first to learn in bitterness. My comforts are mine, many of them, through other men's miseries. Commerce-spreads the world about with blessings, but not without there
being shipwrecks from it on every coast, and deaths į by drowning, — several every day, the year round..
7. Ah! yes; to beg with me, to plead with me, for the widow and orphan of the mariner, there comes, from many a place where seamen have died, á call, a prayer, a beseeching voice; a cry from the coast of Guinea, where there is fever evermore;, a cry from Arctic seas, where icebergs are death; a cry from coral reefs, that ships are wrecked on horribly; a cry from many a foreign city, where the sailor, as he dies, speaks of his family, and is not understood ;) a cry from mid-ocean, where many a sailor-drops into a sudden grave!,
8. They ask your help, your charity, for the widows and orphans of those who, in times past, have gone down to the sea, — have gone down to the sea in ships! They ask you to remember, amid the comforts and advantages of civilized life on dry land, the hourly perils and privations of the sailor; of him through whose daring and toil the products of nations are interchanged, and the intercourse that shall one day make brethren of all mankind is kept up.
1. The crown and glory of life is character. It is the noblest possession of a man ; exercising a greater power than wealth, and securing all the honor without the jealousies of fame. The strength, the industry, and the civilization of nations, all depend on individual character; and the very foundations of civil so. ciety rest upon it. Laws and institutions are but its outgrowth.
2. We often hear it said that knowledge is power; but it is true, in a much higher sense, that character is power. You may admire men of intellect; but something more is necessary before you will trust them. Mind without heart, intelligence without integrity, cleverness without goodness, are powers in their way, but they may be powers only for mischief.
3. Truthfulness, diligence, and goodness,— qualities that hang not on any man's breath,— form the essence of manly character. An old writer defines it as “ that inbred loyalty unto Virtue, which can serve her without a livery.” He who has these qualities, united with force of purpose, carries with him a power that will not fail to make itself felt. He is strong to do good, strong to resist evil, and strong to bear up under difficulty and misfortune.