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CRUELTY TO ANIMALS.
· SECTION XIX.
I. 87. CRUELTY TO ANIMALS. T WOULD not enter on my list of friends, 1 Though graced with polished manners and fine sense (Yet wanting sensibility), the man Who needlessly sets foot upon a worm. An inadvertent' step may crush the snail That crawls at evening in the public path; But he that has humanity, forewarned,
Will tread ăsīde, and let the reptile live.
And charged perhaps with venom, that intrudes,
A necessary act incurs no blame.
And guiltlèss of offense, they rănge the air,
Who, when she formed, designed them an åböde. 4. The sum is this : If man's convenience, health,
Or safety interfere, his rights and claims
Who in his sovereign wisdom made them all. i In ad vert ent, not turning the Re fec' to ry, a room where re mind to a matter; heedless ; careless. freshment is taken.
* Loath' some, exciting disgust; E cón' o my, prudent arrangesickening.
ments, or plans. * Al cõve, a recess of a library, or Păr a mount, superior to all a room; any shady recess.
5. Ye, therefore, who love mercy, teach your sons
To love it too. The spring-time of our years
Than cruelty, most devilish of them all. 6. Mercy, to him that shows it, is the rule
And righteous limitation of its act,
• WILLIAM COWPER
QINCE trifles make the sum of human things,
A small unkindness is a great offense. 2. To spread large bounties, though we wish in vain,
Yet all may shun the guilt of giving pain.
When kindness, love, and concord may be ours. 3. The gift of ministering to others' ease,
To all her sons impartial Heaven decrees;
Beyond all flattery, and all price above ; 1 Foi' bles, weak points ; failings; pensates or balances; equal weight. faults not of a serious character. • Stỉnt' ed, restrained; kept small. ? Lib'. er al, free; generous.
6 Concord, (kóng' kård), a state of Coun' ter poise, that which com. agreóment; harmony; union.
LOVE OF COUNTRY AND OF HOME.
The mild foroearance at a brother's fault,
89. LOVE OF COUNTRY AND OF HOME.
M HERE is a land, of every land the pride,
1 Beloved by heaven o’er all the world beside ;
Time-tutored age, and love-exalted youth.
The wealthiest isles, the most enchanting shores,
Touched by remembrance, trembles to that pole :
The heritage of nature's noblèst race,
* Ag'gre gāte, the sum or amount. portions or parts; distribute.
• Sěn'si bil' i ty, delicacy of feel- Se rēn'er, clearer;more soothing ing; that feeling which leads us to ? Im păr' a dise, make very happy; perceive and feel the troubles and render like Paradise. misfortunes of others.
8 Măg'net, the loadstone; that * Le gît' i mate, rightful ; lawful. which attracts.
+ Do māin', dominion; empire; Hěr'it age, inheritance; portion: territory over which one's authority an estate devolved by succession. extends.
10 Su prēme' ly, in the highest • Dis pěnse', deal or divide out in degree.
Where man, creation's tyrant, casts aside
The sire, the son, the husband, father, friend.
Strews with fresh flowers the nărrow way of life,
PART FIRST. T HAVE õiten had occasion to remark the fortitude with I which women sustain the most overwhelming reverses of fortune. Those disasters which break down the spirit of a man, and prostrate him in the dust, seem to call forth all the energies of the softer sex, and give such intrepidity and elevation to their character, that at times it approaches to sublimity.
2. Nothing can be more touching than to behold a soft and tender female, who has been all weakness and dependence, and ălīve to every trivial roughness, while treading the prosperous paths of life, suddenly rising in mentalo force to be the comforter
| Be nign' ly, graciously; kindly. person to meet danger with coolness
? Găm' bol, dance and skip about and courage, or to bear pain or misin sport; play in frolic, like boys fortune without murmuring or losand lambs.
ing spirit. * Pā' tri ot, a person who loves his Sub lịm' i ty, elevation ; that country, and zealously supports and which is so elevated or lofty in apdefends it and its interests.
pearance or character as to produce 4 For ti tude, that firmness or a feeling of astonishment and awe. strength of mind which enables a Měn' tal, belonging to the mind
the hi the oak, aná which has bitterèst blasts
and support of her husband under misfortune, and abiding, with unshrinking firmness, the bitterèst blasts of adversity."
3. As the vine, which has long twined its graceful foliäge ăbout the oak, and been lifted by it into sunshine, will, when the hardy plant is rifted' by the thunderbolt, cling round it with its caressing tendrils,' and bind up its shattered boughs, so it is beautifully ordered by Providence, that woman, who is the mere dependent and ornament of man in his happier hours, should be his stay and sõlace when smitten with sudden calamity ; winding herself into the rugged recesses of his nature, tenderly supporting the drooping head, and binding up the broken heart.
4. I was once congratulating ă friend, who had ăround him a blooming family, knit together in the strongest affection. “I can wish you no better lot,” said he, with enthusiasm, “than to have a wife and children. If you are prosperous, there they are to share your prosperity ; if otherwise, there they are to comfort you.”
5. And, indeed, I have observed that a married man, falling into misfortune, is more apt to retrieve* his situation in the world than a single one ;—partly because he is more stimulated to exertion by the necessities of the helpless and beloved beings who depend upon him for subsistence; but chiefly because his spirits are soothed and relieved by domestic endearments, and his self-respect kept ălīve by finding, that, though all abroad is darkness and humiliation, yệt there is still a little world of love at home, of which he is the monarch. Whereas a single man is apt to run to waste and self-neglect,—to fancy himself lonely and abandoned, and his heart to fall to ruin, like some deserted mansion, for want of an inhabitant.
6. These observations call to mind a little domestic story of which I was once a witness. My intimate friend, Leslie, had narried a beautiful and accomplished girl, who had been brought up in the midst of fashionable life. She had, it is true, no for
une; but that of my friend was ample, and he delighted in the anticipation of indulging her in every elegant pursuit, and administering to those delicate tastes and fancies that spread a
* Ad ver’si ty, that which opposes plant by which it clings to any. desire or success ; distress.
substance. . 2 Rift' ed, split; shattered.
• Re triēve', recover: make bet. 3 Těn' drils, the fine shoots of a ter; make amends.