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To all classes of my hearers, then, I would say-Cultivate this taste. The pursuit, if rightly engaged in, will be found perfectly compatible with every other. It will sweeten your daily toil, it will dignify your daily lot, it will hallow and bless your daily life. For the sorrows of your homes, for the trials of the world, for the loss of friends, for sickness and solitude and old age, it will bring a healing balm-not instead of, not by any means equal to, but like a ministering angel, coming in aid of those higher agencies which God in His infinite mercy has vouchsafed for all His children. If these be indeed the results of your Penny Readings, you will have abundant cause to bless the day when you joined them.
“There's Pleasure in Health and Contentment."
BY THOMAS NEWBIGGING.
THERE's Pleasure in Health and Contentment,
There's fortune in freedom from care ;
Our happiest moments impair.
He's a fool that will brawl and look sore :
Chorus.-He's a wise man, &c.
That darkens the brow it adorns ;
The down of his pillow for thorns.
Finds life but a pathway of pain ;
Chorus.-He's a wise man, &c.
'Tis wisdom that little to prize;
Are Heaven's best gifts in disguise.
The tiniest seed in earth's bosom,
To loftiest tree doth upspring,
Chorus.—He's a wise man, &c.
Life hath its eclipses of sorrow,
That hide the blue sky from our sight;
God's manna comes down in the night!
We'll not the good Giver forget ;
Chorus.-He's a wise man, &c.
VAGABONDAGE OF HUMAN LIFE.— The fresh, rough, heathery part of human nature, where the air is freshest, and where the linnets sing, is getting encroached upon by cultivated fields. Every one is making himself and herself useful. Every one is producing something. Everybody is a philanthropist. I don't like it. I love a little eccentricity. I respect honest prejudices. I admire foolish enthusiasm in a young head, more than a wise scepticism. It is high time, it seems to me, that a moral game-law were passed for the preservation of the wild and vagrant feelings of human nature. Ah, me ! what a world this was to live in two or three centuries ago, when it was getting itself discovered — when the sunset gave up America. Then were the “Arabian Nights” commonplace, enchantments a matter of course, and romance the most ordinary thing in the world. Then man was courting Nature : now he has married her! Yet, for all that time has brought and taken away, I am glad to know that the vagabond sleeps in our blood, and awakes now and then. Overlay nature as you please, here and there some bit of rock or mound of aboriginal soil will crop out with the wild flowers growing upon it, sweetening the air. Genius is a vagabond ; Art is a vagabond ; Enterprise is a vagabond. The first fine day in spring awakes the gipsy in the blood of the English workman, and incontinently he “babbles of green fields.” On the English gentleman, lapped in the most luxurious civilisation, and with the thousand powers and resources of wealth at his command, descends often times a fierce unrest— Bedouin-like horror of cities and the cry of the money-chan. ger; and in a month the fiery dust rises in the track of his desert steed, or in the six-months' polar midnight he hears the big wave dashing on the icy shore. Vagabonds have moulded the world into its present shape. Respectable people swam in the track of the vagabond, as rooks in ihe furrow of the ploughshare. Respectable people do little in the world, except storing wine cellars and amassing fortunes for the benefit of spendthrift heirs. Respectable well-to-do Grecians shook their heads over Leonidas and his three hundred when they went down to Ther. mopyle. Respectable Spanish churchmen, with shaven crowns, scouted the dream of Columbus. Respectable German folks attempted to dissuade Luther from appearing before Charles and the princes and electors of the empire. Nature makes us vagabonds : the world makes us respectable. Commend me to Shakspeare's vagabonds, the most delightful in the world! His sweet-blooded and liberal nature blossomed into all fine generorosities as naturally as an apple-bough into pink blossoms and odours. It would be better if we could have along with our modern enlightenment, our higher tastes and purer habits, & greater individuality of thought and manner; better that every man should be allowed to grow in his own way, so long as he does not infringe on the rights of his neighbour, or insolently thrust himself between him and the sun. A little more air and light should be let in upon life. I should think the world has stood long enough under the drill of Adjutant Fashion. It is hard work; the posture is wearisome, and Fashion is an awful martinet, and has a quick eye and comes down mercilessly on the unfortunate wight who cannot square his toes to the approved pattern, or who appears upon parade with a darn in his coat, or with a shoulder-belt insufficiently pipe-elayed. It is killing work. Suppose we try “standing at ease" for a little. ALEXANDER SMITH'S " Dreamthorp Essays."
SOUND AND SENSE.- As there is music in gong, so is there music in speech. Every language has music; and in speak ing it, inflection should be harmonious. Sound is expressive of sense--aye, much more so than is commonly imagined. Verse and prose have each their peculiar music, and common sense should not be destroyed by the abuse. Poetry would be more enjoyed were elocution better understood. “ Paradise Lost” is Lost on minds unable to appreciate, elocutionary force. To read such a work aloud as it ought to be read, implies, I need scarcely state, that it is understood Mind and voice are simultaneously applied ; both must be duly exercised, or that which should be sweet and sonorous is rendered harsh and dis. pleasing. It would be absurd to give examples of the general acceptation of Milton's epic. Deliver any passage as usually rendered, and you have coinparative nonsense. Read it with a common sense view of the subject, with fulness, firmness, roundness of voice, proper emphasis, and correct inflection, and that which may have appeared as flat and unprofitable, has become novel and pleasing. It has been objected that before you can appreciate the sublime genius of Milton, you must of necessity think-think. This is one reason why I recommend the study of “Paradise Lost" to all who would read sensibly, for the intellect being disciplined, the ear becomes, gradually attuped to the manly and sonorous notes the various grand addresses and masterly descriptions elicit; you think rightly, and therefore may hope to interpret this and other works correctly—that is to read and speak musically and naturally. “Bacon's Philosophy,” at a first, glance, you may not comprehend: look at it again, and with the elocutionist's appreciation, and you feel inclined to award it a third perusad. So with all great works requiring the exercise of manly English vigour of mind clearly to understand and appreciate, much that we symbolise as mere tinsel is discovered, on a closer inspection and an inward appreciation of sound as significant of sense, to be pare gold.--ARTIS ON "Elocution."
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