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dience -which the bestial shall pay to the human nature, than that terrifying sensation which shall drive the brute from the presence of man. There is something inhospitable in thus exerting an undue severity over the creatures of our convenience: they are fatted, indeed, to fall for our subiistance: they toil, refresh themselves a •while, and toil again; or else they slumber and feed beneath our eye, and, as it were, plead eloquently, each in his own language, for our guardian/hip. When we lead them to the last agony, ah 1 let it not be in triumph; nor, as one life is sacrificed for another, as the blood of the animal is shed for the support of the man, let us not, in the mean time, render the little allotment of their existence more painful, by withholding from them that sympathy, to which, whatever is delivered to our hands, has a right to claim from our hearts.
Story of Abraham and Lot.
AND THERE YTAS A STJIIE BETWEEN ABRAHAM'S HERDMEN AND Lot's HERDMEH.
"|~\ O M E S TI C altercations began to ■*-*' perplex families in the very childhood of time i the blood of a brother was shed, even before the affinity became known. But with how much tenderness and good fense doth Abraham here prevent the disagreement which had well nigh arisen, as is but too commonly the cafe, from the quarrel of two servants. The heart is easily affected by circumstances in private life, and the conduct of Abraham is, in many points, so admirable, that the transactions of this single patriarch are of sufficient consequence to furnish a very voluminous,. minous, as well as a very captivating commentary. He said unto Lot, 1 pray thee let there be no strife betwixt me and thee, nor between my herdmen and thine. Why? For the tendered reason in the world: because, we are brethren. The very image of the patriarch in the attitude of entreaty, the fraternal tear just starting from his eye, is this moment before me: and thus, methinks, I catch instruction (as he addresses. Lot) from the lip of the venerable man. Away, my dear brother, away with strife; we were born to be the servants of God, and the companions of each other: the twin breasts of our mother are not so closely united as thou and I: as we sprang from the same parent, so we naturally partake the same affections. We are brethren, sons of the fame father: we are friends,- for surely kindredfhip should $•. be the most exalted friendship: let not us then disagree, because our herdmen have disagreed, since that were to encourage every idle pique, and senseless animosity. Great, indeed, hath been our success since
our migration into this fair.country: we have much substance, and much cattle. But what of that? Shall brothers quarrel, because it has pleased Heaven to prosper them—Oh ingrateful ! Oh impious !—« But' if, notwithstanding these persuasives, thy spirit is still troubled, let us separate: rather than contend with a brother—hard as it is, I could even fart with him for a time—haply, the occasion of dispute (which i■ have already forgotten) shall soon be no more remembered by thee. Is not the whole land before thee? Take then my blessing 'and my embrace, and separate thyself from me: To thee is submitted the advantages of choice: if thou wilt take the left hand, then, that 1 may not appear to thwart thee unbrotherly, I will take the right: or if thou art more inclined to the country which lieth upon the right, then will I go to the left. Be it as thou wilt, and whithersoever thou goest, happy mayest thou be.
Lot, listened to his brother, and departed. He cast his eyes on the wellwatered