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Iwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man So 1 Samuel (xvii. 46)—“This day will the Lord deliver thee ccording to his ways, whose heart Thou knowest; (for Thou into mine hand, and I will smite thee, and take thine head ver Thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of from thee."
THE COWARD AND THE BRAVE.
A worthless coward's weapon has no point: It is right that my friend should honor him who that from my hand is not so, even if it slightly ionors me.
touch; it is sharp, and when it strikes it slays; PRUDENT COUNSEL.
his widow's cheeks are disfigured with scars of Godlike Menelaus, both I and you have need of
grief, and his children orphans; but he, reddening
the ground with blood, rots, while his funeral agest counsels to guard and protect us.
rites are paid by carrion birds, and not by women. So Proverbs (xx. 18)_"Every purpose is established by ounsel; and with good advice make war;" and (xxiv. 6)
So Judges (viii. 21)—“ For as the man is, so is the strength.” "For by wise counsel thou shalt make war: and in multitude
THE BRAVE MAN. f counsellors there is safety."
For I know that cowards fly from battle; but WATCH CAREFULLY.
the warrior distinguished in fight must, above all, Dear children. now guard carefully: let not stand undaunted, wounded or wounding. leep come upon you, lest we be a laughing-stock
A WOUNDED STAG. to our enemies.
As spotted lynxes pursue in the mountains a So Nehemiah (vii. 3)—" Appoint watches ... every one in wounded stag with bushy antlers, whom a hunter tis watch and every one to be over against his house;" and has wound leremiah (li, 12)_ "Make the watch strong, set up the watch
"has wounded with an arrow from his bow; flying, nen;" and Mark (xiii. 37)" And what I say unto you I say
it has escaped by its swiftness, while its blood ran into an, Watch."
warm and its limbs yet served. But when the
swift arrow has drained its strength, the ravenous HOW GREAT DEEDS ARE DONE.
lynxes, tearing, devour it in the shady wood, till When two go together, the one may perceive chance brings a furious lion; then the lynxes fly before the other how an enterprise may be best in terror, while the lion feeds on the prey. becomplished; and even though a man by himself discover the better course, yet his judgment is
AN INUNDATION. flower, and his resolution less firm.
As when an overflowing river descends to the So Genesis (ti. 18" It is not good that the man should be plain, rushing from the mountains, swollen by the ulone;" and Ecclesiastes (iv. 9, 10)—"Two are better than storms of heaven, it carries off many blighted oaks bae; because they have a good reward for their labor. For and many pines, throwing much mud into the
they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him ocean. that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up."
As a furious lion is driven from the cattle-fold THE ADVANTAGES OF PRUDENCE.
by dogs and rustics, who, watching all night, balk Should he attend us, we shall both return safe him of his prey. Eager for food, he renews the Even from the midst of burning fire, since he is attempt; but still in vain, for numerous darts are wonderfully wise.
hurled from vigorous hands, and blazing torches, 80 Psalms (lxvi. 12)—“We went through fire and through from which he retires, though maddened. In the water; but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place:"| and Laiah (xliii. 2)—“ When thou passest through the waters,
morning he slinks off with saddened heart. I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
THE ASS. perflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.” As when a stubborn ass entering the corn-field
overpowers the boys, on whose back many clubs VISITING THE INIQUITY OF THE FATHERS UPON
are broken: going in, it crops the rich corn, while THE CHILDREN.
the boys ply their cudgels; but their strength is Now in truth you shall pay for the heavy sins of puny, yet they drive him out with ease when he is Four father.
satisfied with food. So Exodus (xx. 5)_“I the Lord thy God am a jealous God,
THE ADVICE OF A FRIEND. visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children;" and Ezekiel (xviii. 2)—"The fathers have eaten sour grapes and The advice of a friend is good. for children's teeth are set on edge."
So Proverbs (xxvii. 9)—“Ointment and perfume rejoice the GOD SHALL PROTECT THEE.
heart : so doth the sweetness of a man's friend by hearty
counsel." Jove withdrew Hector from darts, dust, slaugh
"SHALL THE SWORD DEVOUR FOREVER?” ter, blood, and turmoil.
So Psalms (xci. 7/_"A thousand shall fall at thy side, and A slight breathing-time from war is pleasant. len thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh
So 2 Samuel (ii. 26)—“Shall the sword devour forever p" * THE LORD SHALL DELIVER THEE INTO MY
“PHYSICIAN, HEAL THYSELF." HAND."
I think that a physician, being wounded, also reAssuredly I shall end thee if I shall hereafter quires a leech's aid. meet thee, at least if any of the gods assist me. | So Luke (iv. 23)—“ Physician, heal thyself.”
AGAINST THE WILL OF GOD.
blame them, if meaner men should shrink; but I
am highly indignant with you. It was done against the will of the immortal
So Matthew (xxv. 15)—" And unto one he gave five talents, gods; wherefore it did not long endure.
to another two, and to another one; to every man according So Acts (v. 38)—" And now I say unto you, Refrain from to his several ability;" and Luke (xii. 48)" For unto wbonthese men, and let them alone : for if this counsel or this soever much is given, of him shall be much required." work be of men it will come to naught."
Dear friends, you will certainly sustain some They stood as oaks raise their high heads on the
heavier misfortune by this dastardly remissness: mountain-side, which many a day have borne the
let each of you reflect on the shame of your comwind and rain, firm rifted by their strong, far-ex
duct and feel keen remorse. tending roots.
So Ecclesiastes (x. 18)—" By much slothfulness the building LET US OBEY GOD.
decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house
droppeth through.” Let us obey the will of mighty Jove, who rules over mortals and immortals.
A HUGE BOULDER. 8o Acts (v. 29—“We ought to obey God rather than men.” As some huge boulder detached from a rock,
which the wintry torrent has hurled down the THE BRAVE.
cliff's steep face, having undermined the firm hold Let the best omen be our country's cause.
of the massive rock by constant rains: with giant
bounds it flies, and the wood crashes beneath it; So 2 Samuel (x. 12)—"Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God; and
still it hurries on, until it reaches the level plain, the Lord do that which seemeth Him good.”
and then it no longer rolls, however much im.
pelled. ALL ARE NECESSARY. My friends, whoever of the Greeks is of noble
UNITED STRENGTH. spirit, of moderate or inferior strength, since all the strength even of weak men when united men are not with equal powers, here is work for avails much. all.
So Ecclesiastes (iv, 12)—“And if one prevail against him, So 1 Corinthians (xii. 21, 22)—" And the eye cannot say unto
two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly
broken." the hand, I have no need of thee; nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are
A DAUGHTER WHO EXCELS ALL. necessary."
The father and revered mother loved her with THE SNOW-STORM.
deep affection; for she surpassed all of her own As thick as the snow-flakes on a winter's day, I noblest man of wide Troy married her.
age in beauty, in skill, and mind: therefore the when all-wise Jove has begun to snow, showing
18 So Proverbs (xxxi. 29)—" Many daughters have done virtahis power to mortals. Stilling the winds, he
ias, neously, but thou excellest them all." pours snow down on the ground, so that the tops of the lofty mountains, the sharp peaks, the lotus
SATIETY OF EVERYTHING. plains, and man's productive labors are buried deer. It is scattered over the hoary sea, lakes. With everything men are sated: sleep, lore, and shores; but the wave, as it approaches, con- sweet singing, and the joyous dance-of all these trols it: everything else is wrapped up beneath,
man gets sooner tired than of war; the Trojans when the storm of Jove rages with fury.
are insatiable in fight.
So Proverbs (xxv. 16)—“ Hast thou found honey eat THE FORCE OF UNION.
much as is sufficient for thee, lest thou be filled therewith,
and vomit it." The force of powerful union conquers all.
MEN HAVE DIFFERENT TALENTS.
But thou alone canst not engross all gifts of 'Tis easy to discern the outward signs of a god. Theaven: to one man God has granted the knowl
So Psalms (ix. 16)-" The Lord is known by the judgment edge of what belongs to the affairs of war, to which He executeth;” and (lxxvi. 1)—“In Judah is God
another the power of dancing, to another song and known."
music; but in the breast of another loud-thunderTHE INCLINATIONS OF THE GOOD.
ing Jove places the spirit of wisdom, of which A brave man's spirit its vigor soon regains.
many enjoy the fruit, for by him cities are preSo Proverbs (xxi. 11)—“When the scorner is punished, the
served, and he himself specially feels the value of simple is made wise;" and (xxiv. 16)." For a just man
the precious gift. falleth seven times and riseth up again."
So 1 Corinthians (xii. 4-6)—"Now there are diversities of
gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of “ TO WHOM MUCH IS GIVEN.”
administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversAll who are the best and bravest of the host;
ties of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all
the nost in all;" and (vii. 7)—"But every man hath his proper gift should not desist from the battle: I might not 1 God, one after this manner, and another after that.'
ACCORDING TO THAT A MAN HATH.
THE POWER OF RECOLLECTION Beyond his power the bravest cannot fight. As when the mind of man wanders in thought So 2 Corinthians (viii. 12)—* For if there be first a willing over the many lands which he hath traversed, and mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not thinks " Here was I such a day, or here," thinking according to that he hath not."
of his numerous adventures. AVOID EVILS.
“THEY HAVE EARS, BUT HEAR NOT.” For a man is not to be blamed if he flies from an Madman, void of reason, thou art lost; surely impending evil, though by night; he will act thou hast ears in vain, thy mind and sense of reymore wisely who by flying escapes, than he who is
erence are utterly destroyed. overtaken by the threatened danger.
So Psalms (cxv. 6)—" They have ears, but they hear not;" So Butler (“Hudibras," Part iii., c. 3, 1. 243) says:
and Matthew (xi. 15)—“He that hath ears to hear, let him
“ A FAITHFUL AMBASSADOR.”
Tell all these things, and be not a false messen
ger. WHAT IS THY PETITION ?
So Proverbs (xiii. 17)—“ A faithful messenger is health; " Tell me thy wish; my inclination urges me to and Acts (xx. 20)—"And how I kept back nothing . . . but grant it if my power may aught avail, and if it can
have shown you;" and (xx. 27) "For I have not shunned be done.
to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” So Esther (v. 6)—" And the king said unto Esther at the ban
ALL THINGS DIVIDED INTO THREE. quet of wine, What is thy petition and it shall be granted thee: and what is thy request : even to the half of the king
Threefold was our partition, and each enjoys his dom it shall be performed."
meed of honor.
So 1 John (v. 7)"For there are three that bear record in THE CHARMS OF LOVE.
heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these
three are one." She said, and unloosed from her breast her zone embroidered with various colors, wrought with
THE NOBLE. every charm to win the heart; there dwelt love,
Noblest minds are easiest bent. amorous desire, fond discourse, persuasion, which
So Psalms (xlv, 19)_" They have no changes, therefore they often steals away the senses even of wisest men.
| fear not God;" and Ezekiel (xxxiii. 11)--"Turn ye, turn ye So Proverbs (vii. 21)—“With her much fair speech she from your evil ways; for why will ye die !" aused him to yield, with the flattering of her lips she forced
HONOR THE HOARY HEAD.
Thou knowest that the Furies always watch to There he met with Sleep, twin-born with Death. I avenge the aged.
So Leviticus (xix. 22)—“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary So John (xi. 11-13)—“Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples,
head, and honor the face of the old man." Lord, it be sleep, he shall do well. How beit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that He had spoken of taking of
THE STALL-FED HORSE. Test in sleep."
As when a stall-fed horse, fattened on barley,
having broken his halter, scours the plain, stampLOVE SEIZED HIM.
ing with his feet, accustomed to bathe in the When he saw her, suddenly love overshadowed | beautiful-flowing stream, exulting; he tosses his his mind.
head aloft, while his mane streams o'er his shoulSo Genesis (iii. _“And when the woman saw that the tree ders; in conscious pride, his limbs bear him with was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a lease to the accustomed pastures of the mares. tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat;" and (vi. 1)-" The sons of men saw the daughters of men that they were fair, and they took them wives of
A CHILD PLAYING ON THE SEA-SHORE. All which they chose."
As when a child heaps up sand near the sea,
making playthings with infantine folly; again in WINE MAKETH MERRY.
wanton play he scatters it with hands and feet. And Semele brought forth Bacchus, causing joy to mortals.
TO DIE FOR ONE'S COUNTRY. 80 Judges (ix. 13) "Should I leave my wine, which cheereth A glorious death is his who dies fighting for his Gordan man "-and Psalms (civ. 15)-“And wine that mak country, while his wife is safe, children and home etha glad the heart of man;" and Ecclesiastes (x. 19)" And wine maketh merry."
and heritage unimpaired.
So 2 Samuel (x. 12)" Be of good courage, and let us play DREADFUL TO FALL INTO THE HANDS OF THE the men for our people, ... and the Lord do that which
seemeth Him good.” LIVING GOD.
THE COWARD. The lightning of mighty Jove is fearful. So Hebrews (x. 31)_" It is a fearful thing to fall into the For more of the brave are saved than die; Lands of the living God."
I but to the coward there is neither glory nor safety. STORM AT SEA.
| easily robs him of victory, and anon urges to batAs when a wave descends heavily on the swift ship, raised rapidly by the wind bursting from the So Ecclesiastes (ix. 11)--"I returned, and saw under the
sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the clouds; the deck is drenched with spray, while
strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men the fierce blast howls in the shrouds; the affrighted of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and sailors tremble, but little way removed from death. chance happeneth to them all." So Jonah (i. 5)—"Then the mariners were afraid, and cried out
“THIS NIGHT THY SOUL SHALL BE REQUIRED OF every man unto his god, and cast forth the wares that were in the ship into the sea, to lighten it of them: but Jonah was gone
THEE.” down into the sides of the ship."
Thou shalt not long survive me, but death and
irresistible doom now hang over thee. A GOOD SON FROM A WICKED FATHER.
So Luke (xii. 20—"Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be A son distinguished for his many virtues was required of thee: then whose shall those things be which thou born from a wicked father.
hast provided!"-and 2 Timothy (iv. 6)—"The time of my So Ezekiel (xviii. 14, 17)—“ Lo, if he beget a son, that seeth
departure is at hand." all his father's sins which he hath done, and doeth not such like, ... he shall not die for the iniquity of his father, he
WHY BOASTEST THOU THYSELF ? shall surely live."
It ill beseems a man to vaunt arrogantly.
So Psalms (lii. 1)—“Why boastest thou thyself !”-and
Romans (xi, 18)—"Boast not against the branches;' and 1 As a man skilled in feats of horsemanship, hav- Corinthians (v. 6)—“Your glorying is not good;" and James · ing selected four from a troop of horses, drives | (iv. 16" All such rejoicing is evil." swiftly from the plains to the great city, along the
FOOLS. public road, while many men and women gaze in wonder at him: leaping always without missing,
Even the fool is wise after the event. he springs from horse to horse as on they fly.
So Proverbs (xxii. 3)—"A prudent man foreseeth the evil,
and hideth himself: but the simple pass on, and are punON WHAT VICTORY DEPENDS.
THE LION. There is safety in vigor of hand and not in giving way in the battle.
As when a lion, bred in the mountains, in pride So Isaiah (ix. 15)_" For every battle of the warrior is with
of strength, has carried off a heifer amid the confused noise, and garments rolled in blood."
pasturing herd—the choicest; he breaks her neck,
first seizing her with strong teeth, then gorging ONE CALAMITY UPON ANOTHER.
on her entrails, laps the blood; though dogs and Everywhere one calamity is heaped upon an- shepherds roar loudly from afar, yet none ven other.
to come near, but pale fear seizes them. So Job (i. 17, etc.)-"While he was yet speaking, there came also another," etc.; and Isaiah (xxx. 1)-"That they may add
“HE THAT HATH LABORED FOR THE WIND." sin to sin;" and Job (v. 19)—“He shall deliver thee in six Thou indeed so runnest, pursuing what cannot troubles; yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee."
be reached. RICHES, BUT NO ENJOYMENT.
So Ecclesiastes (v. 16)—" And what profit hath he that hati
labored for the wind:"-and Galatians (ii. 2)— "Lest by any Father Jove has granted half his prayer, and means I should run, or had run, in vain." half denied. So Ecclesiastes (vi. 1)/" There is an evil which I have seen
TO FIGHT AGAINST A MAN HONORED BY GOD. under the sun, and it is common among men: a man to whom When a man strives, against the Divine will, God hath given riches, wealth, and honor, so that he wanteth
| with one beloved of heaven, a bitter doom comes nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is
quickly upon him. vanity, and it is an evil disease.”
So Exodus (xiv. 25)—“The Egyptians said, Let us flee from
ace of Israel, for the Lord fighteth for them against the A PILLAR IN HONOR OF THE DEAD.
Egyptians;" and Isaiah (xli. 11-13)—" Behold, all they that A tomb and a pillar: the fitting tribute to the
were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded:
they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall mighty dead.
perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even So 2 Samuel (xviii. 18)—“Absalom had reared up for him- them that contended with thee: they that war against thee self a pillar, for he had said, This shall be a memorial of my shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught. For I the name.
Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear DEEDS AND NOT WORDS.
not; I will help thee.” Hands are meet for battle, but words for coun
OF EVILS THIS IS THE LEAST. cil; wherefore now we must use not words, but Of evils this would be the best to be chosen. fight.
So 2 Samuel (xxiv. 14)_" And David said unto Gad, I am SLEEP AND DEATH.
in a great strait; let us fall now into the hand of the Lord Sleep and death twin-born.
(for His mercies are great), and let me not fall into the hand So Matthew (ix. 24)—" The maid is not dead, but sleepeth.” |
But the will of ægis-bearing Jove is unconBut Jove's will is always mightier than the will trolled, who confounds the strong, and easily robs of man: who strikes panic into the bravest, and him of victory, and anon excites to war.
“THE SWORD DEVOURETH ONE AS WELL AS AN
I shall lie a senseless clod when I die; but now Wherefore let each, rushing boldly onward, is the time to win glory. either perish or escape safe; for such is the chance
So Ecclesiastes (ix. 10)—" Whatsoever thy hand findeth to of war.
do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor So 2 Samuel (xi. 25)—"For the sword devoureth one as well knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.” as another." “HONOR TIY PARENTS."
FATE OF MAN IN WAR. Neither had he an opportunity of paying back The fortune of war is common to all, and oft their early care to his dear parents, for short was slays the slayer. his term of life.
! So 2 Samuel (xi. 25)— " For the sword devoureth one as well So Exodus (XX. 12)—“Honor thy father and thy mother;" | as another." and 1 Timothy (v.4) "Let them learn to show piety at home, and to requite their parents."
DESIGNS OF MAN CUT SHORT.
But Jove does not accomplish all that man de
signs. He addressed many honeyed words and many curses.
ANGER. So Deuteronomy (XXX, 19)_“I have set before you life and
Now indeed I here abjure my wrath, for it is not death, blessing and cursing."
right that it should burn forever unappeased.
So Jeremiah (iii. 12)—"I will not keep mine anger forNOTHING MORE WRETCHED THAN MAN.
ever;" and Ephesians (iv. 26)—"Let not the sun go down For there is naught of all that breathe and creep upon your wrath." upon the earth more wretched than man.
A NOISY MEETING. So Job (xiv, 1)—"Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble;” and (xxv. 6)—" How much less 'Tis meet to listen in silence without interrupman, that is a worm; and the son of man, which is a worm!"
tion, for it is difficult for a man even skilled in
speaking to deliver his sentiments amidst interMAN PROPOSES, GOD DISPOSES.
ruptions. In a great tumult who can hear or
speak? Even the best of orators in injured in For I shall hurl the spear, but Jove directs the
such a case. blow.
So 1 Corinthians (xiv. 31-33)--"If anything be revealed to So James (iv. 15)-"Ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we
another that sitteth by, let the first hold his peace. For ye shall live, and do this and that;” and 1 Kings (xxii. 34)-“And
may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the King be comforted. And the spirits of the prophets are subject to of Israel between the joints of the harness."
the prophets. For God is not the author of confusion, but of
peace, as in all churches of the saints." SAD NEWS.
“WHY DO YOU STAND HERE ALL THE DAY IDLE?" Assuredly thou shalt hear woful tidings, which would to Heaven, I had not to impart: Patroclus! For it is not meet to stand here wasting our lies in death.
time, or idly loitering, for there is still a great
work to be done. Pliny (Ep. iv. 11) says-"Herennius Senecio said, in defence of the absent Licinianus, some such thing as, 'Patroclus is So Matthew (XX. 6)—“Why stand ye here all the day idle?" gone." So 1 Kings (xiv. 6)—“I am sent to thee with heavy tid FOOD NECESSARY FOR THE WARRIOR.
For no man all day till set of sun may fight “A FOOL'S MOUTH.”
without food. Even though his spirit may prompt In sooth, my son, thou wilt be short-lived if him to fight, yet his limbs by degrees sink under thou talkest thus.
him; worn out by thirst and hunger, his knees So Proverbs (xviii. 7)—"A fool's mouth is his destruction, shake as he advances. But the man satiated with and his lips are the snare of his soul.”
wine and food all day maintains the combat with
his enemy; his spirit remains unbroken, and his STRIFE AND RAGE.
limbs are unwearied, till both armies quit the field Would that strife were far removed from gods of battle. and men, and anger, which impels even the wisest So Psalms (civ. 15)—“ Bread which strengtheneth man's to violence, which mounts in the breast of man heart; " and 1 Samuel (xiv. 28)—“Cursed be the man that like smoke, and is sweeter to the taste than honey.
eateth any food this day. And the people were faint. Then
said Jonathan, Mine eyes have been enlightened, because I So Romans (xiii. 13)—"Not in strife and envying;” and tasted a little of this honey; how much more, if haply the Philippians (ii. 3 “Let nothing be done through strife or people had eaten freely to-day, for had not there been now a Vainglory;" and Ecclesiastes (vii. 9)—"Be not hasty in thy
" much greater slaughter among the Philistines." spirit to be angry; for anger resteth in the bosom of fools."
NO SOONER SAID THAN DONE.
Then, soon as the word was uttered, the work I shall then meet death when it is the will of
he will of was done. Jove and the other gods.
So Genesis (i. 3)—"And God said, Let there be light: and So Job (xiv. 14)_" All the days of my appointed time will I there was light;" and Psalms(xxxiii. 3)—“For He spake, and wait, till my change come."
it was done: He commanded, and it stood fast."