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CONSCIENCE-A Good. Conscience, that in the days of fortune's favour The testimony of a good conscience will Securely slept, now rouses into strong
make the comforts of heaven descend upon And dread conviction of her crime. I broke man's weary head like & refreshing dew or The sacred oath, sworn to a dying father, shower upon a parched land. It will give him To free my country from her chains. My soul lively earnests and secret anticipations of apShakes as I roll this thought. 0 Providence, proaching joy; it will bid his soul go out of Awfully just, though Guilt may shut her eye, the body undauntedly, and lift up his head Thine ever wakes to mark, to trace, to punish ! with confidence before saints and angels. The
Mallet. comfort which it conveys is greater than the CONSCIENCE-Defiance of.
capacities of mortality can appreciate, mighty Where are thy terrors, conscience ? where thy
and unspeakable, and not to be understood justice?
till it is felt.
South. That this bad man dare boldly own his crimes,
CONSCIENCE-A Guilty. Insult thy sacred power, and glory in it?
A guilty conscience is like a whirlpool drawCONSCIENCE-Definitions of.
ing in all to itself, which would otherwise
Fuller. God's vicegerent in the soul.
pass by. Buchan.
None have accused thee; 'tis thy conscience Yet still there whispers the small voice within, cries, Heard through Gain's silence, and o'er Glory's The witness in the soul that never dies; din :
Its accusation, like the moaning wind Whatever creed be taught, or land be trod, Of wintry midnight, moves thy startled mind. Man's conscience is the oracle of God! Byron. Oh! may it melt thy harden'd heart, and bring
From out thy frozen suul the life of spring. The pulse of reason. Coleridge.
Mrs. Hale. The sense of right.
Dr. Watson. Suspicion always haunts the guilty mind;
The thief doth fear each bush an officer. CONSCIENCE-Delights of.
Shakspeare. A palsy may as well shake an oak, or a fever CONSCIENCE-A Guide to Integrity. dry up a fountain, as either of them shake, dry
A man of integrity will never listen to any up, or impair the delight of conscience. For it lies within, it centres in the heart, it grows
| reason against conscience.
Home. into the very substance of the soul, so that it CONSCIENCE-the Minister of Justice. accompanies a man to his grave,-he never
Conscience is justice's best minister : it outlives it; and that for this cause only, be
threatens, promises, rewards, and punishes, cause he cannot outlive himself. South.
and keeps all under its control: the busy must CONSCIENCE-Fear of.
attend to its remonstrances, the most powerful
submit to its reproof, and the angry endure In the commission of evil, fear no man so its upbraidings. While conscience is our friend, much as thyself: another is but one witness all is peace; but if once offended, farewell the against thee; thou art a thousand; another tranquil mind. Hon. Mrs. Montague. thou mayest avoid; thyself thou canst not. Wickedness is its own punishment. Quarles.
Liberty of conscience (when people have conCONSCIENCE-A Good.
sciences) is rightly considered the most indisWhat stronger breastplate than a heart un- pensable of liberties; and yet there may bare tainted ?
been many periods when it could not be conThrice is he arm'd that hath his quarrel just ; ceded without great hazard to public security. And he but naked, though lock'd up in steel, When the subjects of a state have that degree Whose conscience with injustice is corrupted. of education that they will not use their
Shakspeare. liberty of thought to take up with doctrines
incompatible with the existence of society, the A good conscience is to the soul what health ruling powers can have no pretence for reis to the body; it preserves a constant ease straining this important attribute of humanity. and serenity within us, and more than counter. It is a very natural mistake to confound liberty vails all the calamities and afflictions which with popular power. Liberty has often been can possibly befali us.
Addison. I the result of the popular acquisition of power, CONSCIENCE.
but the two are not identical. Liberty of con CONSCIENCE-Power of. | science and religious observance, liberty of Conscience! what art thou, thou tremendous thought, liberty of speech, liberty of doing
power! good to our fellows in our own way, liberty of Who dost inhabit us without our leave; education, liberty of choosing our occupation, And art within ourselves, another self, | iberty of using our gifts and talents to advan A master self, that loves to domineer, I tage, liberty of doing what we please with our And treat the monarch frankly as the slave, I own, liberty of trading, liberty of guiding | How dost thou light a torch to distant deeds!
our own movements—all these we may have Make the past present, and the future frown! I without any vote in the appointing of the How, ever and anon, awake the soul, | government, and we may fail in securing many | As with a peal of thunder, to strange horrors,
of them under a popular constitution. So In this long, restless dream, which idiots hug, long as a large proportion of our fellow-citizens | Nay, wise men flatter with the name of life? would abuse, to a ruinous extent, any one of these precious privileges, we must be for a time content to forego them. Chambers. Conscience is too great a power in the nature
of man to be altogether subdued; it may for CONSCIENCE-an Inward Monitor a time be repressed and kept dormant; but rll not meddle with it, it is a dangerous
| conjunctures there are in human life which thing, it makes a man a coward; a man cannot
awaken it; and when once re-awakened, it
flashes on the sinner's mind with all the steal, but it accuseth him; a man cannot swear, but it checks him; a man cannot lie
horrors of an invisible ruler, and a future with his neighbour's wife, but it detects him :
judgment. its a blushing shame-faced spirit, that mutinies D a man's bosom; it fills one full of obstacles :
Let a prince be guarded with soldiers,
i l attended by councillors, and shut up in forts; it made me once restore a purse of gold, that by chance I found; it beggars any man that
| yet if his thoughts disturb him, he is miserable.
Plutarch. keeps it; it is turned out of all towns and cities for a dangerous thing; and every man, that neans to live well, endeavours to trust to
Even in the fiercest uproar of our stormy himself, and live without it. Shakspeare.
passions, conscience, though in her softest
whispers, gives to the supremacy of rectitude CONSCIENCE-Power of.
the voice of an updying testimony. Chalmers. The unanswerable reasonings of Butler CONSCIENCE-Purity of. derer reached the ear of the gray-haired pious We should have all our communications peasant; but he needs not their powerful aid with men, as in the presence of God; and to establish his sure and certain hope of a with God, as in the presence of men, Colton. blessed immortality. It is no induction of logie that has transfixed the heart of the
CONSCIENCE-a Quiet. retim of deep remorse, when he withers be In all ages and all countries, man, through Death an influence unseen by human eye, and the disposition he inherits from our first sbrinks from the anticipation of a reckoning parents, is more desirous of a quiet and to come. In both the evidence is within, a approving, than of a vigilant and tender con| part of the original constitution of every science; desirous of security instead of safety;
ritiocal mind, planted there by Him who studious to escape the thought of spiritual framed the wondrous fabric. This is the power danger more than the danger itself; and to of conscience; with an authority, which no induce, at any price, some one to assure him man can put away from him, it pleads at once confidently that he is safe, to prophesy unto
for his own future existence, and for the moral him smooth things, "and to speak peace, even i attributes of an omnipotent and ever-present when there is no peace."
Whately. Deity. In a healthy state of the moral feelingy, the man recognises its claim to supreme
I feel within me dominion. Amid the degradation of guilt, it A peace above all earthly dignities, still raises its voice and asserts its right to A still and quiet conscience. Shakspeare. govern the whole man; and, though its warn- | ings are disregarded, and its claims disallowed. ! CONSCIENCE-Regulation of the. it proves within his inmost soul an accuser A man's first care should be to avoid tho that cannot be stilled, and an avenging spirit reproaches of his own heart; his next, to that never is quenched. Dr. Abercrombie. 'escape the censures of the world. If the last
interferes with the former, it ought to be Bathes in its deep tranquillity one image, entirely neglected; but otherwise there can- | One only image, which no outward storm not be a greater satisfaction to an honest | Can ever ruffle.
Talfourd. mind, than to see those approbations which it gives itself, seconded by the applauses of the CONSCIENCE-attendant on Virtue. public. A man is more sure of his conduct,
The virtuous mind, that ever walks attended | when the verdict which he passes upon his own behaviour is thus warranted and confirmed by
By a strong siding champion, Conscience.
Milton. 1 the opinion of all that know him. Addison.
CONSCIENCE-the Voice of. CONSCIENCE-Remorse of.
Conscience, that vicegerent of God in the
human heart, whose “still small voice" the Remorse of conscience is like an old wound;
loudest revelry cannot drown. Harrison a man is in no condition to fight under such circumstances. The pain abates his vigour and takes up too much of his attention.
In the wildest anarchy of man's insurgent
Jeremy Collier. appetites and sins, there is still a reclaiming CONSCIENCE-Selling of the.
voice; a voice which, even when in practice A man who sells his conscience for his
disregarded, it is impossible not to own; and interest, will sell it for his pleasure. A man
to which, at the very moment that we refuse
our obedience, we find that we cannot refuse who will betray his country, will betray his friend.
the homage of what ourselves do feel and
acknowledge to be the best, the highest prin. CONSCIENCE-Sovereignty of the.
ciples of our nature.
Chalmers. The conscience, that sole monarchy in man,
A watchful foe! the formidable spy,
List’ning, o'erhears the whispers of our camp; Holding of Heaven alone; of most divine Our dawning purposes of heart explores, And indefeasible authority;
And steal our embryos of iniquity. An individual sovereignty, that none
As all rapacious usurers conceal Created might, unpunished, bind or touch, Their doomsday-book from all consuming heirs, Unbound, save by the eternal laws of God, Thus with indulgence most severe she treats And upamenable to all below. Pollok. | The spendthrifts of inestimable time;
Unnoted, notes each moment misapplied CONSCIENCE-Stings of.
In leaves more durable than leaves of brass ;
Writes our whole history, which death shall Foul whisp'rings are abroad; unnatural deeds
read Do breed unnatural troubles : infected minds
In every pale delinquent's hapless ear, To their deaf pillows will discharge their secrets.
| And judgment publish, publish to more worlds Shakspeare. Than this, and endless age in groans resound.
Young. Severe decrees may keep our tongues in awe, But to our thoughts what edict can give law?
CONSCIENCE-a Punishment to the
Wicked Even you yourself to your own breast shall tell
Many a lash in the dark doth conscience Your crimes, and your own conscience be your give the wicked.
CONSIDERATION-Advantages of. CONSCIENCE-Struggles of.
Better it is, toward the right conduct of The colour of the king doth come and go life, to consider what will be the end of a ' Between his purpose and his conscience, thing, than what is the beginning of it; for Like heralds 'twixt two dreadful battles set: what promises fair at first may prove ill, i His passion is so ripe, it needs must break. and what seems at first a disadvantage, may Shakspeare. prove very advantageous.
Wells. CONSCIENCE-an Inward Sunshine.
CONSISTENCY. Too well the miseries that hom mo round; Either take Christ in your lives, or cast him And yet the inward sunshine of my soul, out of your lips ; either be that thou seemest, Unclouded by their melancholy shadows, or else be what thou art.
CONSISTENCY-Characteristics of. CONSTANCY-without Change.
He who prays as he ought, will endeavour | True constancy no time, no power can move : to live as he prays. He who can live in sin, He that hath known to change, ne'er knew to and abide in the ordinary duties of prayer, love. Dever prays as he ought. A truly gracious praying frame is utterly inconsistent with the I am constant as the northern star, lore of, or reserve for, any sin. Owen. Of whose true-fix'd and resting quality,
There is no fellow in the firmament. CONSISTENCY-Moral Strength. The skies are painted with unpumber'd sparks,
They are all fire, and every one doth shine ; Without consistency there is no moral strength.
But there's but one in all doth hold his place : Ibid.
So, in the world, 'tis furnish'd well with men, CONSPIRACY-Anxious Fears of.
And men are Aesh and blood, and appreBetween the acting of a dreadful thing
hensive; And the first motion all the interim is
Yet, in the number, I do know but one Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream :
That unassailable holds on his rank, The genius and the mortal instruments
Unsbaked of motion.
Shakspeare. Are then in council; and the state of man, CONSTANCY-Characteristics of. Like to a little kingdom, suffers then The nature of an insurrection. Shakspeare.
I must confess, there is something in the
changeableness and inconstancy of human CONSPIRACY-Evil Spirit of.
nature that very often both dejects and
terrifies me. Whatever I am at present, I O Conspiracy!
tremble to think what I may be. While I Shan'st thou to show thy dangerous brow by find this principle in me, how can I assure night,
myself that I shall be always true to my God, When evils are most free! Oh then, by day, my friend, or myself. In short, without conWhere wilt thou find a cavern dark enough stancy there is neither love, friendship, nor To mask thy monstrous visage? Seek none, virtue in the world.
Addison. Conspiracy ; Hide it in siniles and affability :
CONSTANCY-Unalterable. Por if thou put thy native semblance on,
I know thee constant. Not Erebus itself were dim enough
Sooner I'll think the sun would cease to cheer To hide thee from prevention.
Ibid. The teeming earth, and then forget to bear;
Sooner that rivers would run back, or Thames, CONSPIRATOR-Character of the.
With ribs of ice in June would bind his
streams; For close designs and crooked counsels fit,
Or nature, by whose strength the world Sagacious, bold, and turbulent of wit,
endures, Pestless, unfix'd in principle and place,
Would change her course before you alter In power unpleased, impatient in disgrace.
Johnson. Dryden. CONSTABLE-Importance of the
There is nothing so much talked of, and so À constable is a viceroy in the street, and little understood in this country, as the conDo tan stands more upon't that he is the stitution. It is a word in the mouth of every king's officer. His jurisdiction extends to the man; and yet when we come to discourse of Dert stocks, where he has commission for the the matter, there is no subject on which our bee's only, and sets the rest of the body at ideas are more confused and perplexed. Some, liberty. He is a scarecrow to that alehouse when they speak of the constitution, confine where he drinks not his morning draught, and their notions to the law; others to the legissporeheads a drunkard for not standing, inlature; others again, to the governing and the king's name. Beggars fear him more executive part; and many there are who than the justice, and as much as the whip- jumble all these together in one idea. One stock, whom he delivers over to his subor- error, however, is common to them all; for all didate magistrates, the bridewell-man and the seem to have the conception of something bradle. He is a great stickler in the tumults uniform and permanent, as if the constitution of double jugs, and ventures his head by his of England partook rather of the nature of place, which is broke many times to keep the soil than of the climate, and was as fixed whole the peace. He is never so much in his and constant as the former, not as changing majesty as in his night watch. Bishop Earle. I and variable as the latter.
CONSTITUTION (The Human) Bene- The long wreaths of neglected hair! ficial Law of.
The lip whence red and smile are fled The law of our constitution, whereby the | And having watched thus, day by day, regulated activity of both intellect and feeling Light, life, and colour pass awayis made essential to sound bodily health, To see, at length, the glassy eye seems to me one of the most beautiful arrange- Fix dull in dread mortality; ments of an all-wise and beneficent Creator. | Mark the last ray, catch the last breath, If we shun the society of our fellow-creatures, Till the grave sets its sign of death. and shrink from taking a share in the active
L. E. Landon. duties of life, mental indolence and physical
CONTEMPLATION-on God's Handi. debility beset our path. Whereas if, by en
work. gaging in the business of life, and taking an
I meditate on all Thy works, I muse on the active interest in the advancement of society,
works of Thy hand.
Durid. we duly exercise our various powers of perception, thought, and feeling, we promote the CONTEMPLATION-Pleasures of. health of the whole corporeal system, invi
Last night when with a draught from that cool gorate the mind itself, and at the same time
fountain experience the highest mental gratification of I had my wholesome sober supper crown'd: which a human being 18 susceptible; pamely, As is my stated custom, forth I walk'd that of having fulfilled the end and object of
Beneath the solemn gloom and glittering sky, our being, in the active discharge of our
To feed my soul with prayer and meditation; duties to God, to our fellow-men, and to our
And thus to inward harmony composed, selves. If we neglect our faculties, or deprive
That sweetest music of the grateful beart, them of their objects, we weaken the organi
Whose each emotion is a silent hymn, zation, give rise to distressing diseases, and
I to my couch retired.
Mallet. at the same time experience the bitterest feelings that can afflict humanity-ennui and
There is a sweet pleasure in contemplation. melancholy. The harmony thus shown to
All others grow flat and insipid on frequent exist between the moral and physical world is
use; and when a man hath run through a set of but another example of the numerous induce
vanities, in the declension of his age he knows ! ments to that right conduct and activity in
not what to do with himself, if he cannot pursuing which the Creator has evidently
Sir T. B. Blount. destined us to find terrestrial happiness.
Combe. I CONTEMPT-to be Avoided. CONSUMPTION-Description of.
Despise not any man, and do not spurn any The delicate face where thoughtful care thing. For there is no man that hath not his already mingled with the winning grace and
ñ | hour, nor is there any thing that hath not its loveliness of youth, the too bright eye, the
Rabbi Ben Azui. spiritual head, the lips that pressed each other
| CONTEMPT-Regulated by Fashion. with such high resolve and courage of the heart, the slight figure, firm in its bearing and yet so Contempt is frequently regulated by fashion. very weak.
CONTEMPT-a Proof of Ignorance. CONSUMPTION-Watching the Pro
He who feels contempt gress of.
For any living thing, bath faculties It is most sad to watch the fall
That he hath never used, and thought with him Of autumn leaves !but worst of all
Is in its infancy.
Wordsworth. It is to watch the flower of Spring
'Tis nature's law
Of forms created the most vile and brute, Like a rain-beaten violet!
The dullest or most noxious, should exist To watch the banner-rose of health
Divorced from good-a spirit and pulse of good, Pass from the cheek ;-to mark how plain, A life and soul, to every mode of being Upon the wan and sunken brow,
Inseparably linked. Then be assured Become the wanderings of each vein! That least of all can aught that ever owned The shadowy hand so thin and pale !
The heaven-regarding eye and front sublime The languid step, the drooping head ! | Which man is born to, sink, howe'er depressed,