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In cadence sweet ! now dying all away, Like silent-working heaven, surprising oft
Blows spring abroad; for you the teeming clouds Where memory slept.
Couper. Descend in gladso
og in Gladsome plenty o'er the world;
And the sun sheds his kindest rays for you, BENEFICENCE-Blessedness of.
Ye flower of human race! In these green days, A beneficent person is like a fountain Reviving sickness lifts her languid head ; watering the earth, and spreading fertility ; Life flows afresh, and young-eyed health exalts it is, therefore, more delightful and more The whole creation round. Contentment walks honourable to give than receive. Epicurus. The sunny glade, and feels an inward bliss !
! Spring o'er his mind, beyond the power of kings BENEFICENCE--Divine.
To purchase. Pure serenity apace Sundry blessings hang about his throne,
Induces thought, and contemplation still. That speak him full of grace. Shakspeare.
By swift degrees the love of nature wakes,
And warms the bosom ; till at last sublimed BENEFICENCE-Enjoyments of.
To rapture, and enthusiastic heat, There is no use of money equal to that of
We feel the present Deity, and taste
The joy of God to see a bappy world. Thoruson. beneficence: here the enjoyment grows on reflection.
e tics of.
Rare benevolence, the minister of God. as in doing good to their fellow-creatures.
Carlyle. Cicero. The whole world calls for new work and BENEFITS-Giving and Receiving.
nobleness. Subdue mutiny, discord, wideThere is a principle of disunion in unequal
spread despair, by manfulness, justice, mercy, connections. Active beneficence is a virtue of
and wisdom. Chaos is dark, deep as bell ; let
light be, and there is instead a green flowery easier practice than forbearance after having
world. O it is great, and there is no other conferred, or than thankfulness after having
greatness! To make some nook of God's creareceired a benefit. I know not, iudeed,
tion a little fruitfuller, better, more worthy of whether it be a greater and more difficult
God; to make some human hearts a little exercise of magnanimity, for the one party to
wiser, manfuller, happier, more blessed, less act as if he bad forgotten, or for the other as
accursed! It is work for a God! Sooty if he constantly remembered the obligation.
! hell of mutiny, and savagery, and despair,
Canning. BENEFITS-no Shackles.
can, by man's energy, be made a kind of
heaven; cleared of its soot, of its mutiny, Consider, my most honour'd lords
of its need to mutiny; the everlasting arch If to receive a favour make a servant,
of beaven's azure overspanning it too, and its And benefits are bonds to tie the taker
cunning mechanisms and tall chimney-steeples, To the imperious will of him who gives,
į as a birth of heaven ; God and all men lookThere's none but slaves will receive courtesies,
ing on it well pleased.
Ibid. Since they must fetter us to our dishonours. ('an it be call'd magnificence in a prince BENEVOLENCE-Christian. To pour down riches with a liberal hand
From the low prayer of want and paint of woe Upon a poor man's wants, if that must bind him ( never. never turn away thine ear! To play the soothing parasite to his vices? | Forlorn.
Forlorn, in this bleak wilderness below, Or any man, because he saved my band,
Ah! what were man, should Heaven refuse to Presume my heart and head are at his service ?! hear !
Tield. BENEVOLENCE-Bounty of.
To others do (the law is not severe)
What to thyself thou wishest to be done ; But come ye generous minds in whose wido Forgive thy foes, and love thy parents dear, thought,
And friends, and native land, nor these alone: Of all His works creative bounty burns All human weal and woe learn thou to make With warmest beam ; and on your open front thive own.
Bealtie. And liberal eye, flits from his dark retreat Inviting modest want. Nor till invoked
BENEVOLENCE-Communication of. Can restless goodness wait ; your active search
Good, the more Leaves no cold wintry corner unexplored; Communicated, more abundant grows. Milton,
BENEVOLENCE-Pleasure of. Benevolence is a duty. He who frequently
Doing good is the only certainly happy practises it, and sees his benevolent intentions
action of a man's life. Sir Philip Sidney. realised, at length comes really to love him to whom he has done good. When, therefore, it
BENEVOLENCE-Reward of. is said, “ Thou shalt love thy neighbour as He that does good to another man, does thyself," it is not meant thou shalt love him also good to himself; not only in the consefirst, and do good to him in consequence of quence, but in the very act of doing it; for that love, but thou shalt do good to thy neigh- the conscience of well-doing is an ample rehour, and this thy beneficence will engender ward.
Seneca. in thee that love to mankind which is the
BENEVOLENCE-Satisfaction of. fulness and consummation of the inclination to do good.
He is good that does good to others. If
he suffers for the good he does, he is better Be kindly affectioned one to another with
still; and if he suffers from them to whom he
did good, he is arrived to that height of goodbrotaerly love; in honour preferring one
ness, that nothing but an increase of his apother.
sufferings can add to it; if it proves his death, BENEVOLENCE-Enjoyments of.
his virtue is at its summit-it is heroism complete.
La Bruyère. Nerer did any soul do good, but it came readier to do the same again, with more en BENIGNITY-indicative of a great joyment. Never was love or gratitude, or
Mind. bounty practised, but with increasing joy, Esteem a habit of benignity greatly prewhich made the practiser still more in love ferable to munificence: the former is peculiar 1 with the fair act.
Shaftesbury. to great and distinguished persons; the latter
belongs to flatterers of the people, who court BENEVOLENCE-Modes of Exercising. the applause of the inconstant vulgar. Pecuniary aid, by those who have the
BIBLE-Beauty of the. I means, is the most easy form in which bene
Folence can be gratified, and that which often 1 I use the Scriptures not as an arsenal to be requires the least, if any, sacrifice of personal resorted to only for arms and weapons, but as
comfort or self-love. The same affection may a matchless temple, where I delight to conl be exercised in a degree much higher in template the beauty, the symmetry, and the 1 itself, and often much more useful to others,
magnificence of the structure, and to increase I be personal exertion and personal kindness. my awe and excite my devotion to the Deity The former, compared with the ineans of the there preached and adored.
Boyle. individual, may present a mere mockery of
BIBLE-Benefit derived from the. mercy; while the latter, even in the lowest walks of life, often exhibits the brightest
The sacred page displays of active usefulness that can adorn
With calm attention scan! If on thy soul, the human character. This high and pure
As thou dost read, a ray of purer light benevolence not only is dispensed with will
is dispensed with will. Break in, 0, check it not, give it full scope ! ingness, when occasions present themselves,
Admitted, it will break the clouds which long but seeks out opportunity for itself, and feels Have dimmed thy sight, and lead theo, till at in want of its natural and healthy exercise
last, ! when deprived of an object on which it may
Convictions, like the sun's meridian beams, be bestowed.
Samuel Hayes. BENEVOLENCE-Nobler than Intel
BIBLE--sometimes a Closed Book. lect.
Men, thus at variance with the truth, The disposition to give a cup of cold water
Dream, though their eyes be open ; reckless to a disciple is a far nobler property than the
Of error; others well aware they err, finest intellect. Satan has a fine intellect, but not the image of God.
To whom more guilt and shame are justly due
Deserts, and has a by-way of his own :
So much the restless eagerness to shine, The office of liberality consisteth in giving And love of singularity prevail. with judgment.
Cicero. Yet this, offensive as it is, provokes
Heaven's anger lea, than when the Book of God and heart, the bopes and fears, the days and Le jured to yield to man's authority.
, nights of humanity; their superiority to aught Or from its straightness warp'd; Ao reck'ning eise in the thoughts or words of man, their made,
| consistency with themselves, their progressive i What blond the worcing of it in the world and their close-drawn connection with those
Has cst; what faroar for himulf he wins, marvellous and unshaken facts, are proved Who meekly clings to it. . . .
divine in a sense altogether peculiar and alone.
Gilfillan. Christ said Dot to his first conventicle, Go forth ani preach impostures to the world ;
BIBLE-the Star of Eternity. But gave them Truth to build on; and the Most wondrous book! bright candle of the wund
By which the bark of man can navigate
The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss
Dante. Securely ; only star, which rose on time, BIBLE-the Christian's Bulwark.
And, on its dark and troubled billows, still
As generation, drifting swiftly by, The Christian faith has been, and is still, Succeeded generation, threw a ray very fiercely and obstinately attacked. How Of heaven's own light, and, to the hills of many efforts have been and are still made; Godhow many books, serious or frivolous, able or The everlasting hills-pointed the sinner's eye. willy, have been and are spread incessantly, in
Follok. orrier to destroy it in men's minds! Where
BIBLE-Fulness of the. has this redoubtable struggle been supported with the greatest energy and success? and It has God for its author, salvation for its where has (hristian faith been best defended ? | end, and truth, without any mixture of error, There where the reading of the Sacred Books for its matter :-it is all pure, all sincere; is a general and assiduous part of public nothing too much, nothing wanting. Locke. worship--there where it takes place in the interior of families and in solitary meditation. BIBLE-Glory of the. It is the Bible, the Bible itself, which combats
A glory gilds the sacred page, and triumphs most efficaciously in the war Majestic, like the sun; between incredulity and belief. Guizot. It gives a light to every age;
It gives, but borrows none. Corrper. BIBLE-Capacities of the. A stroam whore alike the elephant may
BIBLE-Hope Begotten by the. swim and the lamb may wade.
The Bible is a precious storehouse, and the Gregory the Great. Magna Charta of a Christian. There he reads
of his heavenly Father's love, and of his dying BIBLE-Divine Character of the.
Saviour's legacies. There he sees a map of his This Book, this holy Book, on every line travels through the wilderness, and a landMark'd with the seal of high divinity,
scape, too, of Canaan. And when he climbs On every leaf hedew'd with drops of love on Pisgah's top, and views the promised land, Divino, and with the eternal heraldry
his heart begins to burn, delighted with the And signature of God Almighty stamp'd blessed prospect, and amazed at the rich and From first to last; this ray of sacred light,
free salvation. But a mere professor, though This lamp, from off the everlasting throne,
a decent one, looks on the Bible as a dull Morcy took down, and in the night of Time
book, and peruseth it with such indifference Stood, casting on the dark her gracious bow;
as you would read the title-deeds belonging to And evermore beseeching men with tears another man's estate.
Berridge. And earnest sighs, to read, believe, and live.
BIBLE-Imperishableness of the.
All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness As a poem, moral and didactic, it is a re. thereof is as the flower of the field: the grass pertory of divine instincts-a collection of the withereth, the flower fadeth : because the doopost intuitions of truth, beauty, justice, spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the holiness-the past, the present, the future-- people is grass. The grass withereth, the which, by their far vision, the power by which flower fadeth, but the word of our God shall they have stamped themselves on the belief stand for ever,
BIBLE-Noble Composition of the Book | BIBLE-Poetry of the. of Job.
The Scripture affords us a divine pastoral The Book of Job. I call that, apart from all
drama in the Song of Solomon, consisting of two theories about it, one of the grandest things
persons and a double chorus, as Origen rightly ever written with pen. One feels, indeed, as if
judges; and the Apocalypse of St. John is a it were pot Hebrew; such a noble universality,
majestic image of a high and stately tragedy, different from noble patriotism, or sectarian
shutting and intermingling her solemn scenes ism, reigns in it. A noble book ! all men's
and acts with a seven-fold chorus of hallelujahs book! It is our first, oldest statement of the
and harping symphonies. And this my opinion, Dever-ending problem, man's desting, and God's
the grave authority of Pareus, commenting that ways with him here in this earth. And all in
book, is sufficient to confirm. Or, if occasion guch free flowing outlines; grand in its sin
shall lead, to imitate those magnific odes and cerity, in its simplicity, in its epic melody, and
| hymns, wherein Pindarus and Callimachus are repose of reconcilement. There is the seeing
| in most things worthy, some others in their eye, the mildly understanding heart. So true
frame judicious, in their matter most an end every way; true eyesight and vision for all
faulty. But those frequent songs, throughout things; material things no less than spiritual :
the laws and prophets, beyond all these, not the borse, --" hast Thou clothed his neck with
in their divine argument alone, but in the very tarder?"_"he laughs at the shaking of
critical art of composition, may be easily made the spear !" Such living likenesses were never
appear over all the kinds of lyric poesy to be since drawn. Sublime sorrow, sublime reconciliation ; oldest choral melody as of the heart
Milton. of mankind; so soft and great; as the summer inidnight, as the world with its seas and stars!
BIBLE-Poetry, Oratory, and Politics of
the. There is nothing written, I think, in the Bible or out of it, of equal literary merit. Carlyle. There are no songs comparable to the songs
of Zion; no orations equal to those of the BIBLE-the Guide of Life.
Prophets; and no politics like those which the
Ibid. It is a belief in the Bible, the fruits of deep melitation, which has served me as the guide
| BIBLE-our Dying Reliance. of my moral and literary life. I have found it a capital safely invested, and richly produc
There is no book upon which we can rest in tive of interest.
Goethe. | a dying moment but the Bible. Selden. BIBLE–Misapplication of the.
BIBLE-Sublimity of the. Beware of misapplying Scripture. It is a There is not a book on earth so favourable thing easily done, but not so easily answered to all the kind, and all the sublime affections, I know not any one gap that hath let in more or so unfriendly to hatred and persecution—to and more dangerous errors into the Church tyranny, injustice, and every sort of malevolence, than this,--that men take the word of the as the GOSPEL. It breathes nothing throughsacred text, fitted to particular occasions, and out but mercy, benevolence, and peace. .... to the condition of the times wherein they Such of the doctrines of the gospel as are level were written, and then apply them to them to human capacity, appear to be agreeable to selves and others, as they find them, without the purest truth and soundest morality. All due respect had to the differences that may the genius and learning of the heathen world, be between those times and cases and the all the penetration of Pythagoras, Socrates, present.
Bishop Sanderson. and Aristotle, had never been able to produce
such a system of moral duty, and so rational BIBLE contains the Mystery of Mys an account of Providence and of man, as is to teries.
be found in the New Testament. Beattie. Within this awful volume lies The mystery of mysteries :
I have carefully and regularly perused these | Happiest they of human race,
Holy Scriptures, and am of opinion, that the To whoto their God has given grace
volume, independently of its divine origin, To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
contains more sublimity, purer morality, more To lift the latch, to force the way;
important history, and finer strains of elo| But better had they ne'er been born,
quence, than can be collected from all other Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
books, in whatever language they may have Sir Walter Scott. been written..
Sir William Jones.
BIBLE–Teaching of the.
eternity-her decalogue is written in the The SCRIPTURES teach us the best way of
blood of her victims; and if she stops for a
moment in her infernal fight, it is upon a living, the noblest way of suffering, and the
kindred rock, to whet her vulture fang for a most comfortable way of dying. Flavel.
more sanguinary desolation. Daniel O'Connell. Better teaching
BIGOTRY-Suppression of. The solid rules of civil government,
Your pretended fear lest error should step In their majestic, unaffected style,
in, is like the man that would keep all the Than all the oratory of Greece and Rome. In them is plainest taught, and easiest learnt,
| wine out of the country, lest men should be
s drunk. It would be found an unjust and an What makes a nation happy, and keeps it so; What ruins kingdoms, and lays cities flat:
unwise jealousy to deny a man the liberty he
hath by nature, upon a supposition he may These only, with our law, best form a king.
abuse it: when he doth abuse it, judge. Milton.
Oliver Cromwell to the Scotch Ministers. BIBLE-Value of the. The most learned, acute, and diligent
BILE-Melancholy arising from. student cannot, in the longest life, obtain an
The yellow gall that in your bosom floats, entire knowledge of this one volume. The Engenders all these melancholy thoughts. more deeply he works the mine, the richer and
Dryden more abundant he finds the ore; new light
BILLS-of Exchange. continually beams from this source of heavenly | Bless'd paper credit, last and best supply, knowledge, to direct the conduct, and illustrate | That lends corruption lighter wings to fly; the work of God and the ways of men ; and Gold imp'd by thee can compass hardest things, he will at least leave the world confessing, Can pocket states, can fetch or carry kings: that the more he studied the Scriptures, the A single leaf shall waft an army o'er, fuller conviction he had of his own ignorance, Or ship off senates to a distant shore: and of their inestimable value. Sir Walter Scott. A leaf, like Sibyl's, scatter to and fro
Our fates and fortunes, as the winds shall blow. BIGOTRY-Demon Spirit of.
Pope. Ho was an execrable bigot,
BIOGRAPHIES-Religious. Who for such horrid purposes had crept
Memoirs of pure minds, of noble lives, of Into the cheated Sultan's court and service, hearts warm with all the fervour and sunshine As by the traitor's papers we have learn'd; of the Gospel-let us do homage to those For know, there lives upon the craggy cliffs young saints, those virgin confessors, those Of wild Phænician mountains, a dire race, true soldiers of our Lord. It is no reproach A nation of assassins. Dreadful zeal,
to them that friends make merchandise of their Fierce and intolerant of all religion
derout letters, their pious sayings, and the That differs from their own, is the black soul secret life which they lived with God-or that Of that inferpal state. Soon as their chief, an unwise love beguiles its grief by making The Old Man (so they style him) of the into talk, and throwing irreverently open, the Mountains,
innermost sanctuary of their souls. They are Gives out his baleful will, however fell, the greatest sufferers by the operation. Yet it However wicked and abhorr'd it be,
is wonderful to perceive with what ease all Though clothed in danger, the most cruel death, | features of human individuality can be obliThey swift and silent glide through ev'ry land, terated from the record which professes to As fly the gloomy ministers of vengeance, tell us how one and another, real men and Famine and plague; they lie for years conceal'd, women, people who left positive mortal foot. Make light of oaths, nay sometimes change steps in the soil they trod, and tangible good religion,
works behind them, lived and died. It is by And never fail to execute his orders.
no means an overstrain of the fact to say that Of these the villain was, these ruffian saints, oue might go on reading half-a-dozen such The curse of earth, the terrors of mankind. memoirs at once, and, but for the difference
Thomson. of name, and perhaps the distinction of here
and there a personal pronoun, would be quite She has no head, and cannot think; no unable to find out which was the young soldier heart, and cannot feel. When she moves, it is in the midst of his regiment, and which the in wrath ; when she pauses, it is amidst ruin; l humble Sunday-school teacher dwelling at her prayers are curses-her God is a dernon--| home. How this can be done, and by what her communion is death - her vengeance is extraordinary effort of skill it is possible to