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O, IF there is one law above the rest
The ministry of ill-'TIS LOVE!
God has made nothing worthy of contempt.
The lavish measures in which love is given.
For every bird that sings above its head,
N. P. WILLIS.
TO THE DEITY.
THE prayers I make will then be sweet indeed,
No man can find it; Father! Thou must lead.
Do Thou then breathe those thoughts into my mind
By which such virtue may in me be bred,
That in Thy holy footsteps I may tread;
WRITTEN ON THE OCCASION OF THE EMANCIPATION OF THE
SLAVES IN THE BRITISH WEST INDIES.
OH, Holy Father! just and true
Are all thy works, and words, and ways,
Thanksgiving and eternal praise!
As children of thy gracious care,
We veil the eye-we bend the knee,
For Thou hast heard, O God of Right,
The shackled soul and hand are free-
And O, we feel Thy presence here
Thy awful arm in judgment bare!
Thine ear hath heard the bondman's prayer! Praise for the pride of man is low
The counsels of the wise are naught; The fountains of repentance flowWhat hath our GOD in mercy wrought? J. G. WHITTIER.
YOUNG girls, who have more vivacity than understanding, will often make a sprightly figure in conversation. But this agreeable talent for entertaining others is frequently dangerous to themselves; nor is it by any means to be desired or encouraged very early in life. This immaturity of wit is helped on by frivolous reading, which will produce its effect in much less time than books of solid instruction; for the imagination is touched sooner than the understanding; and effects are more rapid as they are more pernicious. Conversation should be the result of education, not the precursor of it. It is a golden fruit, when suffered to grow gradually on the tree of knowledge; but, if precipitated by forced and unnatural means, it will in the end, become vapid, in proportion as it is artificial.