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While Hanson, heavy brow'd, with shoulders bent,
5. But soon the approaching parson ends in peace
The wordy combat, and all turn within.
the sacred volume at the text.
6. Wide is his brow, and full of honest thought
Love his vocation, truth is all his stock.
- Sten to'ri an, extremely loud. Stentor was the Greek name of a man having a very loud voice. Met a phys' ics, the science of the principles and causes of all things existing ; the science, or regulated knowledge, of the mind.
THE COUNTRY CHURCH.
The smallest of his congregation lose
One glimpse of heaven, to cast it on the priest.
Were worthy imitation; in these days,
And boldly leveling where he can not build!
And with a freshness glowing in their hearts,
T. BUCHANAN READ.
1 Sledge, a heavy hammer. Demolition (dem o lish' un), act of over throwing or destroying ; ruin. -- Benison (bên' ne zn), benediction ; a blessing ; reward.
44. THE CYNIC.
JUE ' a
man, and never fails to see a bad one. He is the human owl, vigilanto in darkness, and blind to light; mousing for vermin, and never seeing noble game. The cynic puts all human actions inte only two classes-openly bad, and secretly bad.
2. All virtue and generosity and disin’terestednessó are merely the appearance of good, but selfish at the bottom. He holds that no man does a good thing, except for profit. The effect of his conversation upon your feelings is to chill and sear® them; to send you away sour and morose, His criticisms and innuendoes& fall indiscriminately upon every lovely thing, like frost
3. “Mr. A,” says some one, “is a religious man.” He will answer: “Yes; on Sundays." “ Mr. B has just joined the church :" “ Certainly: the elections are coming on.” The minister of the Gospel is called an example of diligence : " It is his trade." Such a man is generous :" of other men's money." This man is obliging :-“ to lull suspicion and cheat you.” That man is upright :-“ because he is green.”
4. Thus, his eye strains out every good quality, and takes in only the bad. To him, religion is hypocrisy," honesty a preparation for fraud," virtue only want of opportunity, and undeniable purity asceticism." The live-long day he will sit with sneer ing lip, uttering sharp speeches in the quietest manner, and in
Cyn'ic, a surly, snarling man. The Cynics were a sect of philosophers in ancient Greece, who affected to despise all the refinements of life. The sect was founded by Antisthenes, and supported by Diogenes. The name is derived from the Greek word for “ dog," because they lived more like dogs than men. Hence, any ill-natured person, despising the common courtesies of life, is called a cynic. _* Viğ' i lant, watchful.— • Vêr' min, noxious animals, as rats, mice, worms, &c.— Gåme, animals that are hunted.-- Dis in' ter est ed ness, fairness ; not favoring one's self.— * Sear, burn; harden. - Morðse', sour; peevish. – In nu en' do, a hint carefully given; a sly suggestion. - In dis crim' i nate ly, without distinction.—10 Hy pôc' ri sy, the putting on of an appearance of virtue, or goodness, which one does not possess.—Fråud, deceit ; dishonesty.— 13 As cét' i cism, the practice of undue severity and selfdenial.
EPITAPH ON A CANDLE.
polished phrase transfixing' every character which is presented “ His words are softer than oil, yet are they drawn swords.”
5. All this, to the young, seems a wonderful knowledge of human nature; they honor a man who appears to have found out mankind. They begin to indulge theraselves in flippant sneers; and with supercilious brow, and impudent tongue, wag: ging to an empty brain, call to naught the wise, the long-tried, and the venerable.
6. I do believe, that man is corrupt enough; but something of good has survived his wreck; something of evil, religion has restrained, and something partially restored; yět, I look upon the human heart as a mountain of fire. I dread its crater. I tremble when I see its lāva' roll the fiery stream.
7. Therefore, I am the more glad, if upon the old crust of past eruptions, I can find a single flower springing up. So far from rejecting appearances of virtue in the corrupt heart of a depraved race, I am eager to see their light, as ever măriner was to see a star in a stormy night.
8. Möss will grow upon gravestones; the ivy will cling to the moldering pile; the mistletoe springs from the dying branch; and, God be praised, something green, something fair to the sight and grateful to the heart, will yět twine around and grow out of the seams and cracks of the desolate temple of the human heart!
H. W. BEECHER.
45. EPITAPH ON A CANDLE.
WICKED: one lies buried here,
Who died in a decline ;
Though he was born to shine.
Trans fix' ing, piercing through ; stabbing. — * Flip' pant, smooth easily spoken ; pert.— * Su per cil' ious, scowling ; proud ; baughty.* Crå' ter, the cup, mouth, or hollow top of a volcano.- Là' va, melter. matter from a volcano.-E růp' tions, outpourings; burstings out."Mistletoe (miz zl tó), a plant that grows on trees.- Wick' ed, having a wick. The reader will notice that every stanza of this piece contains a věry happy play on words.
2. He once was fat, but now, indeed,
He's thin as any griever;
Of a most burning fever.
With which I'm much amused;
A stick he always used.
But this was not enough,
He also dealt in snuf.
He much ill nature show'd;
“ Vy, if I do, I'm blow'd."
Although you'll think I'm joking,
Was vēry fond of smoking.
Let these few words suffice,
They dipp'd him once or twice.
46. COMPARISON OF WATCHES.
HEN Griselda thought that her husband had long enougl
enjoyed his new existence, and that there was dānger of his forgětting the taste of sõrrow, she changed her tone. One day, when he had not returned home exactly at the appointed minute,
; Wind' ing-sheets, melted tallow, that runs down and hardens around a candle.