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years and ten' seem hardly to have impaired. His erect form, his firm step, his elastic limbs, and undimmed senses, are so many certificates of good conduct; or, rather, so many jewels and orders of nobility with which nature has honored him for his fidelity to her laws. His fair complexion shows that his blood has never been corrupted; his pure breath, that he has never yielded his digestives apparātus to abuse; his exact language and keen apprehension, that his brain has never been drugged or stupefied by the poisons of distiller or tobacconist.
3. Enjoying his appetites to the highest, he has preserved the power of enjoying them. As he drains the cup of life, there are no lees' at the bottom. His organs will reach the goal of existence togěther. Painlessly as a candle burns down in its socket, so will he expire; and a little imagination would convert him into another Enoch, translated from earth to a better world without the sting of death.
4. But look at an opposite extreme, where an opposite history is recorded. What wreck so shocking to behold as the wreck of a dissolute man ;—the vigor of life exhausted, and yět the first steps in an honorable career not taken; in himself a lāzar-house of diseases; dead, but, by heathenish custom of society, not buried! Rogues have had the initiallo letter of their title burnt into the palms of their hands; even for murder, Cain was only branded on the forehead; but over the whole person of the debauchee" or the inebriate, the signatures of infamy are written.
5. How nature brands him with stigmal and opprobrium !13 How she hangs lābels all over him, to testify her disgust at his existence, and to admonish others to beware of his example! How
? A score is twenty ; threescore and ten is seventy._Im påired', injured ; lessened.— * Di gest' ive, causing the dissolving of food in the stomach.— * Ap pa rà' tus, things provided as a means to some end.• Lees, dregs; that which settles at the bottom of any liquid._Gòal, the end, or point aimed at.—' E' noch, see Bible, Gen. chap. 5, v. 24.8 Dis' so lûte, wicked ; acting without principle ; viciously dissipated.
La' zar-house, a hospital; a house for persons affected with unpleasant and dangerous diseases.—10 Initial (in ish' al), the beginning or first.
- Debauchee (deb o she'), a rake ; drunkard. Stigʻma, a mark of disgrace.—-qo probri um, shame ; disgrace.
she loosens all his joints, sends trēmors along his muscles, and bends forward his frame, as if to bring him upon all-fours with kindred brutes, or to degrade him to the reptile's' crawling ! How she disfigures his countenance, as if intenta upon obliterating: all traces of her own image, so that she may swear she never made him! How she pours rheum* over his eyes, sends foul spirits to inhabit his breath, and shrieks, as with a trumpet, from every pore of his body, “Behold a Beast !"
6. Such a man may be seen in the streets of our cities every day; if rich enough, he may be found in the saloons, and at the tables of the "Upper Ten;" but surely, to every man of purity and honor, to every man whose wisdom, as well as whose heart, is unblemished, the wretch who comes cropped and bleeding from the pillory,' and redolent with its appropriate per'fumes, would be a guest or a companion far less offensive and disgusting
7. Now let the young man, rejoicing in his manly proportions, and in his comeliness, look on this picture, and on this, and then say, after the likeness of which model he intends his own erect stature and sublime countenance shall be configured.10
54. LOOK ALOFT.
the tempest of life, when the wave and the gale Are around and above, if thy footing should fail, If thine eye should grow dim, and thy caution departy“ Look aloft,” and be firm, and be fearless of heart.
* Rép' tile, any thing that creeps ; as a snake, a worm, etc. — * In tênt', very attentive or engaged.—Ob lit' er åt ing, destroying ; effacing; reinoving. - Rheum (rồm), a thin, white fluid, produced by the glands in disease.— 5 Sa lồons', large and elegant rooms for the reception of company._Upper Ten, a term applied to the most fashionable and wealthy persons in a city.- Pil' lo ry, a frame to confine criminals by the neck and head for punishment.-— Red'o lent, having or sending out a rich scent or odor.-- Comeliness (kům' le nes), grace; beauty.- o Configured (kon fig' yerd), disposed into any figure or form.
2. If the friend who embraced in prosperity's glow,
With a smile for each joy, and a tear for each woe,
“ Look aloft” to the friendship which never sha' fade. 3. Should the visions which hope spreads in light to thine eye,
Like the tints of the rainbow, but brighten to fly,
4. Should they who are nearest and dearest thy heart,
Thy friends and companions,—in sòrrow depart,
5. And, oh! when Death comes in his terrors, to cast
His fears on the future, his pall on the past,
55. THE FAMINE IN IRELAND.
NHERE lies upon the other side of the wide Atlantic a beauti.
ful island, famous in story and in sõng. It has been prolific in statesmen, warriors, and poets. It has given to the world more than its share of genius and of greatness. Its brave and generous sons have fought successfully in all battles but its own. In wit and humor it has no equal; while its harp, like its history, moves to tears by its sweet but melancholy pāthos.
2. In this fair region God has seen fit to send the most terrible of all those fearful ministers who fulfill his inscrutablede
The earth has failed to give her in'crease; the common
'Pro lff' ic, productive ; rich ; fruitful._* På' thos, feeling ; that which excites pity.- Inscrutable (in skr8' ta bl), that can not be found out by human reason ; unsearchable,
THE FAMINE IN IRELAND.
inother has forgotten her offspring, and her breast no longer affords them their accustomed nourishment. Famine, gaunt and ghastly famine, has seized a nation with its strangling grasp; and unhappy Ireland, in the sad woes of the present, forgěts, for a moment, the gloomy history of the past.
3. In battle, in the fullness of his pride and strength, little recks' the soldier whether the hissing bullet sing his sudden requiem, or the cords of life are severed by the sharp steel. But he who dies of hunger, wrestles alone, day after day, with his grim and unrelenting enemy. He has no friends to cheer him in the terrible conflict; for if he had friends, how could be die of hunger? He has not the hot blood of the soldier to maintain him; for his foe, vampire-like, has exhausted his veins.
4. Who will hesitate to give his mite, to avert such awful results! Give, then, generously and freely. Recollect, that in so doing, you are exercising one of the most god-like qualities of your nature, and, at the same time, enjoying one of the greatest luxuries of life. We ought to thank our Maker that he has permitted us to exercise equally with himself, that noblest of even the Divine attributes, benevolence.
5. Go home and look at your families, smiling in rosy health, and then think of the pale, famine-pinched cheeks of the pooi children of Ireland; and you will give according to your store, even as a bountiful Providence has given to you—not grudgingly, - but with an open hand; for the quality of benevolence, like that
“ Is not strain'd ;
G. D. PRENTISS.
Récks, cares. — R$' qui em, a hymn imploring rest for the dead.*Våm' pire, a fabulous devil or spirit, that was supposed to suck the blood of persons during the night.—Mite, a very small portion of sum. At tri butes, qualities belonging to that which is attributed a ascribed to.–Strdined, confined.
56. LOVE OF COUNTRY AND OF HOME.
1. THERE is a land, of every land the pride,
Beloved by heaven o'er all the world beside;
Time-tutor'd age, and love-exalted youth.
The wealthiest isles, the most enchanting shores,
Touch'd by remembrance, trembles to that pole:
The heritage of nature's noblest race,
The sire, the son, the husband, father, friend.
Strews with fresh flowers the nărrow way of life;
* Dis pense', give; scatter around. - Se rèn' er, clearer ; more soothing.–*Im pår' a dise, make very happy; render like Paradise. – Måg'net, the loadstone; that which attracts.- Her' it age, inheritance; portion; an estate devolved by succession.–Su prème' ly, in the highest degree. - Pageantry (på jent ry), show; finery.—8 Be nign' ly, kindly.—Blend, unite ; join._0 Gåm' bol, play.--"På tri ot, lover of one's country.