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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. Landor. duties of life, mental indolence and physical CONTEMPLATION-on God's Handidebility 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 tbe active interest in the advancement of society, works of Thy hand.

Durid. I 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 is susceptible; namely,

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 heart, 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 think.

Sir T. B. Blount. destined us to find terrestrial happiness.

Combe. / 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 hour, nor is there any thing that hath not its loveliness of youth, the too bright eye, the place.

Rabbi Ben Azui. spiritual head, the lips that pressed each other with such high resolve and courage of the heart,

CONTEMPT-Regulated by Fashion. the slight figure, firm in its bearing and yet so Contempt is frequently regulated by fashion. Dickens.


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.

Wordsworti. It is to watch the flower of Spring Faded in its fresh blossoming!

CONTEMPT-Sinfulness of. To see the once so clear blue orb

"Tis nature's law Its summer light and warmth forget, That none, the meanest of created things, Dark’ning beneath its tearful lid,

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,

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So low as to be scorned without a sin,

CONTENTMENT-the highest AttainWithout offence to God, cast out of view.

ment. Wordsworth. That happy state of mind, so rarely pos. CONTENT_Blessings of.

sessed, in which we can say, “I have enough," He that troubles not himself with anxious is the highest attainment of philosophy. thoughts for more than is necessary, lives little Happiness consists, not in possessing much, less than the life of angels, whilst, by a mind

but in being content with what we possess. content with little, he imitates their want of He who wants little always has enough. nothing. Cave.


CONTENTMENT-Benefits of. CONTENT-Quiet Enjoyment of.

Contentment produces, in some measure, all Doth the wild ass bray when he hath grass ? those effects which the alchymist usually or loweth the ox over his fodder ? Job. ascribes to what he calls the philosopher's

stone; and if it does not bring riches, it does CONTENT-Soothing Influence of. the same thing, by banishing the desire of

them. If it cannot remove the disquietudes ! This is the charm, by sages often told, arising from a man's mind, body, or fortune, it Converting all it touches into gold;

makes him easy under them. Addison. Content can soothe, where'er by fortune placed ; Can rear a garden in a desert waste.

CONTENTMENT-with God's Blessing.

Kirke White. CONTENT-in Poverty.

A little, with the blessing of God upon it, is

better than a great deal, with the incumbrance Thrice happy they, the wise, contented poor,

of His curse; His blessing can multiply a From lust of wealth and dread of death secure;

mite into a talent, but His curse will shrink a They tempt no deserts, and no griefs they find; talent into a mite ; by Him the arms of the Prace rules the day when reason rules the mind. wicked are broken, and by Him the righteous


are upholden; so that the great question is,

whether he be with or against us, and the But live content, which is the calmest life; great misfortune is, that this question is But pain is perfect misery, the worst

seldom asked. The favour of God is to them Of evils; and, excessive, overturns

that obtain it, a better and enduring substance, All patience.

Milton. which, like the widow's barrel of oil, wasted

not in the evil days of famine, nor will fail. | CONTENTION-Avoiding of.

Bishop Horne. Where two discourse, if the one's anger rise, CONTENTMENT-Characteristics of. The man who lets the contest fall is wise.


Contentment consisteth not in adding more CONTENTION-Evil of.

fuel, but in taking away some fire ; not in

multiplying of wealth, but in subtracting Contention, like a horse

men's desires. Worldly riches, like nuts, tear Full of high feeding, madly hath broke loose, And bears down all before him. Shakspeare.

many clothes in getting them, but fill no belly

with eating them, obstructing only the stomach CONTENTION-Religious.

with toughness, and filling the bowels with

windiness. Yea, your souls may sooner surfeit Religious contention is the devil's harvest. than be satisfied with earthly things. He

Fontaigne. that at first thought ten thousand pounds too CONTENTMENT-in old Age.

much for any one man, will afterwards think 1 Oh! this contentment shown by a man,

ten millions too little for himself. Fuller. although the sunset clouds of life were gathering around him, inspires new life into the CONTENTMENT-adapted to Circum.

stances. hypochondriacal spectator or listener, whose melancholy minor chords, usually in the pre

He is happy whose circumstances suit his sence of an old man, begin to vibrate tremen- temper; but he is more excellent who can doualy, as if he were a signpost to the grave ! suit his temper to any circumstances. Hume. But in reality, a cheerful, vigorous old man, discloses to us the immortality of his being: CONTENTMENT–True Element of. too tough to be mown down even by death's Let us not repine, or so much as think the ksen scythe, and pointing to us the way into gifts of God unequally dealt, if we see another the second world.

Richter. I abound with riches; when, as God knows, the CONTENTMENT.



cares that are the keys that keep those riches, I feel no care of coin;
hang often so heavily at the rich man's girdle Well-doing is my wealth:
that they clog him with weary days and rest- My mind to me an empire is,
less nights, even when others sleep quietly. While grace affordeth health.
We see but the outside of the rich man's
happiness ; few consider him to be like the I wrestle not with rage
silkworm, that, when she seems to play, is at

While fury's flame doth burn; the very same time spinning her own bowels, It is in vain to stop the stream and consuming herself. And this many rich

Until the tide doth turn. men do ; loading themselves with corroding cares to keep what they have already got. But when the flame is out, Let us, therefore, be thankful for healthened And ebbing wrath doth end, competence, and above all for a quiet con

I turn a late enragéd foe science.

Izaak Walton. Into a quiet friend.

And taught with often proof, CONTENTMENT-in Moderation.

A temper'd calm I find May I always have a heart superior, with To be most solace to itself, economy suitable, to my fortune. Shenstone.

Best cure for angry mind. Is that animal better that hath two or three No change of fortune's calms mountains to graze on than a little bee that Can cast my comforts down: feeds on dew or manna, and lives upon what | When Fortune smiles, I smile to think falls every morning from the storehouses of How quickly she will frown. Southwell. heaven, clouds, and Providence ? Can a man quench his thirst better out of a river than a

CONTENTMENT_Pleasures of. full urn, or drink better from the fountain The king can drink the best of winewhich is finely paved with marble than when

So can I; it wells over the green turf? Jeremy Taylor. And has enough when he would dine

So have I; O grant me, Heav'n, a middle state,

And cannot order rain or shine Neither too humble, nor too great ;

Nor can I. More than enough for nature's ends,

Then where's the difference- let me see With something left to treat my friends. Betwixt my lord the king and me?


Do trusty friends surround his throne Happy the man who, void of care and strife,

Night and day? In silken or in leather purse retains

Or make his interest their own! A good old shilling.


No, not they.

Mine love me for myself aloneCONTENTMENT-Moral Origin of.

Bless'd be they !

And that's one difference which I see
My conscience is my crown ;
Contented thoughts my rest;

Betwixt my lord the king and me.
My heart is happy in itself;

Do knaves around me lie in wait My bliss is in my breast.

To deceive,

Or fawn and flatter when they hate, Enough, I reckon wealth;

And would grieve ? A mean, the surest lot;

Or cruel poinps oppress my stateThat lies too high for base contempt,

By my leave? Too low for envy's shot.

No! Heaven be thank'd! And here you see

More difference 'twixt the king and me! My wishes are but few, All easy to fulfil:

He has his fools, with jests and quips, I make the limits of my power

When he'd play; The bounds unto my will.

He has his armies and his ships

Great are they ; I have no hopes but one,

But not a child to kiss his lips, Which is of heavenly reign :

Well-a-day! Effects attain'd, or not desired,

And that's a difference sad to see All lower hopes refrain.

Betwixt my lord the king and me.




I wear the cap and he the crown

What of that?

As for a little more money and a little more I sleep on straw and he on down

time, why it's ten to one if either one or the What of that?

other would make you a whit happier. If And he's the king, and I'm the clown

you had more time, it would be sure to hang What of that?

heavily. It is the working man is the happy If happy I, and wretched he,

Mad was made to be active, and he is Perhaps tbe king would change with me!

never so happy as when he is so. It is the Dr. Mackay. idle man is the miserable man. What comes

of holidays, and far too often of sightseeing, Lord, who would live turmoil'd in the court, but evil? Half the harm that happens is on And may enjoy such quiet walks as these ? those days. And, as for money-Don't you This small inheritance my father left me remember the old saying, Enough is as Contenteth me, and 's worth a monarchy. good as a feast?' Money never made a man I seek not to wax great by others' waning, happy yet, nor will it. There is nothing in its Or gather wealth, I care pot with what envy; nature to produce bappiness. The more a Suboth that I have maintains my state, man has, the more he wants. Instead of its And sends the poor well pleased from my filling a vacuum, it makes one. If it satisfies gate.

Shakspeare. one want, it doubles and trebles that want another way.

That was a true proverb of the

wise man, rely upon it : “ Better is little with Since all great souls still make their own

the fear of the Lord, than great treasure, and content,

trouble therewith."

Franklin. We to ourselves may all our wishes grant; Por, nothing coveting, we nothing want.

There is scarce any lot so low, but there is Dryden.

something in it to satisfy the man whom it

has befallen; Providence having so ordered Sweet are the thoughts that savour of con- things, that in every man's cup, how bitter tent

soever, there are some cordial drops-some The quiet mind is richer than a crown; good circumstances, which, if wisely extracted, Sweet are the nights in careless slumber are sufficient for the purpose he wants themspent

that is, to make him contented, and if not The poor estate scorns fortune's angry frown. happy, at least resigned.

Sterne. Such sweet content, such minds, such sleep, such bliss,

CONTENTMENT-True. Beggars enjoy when princes oft do miss.

There are thousands so extravagant in their The bomely house that harbours quiet rest,

ideas of contentment, as to imagine that it The cottage that affords do pride nor care,

must consist in having every thing in this The mean, that 'grees with country music best, world turn out the way they wish---that they The sweet consort of Mirth's and Music's fare.

are to sit down in happiness, and feel them. Obscured life sits down a type of bliss ;

selves so at ease on all points, as to desire A mind content both crown and kingdom is.

nothing better and nothing more.

I own Greene.

there are instances of some who seem to pass

through the world as if all their paths had He that from dust of worldly tumult flies, been strewed with rosebuds of delight;-but May boldly open his undazzled eyes,

a little experience will convince us, 'tis a fatal To read wise nature's books, and with delight expectation to go upon. We are born to Sarvey the plants by day, the stars by night. trouble : and we may depend upon it whilst We need not travel, seeking ways to bliss ; we live in this world we shall have it, though He that desires contentment, cannot miss : with intermissions ;-that is, in whatever Nogarden-walls this precious flower embrace- state we are, we shall find a mixture of good It common grows in ev'ry desert place. and evil; and therefore the true way to con

Beaumont. tentment is to know how to receive these

certain vicissitudes of life,—the returns of CONTENTMENT-a Pearl of great good and evil, so as neither to be exalted by Price.

the one, por overthrown by the other, but to Contentment is a pearl of great price, and bear ourselves towards every thing which whoever procures it at the expense of ten happens with such ease and indifference of baisand desires makes a wise and a happy mind, as to hazard as little as may be.

This purchase.

Balguy. I is the true temperate climate fitted for us by CONTENTMENT.


nature, and in which every wise man would CONVERSATION-Conduct during. wish to live.


The progress of a private conversation be

twixt two persons of different sexes is often CONTRAST.

decisive of their fate, and gives it a turn very Look here, upon this picture and on this,

distinct perhaps from what they themselves The counterfeit presentment of two brothers.

anticipated. Gallantry becomes mingled with Shakspeare.

conversation, and affection and passion come CONTROL-Mental.

gradually to mix with gallantry. Nobles, as

well as shepherd swains, will, in such a trying When we turn our serious attention to the moment, say more than they intended; and economy of the mind, we perceive that it is queens, like village maidens, will listen longer capable of a variety of processes of the most than they should.

Sir Walter Scott, remarkable and most important nature. We find, also, that we can exert a voluntary power CONVERSATION-Deficiency in. over these processes, by which we control, direct, and regulate them at our will; and interview, but after that they are exhausted,

Some men are very entertaining for a first that, when we do not exert this power, the mind is left to the influence of external im- find them very flat and monotonous : like hand

and run out; on a second meeting, we shall pressions, or casual trains of association, often unprofitable and frivolous. We thus discover organs, we have heard all their tunes. Colton. that the mind is the subject of culture and CONVERSATION-Delights of. discipline, which, when duly exercised, must produce the most important results on our

There is nothing so delightful as the hearing condition as rational and moral beings; and

or the speaking of truth. For this reason that the exercise of them involves a respon

there is no conversation so agreeable as that sibility of the most solemn kind, which no

of the man of integrity, who hears without man can possibly put away from him.

any intention to betray, and speaks without Dr. Abercrombie. any intention to deceive.

Plato. CONTROVERSY-Benefits of.


But conversation, choose what theme we may, There is no learned man but will confess he

And chiefly when religion leads the way, hath much profited by reading controversies, — his senses awakened, his judgment sharpened, Not as if raised by mere mechanic powers.

Should flow, like waters after summer show'rs, and the truth which he holds more firmly

Corper. established. If then it be profitable for him to read, why should it not at least be tolerable CONVERSATION-Offensive Manner

of. and free for his adversary to write ? In logic, they teach that contraries laid together more

I know of no manner of speaking so offen. evidently appear: it follows, then, that all con- sive as that of giving praise, and closing it troversy being permitted, falsehood will appear with an exception.

Steele. more false, and truth the more true; which must needs conduce much to the general con

CONVERSATION-Pith of. firmation of an implicit truth.

Milton. The pith of conversation does not consist in

exhibiting your own superior knowledge on CONTROVERSY-best Kinds of.

matters of small importance, but in enlarging, As those wines which flow from the first improving, and correcting the information you treading of the grape are sweeter and better possess, by the authority of others.

Sir Walter Scott. than those forced out by the press, which gives them the roughness of the husk and the stone, CONVERSATION-Requisites of. so are those doctrines best and sweetest which flow from a gentle crush of the Scriptures, and scurrility,

witty without affectation, free with

Conversation should be pleasant without are not wrung into controversies and common

out indecency, learned without conceitedness, places.

novel without falsehood.

Shakspeare. CONVERSATION-Art of.

CONVERSATION-Rudeness in. Not only to say the right thing in the right Never hold any one by the button or the place, but far more difficult still, to leave un- hand, in order to be heard out; for if people 793) the wrong thing at the tempting moment. are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold Sala. your tongue than them.


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