ePub 版
[blocks in formation]


That leaves a soothing melody behind,
Where rudely-sculptured cross the humble


Of some poor sinner marks. The lily white
Bends on a fragile stalk her fairy bell,
Turn'd to the setting sun, with petals bright,
That seem to have a world of love to tell,
Then dips her cup within the crystal stream,
And with the daisy sleeps, to wake at day

The evening star now lifts, as daylight fades,
His golden circlet in the deep'ning shades;
Stretch'd at his ease the weary lab'rer shares
A sweet forgetfulness of human cares;
At once in silence sink the sleeping gales,
The masts they drop, and furl the flagging

Come, Evening, once again, season of peace;
Return, sweet Evening, and continue long!
Methinks I see thee in the streaky west,
With matron step, slow moving, while the

Treads on thy sweeping train; one hand employ'd

In letting fall the curtain of repose
On bird and beast, the other charged for man
With sweet oblivion of the cares of day:
Not sumptuously adorn'd, nor needing aid,
Like bomely-featured Night; of clustering


A star or two, just twinkling on thy brow,
Suffices thee,save that the moon is thine
No less than hers, not worn indeed on high
With ostentatious pageantry, but set
With modest grandeur in thy purple zone,
Resplendent less, but of an ampler round.



Coming events cast their shadows before.

EVIL-Consequence of.

He who will fight the devil with his own weapon must not wonder if he finds him an over-match. South.

[blocks in formation]

EVIL-Extinction of.

It is certain that all the evils in society arise from want of faith in God, and of obedience to His laws; and it is no less certain, that by the prevalence of a lively and efficient belief, they would all be cured. If Christians in any country, yea, if any collected body of them, were what they might, and ought, and are commanded to be, the universal reception of the Gospel would follow as a natural and a promised result. And in a world of Christians, the extinction of physical evil might be looked for, if moral evil, that is, in Christian language, sin, were removed. Southey.

[blocks in formation]

EVIL-not a Necessity.

As surely as God is good, so surely there is no such thing as necessary evil. For by the religious mind, sickness, and pain, and death are not to be accounted evils. Moral evils are of your own making; and undoubtedly, the greater part of them may be prevented. De

EVIDENCE-Advantages of.

Hear one side, and you will be in the dark; formities of mind, as of body, will sometimes hear both sides, and all will be clear.


Farewell hope! and with hope, farewell fear!
Farewell remorse! all good to me is lost.
Evil, be thou my good; by thee at least
Divided empire with heaven's king I hold.



By the very constitution of our nature, moral evil is its own curse. Chalmers.

occur. Some voluntary cast-aways there will always be, whom no fostering kindness and no parental care can preserve from self-destruction but if any are lost for want of care and culture, there is a sin of omission in the society to which they belong. Southey.

[blocks in formation]


EXCELLENCE-Difficulty of acquiring.

Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one common pursuit; for ex cellence is not often gained upon easier terms. Johnson.

It is certain that if every one could early enough be made to feel how full the world is already of excellence, and how much must be done to produce anything worthy of being placed beside what has already been produced, of a hundred youths who are now poetizing. scarcely one would feel enough courage, perattainment of a similar mastery. Many young severance, and talent to work quietly for the painters would never have taken their pencils in hand, if they could have felt, known, and understood, early enough, what really produced a master like Raphael. Goethe.

EXCELLENCE-Highest Quality of

A man that is desirous to excel, should enselves most excellent. deavour it in those things that are in themEpictetus.


Excellence is never granted to man, but as the reward of labour. It argues, indeed, no small strength of mind to persevere in the habits of industry, without the pleasure of perceiving those advantages which, like the hands of a clock, whilst they make hourly approaches to their point, yet proceed so slowly as to escape observation.

Sir Joshua Reynolds. EXCELLENCIES-Concealment of.

Rare qualities may sometimes be prerogatives without being advantages; and though a needless ostentation of one's excellencies may be more glorious, a modest concealment of them is usually more safe; and an unseasonable disclosure of flashes of wit, may sometimes do a man no other service, than to direct his adversaries how they may do him a mischief. Boyle.

EXCESS-Acts of.

To gild refined gold, to paint the lily,
To throw a perfume on the violet,
To smoothe the ice, or add another hue
Unto the rainbow, or, with taper-light,
To seek the beauteous eye of heaven to

Is wasteful and ridiculous excess. Shakspeare.

EXCESS-Evils of.

Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil. I'd.

[merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small][merged small]


amount of fatigue to preserve its natural strength, and maintain all the muscles and organs in proper vigour. This activity equalizes the circulation, and distributes the blood more effectually through every part. Cold feet, or a chill anywhere, shows that the circulation is languid there. The muscles during exercise press on the veins, and help forward the currents by quickening every vessel into activity. The valves of the heart are in this way aided in the work of sending on the stream, and relieved of a certain amount of labour. When exercise is neglected, the blood gathers too much about this central region, and the oppression about the heart, difficulty of breathing, lowness of spirits, anxiety and heaviness, numerous aches and stitches are evidences of this stagnation. People are afraid to take exercise, because they fancy they want breath, and feel weak. But the very effort would free the heart from this burthen, by urging the blood forward to the extremities; it would ease their breathing by liberating the lungs from the same superabundance; it would make the frame feel active and light, as the effect of equalized circulation and free action. Mailler. EXERCISE-Out-of-Door.


admiration, the love, and (if need be) the fear of the men, they will find an easier road toward that gain, in a little vigorous out-of-door exercise and a uniform attention to the great essentials of health, than in any new-fangled costumes, or loudly-applauded "rights."



Often try what weight you can support, And what your shoulders are too weak to bear. Roscommon.

EXERTION-ordained by God.

If God had so pleased, He could undoubtedly have rendered every being He has formed completely happy. He could have made them incapable even of rendering themselves miserable. He could have made them necessary instead of voluntary agents; and compelled them to act in the way that would infallibly have produced felicity; or He might have contrived men in such a manner that they must have been happy in whatever way they acted. He has not ordered matters in such a way; and therefore we may be sure that He never intended to do so. Everything is so conducted that His creatures arise to greater and greater degrees of happiness, in consequence of their own exertions, and in consequence of the improvement which, by His appointment, follows from their exertions. The more wise and virtuous they become, the more happy they are of consequence. It is evident, therefore, though the Deity intended to communicate happiness, and has done so in the most liberal manner, yet this was not the only end He had in view. He intended to make man happy; but it was in a particular manner, which He knew would at last contribute to the greatest general felicity of the species.

In Mr. Greeley's last letter from Europe to the New York Tribune, he speaks of the English women, and commends their perfection of figure. He attributes this to the English lady's habit of out-of-door exercise. We had thought that this fact was well known; that it was known years ago, and that our fair countrywomen would catch a hint from it that would throw colour into their cheeks and fulness into their forms. And yet, sadly enough, our ladies still coop themselves in their heated rooms, until their faces are like lilies, and their figures, like lily-stems. We have alluded to the matter now, not for the sake of pointing a satire surely, but for the sake of asking those one or two hundred thousand ladies, who every month light our passage with their looks, if they do indeed prize a little unnatural pearliness of hue and delicacy of complexion, beyond that ruddy flush of health (the very tempter of a kiss!) and that full development of figure, which all the poets, from Homer down, have made one of the chiefest beauties of a woman? EXHIBITION OF ARTS-An old Idea If not, let them make themselves horsewomen; or bating that, let them make acquaintance with the sunrise; let them pick flowers with the dew upon them; let them study music of nature's own orchestra. Vulgarity is not essential to health; and a lithe, classic figure does not grow in hot-houses. For ourselves, we incline heartily to the belief, that if American women have a wish to add to the respect, the

of the.

Professor Arthur. EXERTION-Good and Evil of.

With every exertion, the best of men can do but a moderate amount of good; but it seems in the power of the most contemptible individual to do incalculable mischief.

Washington Irving.

His majesty and I conceived a thought of appointing a large room with its first range to make a magazine for models of whatever is most curious in machinery, relating to war, arts, trades, and all sorts of exercises, noble, liberal, and mechanical; that all those who aspired to perfection might improve themselves without trouble in this silent school. Sally.

[blocks in formation]


EXPERIENCE-Dearness of.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other, and scarcely in that; for it is true, we may give advice, but we cannot give conduct. Remember this: they that will not be counselled cannot be helped. If you do not hear reason, she will rap your knuckles. Franklin. EXPERIENCE-achieved by Industry. He cannot be a perfect man, Not being tried, and tutor'd in the world: Experience is by industry achieved,

And perfected by the swift course of time. Shakspeare.


Human experience, like the stern-lights of a ship at sea, illumines only the path which we have passed over. Coleridge.


He hazardeth much who depends for his learning on experience. An unhappy master, he that is only made wise by many shipwrecks; a miserable merchant, that is neither rich nor wise till he has been bankrupt. By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering. Ascham.

[blocks in formation]

Ibid. Is loathsome in its own deliciousness,

« 上一頁繼續 »