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the piece, that will be approved by Him, who furnished the stock to be manufactured by us.
Nor are the trifles that affect our temporal and everyday concerns, to be overlooked. We should examine the whole machinery of human nature in the light of charity-not that we will find it in that finished and perfect order, as when it received its finishing touch from the hands of its Creator—but, deranged as is the machine, we should make ourselves as familiar with it as possible—its main and hair springs, its combinations, its levers, its valves, its fly wheel, its generating and motive power; and all the minutiæ that forms the grand whole. An ignorance of these, has often been attended with disastrous consequences to individuals, to states, and to nations.
This mastery over the machine, can be obtained only by diligence and application. These ever have and ever will perform wonders. The fabled mouse, with its diminutive teeth, severed a cable that defied the force of a lion and the power of a giant. The operations of nature, our best schoolmaster in natural things—are slow, but sure and uniform—she never leaps. Great good is effected-great estates are accumulated, by adding little to little. Those who pursue a contrary course, like the man who seeks a fortune at the lottery wheel, the gambling table, or in wild speculation, are doomed to find ninety-nine blanks to one small prize, and a large prize, more rare than death by lightning. Most of those who become steeped in crime, enter the mere portals of vice at first — their frail bark is gently moved around by the extreme and scarcely perceptible circles of the awful whirlpool-gradually, they are drawn nearer and closer to the fatal vortex,
until they are rendered powerless, and sink to rise no
The first convivial party, the first social glass, the first infatuating game at cards, the first lucky throw of the dice, the first fortunate lottery ticket, the first success in fancy stocks, the first violation of the sacred decalogue—all apparently TRIFLES in themselves, have proved the entering wedge to the county prison, the state penitentiary, and the barbarous gallows. Reader, think of, and prepare for thy final destiny.
In our intercourse in society, a word, a look, a gesture, a smile, a frown, a sneer, the curl of the lip, a fling of the head, a hint, an inuendo-although small items of communication and expression, may be big with consequences-may break a shaft or burst the boiler of friendship.
All the relations of life are interwoven with TRIFLES, and, unless the shuttle is plied with a skillful hand, the texture of the web will be full of knots, and of many discordant colors. Let all duly appreciate TRIFLESlook at them closely, but let them be reflected by the sunbeams of charity-arranged and woven together by sound discretion, that an even and beautiful fabric may be presented before the gazing millions, at the great day of final examination.
Think'st thou, there is no tyranny but that
However harsh and hard in his own bearing.–Byron. Much wind and time are expended, in denouncing monarchies, and the institutions of slavery ; both in opposition to the republican form of government adopted by us.
To cure these evils, we must cure greater ones, on which they are predicated. Strip the world of vice, in all its borrowed forms, and make every man, woman, and youth intelligent; especially, let them be made to read and understand the Bible; freedom would then be as universal as man. The devil is the father of Tyranny. He first corrupted, then enslaved the human family. All Tyranny is based on corruption, and, as virtue predominates, every species of slavery must recede. His Satanic majesty has numerous petty Tyrants, who carry out the principles of his most arbitrary government with an iron hand. His magic power consists in his first paralyzing reason, and bringing all the base passions under his control. The passions being enslaved, the soul becomes torpid, the body passive, and the work is done.
The courts of kings are admirable manufactories for bringing these passions into submission. Luxury, dissipation, and fashion ; with their concomitant retinue of subalterns, whether in kingly courts, or in a repub
lic, exercise a Tyranny, more to be dreaded than the guillotine or the scaffold. The former kill soul and body, the man Tyrant can only consign our clay to its mother earth. We must turn back the stream at the fountain head, before we can stop those that flow from it.
When all mankind become free in the Gospel of our immaculate Redeemer, the slavery of vice will be done away. Thrones, kings, and the thraldom of body and mind, will then vanish, like the morning fog before the rising sun. Then we shall see,
“The varying sects of Christians all unite
An enchanting halo surrounds this word, a harmonious euphony vibrates from its sound. It is the most mellow word in our language. It was the watchword in heaven, before this mighty globe was spoke into existence—its melody still echoes there—and will, through the rolling ages of eternity.
It is the magic word that has rallied millions to deeds of noble daring—it has been seized by each successive combination of the human family, to accomplish desired objects-good and evil. All have perceived, that Union is strength, that united, they might stand, divided, they must fall. What language thrills through the soul of the patriot and Christian, like “OUR UNION,"—the watchword of '76. And shall this Union be preserved to millions yet unborn, or will we, like nations that have gone before us, suffer patriotism to be strangled, basely suffocated, by party spirit and internal dissen
sions, originated by demagogues, and those who care only for the fleece, loaves and fishes ? For years, tou little attention has been given to the moral qualifications of our legislators. Available men, with some honorable exceptions, have been selected, on party grounds exclusively. I only name the fact to induce reflectionnot to discuss it, or cast personal reflections. Let us lay the adage deeply to heart-UNITED, WE STANDDIVIDED, WE FALL.
UNION-symphonious word-mothers, teach your babes to lisp it—it is the first word they can speak. Let this be the watchword from the WHITE HOUSE down to the rude cabin of the back-woods-man-from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from the northern provinces of Queen Victoria, to the land of the Montezumas.
Let Christians make it their watchword, in the conflict with the man of sin—let the members of every church cultivate Union-let every Society, formed for the amelioration of man, cultivate it-let the students in our seminaries cultivate it; let its importance be impressed on the pupils in our primary schools ; let parents teach it to their children, by precept and example-let it be the rallying word between husband and wife, to quell the little squalls of wind that may suddenly arise ; let it be the bond of peace to guide us in all the concerns of life ; and, above all, let us live in the constant enjoyment of Union with the great Jehovah, and be prepared to enter into that heavenly Union, where songs of euphonious symphony, shall melt upon the soul, and UNION! UNION! UNION! shall burst from the lips of countless millions, who commenced their Union with God and the Lamb, before they left their tenements of clay.