« ПредишнаНапред »
The unclouded Sun.
The unclouded sun! While I survey
My spirit ardent cries,
Without a dark’ning veil!
But light and truth prevail.
Throughout eternal days!
And sing his worthy praise.
Power of Conscience. Dr. Fordyce in his Dialogues on education relates the following striking incident, which he says occurred in a neighboring state. A jeweller, a man of good character and considerable wealth, having occasion to leave home on business at some distance, took with him a servant. He had with him some of his best jewels and a large sum of money. This was known to the servant, who, urged by cupidity murdered his master on the road, rifled him of his jewels and money,
and suspending a large stone round his neck, threw him into the nearest canal.
With the booty he had thus gained, the servant set off to a distant part of the country, where he had reason to believe that neither he nor his master were known. There he began to trade; at first in a very humble way, that his obscurity might screen him from observation; and in the course of many years, se
seemed, by the natural progress of business, to rise into wealth and consideration; so that his good fortune appeared at once the effect and reward of industry and virtue. Of these he counterfeited the appearance so well, that he grew into great credit, married into a good family, and was admitted into a share of the government of the town. He rose from one post to another, till at length he was chosen chief magistrate.
In this office he maintained a fair character, and continued to fill it with no small applause, both as governor and judg until one day as he presided on the bench with some of his brethren, a criminal was brought before him, who was accused of murdering his master. The evidence came out fully; the jury brought in their verdict that the prisoner was guilty, and the whole assembly waited the sentence of the president of the court with great suspense.
The president appeared to be in unusual disorder and agitation of mind; his color changed often; at length he arose from his seat, and descending from the bench, placed himself close to the unfortunate man at the bar, to the no small astonishment of all present. “You see before you,” said he, addressing himself to those who sat on the bench with him, " a striking instance of the just awards of heaven, which, this day, after thirty years concealment, presents to you a greater criminal than the man just now found guilty. He then made a full confession of his guilt, and of all its aggravations. Nor can I feel,"continued he," any relief from the agonies of an awakened conscience,
but by requiring that justice be forthwith done against me in the most public and solemn manner.
We may easily suppose the amazement of all the assembly, and especially of his fellow judges. However, they proceeded upon his confession to pass sentence upon him, and he died with all the symptoms of a penitent mind.
Shepherd and Philosopher.
A deep philosopher, (whose rules
The shepherd modestly replied,
I ne'er the paths of learning tried:
The daily labors of the bee
From nature, too, I take my rule
For who talks much must talk in vain.
Kites, hawks, and wolves, deserve their fate.
Thy fame is just, the sage replies;
Pizarro and the Inca of Peru. It happened that just at the time of the arrival of Pizarro and Almagro in Peru, the inhabitants of the country were at war with each other. Two brothers were contesting the right of succession to the government of the country; and one of the two, whose name was Atahualpa, solicited the Spaniards to assist him in gaining his end.
Pizarro saw what advantage this would give him. He pretended to be sent from a distance, on purpose to assist Atahualpa in overcoming his enemies, and marched directly to join him.
Every thing the Spaniards saw, contributed to give them a high idea of the riches of the country, and to inflame their avarice; and Pizarro, who recollected how much Cortes had gained by seizing Montezuma,