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has been embodied but how was she treated ? Did all men love her ? No, she was despised, and rejected of men : who after defaming, insulting, and scourging her, led her to Calvary, where they crucified her between two thieves.” The effect of this fine passage on the audience was very powerful.
YOUNG GENTLEMEN'S DEPARTMENT.
It is an old proverb, that he who aims at the sun, to be sure, will not reach it, but his arrow will fly higher ihan if he aimed at an object on a level with himself. Just so in the formation of character. Set your standard high, and though you may not reach it, you can hardly fail to rise higher than if you aimed at some inferior excellence. Young men are not, in general, conscious of what they are capable of doing. They do not task their faculties, nor improve their powers, nor attempt as they ought, to rise to superior excellence.
They have no high, commanding object at which to aim : but often seem to be passing away life without object and without aim. The consequence is, their efforts are feeble; they are not waked up to any thing great or distinguished; and therefore, fail to acquire à character of decided worth.
Intercourse with persons of decided virtue and excellence, is of great importance in the formation of a good character. The power of example is proverbial. We are creatures of imitation, and by a necessary influence, our temper and habits are very much formed on the model of those with whom we familiarly associate. In this view, nothing is of more importance to young men than the choice of their companions. If they select for their associates the intelligent, the virtuous, and the enterprising, great and most happy will be the effects on their own character and habits. With these living, breathing patterns of excellence before them, they can hardly fail to feel a disgust at every thing that is low, unworthy and vicious, and to be inspired with a desire to advance in whatever is praiseworthy and good. It is needless to add, the opposite of all this is the certain consequence of intimacy with persons of bad habits and profligate lives.
Young men are, in general, but little aware how much their reputation is affected in the view of the public, by the company they keep. The character of their associates is soon regarded as their own. If they seek the society of the worthy and respectable, it elevates them in the public estimation, as it is an evidence that they respect others. On the contrary, intimacy with persons of bad character, always sinks a young man in the eye of the public. While he, perhaps in intercourse with such persons, thinks but little of the consequences, others are making their remarks; they, learn what his taste is; what sort of company he prefers; and predict on no doubtful ground, what will be the issue to his own principles and character.— There are young men, and those too, who have no mean opinion of themselves, to be intimate with whom would be as much as one's reputation is worth.
ADVICE TO YOUNG MEN. “ Ever carry about with you such a sense of the uncertainty of every thing in this life, and of life itself, as to put nothing off till to-morrow which you can conveniently do to day. Dilatory persons are frequently exposed to surprise and hurry in every thing that belongs to them. The time is come and they are unprepared. Let the concerns of your soul and your shop, your religion and your business, lie always in such order, as far as possible, that death at a short warning, may be no occasion of a disquieting tumult in your spirit, and that you escape the anguish of a bitter repentance in a dying hour. Farewell.”
Phroeimus, a considerable Eastland merchant, happened upon a copy of these advices, about the time when he permitted his son to commence à partnership with him in his trade; he transcribed them with his own hand, and made a present of them to the youth
together with the articles of partnership. Here, young man, said he, is a paper of more worth than these articles. Read it over once a month till it is wrought in your very soul and temper. Walk by these rules and I can trust my estate in your hands. Copy out these councils in your life, and you will make me and yourself easy and happy.
POPULAR AND INSTRUCTIVE TALES.
THE PRETTY APPLE GIRL. The following article has been handed us for publication, by a gentleman who assures us that the "leading traits” are literall It first appeared in the Charleston Courier, and was, we are informed, written by a distinguished clergymen.
Having with my companion, reached the lower end of Fulton slip, directly opposite the gate where the ferry boats touch, I discovered that the boat had just gone from the wharf, and that we should, in consequence, have to wait until the other arrived. We immediately went a little to the corner of the market house so as to escape the burning afternoon sun. “Surely," said I to my companion, " these poor women seated along the pavement, can scarcely make a living by selling a few apples and pears, and other little trifles which they appear to have in their possession.” “ A living my dear sir; depend upon it, they live more comfortably than many of those young girls who would not appear in the streets without their flowered muslin dresses and their parasols. Do you observe,” said he, “ that young girl ?" “ Yes,” replied I; "she is tolerably pretty; she has got black eyes, cheeks as rosy as the apples she sells, and fine auburn hair that many a fine lady would give a thousand dollars for.” “Take my word for it,” said my companion," she'd rather sell her apples at a penny a piece than her hair for any money.” “I should conceive," said I, “ that her hair could be of very little use to a girl who appears by her dress to be destitute of the great passion of her sex; I mean personal vanity. Look at her drapery; I should suppose she had picked
it up among the rags which had been ejected by a disconsolate manager from the wardrobe of some country theatre.” “That is thrift,” said my companion; “sheer thrift. That girl, notwithstanding her apparent miserable situation, is sensible, pretty, (when dressed,) and, I have every reason to believe, perfectly happy and content with her situation. From morning to night she sits at her apple table all the week, and when not engaged in selling her articles, you will always see her either knitting a stocking, or sewing a piece of linen. Her time is completely improved. She makes about two hundred dollars a year by her weekly labors, and with this litle sum supports a mother and several young sisters, who, from their youthful age, are nearly helpless. You observed,” continued he, “ that the young girl was rather pretty when you abstracted your attention from her picturesque drapery. But if you see her on a Sunday, dressed in a plain jaconet frock, with a blue silk bonnet and a little fancy moss rose in it, as I have seen her at a church in the morning when she presided over a class of young girls, committed to her for their instruction, you would soon give her personal appearance that justice which it deserves.” “What,” said I, “is she an instructress at one of the Sunday Schools ?” “ She is,” replied my companion. “On Sunday morning," continued he, * she lays aside the habiliments of the apple girl, and decorating her person in the manner I have described, she trips away to one of the churches in- street, about an hour before the bells commence ringing for divine service. Then pulling off her blue bonnet, and blowing the dust from the fancy rose which adorns it, she lays it down at the corner of one of the pews in the gallery.
“ She then goes to about a dozen of little girls, dressed in clean frocks, and salutes them all in the manner which her feelings prompt.—They collect about her in a group and strive who shall have the first kiss. Innocence, youth and female feeling blend to together in such salutations, and the sanctity of the place only adds the coloring of piety to the pure emotion. Distributing them in proper order, she assumes a little willow which
has been adopted as her rod of command, but which is more appropriated to give force and understanding to her gestures, than for any purpose of enforcing orders or awaking dulness. She opens her books and teaches the little innocents psalms, hymns and different parts of scripture. In this manner she continues her labor, until the church bells have rung in, and the congregation are coming into the body of the church. She closes then, and the little apple girl, with her youthful pupils, remain in the church and join in the service of Him, who desired little children to come unto him, and who, placing them upon his knees, blessed them as an example to all succeeding generations.”
“Why, my dear sir,” said I, as he closed his relation, “ what you have been telling me must be a novel-is it not a fancy sketch ?” My companion assures me that the leading traits were absolute facts. “ Possibly,” said he, “I have made the apple girl prettier, and the little children more affectionate than they might appear at all times, to a stranger. But you may depend upon it that the actual truth, if we could contemplate it in its most secret recesses, is frequently far beyond the brightest picture of the imagination. It is perhaps easy to those who are masters of high-sounding words to give a tolerable description of outward show and pompous circumstances, but few have that delicacy of mental vision which pierces the inmost chambers of human feeling. My sketch is far short of that, I am persuaded.”
PERFECTION The last best, fruit which comes to late perfection even in the kindliest soul, is—tenderness towards the hard, forbearance towards the unforbearing. warmth of heart towards the cold, philanthropy towards the misanthrope.
POVERTY. · One solitary philosopher may be great, virtuous and happy, in the depth of poverty, but not a whole people.