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AT the siege of Namur by the allies, there were in n the ranks of the company commanded by captain Pincent, in colonel Frederic Hamilton's regiment, one Unnion a corporal, and one Valentine a private centinel: There happened a difpute between these two men about an affair of love, which, upon some aggravations, grew to an irreconcileable hatred. Unnion being the officer of Valentine, took all opportunities even to strike his rival, and profess the spite and revenge which moved him to it. The centinel bore it without refiftance; but frequently said, he would die to be revenged of the tyrant. They had fpent whole months in this manner, the one injuring, the other complaining ;. when, in the midst of this rage towards each other, they were commanded upon the attack of the castle, where the corporal received a shot in the thigh, and fell; the French passing on, and he expecting to be trampled to death, called out to his enemy, « Ah, Va.
1 lentine !
lentine ! can you leave me here?” Valentine immediately ran back, and in the midst of a thick fire of the French, took the corporal upon his back, and brought him through all that danger as far as the abbey of Salsine, where a cannon ball took off his head: His body fell under his enemy, whom he was carrying off. Unnion immediately forgot his wound, rose up, tearing his hair, and then threw himself upon the bleeding carcase, crying, “ Ah, Valentine ! was it for me, who have so barbarously used thee, that thou hast died? I will not live after thee.” He was not by any means to be forced from the body, but was removed with it bleeding in his arms, and attended with tears by all their comrades who knew their enmity. When he was brought to a tent, his wounds were dreffed by force; but the next day, still calling upon Valentine, and lamenting his cruelties to him, he died in the pangs of remorse.
THIS world may be considered as a great mart of
1 commerce, where fortune exposes to our view various commodities, riches, ease, tranquillity, fame, integrity, knowledge. Every thing is marked at a settled price. Our time, our labour, our ingenuity, is so much ready money, which we are to lay out to the best advantage. Examine, compare, choose, reject : But stand to your own judgment; and do not, like children, when you have purchased one thing, repine that you do not possess another which you did not purchafe. Such is the force of well-regulated industry, that a steady and vigorous exertion of our faculties, directed to one end, will generally insure success. Would you, for instance, be rich? Do you think that single point worth the sacrificing every thing else to ? You may then be rich. Thousands have become so from the lowest beginnings, by toil, and patient diligence, and attention to the minutest articles of expence and profit. But you must give up the pleasures of leisure, of a vacant mind, of a free unsuspicious temper. If you preserve your integrity, it must be coarse. įpun and vulgar honesty. Those high and lofty no. tions of morals which you brought with you from the schools must be considerably lowered, and mixed with the baser alloy of a jealous and worldly-minded prudence. You must learn to do hard, if not unjust things; and, for the nice embarrassments of a delicate and ingenuous spirit, it is necessary for you to get rid of them as fast as possible. You must shut your heart against the Muses, and be content to feed your understanding with plain household truths. In short, you must not attempt to enlarge your ideas, or polish your tafte, or refine your sentiments; but must keep on in one beaten track, without turning aside either to the right hand or to the left.--" But I cannot submit to
drudgery like this, I feel a spirit above it.” 'Tis well : Be above it then; only do not repine that you are not rich.'
Is knowledge the pearl of price? That, too, may be purchased-by steady application, and long folitary hours of study and reflection. Bow to thefe, and you Mhall be learned. " But,” fays the man of letters, « what a hardship is it, that many an illiterate fellow, who cannot construe the motto of the arms of his coach, shall raise a fortune and make a figure, while I have little more than the common conveniences of life !" Was it to grow rich that you grew pale over the midnight lamp, and distilled the sweetness from the Greek and Roman spring? You have then miftaken your path, and ill employed your industry. “What reward have I then for all my labours ?” What reward! A large comprehensive soul, well purged from vulgar fears, and perturbations, and prejudices; able to comprehend and interpret the works of man-of God. A rich, flourishing, cultivated mind, pregnant with inexhaustible stores of entertainment and reflection. A perpetual spring of fresh ideas, and the conscious dignity of superior intelligence. Good Heaven! and what reward can you ask besides?
« But is it not some reproach upon the economy of Providence, that such a one, who is a mean, dirty fellow, should have amaffed wealth enough to buy half a nation ?” Not in the least. He made himself a mean, dirty fellow for that very end. He has paid his health, his conscience, his liberty, for it; and will you envy his bargain ? Will you hang your head, and blush in his presence, because he outshines you in equipage and fhow ? Lift up your brow with a noble confidence, and say to yourself, “ I have not these things, it is true; but it is because I have not fought, because I have not desired them ; it is because I possess something better : I have chosen my lot; I am content and satisfied.”
You are a modest man--you love quiet and independence, and have a delicacy and reserve in your tem
per which renders it impossible for you to elbow your way in the world, and be the herald of your own merits. Be content, then, with a modeft retirement, with the esteem of your intimate friends, with the praises of a blamelefs' heart, and a delicate, ingenuous fpirit; but resign the fplendid distinctions of the world to those who can better scramble for them.
The man, whose tender fenGibility of conscience and strict regard to the rules of morality make him scrupulous and fearful of offending, is often heard to complain of the disadvantages he lies under in every path of honour and profit. « Could I but get over fome nice points, and conform to the practice and opinion of those about me, I might stand as fair a chance as others for dignities and preferment.” And why can you not? What hinders you from discarding this troublesome fcrupulofity of yours, which stands fo grievously in your way? If it be a small thing to enjoy a healthful mind, found at the very core, that does not fhrink from the keenest infpection; inward freedom from remorse and perturbation ; unsullied whiteness and fimplicity of manners; a genuine integrity, • as “Pure in the last recesses of the mind;" if you think these advantages an inadequate recompence for what you resign, dismiss your scruples this instant, and be a dave-merchant, a director-or what you please.