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614. COURAGE : displayed in affliction. And add a smile to what was sweet before,

The human race are sons of sorrow born, He may possess the joys he thinks he sees,

And each must have his portion. Vulgar minds Lay his old age upon the lap of ease,

Refuse or cranch beneath their load : the brave Improve the remnant of his wasted span, And, having lived a trifler, die a man.-Cowper.

Bear theirs without repining.

Mallet and Thomson. Oh friendly to the best pursuits of man, Friendly to thought, to virtue, and to peace,

615. COURAGE: does not court danger needDomestic life in rural leisure pass'd !

lessly. Few know thy value, and few taste thy sweets,

A VALIANT man Though many boast thy favours, and affect

Ought not to undergo or tempt a danger,
To understand and choose thee for their own.

But worthily, and by selected ways,

He undertakes by reason, not by chance.
To one who has been long in city pent,

His valour is the salt t' his other virtues, 'Tis very sweet to look into the fair

They're all unseasoned without it.-Jonson. And open face of heaven, to breathe a prayer Full in the smile of the blue firmament.- Keats.

616. COURAGE: ensures safety. Leave the mere country to mere country swains,

The wise and active conquer difficulties,
And dwell where life in all life's glory reigns.

By daring to attempt them : sloth and folly
Walter Harte.

Shiver and shrink at sight of toil and hazard, 611. COURAGE. Christian

And make the impossibility they fear.-Rowe. STAND but your ground, your ghostly foes will fly, - |

Be not dismay'd, -fear nurses up a danger ; Hell trembles at a heaven-directed eye;

And resolution kills it in the birth.—Phillips. Choose rather to defend than to assail,

Errors not to be recall'd do find Self-confidence will in the conflict fail :

Their best redress from presence of the mind; When you are challenged, you may dangers meet,

Courage our greatest failings does supply. True courage is a fix'd, not sudden heat ;

Waller Is always humble, lives in self-distrust, And will itself into no danger thrust.

617. COURAGE. Field of Devote yourself to God, and you will find

Not to the ensanguined field of death alone God fights the battles of a will resign'd.

Is valour limited ; she sits serene Love Jesus ! love will no base fear endure;

In the deliberate council, sagely scans Love Jesus ! and of conquest rest secure. -Ken.

The source of action ; weighs, prevents, provides;

And scorns to count her glories from the feats 612. COURAGE: defined.

Of brutal force alone.-Smollett.
The brave man is not he who feels no fear,
For that were stupid and irrational ;

618. COURAGE: gives happiness. But he whose noble soul its fear subdues,

BRAVE spirits are a balsam to themselves, And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from.

There is a nobleness of mind, that heals
As for your youth whom blood and blows delight,

Wounds beyond salves.-Cartwright.
Away with them ! there is not in their crew
One valiant spirit.- Joanna Baillie.

619. COURAGE. Marks of true 613. COURAGE. Demand for

He's truly valiant that can suffer

The worst that man can breathe; and make his Thy life's a warfare, thou a soldier art,

wrongs Satan's thy foeman, and a faithful heart

His outsides ; to wear them like his raiment, careThy two-edged weapon ; patience is thy shield, Heaven is thy chieftain, and the world thy field.

lessly ;

And ne'er prefer his injuries to his heart, To be afraid to die, or wish for death,

To bring it into danger. --Shakespeare. Are words and passions of despairing breath. Who doth the first, the day doth faintly yield ; The brave man seeks not popular applause, And who the second, basely flies the field. - Quarles. | Nor, overpower'd with arms, deserts his cause;

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When desperate ills demand a speedy cure,
Distrust is cowardice, and prudence folly.

Johnson. That all men would be cowards if they dare, Some men have had the courage to declare.


It is the curse of kings to be attended
By slaves, that take their humours for a warrant
To break within the bloody house of life :
And on the winking of authority,
To understand a law; to know the meaning
Of dangerous majesty, when, perchance, it frowns
More upon humour than advised respect.

'Tis the curse of kings
To be surrounded by a venal herd
Of flatterers, that soothe his darling vices,
And rob their master of his subjects' love.

Those that go up-hill, use to bow
Their bodies forward, and stoop low,
To poise themselves, and sometimes creep,
When th' way is difficult and steep :
So those at court, that do address
By low ignoble offices,
Can stoop at anything that's base
To wriggle into trust and grace,
Are like to rise to greatness sooner
Than those that go by worth and honour.


625. CREATION : absurdity of Atheism.
Then from whate'er we can to sense produce,
Common and plain, or wondrous and abstruse,
From Nature's constant or eccentric laws,
The thoughtful soul this gen'ral inference draws,
That an effect must presuppose the cause.Prior.
Ye sons of art, one curious piece devise,
From whose construction motion shall arise.

Who taught the nations of the field and wood
To shun their poison, and to choose their food ?
Prescient, the tides or tempests to withstand,
Build on the wave, or arch beneath the sand ?

626. CREATION : absurdity of the atomic theory.
Could atoms, which, with undirected flight,
Roam'd through the void, and ranged the realms of
I night,

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628. CREATION. Conservation of
With what an awful world-revolving power
Were first the unwieldy planets launch'd along
The illimitable void ! Thus to remain,
Amid the flux of many thousand years,
That oft had swept the toiling race of men
And all their labour'd monuments away,
Firm, unremitting, matchless, in their course ;
To the kind-temper'd change of night and day,
And of the seasons, ever stealing round
Minutely faithful ; such the All-perfect Hand,
That poised, impels, and rules the steady whole.

What but God !
Inspiring God! who, boundless spirit all,
And unremitting energy, pervades,
Adjusts, sustains, and agitates the whole.


Adam. These are Thy glorious works, Parent of

good, Almighty, Thine this universal frame, Thus wondrous fair ; Thyself how wondrous then ! Unspeakable, who sitt'st above these heavens To us invisible, or dimly seen In these Thy lowest works; yet these declare Thy goodness beyond thought, and power Divine. Speak, ye who best can tell, ye sons of light, Angels ; for ye behold Him, and with songs And choral symphonies, day without night, Circle His throne rejoicing; ye in heaven, On earth join, all ye creatures, to extol Him first, Him last, Him midst, and without end.


632. CREED: of the future. 'I DON'T believe in either God or Man. | Conscious Automata, we nothing can,

Save as our atoms feel tyrannic chance,
All is heredity and circumstance.
Conscience, - Freewill,-absurd! And if you ask
How on these terms fulfil life's daily task?
What motives? And what conduct ?-look at me :
One more respectable you'll scarcely see.
As family-man, friend, citizen, professor,
Be you, or public judgment, my assessor.'

And, albeit she wander outcast now, I see around

her throng Troops of beautiful, tall angels, to enshield her from

all wrong. Backward look across the ages and the beacon

moments see, That, like peaks of some sunk continent, jut through

Oblivion's sea; Not an ear in court or market for the low foreboding

cry Of those Crises, God's stern winnowers, from whose

feet earth's chaff must fly ; Never shows the choice momentous till the judgment

hath pass'd by:- Lowell.

"Good, my dear sir !—but we must wait, I doubt,
To notice how your grandchildren turn out,
Born in the doctrine, rear'd upon the plan,
Of total disbelief in God and Man.
Let this experiment be fairly made,
Nor Science mourn, by her high-priests betray'd ;
Oh, let her teach them, from their tenderest youth,
The Truth, the whole Truth, nothing but the Truth-
Material Atoms, and Mechanic Force;
And send the boys and girls rejoicing on their course!'

633. CREED. The first

UXCURSED by doubt, our earliest creed we take;
We love the precepts for the teacher's sake;
The simple lessons which the nursery taught
Fell soft and stainless on the buds of thought,
And the full blossom owes its fairest hue
To those sweet tear-drops of affection's dew.
Too oft the light that led our earlier hours
Fades with the perfume of our cradle flowers ;
The clear, cold question chills to frozen doubt ;
Tired of beliefs, we dread to live without :
Oh then, if Reason waver at thy side,
Let humbler Memory be thy gentle guide;
Go to thy birthplace, and if faith was there,
Repeat thy father's creed, thy mother's prayer !

Holmes. 634. CRISIS. A Nation's

635. CRISIS. A Soul's

THERE is a time, we know not when,

A point, we know not where,
That marks the destiny of men

To glory or despair.
There is a line, by us unseen,

That crosses every path ;
The hidden boundary between

God's patience and His wrath.
To pass that limit is to die-

To die as if by stealth ;
It does not quench the beaming eye,

Nor pale the glow of health.

ONCE to every man and nation comes the moment

to decide, In the strife of Truth with Falsehood, for the good

or evil side; Some great cause, God's new Messiah, offering each

the bloom or blight, Parts the goats upon the left hand, and the sheep

upon the right, And the choice goes by for ever 'twixt that darkness

and that light.

The conscience may be still at ease,

The spirit light and gay,
That which is pleasing still may please,

And care be thrust away.
Oh, where is this mysterious bourne

By which our path is cross'd ?
Beyond which God Himself hath sworn

That he who goes is lost.
How far may we go on in sin ?

How long will God forbear?
Where does hope end ? and where begin

The confines of despair ?
An answer from the skies is sent :

Ye that from God depart,
While it is call'd to-day, repent,
And harden not your heart.

7. A. Alexander. 636. CRISIS. The important

At every motion of our breath
Life trembles on the brink of death,
A taper's flame that upward turns,
While downward to the dust it burns.

Hast thou chosen, O my people, on whose party

thou shalt stand, Ere the Doom from its worn sandals shakes the dust

against our land ? Though the cause of Evil prosper, yet 'tis Truth

alone is strong,

Conscious of guilt, and fearful of the light;
They lurk enshrouded in the veil of night:
Safe from destruction seize th' unwary prey,
And stab, like bravoes, all who come that way.


639. CRITICISM. Laws of

A moment usher'd us to birth, Heirs to the commonwealth of earth; Moment by moment years are past, And one ere long will be our last. 'Twixt that, long fled, which gave us light, And that which soon shall end in night, There is a point no eye shall see, Yet on it hangs eternity. This is that moment, —who can tell Whether it leads to heaven or hell ? This is that moment,--as we choose, The immortal soul we save or lose. Time past and time to come are not ; Time present is our only lot : O God ! henceforth our hearts incline To seek no other love than Thine.

James Montgomery: 637. CRITICS.

MANY knotty points there are, Which all discuss, but few can clear.-Prior.

WHOEVER thinks a faultless piece to see,
Thinks what ne'er was, nor is, nor e'er shall be.
In every work regard the writer's end,
Since none can compass more than they intend:
And, if the means be just, the conduct true,
Applause, in spite of trivial faults, is due. —Pope.

Let those teach others who themselves excel ; And censure freely, who have written well.

Pope. Those heads, as stomachs, are not sure the best, Which nauseate all, and nothing can digest.

Pope. Damn with faint praise, assent with civil leer, And, without sneering, teach the rest to sneer ; Willing to wound, and yet afraid to strike, Just hint a fault, and hesitate dislike : Alike reserved to blame or to commend; A tim'rous foe, and a suspicious friend.- Pope.

A perfect judge will read each work of wit
With the same spirit that its author writ;

Survey the whole, nor seek slight faults to find, | Where nature moves, and rapture charms the mind.

Learn then what morals critics ought to show :
'Tis not enough wit, art, and learning join ;
In all you speak, let truth and candour shine.

Shun their fault, who, scandalously nice,
Will needs mistake an author into vice.

Eye Nature's walks, shoot folly as it flies,
And catch the manners living as they rise ;
Laugh where we must, be candid where we can,
But vindicate the ways of God to man.- Pope.

Ah! ne'er so dire a thirst of glory boast,
Nor in the critic let the man be lost !
Good nature and good sense must ever join :
To err is human; to forgive, divine.-Pope.

Prune the luxuriant, the uncouth refine,
But show no mercy to an empty line.— Pope.

The gen'rous critic fann'd the poet's fire,
And taught the world with reason to admire.

The critic eye, that microscope of wit,
Sees hairs and pores, examines bit by bit.

I Pope. To observations which ourselves we make, We grow more partial for the observer's sake.

Pope. 638. CRITICISM. Bitter A critic was of old a glorious name, Whose sanction handed merit up to fame ; Beauties as well as faults he brought to view : His judgment great, and great his candour too. No servile rules drew sickly taste aside ; Secure he walk'd, for Nature was his guide. But now, O strange reverse ! our critics brawl In praise of candour with a heart of gall.

Great wits sometimes may gloriously offend, And rise to faults true critics dare not mend.

Pope. Some beauties yet no precepts can declare ; For there's a happiness as well as care : Music resembles poetry ; in each Are nameless graces, which no methods teach, And which a master-hand alone can reach.

Pope. 640. CROSS. Kneeling at the O JESUS! sweet the tears I shed,

Whilst at Thy cross I kneel,
Gaze on Thy wounded, fainting head,

And all Thy sorrows feel.

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