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997. EDEN. Adam and Eve in
Our longings are on larger scale
Than lower worlds can grant us, Thus they, the representatives of man,
We pant within the veil to be, Were placed in Eden-choicest spot on earth.
To roam in fields elysian, With royal honour, and with glory crown'd,
And, in His beauty,' God to see, Adam, the lord of all, majestic walk'd,
Nor die beneath the vision. With godlike countenance sublime, and form
W. Morley Pumshon. Of lofty, towering strength; and by his side Eve, fair as morning star, with modesty
1000. EDUCATION. Advanced Array'd, with virtue, grace, and perfect love; In holy marriage wed, and eloquent
A LITTLE learning is a dangerous thing; Of thought and comely words, to worship God
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring : And sing His praise, the Giver of all good.
There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, Glad, in each other glad, and glad in hope;
And drinking largely sobers us again. Rejoicing in their future happy race.
Fired at first sight with what the Muse imparts, O lovely, happy, blest, immortal pair,
In fearless youth we tempt the heights of arts, Pleased with the present, full of glorious hope ;
While from the bounded level of our mind But short, alas, the song that sings their bliss.
Short views we take, nor see the lengths behind :
Pollok. But more advanced, behold the strange surprise, 998. EDEN. Departure from
New distant scenes of endless science rise !
So pleased at first the towering Alps we try, In either hand the hastening angel caught
Mount o'er the vales, and seem to tread the sky; Our lingering parents, and to the eastern gate
Th' eternal snows appear already past, Led them direct, and down the cliff as fast
And the first clouds and mountains seem the last ; To the subjected plain ; then disappear'd.
But those attain'd, we tremble to survey They, looking back, all the eastern side beheld
The growing labours of the lengthen'd way; Of Paradise, so late their happy seat,
Th' increasing prospect tires our wandering eyes, Waved over by that flaming brand ; the gate Hills creep o'er hills, and Alps on Alps arise! With dreadful faces throng'd and fiery arms.
Pope. Some natural tears they dropt, but wiped them soon;
1001, EDUCATION. Atheistic The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide. All knowledge is not nourishment. The mind They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow, May pine upon its food. In reckless thirst Through Eden took their solitary way.-Milton. The scholar sometimes kneels beside the stream
Polluted by the lepers of the mind. 999. EDEN. Memories of
The sceptic, with his doubts of all things good
And faith in all things evil, has been there,
The shore with all bright flowers to tempt the eye,
And Genius, like a fallen child of light,
Has fillid the place with magic, and compell'd
And tempt you with bewildering grace to kneel,
And drink of the wild waters; and behind
Stand the strong Passions, pleading to go in;
And the approving world looks silent on;
Till the pleased mind conspires against itself,
And finds a subtle reason why 'tis good.
We are deceived, though ; even as we drink,
We taste the evil. In his sweetest tone,
The lying Tempter whispers in our ear,
.Though it may stain, 'twill strengthen your proud Oh, nought of earth can e'er avail
wing;' While Eden-mem'ries haunt us!
| And in the wild ambition of the soul
We drink anew, and dream like Lucifer
God to thy teaching delegates the art
To form the future man: the care be thine, No shape unworthy from the marble start,
Reptile or monster; but with just design Copy the heavenly model, and impart,
As best thou canst, similitude divine. -Mant,
1002. EDUCATION. Capacity of
THE heart has tendrils like the vine,
1004. EDUCATION. Early
There are some bosoms dark and drear,
Despise them not-for wisdom's toil
INDUCE not precocity of intellect, for so shouldst thou
nourish vanity; Neither can a plant, forced in the hotbed, stand
against the frozen breath of winter. The mind is made wealthy by ideas, but the multi
tude of words is a clogging weight : Therefore be understood in thy teaching, and instruct
to the measure of capacity. Analogy is milk for babes, but abstract truths are
strong meat; Precepts and rules are repulsive to a child, but happy
illustration winneth him ; In vain shalt thou preach of industry and prudence,
till he learn of the bee and the ant; Dimly will he think of his soul, till the acorn and
chrysalis have taught him ; He will fear God in thunder, and worship His love
liness in flowers ; And parables shall charm his heart, while doctrines
seem dead mystery; Faith shall he learn of the husbandman casting good
corn into the soil. —Tupper.
'Tis Education forms the common mind; Just as the twig is bent the tree's inclined.
Pope. Children, like tender osiers, take the bow, And as they first are fashion'd, always grow.
1005. EDUCATION. Neglected
And sweet it is, the growth to trace,
Laws hitherto are framed to punish crime.
1003. EDUCATION. Duty of
The future statue lies yet undefined ;
Till the nice chisel clears the form design'd, The trunk, the moving limbs, the speaking face Develops : so instruction's hand must trace
The intellectual form, which lies enshrined 'Mid nature's rude materials; and the mind Invest with due proportion, strength, and grace.
No! no vain voice did on me fall,
Peschiera, when thy bridge I crost :
''Tis better to have fought and lost, Than never to have fought at all.'-Clough.
A whisper'd word may touch the heart, . And call it back to life; A look of love bid sin depart,
And still unholy strife.
How vast its powers may be,
Within it silently.
Work on, despair not; bring thy mite,
Nor care how small it be ;
The holy, true, and free.
1009. ELECT. Fewness of the Few are the clear, strong spirits, who can bear
To look on Truth in her unclouded blaze; Few are the high, heroic souls, who dare, | Above the low pursuit of gain, to raise
Their firm, unbending purpose ; few can gaze |- At Virtue, on her pure and awful throne
Ah! few can love the ethereal coin she paysBut they must love it, for the souls alone Who master self can claim our birthright as their
1007. EFFORT. Encouragement to
What if the little rain should say,
"So small a drop as I Can ne'er refresh those thirsty fields;
I'll tarry in the sky?'
Should in its fountain stay,
Cannot create a day?
Doth not each rain-drop help to form
The cool refreshing shower ?
And beautify the flower ?
One talent-less than thine-
Would gain rewards divine.-Cutter,
1008. EFFORT. Fruitless
1010. ELIJAH. Voice to
The Lord before him past.
Swept by him strong and fast.
God was not in the blast.
Came muffling up the sun;
An earthquake thunder'd on.
God was not in the stun.
And calm'd her ruffled frame !
To earth devouring came.
Yet God fill'd not the flame.
Rose sweetly on the ear,
In heaven and earth might hear:
And God Himself was here.
Or shall I say, Vain word, false thought,
Since Prudence hath her martyrs too,
And Wisdom dictates not to do, Till doing shall be not for nought? Not ours to give or lose is life :
Will Nature, when her brave ones fall,
Remake her work? or songs recall Death's victim slain in useless strife ? That rivers flow into the sea
Is loss and waste, the foolish say,
Nor know that back they find their way, Unseen, to where they wont to be.
Showers fall upon the hills, springs flow,
The river runneth still at hand,
Brave men are born into the land, And whence, the foolish do not know.