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WORK.

INTRODUCTORY.

"Whatsvever thy band findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest."-ECCLES. ix. 10.

“ Man hath his daily work of body or mind

Appointed, which declares his dignity,
And the regard of Heaven on all his ways,
While other animals inactive range,
And of their doings God takes no account.'

PARADISE LOST.

IDLENESS has no place in the busy and beautiful creation of God; it enters not into His thoughts and ways; it is opposed to all that He has said, and to all that He has done. Work,—various it is true in kind and degree,—is one of the laws of the universe. In our own planet at this moment, multitudes of busy hands and busy heads are to be found in all directions. The merchant at the desk,—the labourer in the field,—the statesman in the cabinet, -the author in the study,—the red Indian in the hunting ground, the gold digger in the mine,-and a great

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