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who had already been sometime married, and was set- || instances, the case with mothers now; and such was tled respectably in London, drew her from the sylvan the case with Mrs. Freeport in reference to her two scenes of a quiet country life, to the glare and bustle sons. Unknown to her husband and friends, she furof one of the most captivating cities in the world. To nished them with sums as their wishes desired, to state what were her feelings during the hurry of pre- | plunge into every kind of gayety and excess, at the paration, or at the period of her departure, would be theatre, the ball-room, and the card-table. As, howmere speculation; these things, and others, connect- ever, this line of conduct was pursued in secret, an exed with her journey to town, are easily supplied by | ternal profession was still maintained by the youths, to the most morbid imagination. It will, therefore, be the deception of their father and others. sufficient to my purpose to state, that counsel, such as Such had long been, and such continued to be, the piety, experience, and affection might be supposed to state of affairs at Mr. Freeport's when Olivia and her offer, was given by her venerable sire, and received by sister visited. However much the feelings of Marcus, the amiable Olivia with devout attention; and that, the eldest son of Mr. Freeport, might have been deadafter four and twenty hours' traveling, she reached the ened by his pursuits of folly, he was not insensible to busy and gay metropolis of her country, and shortly the charms of the lovely Olivia; and yet they were too after felt herself pressed to the bosom of her beloved vitiated to feel the pure and holy passion, to which sister.

only, with propriety, the epithet love is applied. Every Sincere in all her professions, and artless as inno- interview increased what was considered his affection cence could make her, Olivia judged of others by her towards her. The artless Olivia saw, and judging by own guileless nature; and hence, too soon fell a victim what she saw, approved, and approving loved-yes, she to craft, deception, and villany, of a rank, but too com- returned an almost idolizing passion for a base and mon, kind.

worthless counterfeit. The proposals of young FreeAmong a number of respectable families, whom she port were listened to, the character of the worthy fathvisited in company with her sister, was a Mr. Free-er was forwarded to Mr. Goodall, bis consent was obport's, a gentleman whose character and connections tained, and, in about nine months from leaving the parrendered such acquaintance desirable. But in every sonage, the happy Olivia Goodall returned from it earthly advantage there is something to mar and dete- || again to London, expecting to be the happy Mrs. Freeriorate. It was so here. The wife of Mr. Freeport port. was as opposite to himself as contrariety of character Every thing furnished presumptive evidence to her, could make her. If the decided piety of her husband that she should realize, at least, as much of happiness was not a matter of open dislike and ridicule, it was as usually is known by the happy in the married state. merely tolerated by her. Her public profession, indeed, She was united to the man of her affections, for her resembled his; but her private conduct too plainly de- || heart was wholly his; their circumstances in life were monstrated, that hers was profession without principle. more than merely easy, and her husband was kind and Boisterous in her temper, vain in her pursuits, and attentive. But the sunny bow of her joys was evandressy in her person, she was the bane of her hus-escent, as is frequently the pageant which adorns the band's peace, and the destroyer of her own and her heavens after the falling of a summer shower. Unfamily's happiness. Two sons were all the children | kindness succeeded to inattention, and that was folthey had, who, under proper training, might have be- lowed by partial desertion: home, for him, appeared to come ornaments to society, and blessings to their con- have no charms; and religion, no attractions: still the nections. But who does not know the influence of a affectionate Olivia neither felt nor expressed any dimimother's conduct? Who is not aware of the awful ca- | nution in her regards. She loved him with all the arpabilities of which she is possessed, and the consequent dor of a woman's love-than which nothing is more responsibility attaching to such a character? The ruin lasting, nothing more strong. She even displayed in. or preservation of her offspring, principally, as an increasing affection, as her husband's declined; and strument, rests with herself.

sought, by devoted kindness, to make his home the It was fashionable for Addison, Johnson, Steele, | most delightful spot which earth could present, and to Knox, and others of their day, who were distinguished bind it and herself to him. But her efforts were vain, as essayists, to hold up, by satire, to reproof, the unna- and she wept, unreprovingly, over what she could not tural conduct of mothers who deserted their children in remedy. infancy, by turning them over to a nurse, and, in after Four years she had been a wife, and now two lovely life, consigning them to the care of tutors and govern- children claimed and enjoyed her diligent and affection

But a worse, if possible, course of conduct has ate care. These became her chief earthly comfort; to led me thus to diverge a little from my tale. Who can train their infant minds to knowledge and piety, enbut tremble for those whose cruelty is not sufficiently | gaged all the spare time from other concerns which exercised by leaving their children to pursue the course now pressed heavily upon her, and which, from their their own depraved nature may point out, but who, nature, should have been attended to by her husband. abetting them in their practices, furnish them with the Still no murmur escaped her, no upbraiding word fell means, yet more effectually to carry out into daring on the ear of him she still loved; much less did any acts their enmity towards God? Such is, in too many intimation to her friends furnish materials for conjec

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ture, even that she was not happy. No! her own bo- || to carry off the prize which was thus presented; and som, and the ear of God, were the repository of the hence, assuming an air and consequence perfectly nausecret of her sufferings, which to her were sacred. tique, he appeared before her la courageax et illustre * She never told her woe,

ain George Frederick Stanley. But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,

The beautiful Miss Maria Louisa Nevell, after a Feed on her damask cheek: she pin'd in thought;

courtship of a few weeks, was led to the altar, and beAnd, with a green and yellow melancholy, She sat like Patience on a monument,

came the deceived bride of an accomplished villain. Smiling at grief.

In two weeks he abandoned her. It was no unfrequent thing, now, for Olivia to be A few days only passed, and the public papers told a left alone, with all the weight of business on her hands, tale which Olivia would never have told. Her pious for a week or two together. He who had played the and venerable father read the heart-sickening statehypocrite already to such perfection, had not lost the ment, and instantly sent such condolence as his child's ability to support that character still: in fact, he played circumstances required, accompanied by a request, that it not-it was his own. Olivia, unsuspecting as ever, she would retire with her family to his parental abode, for still she loved him with the strength of first love, and make his house her home. She declined. Her and hence the glaring inconsistencies in his conduct heart still was his, who had basely spurned the purest, passed off unnoticed by her—gave full credence to ev- strongest affection. Her determination was fixed, and ery tale he told. Sometimes, an unexpected circum- she awaited the issue of his trial. stance connected with business was feigned, to call him The morning of the day arrived—the case was opento the country, in one direction, sometimes in another;|| ed-his marriage with Olivia was proved. It only reon such occasions, she displayed all the tender affection mained to substantiate his second marriage to make out of a wife, by hastening, with an assiduity which few a case of bigamy. To the “glorious uncertainty of could have surpassed, to prepare for his departure; and the law," however, he was indebted for a verdict, then, with her own hands, packed his portmanteau, lest which, although in his favor in reference to his freeany comfort should be forgotten-with all the devotion dom, removed not from his character the blot with of a young lover, she bade him adieu, while he hasted which it was stained. The marriage, indeed, was to the scenes which he loved, and such as I forbear to clearly proved, as far as the ceremony went; but that mention.

was rendered invalid by the omission of one of the Once already had the profligacy of Marcus Freeport lady's given names, and he was discharged. Even yet, involved him in embarrassment. The marriage por- with the fondness of a wife who deserved a better hustion of Olivia was expended, and additional help was band, Olivia loved him; and, on the day of his acquitindispensable; for, without it, publicity would be given tal, waited for him at the door of his prison, and, reto the state of his affairs. In this dilemma, the confi-ceiving him to her bosom, conveyed him, in a carriage ding, devoted wife, believing that misfortune, as stated she had prepared for the purpose, to their habitation. by her husband, was the cause, so represented the case The wound, however, which such infamy had into her pious father, and he, relying on the statement offlicted upon the peace of the aged Mr. Goodall, bowed his beloved child, promptly remitted the sum required. him down to the earth. “I have," he replied to a This affair had passed away, when, one fine evening, friend who paid him a visit shortly after, “I have been Olivia was sitting with her beloved Marcus, as she poorly sometime, and this last affair has been the breakfondly called her husband; the children were gambol-ing up of my constitution.” He continued for a while ing around them, and happiness once again seemed en- to perform the duties of his office; but, at length the tering their habitation. Indeed, the kind-hearted Olivia village bell, which had for so long a period called his always felt happy when Marcus was with her. She flock to receive the word at his lips, summoned the was now gazing on him in a rapture of affection, when weeping villagers to follow to the grave the remains of a gentleman was announced, inquiring for Mr. Free-their faithful and beloved minister. Olivia, too, like port; the servant was desired to introduce him; he en some scathed flower beat down beneath a desolating tered, and, after a brief apology for his intrusion, ex-storm before its beauty had declined, sunk under the hibited a writ, by virtue of which he claimed Mr. Mar- loss of her venerable parent, and the continued uncus Freeport for his prisoner. Olivia shrieked, sprang kindness of her husband, whom still she loved with the with a convulsive bound to the side of her husband, as unabated ardor of strong affection, and whose crimes if to protect him, and fainted at his feet. Returning she still sought to hide from popular observation. consciousness presented her affrighted children weep As the heavy hand of death pressed upon her heart, ing over her, who, with the servant, alone remained. and the feeble pulse of life beat slower and yet more Her husband was immured within the strong walls of slow, she prayed for him; and while her redeemed spira prison.

it passed gently away, and the whispered farewell" During one of the days which her husband had de- issued from her lips, her closing eye gazed fondly on voted to pleasure, he journeyed with a female of fashim; and even in death, the placid smile which sat cinating appearance. The appearance of Mr. Freeport upon her face, seemed to express what she had, duwas perfectly gentlemanly. Struck with the beauty ring life, so powerfully displayed--ENDURING AFFECand accomplishments of his fair companion, he resolved' tion!

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ELEGY TO MOUNT ZION. powerful charms. It is they who mourn thy desola(FROM THE HEBREW.)

tion—who melt into tears at thine affliction. Even FORGETTEST thou, O Zion! thy children, who now from the confinement of the gloomy cavern their heart languish in chains of slavery? the remnant of that in- longs after thee; and when they bow the knee in denocent flock who once fed in thy peaceful vallies? | votion before God, their head is inclined toward thy Dost thou not receive the salutations with which they gates. O thrice blessed mount!--can Schinkor* and still hail thee on all sides, now that their oppressor has | Patrus,t with their proud greatness, approach thee? scattered them? The salutation of a slave still hoping, Shall I compare their profane oracles with thy Urim and even in chains; the tears of whose weeping roll downThummim? Can they produce anointed heroes ?like drops of nightly dew on Hermon; who would yet can they prophets ? -can they Levites and holy minbe contented could his flood of tears only moisten thy strels? O the riches of idolatry are transient, and pass neglected hill. 0! his hope sinks not yet; for though, | away like smoke-thy splendor only continues for ever now that I bewail thine affliction, I am like the nightly and ever; for the Lord hath chosen thee for his dwelowl; yet, if I dream of thy redemption, my joyous soul ling place! Blessed is the man who now tarries, and is as the harp of the joyful songs of Bethel. O, these then shall behold with shouting thy light arise--for thy recollections break my heart !—thy sanctuary !-thine morning breaks on him—for he sees the joys of the. undesecrated hills! where the majesty of God visibly cheerful youths, and thine own also, since thou again showed itself—where the azure gates of heaven never becomest young!

G. F. R. closed—where the splendor of the God of glory shone; and sun, moon, and stars, were extinguished. O could I there pour out my anxious heart, where the Spirit of

Original. God once poured out itself on the youths of Israel! A GRAMMATICAL LUCUBRATION. O blessed place! which, too holy for earthly thrones, “Man," grammatically rendered, is a noun substanwas sanctified only to the throne of the glory of God! tive; but that is his name merely-efficiently speaking, Alas! now have desperate wretches desecrated thy we know he is a verb; for his vocation is to be, to do, sanctuary. O could my soul, in sorrowful silence, lone- and to suffer. And all his modifications will accord ly hover there, where God reveals himself to his proph- with these in their variety. The man uctive, besides ets! Were I provided with swift wings, how far individual function, passes over and governs, even in would I soar away, and bear my grief-pierced heart | “objective cases;” and as agent in one or other capaciamong the ruins of thy palaces. There would I sinkty, he fills the whole scope of performances, and efon thine earth, cling fast to thy stones, and ardently | fects all that is effected in this world of ours—God bless thy dust. Could I raise myself up on the graves ruling it, and overruling to those happenings and issues of my moldering parents;-here, despairing, gaze on which unallied man were too short-sighted or too vain Hebron, the most splendid of graves; and there, look to foresee or to control. towards yonder mount, which is covered with the tombs Man, the verb passive, with intelligence and heartof the greatest lights of the earth-thy teachers. 0 with limbs, muscles, and sinews—and especially with

then would I prefer the air of thy land to the ether instruction, is still more faulty than the former. His - which the spirits breathe; thy dust would be more pre- impulses to good often denied—his power of activity cious to me than spices, and thy rivers sweeter than neglected and disused. Requiring all, and rendering streams of honey! With what delight would I, naked || nought, he hides his talent under a bushel-he rusts in and disfigured, seek the desert where thy palaces have sloth—he succumbs to the reaction of his own system, shone-where the earth hath opened to receive the ark and is finally lapsed into a moral, mental, spiritual nonof thy covenant, and thy holy of holies, in its dark entity-his physical still cumbering the earth. womb, that no profligate might profane them. Then And the verb neuter, as appertaining to certain some, would I strew the ornaments of my head on thy graves; is still more disgraceful than the latter, (seeming to imand every imprecation with which I could load the day ply power without ability, means without spirit, fullthou wert profaned, would be a wild satisfaction to my | ness without liberality.) The imbecile is paralyzed by despair. For a wild satisfaction only can I feel in my selfishness and besotted by ease-repressing the exercise desperation; every breath of air is worthless to me so of volition, action, and free agency. He is neither long as I see lions torn by dogs; thy princes by slaves. alive to patriotism, nor sensible to genius, nor accessiI dread the light of day, which shows me horrible ima- ble to want, nor “an entertainer of the Spirit;" and ges, and exhibits ravens who tear thy sacred corses in denying at once his body, his mind, his heart, and his the air. Alas! thou mixest the cup of sorrows. soul, he is indeed not a “being," but only “a state of

Stay! Already thy bitter draught is full. Only a || being." little respite. I will first feel all my sorrows again. I The world itself, we should say, were by eminence will think of Ohla—I will think of Ohliba—then do the noun substantive, being indeed of substance, yet thou pour out the rest upon me!

subject to many modifications, to continual fluctuation, Cheer thee, crown of beauty! Awake, O Zion! | now nominating its verb, and now (in portions) the think of the love, think of the innocence which attracted the hearts of the maidens, thy play-fellows, with

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object of it--the noun of multitude having more influ-|| 7. I will most carefully avoid any intrusion upon the ence, in most cases, than the noun singular can have; privilege, property, or attention of others, however small and it may at convenience be made to agree with the that intrusion may seem to be. And I will as carefully one or the many, as the case may be.

pay a penny as a pound, a cent as a dollar. No “ lit. And what is the pronoun? The poor slave is the tleness" shall enter into any arrangement for pecuniary pronoun, “standing for a noun," but not a noun- convenience; but I will be as careful to save another's not for himself, but for another-for whom (taking trouble as my own; and I will as readily save a dollar him also to our verb list) he is made to be “active, pas- for another as for myself. sive, neuter!"

8. My subjects for conversation shall be carefully And the adjective ? -—is the parasite—the “humble," selected, and then carefully pursued by good language, “obedient,” « devoted,” “ most grateful” adjunct—nev-to the entire exclusion of the by-word, vulgar style. er a principal.

I will make no unfavorable remarks on character or The adverb is the word of ways and means, of mea-performances, unless strict justice require it. I will sures and times, and allies itself necessarily with all mat- also refrain from making communications received from ters, small and great, being itself but the media thereof.others, or through other medium, unless called for by

The participle, a word of retrospective mood, shows connection with other remarks. I will seek that “holy us what is past, sometimes also being perfectedsome carefulness” may characterize all my words, and a times in the compound of the perfect-even unto the sense of the all-pervading Presence be apparent. salvation of such as will, Christ having died for all. 9. For neglect I will return attention; for rough,

The conjunction is a necessity of nature in all its careless words, I will return mild, careful ones; for particles, and of established consequence. Without it, rudeness of any kind I will return politeness; that re“chaos were come again.”

taliation may enter into none of my ways in any form. Prepositions seem to us more like legal quiddities | Let me never violate that courtesy which springs from than like any better thing-chiefly the from and the to a mild and gentle heart. of transfer-by the lawyer.

10. Complaining, of all kinds and degrees, whether And the interjection ?-—is nature's pathos—of all or- of circumstances or treatment, or corporeal suffering, ganized being, as of humanity-the ocean's sob and shall be for ever excluded from my lips, that the spirit sough-the sigh or the imprecation of the air—the of the Lamb may brood over me. throe of the earthquake—the fire percussionmall, all 11. I will always cultivate what may be termed a with the sadder and deeper 0!'s and Ah!'s of human holy independence; having but one course as to my dissolution! These are interjections.

duty, whether it be hard or easy, and whether others The a and the the, our soul then, with spontaneous perform their part or not; discarding all omission and reverence knows, as its ultimate and its only—the "be- || procrastination induced by desire. ginner and the finisher"-its all in all-the one.

12. A remembrance of the worth of time shall be C. M. B.

kept prominent in mind. I will endeavor to redeem time by early retiring and early rising, and well-timed

exercises. GENERAL RULES FOR LIVING. 13. Believing that action and reaction operate through

1. Religion, devotion to God, shall be the absorb- the mind and manners of the creature, my cultivation ing element. In it I will live and move; and to it make shall include external with internal. Therefore, tone all other things subserve.

of voice, expression of countenance, gestures, &c., shall 2. In all duties, temporal and spiritual, arrangement be taken into the account; and in all these, graceful. shall be observed; order, time, and place. Punctuality, ness, delicacy, and a sense of self-respect shall be promptness, and energy shall never be forgotten. sought; meantime, respect, honor, and reverence se

3. My deportment to all persons, strangers or famil-cured to others. This must discard all abrupt speak. iars, shall, as far as in me lies, bespeak deliberation, ing, careless replies, inattention to remarks, and the gentleness, politeness; a sincere solicitude for their rudeness of monopoly. convenience and good; and forbearance that cannot be 14. I will pay special attention to the aged, and to exhausted.

children; seeking opportunities to comfort and rever. 4. To strangers, and persons in oppressive circum-ence the former, and instruct the latter. And for the stances, my expressions of sympathy and benevolence neglect of this rule of my life, more than all others, I shall be particularly given. (God grant to teach me will seek no apology in depression of animal spirits, fathe art of cheering desponding hearts!)

tigue, or any similar thing. 5. Diligence, frugality, and neatness shall character 15. I will always be careful not to let my feelings ize whatever comes under my hand or practice. What-|| rise above their subordinate place, by giving too full ever I do, shall be done with dispatch, but not with outward expression or internal consent. I will never hurry.

give myself up to the control of emotion, in any case. 6. Health shall be studied in dress, room, and diet. 16. I will, by all means, keep a well-sustained exTemperance shall be observed in food, both in quantity | pectation of perpetual improvement ; my watch-word and quality.

being, Cultivation.Guide to Christian Perfection.

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The wrongs of children are a copious subject for re- revelation both join in reprobating this, as destructive mark and complaint. Why we should think ourselves | of human happiness, and proceeding from a viciousexonerated from a regard to the common laws of justi ness of heart.-Bicheno on Criminal Jurisprudence, and humanity, in our treatment of beings so fitted to p. 103. excite every feeling of tenderness and consideration, If, then, our only end is reformation, the question of would be inexplicable, if it were not explained by the every enlightened and humane person must be, With general tendency of unlimited power to mislead the un- how little suffering can this child be led to a sense of derstanding and harden the heart. The system of pun his fault, and consequent alteration of conduct? I an. ishment, still persevered in at our great public schools, swer, Through the medium of the understanding and ought to excite the indignation of all enlightened and the heart; for we must inform the mind and affect the Christian parents; but at present I shall confine my-feelings, if we would lead a rational creature from erself to a few hints on the discipline of charity schools.ror into the paths of virtue: when we do not attempt Some degree of experience has confirmed me in the this, our labor must be useless, and worse than useless; opinion, that love, and not fear, is the most effectual in- and we shall prove ourselves insufficient for the task citement to goodness in a child's mind:-fear, perhaps,undertaken. The impenitence of the culprit arises must be resorted to in peculiar and very inveterate ca- either from our ignorance of the human mind, or, as is ses, and it is necessary to preserve a strict sense of sub- still oftener the case, our want of temper and Christian ordination, which may be called fear; but every child, charity. The heart lies open to kindness, but closes at who is kindly and rationally treated, easily perceives the appearance of hostility. By the crude efforts of that his welfare is promoted by our control over him, harsh authority, we shall never gain admittance there: and that his obedience is a source of improvement and we may perhaps constrain outward propriety of conhappiness. Now, when that required obedience is em- duct, but there will be no real reformation, no attainbittered by a harsh manner and by severe words, when ment of the proper end of punishment. we evidently exercise our power in anger and resent It would be impracticable, and likewise unnecessary, ment, and apparently to gratify our own revengeful to mention different modes of treatment adapted to the feelings, the culprit, instead of being led to the consid- variety of mental maladies that offer themselves in a eration of his own fault, has some of his worst passions | large school: only let the law of love reign in our own roused, to repel and resist our unkindness. We ought heart, and influence our own conduct, and the particunot to become the enemy of those we find it necessary | lar mode of correction is comparatively unimportant, to punish: if we are Christians, we shall understand when regulated by a benevolent and merciful disposithis; for does not Jesus Christ command us to forgive tion, and constantly accompanied by an impressive and our erring brethren “even until seventy times seven.” | affectionate appeal to the mind and heart of the child. Let us not think that our conduct to little children | Explain to him, in familiar language, that punishment ought not to be regulated by the same heavenly precepts is in reality for his benefit, and that you inflict it, not of mercy and of truth.

because you are in anger with him, but because you God has made no mental distinctions in regard to love him too well to allow him to be wicked; and never rank and station: the child of the meanest peasant forget to represent the offense as chiefly against his heavranks as high, in an intellectual, moral, and religious enly Father, and that there he must principally look for view, as the son of a prince. The gift of immortality, mercy and forgiveness. the belief of an all-wise and merciful Providence, is of Let us not remain so unimbued with the spirit of the same value to both. “Take heed that ye despise Christianity, so ignorant of the human mind, and so not one of these little ones,” is the benignant language bent on the infliction of unnecessary pain, as to perseof our Savior. The influence of fear is often had re vere in a course of harsh and unfeeling discipline, when course to from ignorance of the human mind, as well as the word of God, and the most enlightened views of from neglect of the divine law of love. The only le- the nature of man, concur in recommending a comgitimate end of punishment is defined, by some intelli- pletely different mode of treatment. The source of all gent writers of the present day, to be the reformation good and evil is in the heart; and there we must apply, of the offender; and retribution is excluded, and even if we would eradicate the weeds of vice, and bring into exemplary punishment, as tending to much evil and in- | life and beauty those latent seeds of virtue, which may justice. It may confidently be asserted, that punish- be destined, by the blessing of Heaven on our well-diment, taken as the retribution of moral guilt, can be rected exertions, to blossom in a happier and more consafely employed only by the supreme Arbiter of the genial clime.- London Imperial Magazine. world; and that, when fallible men take upon themselves the right of employing it, as the means of resentment, it is liable to the most terrible abuse, and will

HE AVEN. equitably be returned upon them as the reward of their O, see those fair celestial heights, own guilt. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he How bright they shine, how glorious glow, also reap.” In human hands, it is a mode of aven They shine, O, ye who act aright, ging our cause, which cannot be distinguished from the They glow, O Christians, but for you!

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