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in rearing it; Moses embraced every occasion of paying attention to it.
He was now never out of humour with his comrades,* and still less with himself; for he applied cheerfully to work ; and, in autumn, he had the pleasure of seeing his tree fully answer his hopes. Thus he had the double advantage of enriching himself with a splendid crop of fruit, and, at the same time, of subduing the vicious habits he had contracted.
His father was so well pleased with this change, that, the following year, he divided the produce of a small orchard between him and his brother.
I REALLY know nothing more criminal, more mean, ana more ridiculous, than lying. It is the production either of malice, cowardice, or vanity; and generally misses of its aim in every one of these views; for lies are always detected sooner or later. If I tell a malicious lie, in order to affect any man's fortune or character, I may indeed injure him for some time; but I shall be sure to be the greatest sufferer at last: for, as soon as I am detected, (and detected I most certainly shall be,) I am blasted for the infamous attempt; and whatever is said afterwards to the disadvantage of that person, however true, passes for calumny.
If I lie, or equivocate, (for it is the same thing,) in order to excuse myself for something that I have said or done, and to avoid the danger or the shame that I apprehend from it, I discover, at once, my fear, as well as my falsehood; and only increase, instead of avoiding, the danger and the shame;
I show myself to be the lowest and meanest of mankind, and am sure to be always treated as such. Fear, instead of avoiding, invites danger; for concealed cowards will insult known ones. If one has had the misfortune to be in the wrong, there is something noble in frankly owning it; it is the only way of atoning for it, and the only way of being forgiven.
Equivocating, evading, shuffling, in order to remove a present danger or inconveniency, is something so mean, and betrays so much fear, that whoever practises them always. deserves to be, and often will be, kicked. There is another sort of lies, inoffensive enough in themselves, but wonderfully ridiculous: I mean those lies which a mistaken vanity suggests, that defeat the very end for which they are calculated, and terminate in the humiliation and confusion of their author, who is sure to be detected. These are chiefly narrative and historical lies, all intended to do infinite ho nour to their author.
* Pron. cum'-rådes.
He is always the hero of his own romances; he has been in dangers, from which nobody but himself ever escaped; he has seen with his own eyes whatever other people have heard or read of; and has ridden more miles post in one day, than ever courier went in two. He is soon discovered, and as soon becomes the object of universal contempt and ridicule.
Remember, then, as long as you live, that nothing but strict truth can carry you through the world, with either your conscience or your honour unwounded. It is not only your duty, but your interest: as a proof of which, you may always observe, that the greatest fools are the greatest liars. For my own part, I judge, by every man's truth, of his degree of understanding.
Portrait of a Patriarch.-ADDISON. I CANNOT forbear making an extract of several passages, which I have always read with great delight, in the book of Job. It is the account, which that holy man gives, of his behaviour in the days of his prosperity, and, if considered only as a human composition, is a finer picture of a charitable and good-natured man than is to be met with in any other author.
“Oh that I were as in months past, as in the days when God preserved me; when his candle shined upon my head, and when, by his light, I walked through darkness; when the Almighty was yet with me; when my children were about me; when I washed my steps with butter, and the rock poured out rivers of oil.
" When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me; because I delivered
the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; and I caused the widow's heart to sing for joy. I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame; I was a father to the poor; and the cause which I knew not I searched out.
“ Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? Was not my soul grieved for the poor? Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity. If I did despise the cause of my man-servant or of my maid-servant, when they contended with me, what then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me make him also ?
• If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail, or have eaten my morsel myself alone, and the fatherless hath not eaten thereof; if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or any poor without covering; if his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep; if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, when I saw my help in the gate; then let mine arm fall from
shoulder-blade, and mine arm be broken from the bone.
“ I rejoiced not at the destruction of him that hated me, nor lifted up myself when evil found him ; neither have I suffered my mouth to sin, by wishing a curse to his soul. The stranger did not lodge in the street; but I opened my doors to the traveller. If my land cry against me, or the furrows thereof complain; if I have eaten the fruits thereof without money, or have caused the owners thereof to lose their life ; let' thistles grow instead of wheat, and cockles instead of barley."
An uncharitable Spirit rebuked.-RABBINICAL.
And it came to pass, after these things, that Abraham sat in the door of his tent, about the going down of the sun. And behold, a man, bent with age, came from the way
of the wilderness, leaning on a staff!, And Abraham arose, and met him, and said unto him, “ Turn in, I pray
thee, and wash thy feet, and tarry all night; and thou shalt arise early in the morning, and go on thy way.” And the man said, “ Nay; for I will abide under this tree."
But Abraham pressed him greatly: so he turned, and they went into the tent: and Abraham baked unleavened bread, and they did eat. And when Abraham saw that the man blessed not God, he said unto him, “Wherefore dost thou not worship the most high God, Creator of heaven and earth ?" And the man answered, and said, “I do not wor. ship thy God, neither do I call upon his name; for I have made to myself a god, which abideth always in my house, and provideth me with all things."
And Abraham's zeal was kindled against the man, and he arose, and fell upon him, and drove him forth, with blows, into the wilderness. And God called unto Abraham, saying, “Abraham, where is the stranger ?" And Abraham answered, and said, “ Lord, he would not worship thee, neither would he call upon thy name; therefore have I driven him out from before my face into the wilderness."
And God said, “Have I borne with him these hundred and ninety and eight years, and nourished him, and clothed him, notwithstanding his rebellion against me; and couldst not thon, who art thyself a sinner, bear with him one night ?"
Paraphrase of the Nineteenth Psalm. -ADDISON.
The spacious firmament on high,
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
* Pron. běrth.
Whilst all the stars, that round her burn,
What though, in solemn silence, all Move round this dark terrestrial ball! What though nor real voice, nor sound. Amid their radiant orbs be found ! In reason's ear they all rejoice, • And utter forth a glorious voice, For ever singing, as they shine, “The Hand that made us is Divine.”
in sleep's serene oblivion laid,
I've safely passed the silent night; Again I see the breaking shade,
Again behold the morning light. New-born, I bless the waking hour;
Once more, with awe, rejoice to be ; My conscious soul resumes her power,
And soars, my guardian God, to thee. O guide me through the various maze
My doubtful feet are doomed to tread; And spread thy shield's protecting blaze
Where dangers press around my head
A deeper shade shall soon impend
A deeper sleep mine eyes oppress : Yet then thy strength shall still defend ;
Thy goodness still delight to bless. That deeper shade shall break away;
That deeper sleep shall leave mine eyes Thy light shall give eternal day;
Thy love, the rapture of the skies.