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alluring words; guard well thy heart, nor listen to their soft persuasions.
Who is she that winneth the heart of man, that subdueth him to love, that reigneth in his breast? Lo! yonder she walketh in maiden sweetness, with innocence in her mind, and modesty in her cheek.
Her hand seeketh employment; her foot delighteth not in gadding abroad.
She is clothed with neatness; she is fed with temperance; humility and meekness are as a crown of glory circling her head.
On her tongue dwelleth music; the sweetness of honey floweth from her lips.
Decency is in all her words; in her answers are mildness and truth.
Filial obedience and submission are the lesson of her life; and peace and happiness are her reward. Before her steps walketh prudence; and virtue attendeth at her right hand.
Her eye speaketh softness and love; but Discretion, with a sceptre, sitteth on her brow. The tongue of the licentious is dumb in her presence; the awe of her virtue keepeth him silent. When Scandal is busy, and the fame of her neighbour is tossed from tongue to tongue, if charity or good nature open not her mouth, the finger of Silence resteth on her lip.
Her breast is the mansion of goodness; and therefore she suspecteth no evil in others.
Happy were the man that shall make her his wife; happy the child that shall call her mother.
Vide Economy of Human Life.
THE FRIENDLY FARMER.
"HAPPY is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. Length of days is in her right hand, and, in her left, riches and honour: her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. But his own iniquities shall take the wicked himself, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sins, and die without instruction, and in the greatness of his folly shall he go astray." These are the proverbs of Solomon, the son of David, king of Israel; and their truth is constantly confirmed in the history of man.
George Scot was the fourth son of a farmer of the middle class, in the south of Scotland. William Irving was the only son of another small farmer in the same neighbourhood, who, by his industry, had brought himself into easy circumstances. These two young men were companions from an early period of life, and went together to the same school. But they were very different in their dispositions. George
was a boy of rather quick parts. He could easily acquire whatever he applied his mind to; but he was fond of all rambling diversions, to climb a high tree, to reach a crow's nest, to swim a river when full to its banks, and such other adventurous things as these, were his great delight. There was one diversion to which, at an early period of life, he became much attached, viz. the detestable practice of cock-fighting. He could dress a cock with great dexterity; and in the pit he was the first and most active to see justice done.
William, on the other hand, was a boy of rather slow parts, but he was blessed with the virtues of patience and perseverance: whatever he applied his mind to he never gave up till he became master of it, and afterwards never forgot it. He refused to join his companion in what he called his out-of-the-way diversions, and spent his leisure hours in reading some curious history, or in attempting some mechanical work with his penknife.
Such were these two young men when at school; the former quick, but rambling and un settled; the latter slow, but solid and persevering. When they had finished the usual education suited to their station and views, they
were separated to learn some useful business.
George was bound an apprentice to a mason in a neighbouring town. William was sent to a distant relation, an extensive farmer in Northumberland, a widower, to learn the principles of agriculture.
George, in his new situation, still discovered the same dispositions. He was soon able to acquire a knowledge of the business, and, in many respects, in a short time excelled his master; but his former habits remained with him. He was the first in every wanton frolic, and used to spend every penny which he received from his father, or in presents from his master, in his old practice of cock-fighting and gambling. But notwithstanding this, he finished his apprenticeship much to the satisfaction of his master; and when free, he set off to Manchester to push his fortune. Here we are to leave him for some time, and attach ourselves to William, who had begun farming with his relation in Northumberland.
Patient and persevering, William applied himself with unremitting assiduity to gain a knowledge of farming, and to please his friend. If he happened to walk in the fields he would pick up the different kinds of grass, and on his return home would endeavour to find out their names from his Botanical Magazine, and in what