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ing indulged in every foolish wish of her heart; had her time been occupied in cultivating and improving her mind, and in acquiring those arts and accomplishments which were suitable and useful to her station, instead of employing her whole attention in the study of personal graces, and outward show,-had these lessons of useful import been early and steadfastly imprinted on her mind, perhaps the affectionate mother would have lived to rejoice in the felicity of her child; the unhappy father had not wept in anguish over the untimely death of his wretched daughter; and her hands might have closed, with filial piety and tenderness, their aged eyes.

GIVE ear, fair daughter of love, to the instructions of prudence, and let the precepts of truth sink deep in thy heart; so shall the charms of thy mind add lustre to the elegance of thy form; and thy beauty, like the rose it resembleth, shall retain its sweetness when its bloom is withered.

In the spring of thy youth, in the morning of thy days, when the eyes of men gaze on thee with delight, ah! hear with caution their

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.


"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 unsettled; 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.

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