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mend a literary man, already jaded with mental work, to adopt as his means of recreation some sedentary form of amusement; while it would be no less absurd to recommend a working man already fatigued with bodily toil, to regale himself with athletics. And, in lower degrees, the kind and amount of recreation, which it would be wise to recommend must differ with different individuals in the same class of society according to their age, sex, temperament, pursuits and previous habits of life. *
Sweet recreation barrd, what doth ensue,
• From Essays by Romancs.
I envy not the proud their wealth,
Their equipage and state ;
I ask not to be great.
I in this sweet retirement find
A joy unknown to kings;
Seem vain and empty things.
Great Cincinnatus at his plough,
With brighter lustre shone,
Though seated on a throne.
Tumultuous days and restless nights,
Ambition ever knows;
Of study and repose.
Keep me, ye powers divine ;
Man should never be solitary, though alone.
Retirement is a prison to the fool, but a paradise to the wise.
* From Aikin's Collections of Songs by R. H. Evans.
0! lost to virtue, lost to manly though t, Lost to the noble sallies of the soul ! Who think it solitude, to be alone. Communion sweet! Communion large and high, Our reason, guardian angel, and our God ! Then nearest these, when others most remote ; And all, ere long, shall be remote, but these. How dreadful, then, to meet them all alone, A stranger! unacknowledg'd I unapprov'd ! Now woo them; wed them; bind them to thy breast; To win thy wish, creation has no more.
Giving no pain to any creatures, let him slowly build up righteousness like white ants their hill, that it be to him a companion in the world beyond.
Hear thou a summary of righteousness,
This is the sum of all true righteousness-
Righteousness exalteth a nation : but sin is a reproach to any people.
Blessed are they which do bunger and thirst after righteousness : for they shall be filled.
-"BIBLE-ST. MATTHEW 5."
* From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall : but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
“ BIBLE-PROVERBS 11.”
In the house of the righteous is much treasure : but in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
A little that a righteous man hath is better than the riches of many wicked.
-“ BIBLE-PROVERBS 37."
Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower : the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous : and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Aye me how many perils doe enfold
The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.