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Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
-“ BIBLE-PSALM 34."
But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord ; He is their strength in the time of trouble.
Whoso worketh righteousness, whether he be male or female, and is a true believer, we will surely raise him to a happy life; and we will give them their reward, according to the utmost merit of their actions.
-"KORAN, CHAPTER 16."*
The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.
The heart of the righteous studieth to answer ; but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
Rectitude is the means of pleasing God.
Be peace thy aim, that peace of heart and mind,
* Translated by Sale. + Translated by Platts.
Brief is our sojourn here; the baughtiest head
Always be righteous.
The man of life upright,
The man whose silent days
That man needs neither towers
He only can behold
Thus scorning all the cares
Good thoughts his only friends,
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE
If it be good for man daily to see and to feast upon objects of great beauty in art and nature, surely the contemplation of a character at once so great and so beautiful as that of the Prince Consort, should be a sublime and touching lesson to our countrymen.
Of the many virtues that distinguished the Prince, two deserve special mention ; for they were conspicuous, even in his boyhood, winning for him the love and respect of all. Growing with his growth, these virtues gained strength with years, till they formed, as it were, part of his very religion. One was, his eager desire to do good, and to assist others; the other, the grateful feeling which never allowed him to forget an act of kindness, however trifling, to himself.
He gave an early instance of the former quality, when only six years of age, in the eagerness with
, which he made a collection for a poor man
in Wolfsbach (a small village close to the Rosenau), whose cottage he had seen burnt to the ground. He never rested till a sufficient
had been collected to build the
man's cottage. How many more substantial proofs has he given of the same virtue since he grew up! particularly in the numerous benevolent institutions founded by him in his native home!
These two qualities of heart won for him the affec
tion of all; and to them more particularly may be ascribed that peculiar charm which fascinated all who knew our beloved master : awakening those feelings of love, admiration, and respect which attended him from the cradle to his premature grave.
On the death of her uncle William IV in the year 1837, Princess Victoria became the Queen of the British Empire, to the universal rejoicings and entire satisfaction of the English people. When the news of this event reached the Prince, who was then a student at Bonn, he wrote her a magnanimous letter of congratulation, rejoicing with a personal delight over her altered position, little dreaming that he would, ere three summers had rolled over his head, share her fortunes for life. Having pointed out Her heavy responsibility, “May Heaven," he said, “ assist you and strengthen you with his strength in that high but difficult task; I hope that your reign may be long, happy, and glorious, and that
be rewarded by the thankfulness and love of your subjects.” These hearty wishes so nobly uttered have indeed been verified; and he himself, in the inscrutable decrees of Providence, largely contributed to those glorious and happy results, which have shed such lustre to the reign of our beloved Queen.t
The Prince's character, (remarks a reviewer of Memoirs of the Prince) as he grew into manhood, un
* From a memorandum by the old tutor of the Prince : from “ The early years of H. R. A. The Prince Consort" by Lieut.-General The Hon. C. Grey.
+ From Life and Character of Prince Albert--a Lecture by Gosto Behary Mullick.