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135. THE SICK MAN AND THE ANGEL.

(A FABLE).
Is there no hope ? the Sick Man said ;
The silent doctor shook his head,
And took his leave with signs of sorrow,
Despairing of his fee to-morrow.

When thus the man, with gasping breath;
I feel the chilling wound of death.
Since I must bid the world adieu,
Let me my former life review.
I grant my bargains were well made,
But all men overreach in trade ;
'Tis self-defence in each profession ;
Sure self-defence is no transgression.
The little portion in my hands,
By good security on lands,
Is well increas'd. If, unawares,
My justice to myself and heirs
Hath let my debtor rot in jail,
For want of good sufficient bail :
If I by writ, or bond or deed,
Reduc'd a family to need,
My will hath made the world amends ;
My hope on charity depends.
When I am number'd with the dead,
And all my pious gifts are read,
By heaven and earth 'twill then be known,
My charities were amply shown.

An Angel came. Ah friend! he cried,
No more in flatt'ring hope confide,

Can thy good deeds in former times
Outweigh the balance of thy crimes ?
What widow or what orphan prays
To crown thy life with length of days ?
A pious action 's in thy pow'r,
Embrace with joy, the happy hour.
Now, while you draw the vital air,
Prove your intention is sincere.
This instant give a hundred pound :
Your neighbours want, and you abound.

But why such haste ? the sick man whines;
Who knows as yet what heaven designs ?
Perhaps I may recover still ;
That sum and more are in

my

will.
Fool! says the vision, now 'tis plain,
Your life, your soul, your heaven was gain.
From ev'ry side, with all your might,
You scrap'd, and scrap'd beyond your right;
And after death would fain atone,
By giving what is not your own.

While there is life, there's hope, he cried ;
Then why such haste ? so groan’d and died.

-GAY.

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FOR THE SIKHS.

136. FOR THE SIKHS.

The Sikh religion was founded by Bâbâ Nânak, who was the first of a series of ten Gurus or Spiritual teachers, viz.

1. Bâbâ Nânak, A.D. 1469-1538.
2. Guru Angad,

1538-1552.
3. Guru Amardas, 1552-1574.
4. Guru Râmdâs,

1574-1581. 5. Guru Arjan,

1581-1606. 6. Guru Hargobind,

1606-1645. 7. Guru Har Râi, 1645-1661. 8. Guru Har Kishn, 1661-1664. 9. Guru Tegh Bahadur, 1664-1675. 10. Guru Gobind Singh, 1675–1708:*

GURU NÂNAK, THE FOUNDER OF SIKHISM. When Nânak had passed his twelfth year, and did not give up his habits of sitting alone, and of eating abstemiously, his parents felt very anxious about him. One day his father approached and tried to persuade him to give up his habits.

“My son," he said, "people say you have gone mad, and some say you are an idle slovenly fellow. I can bear the taunts of these people no longer. I wish you would go and look after my fields; you will enjoy your walks and dispel the idea of the

From Guide to the Golden Temple by Sirdar Sundar Singh Ramgarhia.

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