« PreviousContinue »
I know in such a world as this
- TORU DUTT.
Sin and sorrow cannot long be separated.
Who swims in sin, shall sink in sorrow.
None sees us, say the sinful in their hearts;
Man, wretched man, whene'er he stoops to sin,
* From Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan. + From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.
Manlike is it to fall into sin,
Augustine says there are four stages between the first approach of temptation and its fruition in sin ; and these stages he represents by four Latin words. The first is “Imago,” that is when the unholy thought enters the mind through eyegate or through ear-gate ; the second is “Cogitatio," when one thinks of what is unholy; the third is “ Debetatio," when one delights in that which is wrong; and the fourth is “ Assentio ” when one consents to it. The fourth stage is the actual commission of sin. Some try to arrest
to arrest their
their downward course between delighting in and agreeing to that which is unholy; this is most hazardous, for the step is almost inevitably sure to be taken ; others try to stop between thinking about that which is evil and delighting in it; this also is hazardous. The only safe course the moment the image is presented, when should turn instantly to the Saviour for help.
-ROBERT P. WILDER,
is to stop
There are diverse circumstances which increase and heighten the sin. Of this sort there are many; as first when we sin against knowledge ! that is, when we certainly know such a thing to be sin, yet
thing to be sin, yet for the present pleasure or profit (or 'whatever other motive ) adventure on it. Secondly when we sin with deliberation ; that is when we do not fall into it of a sudden, ere we are aware, but have time to consider of it: this is another degree of the sin. But thirdly, .a yet higher is, when
we do it against the resistances and checks of our own conscience; when that at the time tells us, This thing thou ought not to do ; nay lays before us the danger as well as the sin of it; yet in spite of these admonitions of conscience, we go on and commit the sin. A fourth aggravation of the sin is when it hath been often repeated, for then there is not only the guilt of so many more acts but every act grows also so much worse and more inexcusable. Fifthly the sins which have been committed after vows and resolutions of amendment, are yet more grievous ; for that contains also the breaking of those promises. Sixthly, a yet higher step is, when a sin hath been so often coinmitted that we are come to a custom and habit of it.
“ THE WHOLE DUTY OF Man."
The body sins not, 'tis the will,
O thou that sitt'st in heaven, and see'st
My deeds without, my thoughts within,
Command my soul, and cure my sin :
Lord! who art merciful as well as just,
Alas! but what I can.
Accept my sacrifice and humble prayer, Four things which are not in thy treasury, I lay before thee, Lord, with this petition :
My nothingness, my wants,
SOUTHEY 139. SLANDER.
Ill fares that neighbourhood, where sland'rers meet
No, 'tis slander,
The slanderer's tongue is a devouring fire which tarnishes whatever it touches; which exercises its fury on the good grain as on the chaff, on the sacred as on the profane, and which wherever it passes, leaves the marks of desolation and ruin.
The other more close and private way of spreading such reports, is that of the whisperer; he that goes about from one to another; and privately vents his slanders, not out of an intent by that means to make them less public, but rather more; this trick of delivering them by way of secret, being the way to make them both more believed, and more spoken of too; for he that receives such a tale
secret from any one, thinks to please somebody else by delivering it secret to him him also, and so
it passes from one hand to another, till at last it spreads over a wholo
* From Bevick's Select Fables.