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And at night may repose steal upon me.more sweetly
By the sound of a murmuring rill:
And while peace and plenty I find at my board,
With a heart free from sickness and sorrow,
With my friends may I share what To-day may afford,
And let them spread the table To-morrow.

And when I at last must throw off this cov'ring
Which I've worn for three score years and ten,
On the brink of the grave I'll not seek to keep hov'ring
Nor my thread wish to spin o’er again :
Bat my face in the glass I'll serenely survey,
And with smiles count each wrinkle and furrow;
As this old worn-out stuff, which is thread-bare To-day
May become Ever-lasting To-morrow.


Tell me not of to-morrow; calm
In His great hand I would abiile
Who fills my present hour with balm,
And trust, whate'er betide.


151. TONGUE (government thereof),


What is the tongue in the mouth of a wise man ?
The key of the door of an accomplished man's

Should the door be shut, how can one tell
Whether he is a vendor of gems, or a glass-blower ?


The tongue is not steel, yet it cuts.

Of all government, that of the tongue is the most difficult.

He, who cannot hold his tongue, is unworthy of having one.

He, who has no check upon his tongue, has .no truth in his heart; keep him not company ; he will kill you on the highway. t


One whose tongue is cut out, and who is) seated

( in a corner deaf and dumb, Is better than a person who controlleth not his tongue.


Translated by Platts.
From the Works of H. H. Wilson,

To curb the tongue and moderate the speech,
Is held to be the hardest of all tasks.
The words of him who talks too volubly
Have neither substance nor variety: *


Every unbridled tongue in the end ishall find itself unfortunate.


A long tongue makes life short.


The tongue talks at the head's cost.
He that strikes with his tongue, must ward with his


Let not the tongue utter what the head may have to

pay for.


The best quality of man is the restraining of his tongue.


The Prophet ( Muhammed) said, “Shall I not inform


I you of those things which are regulated and restrained by religion ? "

Yes, 0! Prophet of God," was the reply. Then the Prophet took hold of his tongue and said, “ Restrain this."

“ MISHCAT-UL-MÂSABIH.”+ Who guards his tongue preserves himself from calamity.


* From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.
+ Translated from Arabic by Captain Matthews.

Whoso koopeth his mouth and his tongue keepoth his soul from troubles. 1


There is many a man whose tongue 'might' govern multitudes, if he could only govern his tongue.

Give your tongue more holidays than your hand or eyes.

Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.


He, that has no silver in his purse, should have silver on his tongue.

Be swift to hear, but cautious of your tongue, lest you betray your ignorance.


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O babbler, couldst thou but the cause divine,
Why one tongue only, but two ears are thine ?


Two ears and but a single tongue
By nature's law to man belong!
The lesson she would teach is clear-
“Repeat but half of what you hear.”

Two ears have been given thee and one tongue, that having heard twice, thou shouldst speak what is right.

-M. C. MonsooKH.*

* Translated by W. H. Hamilton.

Men are born with two eyes, but one tongue, in order that they should see twice as much as they say ; but from their conduct, one would suppose that they were born with two tongues and one eye, for those talk the most, who have observed the least; and obtrude their remarks upon everything, who have seen into nothing.


When we are alone, we have our thoughts to watch, in our families, our tempors, and in society, our tongues.

The language of the eyes place of that of the tongue.

frequently supplies the


What roof covers the most noisy tenant?
-The roof of the mouth.

An unrestrained volubility and wantonness of speech, is the occasion of numberless evils and vexations in life. It begets resentment in him who is the subject of it; sows the seed of strife and dissension amongst others; and inflames little disgusts, and offences which, if let alone, would wear away of themselves; it 18 often of as bad effect upon the good name of others, as deep envy or malice: and to say the least of it in this respect, it destroys and perverts a certain equity, of the utmost importance to society to be observed; namely that praise and dispraise, a good or bad character, should always be bestowed according to desert. The tongue used in such a licentious manner is like a sword in the band of a mad man; it is employed at random; it can scarce possibly do any good, and for the most part does a world

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