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The eyes see dimly from incessant babbling,
He who says what he likes, shall hear what he does not like.
If thou wishest to be wise,
Regard not who it is which speaketb, but weigh. only what is spoken.
Be true to every inmost thought,
How gloomy would human society be, and how diminished would the comfort be which we derive from it, if we had not the faculty of communicating our thoughts by speech; and if we could not unburden our hearts in the bosom of a friend! How deplorable would our lot be, if we were in the number of those unfortunatepersons, who, from their infancy, have been deprived of
• From the Works of H. H. Wilson.
the use of speech! Are there not several of these unhappy people among us? Let us learn from them, as often as we see them, to esteem our happiness; and to render thanks to the Lord, that among the multitude of benefits with which he has blessed us, we have the gift of speech. Let us make a salutary use of it; let us employ it to glorify the Supreme Being, and to edify, comfort, and instruct our brethren.
We ought to dread what Speech can do,
And mortal words have done,
Since Language first begun ;
For fiend's or angel's work,
Within some tone may lurk.
A speechless thought innocuous seems
To all except the Mind,
For self or for mankind;
But when abroad, by speech, or press,
Our Thoughts their course begin,
What conquest they may win.
A trackless Thing it bies,
For influence never dies.
To counsel, flatter, charm, or cheer,
How potent human speech !
To summon smiles, or mould a tear
To pray, rebuke, or preach,
Thus life and death within the spell
Of living words reside,
Speak gently-it is better far
To rule by love than fear;
The good we might do here.
Speak gently-love should whisper low,
To friends, when faults we find ; Gently let truthful accents flow,
Affection's voice is kind.
Speak gently to the little child
Its love be sure to gain;
It may not long remain.
Speak gently to the young, for they
Will have enough to bear;
'Tis full of anxious care.
Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart ; The sands of life are nearly run ;
Let such in peace depart.
Speak gently, kindly to the poor
Let no harsh tone be heard ;
They have enough they must endure,
Without an unkind word.
Speak gently to the erring-know
That thou art also man ;
0 win them back again.
Speak gently-for 'tis like the Lord,
Whose accents, meek and mild,
SILENCE. Remember that valuable as is the gift of speech, the gift of silence is often more valuable.
How sball the praise of silence best be told?
Keep your mouth shut, and your eyes open.
-OLD ITALIAN PROVERB.
Things unsaid have sometimes a greater effect than said.
Better that silence be kept than that a word be -spoken which is untrue.
Speak not, rather than speak ill.
• Prof. Johnson's edition.
Silence is the happiest course a man can take who is diffident of himself.
The tree of silence bears the fruit of peace.
Zeno, of all virtues, made his choice of silence.
Upon the whole matter if people would observe the obvious occasions of silence, if they would subdue the inclination to tale-bearing, and that eager desire to engage attention, which is an original disease in some minds, they would be in little danger of offending with their tongue, and would in a moral and religious sense have due government over it.
What can you not name without breaking it ?
REPLY OF THE PERSIAN PRIME MINISTER.
A body of Indian sages were once discussing the ex.cellencies of Buzurjmihr (Prime Minister of a King of Persia), and after all could speak of no fault but this, to wit, that he was slow of speech, that is, delayed long, and his hearers had to wait
had to wait a long time before he brought out his words. Buzurjmihr heard (this) and said, “ It is better to reflect on what I shall say than to suffer remorse for what I have said.”
• Translated by Platts.