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He liked the kingdom when obtained,
But not the terms on which 'twas gained; He hated pain and self-denial,
Chose the reward, but shun the trial.
He knew his father's power, how great;
His sire had sent a friend to say,
The thoughtless youth set out indeed,
By every casual impulse swayed,
For every sport, for every song,
Whate'er was present seized his soul,
His father's house he quite forgot.
Those slight refreshments by the way,
Which were but meant his strength to stay,
So sunk his soul in sloth and sin,
His father's friend would oft appear,
Displeased he answers, "Come what will,
Thus perished, lost to worth and truth,
My fable, reader, speaks to thee :--
The friend the generous father sent,
Who calls the wandering, warns the blind.
Reader awake: this youth you blame :
The pleasures which beguile the road,
To these your whole desires you bend,
The meanest toys your soul entice,
Then listen to a warning friend,
Who bids you mind your journey's end;
This world 's your Inn, the next your Home.
153. TRUTH AND FALSEHOOD.
That there is in the human mind a natural or instinctive principle of veracity, has been remarked by many authors; the same part of our constitution which prompts to social intercourse, prompting also to sincerity in our mutual communications. Truth is always the spontaneous and native expression of our sentiments; whereas falsehood implies a certain violence done to our nature, in consequence of the influence of some motive which we are anxious to conceal.*
Speaking the truth is a common debt we owe to all mankind. Speech is given to us as the instrument of intercourse and society one with another, the means of discovering the mind, which otherwise lies hid and concealed; so that were it not for this our conversations would be the same as of beasts. Now being intended for the good and advantage of mankind, it is a due to it, that it be used to that purpose; but he that lies is so far from paying that debt, that on the contrary he makes his speech the means of injury, and deceiving him he speaks to.
"THE WHOLE DUTY OF MAN."
There is no duty which is higher than truth, and no sin more heinous than untruth. Indeed, Truth is the very foundation of righteousness.
*From Stewart's Philosophy.
Truth is the highest thing that man may keep.
The basis of all excellence is truth.
Truth is such a virtue, that without it
Humility pride, and piety hyprocrisy; for in thesə truth is all in all,
The central and chief stone on which the virtue of
our actions must repose,
Or, failing it, will fall to contrarieties :
then, found thy being,
As on a rock, 'gainst which the storms of passion wreak themselves in vain.
Truth against all the world, for it outlives it, and blooms immortally.
-CHARLES HENRY HANGer.
The Arabs say, "There is no ally surer than truth.”
The truth is daughter of God.
Truth evermore has been the love
We shrink from him who scorns the truth.*
• From the Râmâyana, translated by Griffith.