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it possible that these good people should so soon have discovered that I am the Senior Wrangler !!!
THE CLOCK AND THE DIAL. A Clock, which served for many years to repeat the hours and point out time, happened to fall into conversation with a Dial, which also served, when the sun shone, to tell what was the time of day. It happened to be in a cloudy forenoon, when the sun did not shine. Says the Clock to the Dial, What a mean slavery you undergo! You cannot tell the hour without the sun pleases to inform you; and now the half of the day is past, and you know not what o'clock it is. I can tell the hour at any time, and would not be in such a dopendent state as you are in for the world. Night and day are both alike to me. It is just now twelve o'clock. Upon this the sun shone forth from under the cloud, and showed the exact time of the day. It was half an hour past twelve. The Dial then replied to the Clock, You may now perceive that boasting is not good; for you see you are wrong. It is better to be under direction and follow truth, than to be eye to one's self and go wrong ; your freedom is only a liberty to err; and what you call slavery in my case, is the only method of being freely in the right. You see that we should all of us
. keep our stations, and depend upon one another. I depend upon the sun, and you depend upon me; for if I did not serve to regulate your motions, you see you would for over go wrong.
Here, reader, turn your weeping eyes,
My fate a useful moral teaches;
From Bewick's Select Fables,
The hole in which my body lies
--LORD BROUGHAM'S EPITAPH FOR HIMSELF.*
A GRECIAN MASTER AND HIS SLAVE.
A master in Greece) treated with extreme cruelty his slaves who were engaged in planting and otherwise laying out a vineyard for him ; until at length one of them, the most misused of all, prophesied that for this his cruelty, he should never drink of its wine. When the first vintage was completed, he bade this slave to fill a goblet for him, which taking in his hand he taunted, him with the failure of his prophecy. The other replied “There's many a slip 'twixt the cup and the lip,” words which have since become proverbial. As he spake, tidings were brought of a huge wild boar, that was wasting the vineyard. Setting down the untasted cup, and snatching hastily a spear, the master went out to meet the wild boar, and was slain in the encounter.
Accept with patience the offering of truth, believing it to be true; fix your heart on God, and be humbled as though you were dead. I
• It is said that this distinguished nobleman once in a playful mood, wrote the said epitoph for himself.
+ From Proverbs and Lessons.
From the Works of E. E. Wilson.
When pride cometh, then cometh shame; but with the lowly is wisdom.
“ BIBLE-PROVERBS 11."
Be humble if thou wouldst attain to wisdom,
“ THE VOICE OF THE SILENCE."
From poison thou mayest take the food of life,
An humble man is like a good tree, the more full of fruit the branches are, the lower they bend themselves.
Lowliness is good, O God; then no man's envy
Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven,
_“ BIBLE-ST. MATTHEW 18."
* From Indian Wisdom by Monier Williams.
He that is down, needs fear no fall;
Th' Almighty, from his throne, on earth surveys,
Pride, exclusiveness, self-glorification, have no place in the kingdom of God. Humility is the only credential which can obtain for us an entrance there.
“Humble we must be, if to heaven we go;
True merit, like the pearl inside an oyster, is content to remain quiet till it finds an opening.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep.
A great river makes no noise
The true secret of living at peace with all the world is to have an humble opinion of ourselves.
In whatever concerns bodily wants and bodily comforts, it is our duty to compare our own lot with the
* From The Life of Christ, by F. W. Farrar.
lot of those who are worse off, and this will keep us thankful : on the other hand, whenever we are tempted to set up our own wisdom or goodness, we must compare ourselves with those who are wiser and better, and that will keep us humble.
Astronomy is the most humbling of sciences. Its very essence is humiliation for the proud thoughts of vain man, In other sciences, the more
we know the greater we pride ourselves—the higher seems to rise our place in creation. But in astronomy advancing knowledge is but an increasing revelation of the vastness of the surrounding universe, and of the mighty existences for ever circling in shining courses through space compared with which earth is but as a tiny pebble among the bounders of the sea-shore. If this be, then, the case of Earth, what is man, her puny denizen, but as a mere dust-grain in the Universe, his presence
, absence alike unnoted and uncared for by the host of vast worlds over rolling through space in the shining circling courses ?
One part, one little part, we dimly scan