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When the black-lettered list to the Gods was presented,
(The list of what Fate for each mortal intends),
At the long string of ills a kind goddess relented,
And slipped in three blessings-wife, children, and

In vain surly Plato maintained he was cheated,
For justice divine could not compass its ends;
The scheme of man's penance he swore was defeated,
For earth becomes heaven with wife, children, and

If the stock of our bliss is in stranger hand vested,
The fund i secured oft in bankruptcy ends;
But the heart issues bills which are never protested,
When drawn on the firm of wife, children, and friends.

Though valour still glows in his life's dying embers,
The death-wounded tar, who his colours defends,
Drops a tear of regret as he, dying, remembers,
How blest was his home with wife, children and

The soldier whose deeds live immortal in story,
Whom duty to far distant latitude sends,
With transport would barter whole ages of glory
For one happy day with wife, children and friends.

Though spice-breathing gales on his caravan hover,
Though for him Arabia's fragrance ascends,

The merchant still thinks of the wood-bines that cover The bower where he sat with wife, children and friends.

The day-spring of youth still unclouded by sorrow, Alone on itself for enjoyment depends,

But drear is the twilight of age if it borrow

No warmth from the smile of wife, children and friends.

Let the breath of renown ever freshen and nourish The laurel which o'er the dead favourite bends; O'er me wave the willow, and long may it flourish, Bedewed with the tears of wife, children and friends.

Let us drink, for my song, growing graver and


To subjects too solemn insensibly tends;

Let us drink-pledge me high; Love and Virtue shall flavour

The glass which I fill to wife, children and friends. -HON. WILLIAM ROBERT SPENCER.


What is wisdom? That sovereign word is used for two different things. It may stand for knowledge, learning, science, systematic reasoning; or it may mean, as Coleridge has defined it, common sense in an uncommon degree; that is to say, the unsystematic truths that come to shrewd, penetrating and observant minds, from their own experience of life, and their daily commerce with the world, and that is called the wisdom of life, or the wisdom of the world, or the wisdom of time and the ages.


To act with common sense according to the moment is the best wisdom.

To provide against every important danger by the employment of the most promising means, is the office of wisdom.


To know

That which before us lies in daily life,

Is the prime wisdom.


What is it to be wise?

'Tis but to know how little can be known;
To see all others' faults and feel our own.


The truest wisdom is a resolute determination.


In short, wisdom can draw expedient from obstacle, invention from difficulty, safety from danger, resource from sterility, and remedy from poison. In her hands all things become beautiful by their adaptment; subservient by their use; and salutary by their application. -COLTON.

Where the eye of pity weeps,
And the sway of passion sleeps,
Where the lamp of faith is burning,
And the ray of hope returning,
There the "still small voice" within
Whispers not of wrath or sin,
Resting with the righteous dead-
Beaming o'er the drooping head-
Comforting the lowly mind,
Wisdom dwelleth-seek and find !

To be resign'd when ills betide,
Patient when favours are denied,
And pleased with favours given ;
This is wisdom's part,

This is that incense of the heart,
Whose fragrance smells to heaven.

A man of truest wisdom will resign



His wealth, and e'en his life, for good of others ;
Better abandon life in a good cause,

When death in any case is sure to happen.

• Prof. Johnson's edition.


Experience is the father and memory the mother of



Self-discipline and self-control are the beginnings of practical wisdom; and these must have their root in self-respect. Hope springs from it-hope, which is the companion of power and mother of success. And as I respect myself, so am I equally bound to respect others, as they on their part are bound to respect me.


They said to Lokmân the sage, "of whom didst thou learn wisdom?" He replied, He replied, " Of the blind; for until they have tried the ground they do not put down their feet. "


Riches diminish in the using, wisdom increases by use.

Wisdom cannot create materials; her pride is in their use.



A wise man's motto is, "Win gold and use it."

Be timely wise rather than wise in time.

Affectation of wisdom often prevents our becoming

• Translated by Platts.

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