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" bread"—the means of physical ) bread, instead of labouring. These sustentation and that this bread base-natured people are found in is to come through human indus every social grade, and they distry: The earth spontaneously grace their race, and clog the yields what irrational creatures wheels of progress. Secondly: require, because they are not en Persons who thus hang on others dowed with aptitude for cultiva- for their support are fools. tion. Man is thus endowed, and are void of understanding.” (1.) his Maker will not do for him Because they neglect the fundathat which he has given him mental condition of manly depower to do for himself. Labour velopment. Industry is essential is not the curse of the fall; it is to strength of body, force of ina blessed condition of life. Man tellect, and growth of soul. in innocence had to cultivate is bad policy,” says our great Eden. The text presents two dramatist, “ when more is got by subjects of thought.

begging than working.” I. MANLY INDUSTRY.

First:

should not eat of honey like a He has manly industry indicated. drone from others' labour.” (2.) An agricultural specimen of work Because they sacrifice self-reis given.

“He that tilleth his spect. The man who loses selfland”—Agriculture is the oldest, respect, loses the true feeling of the divinest, the healthiest, and his manhood, and such a loss the most necessary branch of hu must come to him who lives the man industry. Secondly: He life of a parasite. (3.) Because has manly industry rewarded. they expose themselves to de* Breadcomes as the result. grading annoyances. The paraHe is “ satisfied with bread.All site's feeling will depend upon the experience shows that, as a rule, looks, the words, and the whims proper cultivation of the soil is of his patron. He will be subject all that man requires to satisfy

to exactions, insults, and disaphis wants. God sends round the pointments. seasons, and when man does his work, those seasons carry their respective blessings to the race.

(No. LXXXI.) Skilled industry is seldom in

THE CRAFTY AND THE HONEST. want.

“The wicked desireth the net of evil “ Thrift is a blessing

men : but the root of the righteous If men steal it not."

yieldeth fruit. The wicked is snared by SHAKESPERE.

the transgression of his lips : but the

just shall come out of trouble.”—Pror. II. PARASITICAL INDOLENCE. xii. 12, 13. This Solomon seems to put as an

THESE words lead us to notice antithesis to the former. " He two opposite principles in human that followeth vain persons is void character : craftiness, and how of understanding? The word nesty. vain may perhaps be taken to re

I. CRAFTINESS. The wicked present persons in a little higher desireth the net of evil men.TEE grade of life, and who are, more idea is that the wicked desire to or less, independent of labour. be as apt in all the stratagems by First: There are those who hang which advantage is obtained of on such persons for their support. others, as the most cunning of Instead of working with manly

Two remarks here. independence, they are looking First: Craft is an instinct of wickto the patronage of others. They

edness. "The wicked desireth the fawn, flatter, and wheedle for net of evil men." The men of the

evil men.

snares.

world charge Christians with hypocrisy. No true Christian is a hypocrite. The better a man is, the less temptation he has to disguise himself, and the more inducements to unveil his heart to society. On the contrary, a wicked man must be hypocritical in proportion to his wickedness. Were his polluted heart and dishonest purposes fully to appear, society would shun him as a demon. To maintain a home, therefore, in social life, and to get on in his trade or profession, he must be as artful as the old serpent himself. Craftiness is essential to sin. Sin came into the world through craft. The devil deceived our progenitors. Sin is ever cunning: wisdom is alone true. Cunning is the low mimicry of wisdom ;-it is the fox, not the Socrates of the soul. Secondly: Craftiness is no security against ruin. The wicked is snared by the transgression of his lips.Lies are the language of craftiness. The crafty uses them as concealment and defence, but the eternal

law of providence makes them

One lie leads to another, and so on, until they become so numerous, that the author involves himself in contradictions, and he falls and founders like a wild beast in a snare.

II. Honesty. First: Honesty is strong in its own strength. It has a root. The root of the righteo118. It does not live by cunning and stratagems, but by its own natural force and growth. Honesty has roots that will stand all storms. Secondly: Honesty will extricate from difficulties. The just man may get into trouble, and often does, but by his upright principles, under God, he shall come out of them.

'“Honesty is the best policy.” It may have difficulties, it may involve temporary trouble, but it will ultimately work out deliverance. “ An honest soul is like a ship at sea, That sleeps at anchor on the ocean's

calm; But when it rages, and the wind blows

high, She cuts her way with skill and ma

jesty.”

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“Guilt still feeds its judgment

even here." “ The heavens are armed against

perjured kings.” “Judgment in truth belongs to

God alone." “Most just is. God, who rights

the innocent.” “Heaven is most just, and of our

pleasant vices Makes instruments to scourgeus.” “Foul practices turn on their

authors.” “ To wrong-doers, the revolution

of time brings retribution.” “States which have long gone on,

and filled the time With all licentious measure,

making their will The scope of justice, come to an

evil end."

SHAKESPEARE'S APHORISMS ON

MERCY. " Whereto serves

to confront the visage of

offence?" If the worst offender

may

find mercy in the law, 'tis his." “Morality and mercy live in the

tongues of princes: mercy should live ever in their

hearts.'' “No ceremony that to great ones

'longs, Not the King's crown, nor the

deputed sword, The marshal's truncheon, nor the

judge's robe Become them with one-half 80

good a grace As mercy does." " How should we be If He which is the top of judg

ment should But judge us as we are? Oh,

think on that, And mercy she will breathe within

our lips, Like men new-made." "All the souls that were forfeit

once, And he that might the 'vantage

best have taken, Found out the remedy." “ It is excellent To have a giant's strength; but

it is tyrannous To use it like a giant." “ Merciful Hearen ! Thou rather with thy sharp and

sulphurous bolt Splitt'st the unwedgeable and

gnarled oak, Than the soft myrtle! O, but

man, proud man, (Drest in a little brief authority, Most ignorant of what he's most

assured, His glassy essence) like an angry

ape,

SHAKESPEARE'S APHORISMS ON

PROVIDENCE. "Our indiscretion sometimes

serves us well, When our deep plots do fail. And

that should teach us There's a divinity that shapes our

ends, Rough hew them how we will." “ There is a special Providence in

the fall of a sparrow.” • Heaven hath a hand in all

events.” “What Providence delays, it not

denies." “He that doth the ravens feed, Yea, providentially caters for the

sparrow, Will comfort man's old age.” “All good ascribe to Providence

Divine."

to awe,

Plays such fantastic tricks before

high heaven, As make the angels weep.” “ Could great men thunder As Jove himself does, Jove would

ne'er be quiet: For every pelting, petty officer Would use his

heaven for thunder.” “Pity is the virtue of the law; And none but tyrants use it

cruelly.” “ The quality of mercy is not

strain'd; It droppeth as the gentle rain

from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is

twice blest. It blesseth Him that gives, and

Him that takes. 'Tis mightiest in the mightiest:

it becomes The throned imonarch better than

his crown;

His sceptre shows the force of

temporal power, The attribute

and majesty, Wherein doth sit the dread and

fear of kings. But mercy is above this sceptred

sway : It is enthroned in the hearts of

kings : It is an attribute of God Himself: And earthly power doth then

show likest God's When mercy seasons justice.66 Who from crimes would

pardon'd be, In mercy should set others free." “How should men hope for

hercy, showing none?" “We do pray for mercy, And that same prayer doth teach

us all to render The deeds of mercy.”

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