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The corn to thrash, or the hedge to plash, The market-team to drive,
Or mend the fence by the cover side,
Ay, only give me work,
And then you need not fear
Wherever Nature needs,
The pauper babe its breath,
My only claim is this,
With labour stiff and stark, By lawful turn my living to earn, Between the light and dark; My daily bread and nightly bed, My bacon, and drop of beer, But all from the hand that holds the land, And none from the overseer !
No parish money or loaf,
No alms I ask, give me my task,
Still one of Adam's heirs,
Though doom'd, by chance of birth, To dress so mean, and to eat the lean, Instead of the fat of the earth;
V. THERE'S A GOOD TIME COMING.
"THE common bias of the mind undoubtedly is (such is the benevolent appointment of Providence), to think favourably of the future; to overvalue the chances of possible good, and to underrate the risks of possible evil; and in the case of some fortunate individuals, this disposition remains after a thousand disappointments. To what this bias of our nature is owing, it is not material for us to inquire: the fact is certain, and it is an important one to our happiness. It supports us under the real distresses of life, and cheers and animates all our labours. * * * * When such a temper is united (as it commonly is) with pleasing notions concerning the order of the universe, and in particular concerning the condition and the prospects of man, it places our happiness in a great measure, beyond the power of fortune. While it adds a double relish to every enjoyment, it blunts the edge of all our sufferings; and even when human life presents to us no object on which our hopes can rest, it invites the imagination beyond the dark and troubled horizon which terminates all our earthly prospects, to wander unconfined in the regions of futurity. A man of benevolence, whose mind is enlarged by philosophy, will indulge the same agreeable anticipations, with respect to society; will view all the different improvements in arts, in commerce, and in the sciences,
as co-operating to promote the union, the happiness, and the virtue of mankind; and, amidst the political disorders resulting from the prejudices and follies of his own times, will look forward with transport to the blessings which are reserved for posterity in a more enlightened age."-Dugald Stewart.
NEVER SAY FAIL.
VI. NEVER SAY FAIL!
"It was a wise injunction to Timothy, 'to be instant in season and out of season,' because we so often fancy that a word would be out of season, when it would, in fact, be seasonable."-Arnold.
KEEP pushing 'tis wiser
They only prevail
With an eye ever open,
A tongue that's not dumb,
Though thousands assail;
The spirit of angels
Is active I know,
In glory they go;
Who never say fail!
And elbow your way,
And asses that bray;
All enemies quail,
In life's rosy morning,
Your footsteps to guide;
In storm and in sunshine,
VII. THE SLUGGARD.
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways and be wise, which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.' -Proverbs vi., 6–11.
"TIs the voice of the sluggard-I heard him complain,
Turns his sides, and his shoulders, and his heavy2 head.
"A little more sleep, and a little more slumber.”
He had taken more care for improving his mind;
1. What is door the nominative to?
3. Broader and higher than what?
Said I then to my heart," "Here's a lesson for me,
any other phrase signifying the same thing?
5. What part of speech is but here?