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4. Cheerful people live long in our memory. We remember joy more readily than sorrow, and always look back with tenderness on the brave and cheerful.
5. We can all cultivate our tempers, and one of the employments of some poor mortals is to cultivate, cherish, and bring to perfection, a thoroughly bad one; but we mry be certain that to do so is a very great error and sin, which like all others, brings its own punishment; though, unfortunately, it does not punish itself only.
6. Addison says of cheerfulness, that it lightens sickness, poverty, affliction; converts ignorance into an amiable simplicity, and renders deformity itself agreeable; and he says no more than the truth.
7. "Give us, therefore, oh! give us"—let us cry with Carlyle—"the man who sings at his work! He will do more in the same time,—he will do it better,—he will persevere longer. One is scarcely sensible of fatigue whilst he marches to music. The very stars are said to make harmony as they revolve in their spheres. Wondrous is the strength of cheerfulness, altogether past calculation its powers of endurance. Efforts, to be permanently useful, must be uniformly joyous,—a spirit all sunshine, graceful from very gladness, beautiful because bright."
8. Such a spirit is within everybody's reach. Let us but get out into the light of things. The morbid man cries out that there is always enough wrong in the world to make a man miserable. Conceded; but wrong is ever being righted; there is always enough that is good and right to make us joyful.
9. There is ever sunshine somewhere; and the brave man will go on his way rejoicing, content to look forward if under a cloud, not bating one jot of heart or hope if for a moment cast down; hono:;-.g his occupation, whatever it may be; rendering even ra^s respecta'ble by the way he wears them; and not only being happy himself, but causing the happiness of others.
J. H. Friswell.
MOKNING again breaks through the gates of heaven
From Nature's old cathedral sweetly ring
Green-hooded nuns, who 'mid the blossoms sing;
Hark! how the anthem rolls through arches dun:—
The great world's Comforter, the mighty Sun,
Has yoked his golden steeds, the glorious race tc run."
Those dusky foragers, the noisy rooks,
Have from their green high city-gates rushed out, To rummage furrowy fields and flowery nooks;
On yonder branch now stands their glossy scout.
As yet no busy insects buzz about, No fairy thunder o'er the air is rolled:
The drooping buds their crimson lips still pout, Those stars of earth, the daisies white, unfold, And soon the buttercups will give back "gold for gold."
Hark! hark! the lark sings 'mid the silvery blue;
Behold her flight, proud man! and lowly bow.
As though the guilty stain which lurks below
Had touched the flowers that droop about her brow, When she all night slept by the daisies' side;
And now she soars where purity doth flow, Where new-born light is with no sin allied, And pointing with her wings heavenward our thoughts would guide.
On the far sky leans the old ruined mill.
Through its rent sails the broken sunbeams glow, Gilding the trees that belt the lower hill,
And the old thorns which on its summit grow.
Only the reedy marsh that sleeps below, With its dwarf bushes, is concealed from view;
And now a struggling thorn its head doth show, Another half shakes off the smoky blue, Just where the dusty gold streams through the heavy dew.
And there the hidden river lingering dreams,—
You scarce can see the banks which round it lie; That withered trunk, a tree, or shepherd seems,
Just as the light or fancy strikes the eye.
Even the very sheep, which graze hard by,
They look like clouds shook from the unsunned sky,
A chequered light streams in between the leaves,
The deep-voiced thrush his speckled bosom heaves,
A little bird now hops beside the brook,
And ever as she drinks doth upward look,
Twitters and drinks again, then seeks her cloistered nook.
What varied colors o'er the landscape play!
The very clouds seem at their ease to lean, And the whole earth to keep glad holiday.
The lowliest bush that by the waste is seen
Hath changed its dusky for a golden green,
The rutted roads did never seem so clean;
A cottage girl trips by with side-long look,
Steadying the little basket on her head; And where a plank bridges the narrow brook
She stops to see her fair form shadowed.
The stream reflects her cloak of russet red; Below she sees the trees and deep-blue sky,
The flowers which downward look in that clear bed, The very birds which o'er its brightness fly:— She parts her loose-blown hair, then wondering passes by
How sweet those rural sounds float by the hill!
The grasshopper's shrill chirp rings o'er the ground, The jingling sheep-bells are but seldom still,
The clapping gate closes with hollow bound,
There's music in the church-clock's measured sound. The ring-dove's song, how breeze-like comes and goes!
Now here, now there, it seems to wander round:
Where soars that spire, our rude forefathers prayed:
Year after year, and o'er those footpaths strayed
And still they sleep within that bell's deep sound.
O'er rich and poor, marble and earthly mound,
The monument of all,—it marks one common ground.
See yonder smoke, before it curls to heaven,
Shrinking like one who fears to be forgiven,