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,and attachment,’ answered Chmrecrates.
are Wanting in' Chmrephon? ‘ He has forfeited my esteem ‘And has he also forfeited the esteem and attachment of the rest of mankind?’ continued Socrates. ‘ Is he devoid of benevolence, generosity, gratitude, and other social affections ’2’ ‘ Far be it from me, cried Chmrecrates, ‘ to lay so heavy a charge upon him! His conduct to others is, I helieue, irreproachable ; and it wounds me the more, that he should single me out as the object of his unkindnes's.’ ‘ Suppose you have a very valuable horse,’ resumed Socrates, ‘gentle under the treatment of ‘ others, but ungovernable when you attempt to use him; would you not endeavour by all means, to conciliate his afi'ection, and to treat him in the way most likely to render him tractable ? Or, if you have a dog highly prized for his fidelity, watchfulness, and care of your flocks, who is fond of your shepherds, and playful with them, and yet snarls whenever you come in his way; would you attempt to cure him of this fault hyQangry looks or words, or by any other marks of resentment ‘2 You would surely pursue an opposite course With him.
5- And is not the friendship of a brother of far more worth than the services of a horse, or the attachment of a dog ‘1 Why then do you delay to put in practice those means, which may reconcile you to Chmrephon ’1’ ‘ Acquaint me with those means,’ answered Chaarecrates, ‘ for I am a stranger to them.’ _ me a few questions,’ said Socrates. ‘ If you desire that one “ ‘ d" ' to his feast when he ofl‘ers, a sacrifice, what course would you take '1’ ‘ I would first invite him to mine.’ “ And how would you induce him to take the charge of your afl‘airs, when you are on a journey"? ‘1 should be forward to do the same good office to him in his absence.’ c
6. ‘ If you be solicitous to remove a prejudice which he ma have received against you, how would you then behave towar 5 him '1’", ‘71 should endeavour to convince ~him by my looks, words, and actions, that such prejudice was ill founded.’ ‘ And if he appeared inclined to reconciliation, would you reproach him with the injustice he had done you ?’ ‘ No,’ answered Charecrates ; ‘ I would repeat no grievanceS-’
'7. ‘ Go,’ said Socrages, ‘ and pursue that conduct towards your brother, which you would practise to a neighbour. His friendship is of inestimable worth ; and nothing is more lO'very in ' the sight of heaven, than for brothers to dwell together in love and unitv.’
Omar and Hanan. _ 1. OMAR, the son of Nassau, had passed seventy-five years in honour and prosperity. The favour of three successive calith had filled his house with riches, and whenever he appeared, the benediction of the people proclaimed his approach! ‘._-.
2. Terrestrial happiness is of short continuance. The brightness of the flame is wasting its fuel, and the fragrant flower passing away in its own odours. The vigour of Omar began to fail, the curls of beauty fell from his head, strength; departed from his hands, and agility from his feet. He gave back to the califi' the keys of trust, and the seals of secrecy ; and sought no other pleasure for the remainder of his days, than the converse of the wise, and the gratitude of the poor whom he relieved.
3. The powers of his mind were yet unimpaired. His cham‘ber was filled by visitants, eager to catch the dictates of experience, and otficious to pay the tribute of admiration. Calid, the son of the Viceroy of Egypt, entered every day early, and retired late; he was beautiful and eloquent; Omar admired his gwit, and loved his docility. ‘ Tell me,’ said Calid, ‘thou to whose voice nations have listened with admiration, and whose wisdom is known to the extremities of Asia, tell me how I may resemble Omar the prudent. The arts by which thou hast gained power, and preserved it, are no longer necessary or useful to thee ; impart to me, therefore, the secret of thy conduct, and teach me the plan on which thy wisdom has built thy fame.’ ~
4. ‘ Young man,’ said Omar, ‘it is of little use to form plans oflii'e. When I took my first survey of the world, in my twentieth year, having considered the various conditions of mankind, ll] an hour of solitude, I said thus to myself, leaning against a tree, which spread its branches over my head, seventy years are allowed to man; I have yet fifty remaining; ten yearsl Will allot to the attainment of knowledge, and ten I will pass in foreign countries.' .
_ 5- ‘_I shall be learned, and, consequently, honoured ; every city will shout at my arrival, and every student will solicit my a<=_quai_utance. Twenty years thus passed, will store my mind “1th Images; which will be employment for me through the res": Of my life In combining and comparing. 1 shall revel in "'esn accumlflatwlls of intellectual wealth. I shall find new Pleasures for ever-Y QOent, and shall never more be wear of myself. y
‘ >‘ I Will, howevelk not deviate too far from the beaten
lrack of common life, but will try what can be‘found in female
conversation. I will marry a wife as beautiful as the Houries, and as_ ise as Zobida. With her I will liVe twenty years, within suburbs of Bagdad, in every pleasure that wealth
can purchase, and fancy can invent. Iwill then retire to a rural dwelling, and pass my last days in obscurity and contemplation, and lie silently down on the bed of death. Through my life it shall be my settled resolution never to depend on the smiles, nor stand exposed to the artifices of courts ; I will never pant for public honours, nor disturb my quiet with affairs of state. Such was my scheme of life in my younger days.
7. ‘ The first part of my ensuing time was to be spent in search of knowledge, and I know not how I was diverted from my design. I had no visible impediments Without, nor suffered any ungovernable passions within. 1 regarded knowledge as my highest honour, and most engaging pleasure : yet day stole on day, and month glided after month, till I found that seven years of the first ten had vanished, and left nothing behind them.
8. ‘1 now postponed my purpose of travelling; for why should I go abroad, while so much remained to be learned at home? I therefore immured myself at home for four years, and studied the laws of the empire. The fame of my knowledge reached even the judges. Iwas found able to speak
i upon doubtful questions, and was commanded to stand at the
footstool of the supreme califi'. I was heard with attention ; I was consulted with confidence, and the love of praise fastened on my heart- 1 ~ ~ .
9. ‘ I still wished to see distant countries, listenedwith rapture to the relations of travellers, and resolved to ask my dis— mission, that I might feast my soul with novelty ; but my presence was always necessary, and the stream of business hurried me along. Sometimes I was afraid lest I should be charged with ingratitude ; but I proposed to travel, and therefore would not confine myself by marriage. >
10. ‘ In my fiftieth year, I began to suspect that the time of ,
my travelling was past, and thought it best to lay hold on the felicity yet in my poWer, and indulge, myself in domestic pleasures. But at fifty no man finds a woman beautiful as the Honries, and wise as Zobida. Iinquired and rejected, consulted and deliberated, till the sixty-second year made me ashamed of gazing upon the fair. I had now nothing left but retirement, and for retirement I never found a time, till disease forced me
5‘ 11. ‘ Such was my scheme, and such have been its cons, quences. With an insatiable thirst for knowledge, I trifll - away the years of improvement .; with a restless desire of se1 ing different countries, I have always resided in the ame city r.- with the highest expectation of conuubinl felicity, I have live unmarried; and with unalterable resolutions of contemplatii
retirement, I am going to die within the walls of Bagdad.’
The Supreme :Ruler of the World. 1. MANY kingdoms and countries full of people, and islam and large continents, and different climes, make up this who} world : God governs it. The people swarm upon the face 1 it like ants upon a hillock. Some are black with the hot sun some cover themselves with furs against the sharp cold ; sou drink of the fruit of the vine; some the pleasant. milk of th cocoa-nut; and others quench their thirst with the runnir stream. All are God’s family: he knows every one of then as a shepherd knows his flock, They pray to him in difl'erei languages, but he understands them all ; he hears them all ; lJ takes care of all: none are so great, that he cannot punis them; none are so mean, that he will not protect them.
52. Negro woman, who sittest pining in captivity,’and wee] -, est over thy sick child; though no one sees thee, God 50! thee: though no one pities thee, God pities thee. Raise th ' -. voice, forlorn and abandoned one; call upon him from amid thy bonds; for assuredly he will hear thee. Monarch, th: rulest over a hundred states ;_whose frown is terrible as deatl and whose armies cover the land, boast not thyself as thong f . there were none above thee. God is above thee ; his powe: i ful arm is always over thee ; and if thou doest ill, assuredly l".
i will punish thee. ' 3. Nations of the earth, fear the Lord ; families of men, ca
, I. DOMESTIC altercations began to perplex families in th
very childhood of time ; the blood even of a brother was she
t at an early period. But with how much tenderness and goo
t sense does Abraham prevent the disagreement which he 3. _ .h 1; nearly arisen, as is but too frequently the case, from the quail t
rels of servants! He said, unto Lot, ‘ I pray thee let there I: no strife betwixt me and thee, nor between my herdmcn it:
thine.’ ‘ And why ?’ ‘For the tenderest reason that can be ; because we are brethren.’ ,
2. The very image of the patriarch in the attitude of entrenty, the fraternal tear just starting from his eye, is this moment before me ; and thus, methinks, l catch instruction from the lip of the venerable man. as he addresses Lot. ‘ Away, my dear brother, away with strife : we were born to be the servants of God, and the companions of each other : as we sprang from the same parent, so we naturally partake of the same afl'ections. We are brethren, sons of the same father; we are friends : for surely kindredship should be the most exalted friendship. Let us not, then, disagree, because our herdmen have disagreed ; since that were to encourage every idle pique, and senseless animosity. gration into this fair country: we have much substance, and much cattle. ,
3. ‘ But what! shall brothers quarrel, because it has pleased- heaven to prosper them 'I This would be ingratitude, impiety! But if, notwithstanding these persuasives, thy spirit is still troubled, let us separate : rather than contend with a brother, I would, hard as it is, even part with him for a time. Perhaps the occasion of dispute (which I have already forgotten) will soon be no more remembered by thee. Is not the whole land before thee 'I Take then my blessing and liq-embrace, and separate thyself from me. To thee is submitted the advantages of choice. if thou wilt take the left hand, then, that I may not appear to thwart thee unbrotherly, I will take the right; or, if thou art more inclined to the country, which lies upon the right, then will I go the left. Be it as thou wilt, and whithersoever thou goest, happy mayest thou be?’
11. Lot listened to his brother, and departed. He cast his eyes on the well watered plains of Jordan. When he separated, it appears to have been with the hope ofincreasing his wealth ; whilst Abraham, actuated by the kindest motives, often, no doubt, pressed his brother’s hand, andoften bade him adieu; and even followed him to repeat his farewell wish before he
could suffer him to depart.
fl Persccizting Spirit Reproved. _ _
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