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Thus hand in hand, through life we'll go;
With cautious steps we'll tread;
And mingle with the dead.
And cheer our dying breath ;
And smooth the bed of Death.
Little Children brought to Jesus.
W « Forbid them not."-Embolden'd by his words
NOTES TO CORRESPONDENTS. The favours of GEORGE are received, and we shall endeavour td make room for some of his Admonitions in our next. We have no lost sight of the Advices of our friendly correspondent H. and his Verses shall be attended to.
A little consideration must convince JUVENIS, of the impropriety o expecting French Anecdotes, for translation, in The Poor Man's FIRESIDE COMPANION. --The lines addressed to Mr Garrick may be good, but are not adapted to our Miscellany --The same may be said of the esteemed favours of G. W. but we hope he will soon be able to favour us with something more to our purpose.
The lines communicated by PHILANTHROPIST, cannot be too ex tensively circulated, but it is a pity he had taken the trouble to copy them, being already in our possession in print. It is our intentio to insert them in a future number, but in our next we shall conten ourselves with giving a prose account of the process.
We stop the press to say, that the very sensible and judicious pape by L. came too late.
HADDINGTON; Printed and Published, MONTHLY, by G, MILLER & SON.
“Father ABRAHAM stood up, and replied, “If you'd have my advice,
l'il give it to you in short: ‘for a word to the wise is enough."
THE CHEAP MAGAZINE;
Poor Man's Fireside Companion. No. III.] MARCH, 1813. [Vol. I.
AUCTION ROOM ;
OR, THÉ STORY OF FATHER ABRAHAN. I HAVE heard, that nothing gives an author so great pleasure as to find his works respectfully quoted by other learned authors. This pleasure I have seldom enjoyed; for though I have been, if I may say it without vanity, an eminent author. (of Almanacks) annually now a full quarter of a century, my brother authors in the same way (for what reason I know not) have ever been very sparing in their applauses; and no other author has taken the least notice of me; so that, did not my writing produce me some solid pudding, the great deficiency of praise would have quite discouraged me. Vol. I.
I-concluded at length that the people were the best judges of my merit, for they buy my works; and besides, in my rambles, where I am not personally known, I have frequently heard one or other of my adages repeated, with,
*** As poor Richard-says,” at the end on't. This gave me some satisfaction ; as it showed not only thất my instructions were regarded, but discovered likewise some respect for my authority: and Loxn, that, to encourage the practice of remembering and repeating those wise. sentences,, I have sometimes quoted myself with great gravity. ..
. Judge, then, hrow much I have been gratified by an in. cident. I am going to relate to you. I stopped my horse lately, where a great number of people were collected at an auction of merchants' goods. The hour of sale not being come, they were conversing on the badness of the times; and one of the company called to a plain, clean, old man with white locks, “ Pray, Father Abraham, what think you of the times? Won't these heavy taxes site ruin the country? How shall we be ever able to pay them? What would you advise us to do?” Fatber Abraham stood up, and replied, “If you'd have my ad..vice, I'll give it to you in short : “ for a word to the wise iš enough; and many words won't fill a bushel," as poor Richard says. They joined in desiring him to speak his mind; and gathering round him, he proceeded as follows: ' . - Friends (says he) and neighbours, the taxes are in. deed very heavy; and it those laid on by the governiment were the only ones we had to pay; we might more isasily discharge them; but we have many others, and
much more grievous to sɔme of us. We are taxed twice
as much by our idleness, three times as much by our pride, and four times as much by our folly; and from these taxes the commissioners cannot ease or deliver us-by allowing an abatement. However, let us hearken to good advice, and someshing may be done for us ;
“God helps them that help themselycs," as pogr Richard says in his Almanack.
It would be thought a hard government that should tax its people one-tenth part of their time, to be employ, ed in its service ; but idleness taxes many of us much more, if we reckon all that is spent in absolute sloth, or doing of nothing, with that which is spent in idle employments, or amusements that amount to nothing. '.
Sloth, by bringing oa di esses, absolutely, shortens life. . "Sloth, like rust, consumes faster than labour wears, while the key used is always bright," as poor Richard
says. i. .. 474 ; . L oe * But dost thou love life? then do not squander time,
for that's the stuff life is made of,” as poor Richard says. How much more than is necessary do we spend in sleep! forgetting that “the sleeping fox catches no poultry, and that there will be sleeping enough in the grave," as poor Richard says. “If time be of all things
the most precious, wasting time must be, (as poor Richa ,ard says) the greatest prodigality;"! since, as he else
where tells, " Lost time is never found again ; and what Me call time enough always proves little enough."
Let us then up and be doing, and doing to the pur. pose ; so by diligence shall we do more with less perplexity. * Sloth makes all things difficult, but industry all casy," as poor Richard' says.; and,“ he that riseth late must trot all day, and shall scaice overtake his business at night ; while laziness travels so slowly that, poverty
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goon overtakes him,” as we read in poor Richard ; who adds, “ Drive thy business ; let not that drive thee;" and
* Early to bed, and early to riie,
." Make a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." So what signifies wishing and hoping for better times ? We make these times better if we bestir ourselves. “ (n. dustry needs not wish,” as poor Richard says; and,
“ He that lives upon hope, will die fas:ing." “ There are no gains without pains ; then help. hands, for I have no lands ; or if I have, they are smartly tax. ed;" and, (as poor Richard likewise observes,) “ He that hath a trade bath an estate ; and he thar hath a calling hath an office of profit and honour :" but then the trade must be worked at, and the calling well followed, or neither the estate nor the office will enable us to pay our taxes.
If we are industrious, we shall never starve ; for, as poor Richard says, “ At the werking man's house hunger looks in, but dares not enter." Nor will the bailiff or the constable enter ; for, “ Industry pays debts, while despair increascth them,” says poor Richard. What tho? you have found no treasure, nor has any rich relation left you a legacy ? “Diligence is the mother of good luck," as poor Richard says; and, “God gives all things to industry ;
Then plough deep while sluggard's sleep,
says poor Dick. Work while it is called to-day; for you know not how much you may be hindered to.morrow; which makes poor Richard say, “ One to-day is worth two to-mortows; and further, “ Have you somewhat to do to-mor. row, do it to-day." If you were a servant, would you