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The virtuous cultivation of the mind is the only source of enjoyment to be depended upon ; we seek pleasure in vain, if we seek it otherwise than as a relaxation from more serious pursuits.

CAPRICE is a vice of the temper, which increases faster than any other, by indulgence; it often spoils the best qualities of the heart, and in particular situations degenerates into the most insufferable tyranny. The first appearance of it in young minds should be opposed with firmness, and prevented from farther progress, else our future attempts to arrest it may be fruitless, for

“every moment grows
And gains new strength and vigour as it goes.”

Courage is a virtue only in proportion as it is directed by prudence; without prudence it is a senseless contempt of life, a mere brutal ardour.

REMORSE sleeps in the calm sunshine of prosperity, but wakes amid the storms of adversity.

The man whom Heav'n appoints To govern others, should himself first learn To bend his passions to the sway of reason.

HAPPINESS is a very common plant, a native of every soil ; yet is some skill required in gathering it; for many poisonous weeds look

like it, and deceive the unwary to their ruin.

FORTITUDE is one of the noblest virtues appertaining to human nature, and stamps upon those who possess it an unfading lustre which does honour to the name of man. He who labours under the lash of adversity, and bears up against misfortunes with pious resignation, must be pleasing to the Supreme Being, while his conduct is uni- ' versally admired by his fellow creatures.

ANDRODUS AND THE LION.

There are many well-authenticated narratives of the affection of lions for individuals of the human species. An extraordinary instance is recorded in the following story from Aulus Gellius, a Roman grammarian, who lived A. D. 130.

Androdus was the slave of a noble Roman, who was Proconsul of Africa. He had been guilty of a fault for which his master would have put him to death, had he not

found an opportunity to escape out of his hands, and fled into the deserts of Numidia. As he was wandering among the barren sands, and almost dead with heat and hunger, he saw a cave in the side of a rock. He went into it, and finding at the further part of it a place to sit down upon, rested there for some time. At length, to his great surprise, a huge over-grown lion entered at the mouth of the cave, and seeing a man at the upper end of it, immediately made towards him. Androdus deemed his destruction inevitable; but the lion, instead of treating him as he expected, laid his paw upon his lap, and with a complaining kind of voice, began licking his hand.

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