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Living, shall forfeit fair renown,
SIR WALTER SCOTT.
The Love OF OUR COUNTRY, when regulated by virtue, and made consistent with universal benevolence, is one of the noblest and most generous passions that can animate the human breast. Since it comprehends in it all the affections due to our parents, children, friends, neighbours, fellowcitizens, and countrymen. It does not merely consist in an attachment to the spot of earth where we drew our first breath ; but it is an affection for the community, as govern
ed by the same laws, and united by a common interest. Whenever this passion prevails, it swallows up all sordid and selfish regards, conquers the love of pleasure, ease, wealth and power; and even the amiable partialities of friendship, gratitude, and ties of blood, when they come in competition with the public good. And it will teach a man bravely to sacrifice all, even life itself, in defence of the liberty, the happiness, and the honour of his country. In short, this passion inspires resignation and obedience to the laws, and is the parent of public spirit, love of liberty, and all the other political duties that form the hero and the patriot.
“ GOLDEN OPINIONS”
AND NOBLE PARAGRAPHS,
FROM THE BEST AUTHORS,
ANCIENT AND MODERN.
That degree of sensibility which prompts us to “
weep with them that
weep,” is stronger than that which prompts us to “rejoice with them that rejoice;" for this reason, the unhappy stand more in
need of our fellow-feeling and assistance than the prosperous.
Human life, like the sea, is exposed to frequent hurricanes, and the evening of the brightest day is often obscured and tempestuous. The wise ought to say of the world as Palinurus, that famous pilot in Virgil, did of the sea,
“ Shall I confide in that monster ?"
True Virtue comes as pure out of adversity, as gold out of the crucible.
Hope is a sturdy plant, that will grow on the most rocky soil ;
it is destined for the aliment of man's spiritual part, and without it he could not exist.
There are no principles but those of religion to be depended upon in cases of real stress; and these are able to encounter the worst emergencies, and to bear us up under all the changes and chances to which our life is subject.
Give no promise without consideration ; but when given, hold it sacred.
The comfort of life depends upon conversation, good offices, and con