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better able to manage, and more!
I he influence of the animal sis. cager for it than I ; and fancying tem on the rational, as subject to a a roving life would agree with me variety of incidents, impedes the best, I quit the place, taking no-progress
progress of the mind; and the thing with me, but resolved to contracted sphere for a capacious walk the world, and just trust 10 faculty to act in ; lessens the atthe charity of good christians, or tainment, which ends in expectade, as it should please God. How tiononly. Hope sustains the shatI have lived so long, he, only tered frame through various scenes knows, and his will be done : Duty of life, the promised good obtained I should not be sorry to be releas- enjoyment is sought, but that has ed, if that might be
vanished long, every effort ending as begun, the question still remains
-Where is happiness to be found For the Lady's Miscellany.
Perplexing cares annoy a pleasing
charm, the fear of losing makes THOUGHTS on HAPPINESS.
possession pain, increasing benefits Not happiness itselt makes good ber make increasing ills, and bliss is
only known by woe endured before. Pur very wishes give us not our wish. The grand pursuit of mankind in How distant oft the thing we doat on general, is after this desirable atmost,
tainment, and there are nearly as From that for which we doat Felicity ?"
many supposed ways of obtaining Nicht THOUGHTI.
this invaluable blessing, as enquir
The miser Ushered into a state of existence, crs for it.
supposes where the flattering voice of plea. happiness alone to be found in sure, and the threatning language riches, and fondly imagines himself
in the third heaven, when coun:ing of pain alternately resound; where Vice is arrayed with splendour, his hoarded mass; but alas ! Wiat and Virtue scarcely seen, where
vain delusion !
All the treasures of an eastern honor is applied to folly and esteem where shame is duc ; where fa. prince, cannot procure health, vour leans to interest, and where
contentment, or peace to the trou. merit is but a name; where friend. bled mind. On the contrary,
where riches are possessed, care ship is a prostituted term, and gain includes respect : In this in- and anxiety will intrude. The in
fatuated mortal, whose soulis wrapt verted paradise, deluded man goes far in search of happiness.
with anxious care to increase his
accumulated wealth, fails in acquirIf any principle is innate, it is ing that enjoyment, which afflu. the desire of Happiness, and if any ence was designed to afford. Vain practice in such pursuit is contra-' then is the effort of obtaining Hapdictory and vain, it is that of man. piness, from a source thus despi
cable and mean. Dihers are seek. rasses bis mind, and is deluded in ing this inestimable prize in a life the object : in the dark researches of dissipation and extravagance, of mystery he is bewildered, and as but such persons labour under reason is overpowered by infinitude greater delusion than the former, his discoveries terminale, his curiand if oo: un eceived ere it be 100 osity is checked, his wisdom conlate, will find it by sad experience. | founded, and his happiness ended, The po ile rake, the modern beau | By taking a more regular survey and the voiaries of fasbion seek of the different pursuits of mankind, happiness in a way, which by the from the monarch to the peasant, njore prudent and considerate. we may observe, their grand and would be decmed the extreme of united aim is happiness. The misery; their happiness is bui ef monaich, whose ideas are more short duration, too tiivial to com exalted, and whose person more pensate for the dreadful remorse dignified, would scorn to par ake that ensues. The libertine, in the of that, which the subject would slavery of sensuality, with his deejoice at: power, grandeur, and bauched associates, enjoys what he dignity, are the three principal calls Happiness. In the midst of things, that constitute his supposed his revellings, he considers him-happiness. In these he is often self in the height of bliss, when in frustrated, his power checked, his truth he is in the depths of wretch grandeur lessened, his dignity deedness.
based. The works of Providence
tend often to effect these changes. Let us review the opposite cha
Many suppose that in the splenracier, and revert to the formal
dour of a court, happiness is to be pharisee, who imagines by his pie found, but the seat of royalty is oftty he insures not only happiness
en the region of misery : for by here, but hereafter. Such, by a
reason of their exalted situations, regular course of living, may be
troubles are more pumerous 0. nearer an enjoyment of this privi thers in a medium b, twecn riches lege : bui even here, happiness is
and poverty, look for Happiness, not to be found. The vicissitudes
and if any where, it is most likely of life, and the afflictions incident.
to be found here, but relative, al to all, will ever interrupt fruition incidental and personal afflic:ions The philosopher, likewise whu
even to them impede and subside, regulates his conduct by reason is
this blessing. The peasant, in his a stranger to this refined acquisi
silent cettage, remote from the tion, and though he supposes him busy scenes of the me'ropolis, is self a participant of it, yet in the ofien thought to possess it, but poend finds himself deceived. Fron.
very impedes, though rusticity the perplexity ándexed to a crude promotes by fame and popularity, system of action, he ofien embar some are led to imagine happiness
is to be attained, but alas! not the complete fruition in that which is most renowned warrior, or learned to come. sage, could ever in this
That which admits of, and is permanent bliss : for as faine and
liable to interruption, cannot justly popularity when attending us seem
be called happiness: but this which pleasing, its declension or removal
revalation informs us of admits of is on the other band debasing.
no interruption. The consolations Thus, while on one part it holds
of religion are the earnest of future forth complete felicity, on the o.
happiness, though liable to many ther it threatens inexpressible dis
inpediments : whoreas that bliss tress.
which the soul in a stale of separaWhile success accompanies the tion from the body is capacitated undertakings of the statesmen, and
to enjoy, is such as no tongue can the voice of faction is no longer describe, thought conceive, heard, being surrounded by num. words express. Hence it is self bers, who unite in a constant suc.
evident, that man is designed for cession of praises, he vainly fancies greater happiness than this transi. himself happy ; but how soonis he tory life can afford. Felicity strictawakened from his golden dream : | ly considered, is that state which his schemes having been frustrated,
mere animal existence without ou mistakes appear evident, and thus
ther appendages cannot possibly his fame declines ; and though
attain to. Yet to brighten the before elated by a stream of com
scene we must allow, that here is mendations, he is now overwhelm
a comparatively happy man, and ed by a torrent of abuse. It is the
who properly answers that enlivensame among lower orders of peo
ing cha acter, shall briefly be the ple. The man who expects by a
present object of enquiry. To accircumspect behaviour, and exem
cellerate the growth of the vegeplary conduct, to arrive at some
table creation, a soil well addapted clegree of happiness by enjoying is indispensibly requisite, so likethe good opinion of people in gen.
wise to felicitate a complex and eral, is disappointed in his expec- variegated sphere of action ; a pertations, by the calumnies and slan
manent basis can a'one produce der of a censorious world. In all
the superstructure of tranquility
and ease. the philosophic researches of human nature, their system of felici. The happy, is the virtuous man, ty was ever subject to the vicissi- ! he whose principles are emblazon. tudes of mortality, but the happi-ed with the transparency of tiuih, mess to which Divine Revelation, and whose practice wears a constant the only proper guide of cur ac. form. To him honor is a sucied tions directs us, is not only in part tie, equity the darling of his days, enjoyed in this life, but will have and benevolence the offspring of
his life. The law of conscience peace; therefore their quietude of binds him in every concern, fidelity mind was the effect of delusion. reigns thro' his whole procedure. The Miser is perhaps content in and is generai utiliiy renders bim his riches, and the Libertine in his the admiration of all. Thus tread. || profiigacy, bu: what ground have ing the paths of virtue and piety, they for it? the cause is neither longevily proves perhaps his por
virtuous principles,nor moral praction, a pleasing retrospect of the
lice the effect therefore is present past presents itself to view ; and ease at the risk of future misery. well founded consolation in future chee.s the idea of dissolution. He Encompassed by difficulties withthen is happy in propesiy enjoying out, annoyed by impediments withthe present, and considering the in, our wills, our judgment, und our futurs. As a traveller rough reason, being likewise the slaves. life he feasts not on the delights et of passion ; il cuonoi be matter of sense, but varuss i hem so far as surpiize thai iesicity is scarcely atthey administer to his wants. To tainub:e. The mind is the seat of. him poverty seenis more tollerabie happiness, and whether from nabecausc he views an inheritance to tuiul or external causes it is ex. coine ; to him affliction seems cluded, unless every obstruction loss, because he knows the neces be removed, and the mighty vacu.. sity of it,
um of desire saturated, there can,
be no real happiness. Thus too Ile then is not always the happy ciose an attachment to the present man who possesses most, endures
is the occasion of so many seeking the least, or whose years rol on in finappiness in present things; and outward peace, but the man who or want of more extensive desire though possessing little enjoys i knowledge, they disregard futurity; hest, and thou, h in a menial sphere as though, like the brute creation is rendered nobiy by the dignky hey, were formed but for one of vir:ue. To acquire happiness, state of exisiance. It is demonthe philosophers refer us to constrabiy evident from every princiientment, as if, like science it were
ple of action, that the summit of aitaivable by study and attention ; lnuina: espectancy is Satisfaction, a reference this, delusory indeed, and this is generally supposed to since that which is a gift is not 10 be included in the idea of happiness. be acquired ; and such conteni. ment is. Contentment may be, But that a rational creature, who and often is, the effect of ignorance is convinced that the greatest exand inattention: nor does it always | panse of human intellection cannot proceed from a proper cause. The arrive to the completion of desire, Prophets ofold spakeof many, who in a state where matter and spirit cried peace, when there was no dre co-existent and mutually de
praved; that such sbonic pursue it poor woman was. I entered the in this contradiced sphc!e, seems habitation. It was a poor shelter. astonishing. Thereforc it may be The pale moon beams played on proper to observe, that disappoint ihe floor through the chincks, and mun: in ihisinstance,among others, the wind whistled through the serves to increase our misery, and broken windows. On the bed, that true felicity can only be found pale and emaciated with a fever, in that state where we shall be ca- lay the poor woman. In a cradle pable of enjoying it ; where the by the side of the bed wrapped in objects of sense will not engage a single rug, slept an infant, & in our attention, nor the allurements the corner over a small file. sat a of vice, in any 'wise in pair our little boy about five years old. comforts. Nothing short of per: There was no other being in the fection can render us completely house.- No friend to soothe her happy, since where inspe, fection | distress :-No nurse to moisten gains admission, it ceases to be her burning lips with a drop of happiness.
water. Poverty has few allure.
ments--sickness has nene: and As mutation, uncertainty, and
prudery and uncharitableness reainterruption,preclude mortals from dily avail themselves of the frailenjoying temporal felicity, immor.
ties of the poor sufferer, to excuse taliiy can alone effect a blessing ;
their neglect. where immutability and perpetuity become necessary.
I s:epped out to procure a loaf of bread for the children: I was
not long gone, when on returning From the desk of Poor Robert the Scribe. to the door, the noise of a fooi step
on the floor, told me somebody was "It is better to go to the house of
within. O it was a pleasant sight! mourning, than to the house of feasting.' || A young female friend, whose ge"So sofrom the motio I see
nius is unknown to her literary ac. saith the reader, Old Robert is il quaintance-whose virtuous and getting quite serious.' Just so, I amiable disposition combined with assure you, pretiy miss, and you a peculiar agreeableness of manwould have been serious too, had ners had preferred to the gay you
been with Old Robert the o. scenes of mirth or the charnis of a ther evening
novel, alone, and unostentatious,
visit to the house of poverty and It was one of the coldest nigh:s to the bed of sickness! Like an of the season. The wind blew with angel of mercy she was adminisremorseless violence - Aunt Eu- tering to the comfort of the poor nice was herself ill, and begged I woman and her infant. would step up and see how the I have seen the assemblies of