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BENEFITS OF ADVERSITY.
A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner.
uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify man for usefulness or happiness. The storms of adversity, like the storms of the ocean, rouse the faculties and excite the invention, prudence, skill, and fortitude of the voyager.
OUR MOUNTAIN HOMES.
MRS. S. R. A. Barnes,
Why turn we to our mountain homes
MAKE A BEGINNING.
do not begin, you will never come to the end. The
first weed pulled up in the garden, the first seed set in the
ground, the first dollar put in the savings-bank, and the first mile traveled on a journey, are all important things; they make a beginning, and thereby give a hope, a promise, a pledge, an assurance that you are in earnest in what you have undertaken. How many a poor, idle, erring, hesitating outcast is now creeping his way through the world, who might have held up his head and prospered, if, instead of putting off his resolutions of amendment and industry, he had only made a beginning!
PLEASURE IN ACQUIRING KNOWLEDGE.
1. Note the ecstatic joy of the student, who has labored long over a problem or proposition, but finally comes to a logical conclusion; who has struggled with the misty darkness of his own mind, for a clear view of some difficult subject, until the clouds, one after another, have dispersed, and he beholds, with his mental vision, in bright and glorious light, the conception for which he labored. Think you he would exchange his joys for the pleasures of sense'? It is of a higher and more ennobling character, and not to be bartered for paltry wealth.
2. What dignity and self-respect invest the man of thought! His very looks bespeak of mind. He is approached with deference, as a being of higher order in the scale of intelligence, -as one who has a right to command and be obeyed. For what moves mind, but mind? A strong intellect, coming in contact with one of less energy, will as naturally move it, as superior physical strength will overcome the weaker.
WHAT IS FAME?
What is glory? What is fame'?
A stream that hurries on its way,
Singing of sorrow`;
A fortune that to lose were gain';
A word of praise, perchance of blame';
Ah! well do we all know the worth of intelligence, the power of knowledge, and the beauty and glory of wisdom. It is educated manhood that wakes up the sleeping soil, covers the earth with good, that gathers in the golden harvest, that clothes the naked, that feeds the hungry. It is the cultivated mind that applies the strength of the ox and the fleetness of the horse; that bridges the river, that turns to use the flying winds, that makes the lightning its swift messenger, that makes beautiful palaces of dull clay, that rouses the dead ore to active life, that covers the sea with ships, and the land with mighty engines of wealth. It is the developed intellect that flies through the upper air, that mingles with the stars, that follows the moon in her course, that overtakes the constellations in their orbits, that weighs the sun, that measures the distance to the polar star. It is the enlightened soul that worships God.
GOD'S WORKS ATTEST HIS GREATNESS.
1. There's not a leaf within the bower;
There's not a bird upon the tree;
2. Thy hand the varied leaf designed,
And gave the bird its thrilling tone;
Till like the diamond's blaze they shone.
3. Yes, dewdrops, leaves, and buds, and all
4. But man alone to bounteous Heaven,
MO NOT' O NOUS, dull; uniform.
RE VER' BER ATES, rebounds; reëchoes.
FRICTION, rubbing together.
PRO JECT ED, thrown out or forward.
CAPTURE OF THE WHALE.
1. LET the reader suppose himself on the deck of a Southeaman, cruising in the North Pacific ocean. He may be musing over some past event, the ship may be sailing gently along over the smooth ocean, every thing around solemnly still, with the sun pouring its intense rays with dazzling