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their course and taken their degree. Beside by justice and truth. It was a theme just the reputation of brilliant classical attain- suited to his capacity and genius, and he ments, young Heber soon added the celebri- handled it in a manner which would have ty of possessing poetic powers of the high- reflected credit upon those who were his est order. The poem beginning with the seniors by twenty-five years. following stanza is said to have been writ- In the year 1809 Heber paid his addresten when he was in his sixteenth year: ses to the youngest daughter of the Dean of
St. Asaph. Some looked upon his conduct "By cool Siloam's shady rill,
as singular. They thought that one possesHow sweet the lily grows!
sed of such extraordinary attainments should How sweet the breath, beneath the hill, . Of Sharon's dewy rose!
look for a partner in a somewhat higher eir Lo, such the child whose early feet
cle of life; that is, that he should seek one The paths of peace have trod;
whose possessions, in wealth and other Whose secret heart, with influence sweet,
things, were of the first order. Others Is upward drawn to God!”
thought differently, and desired to see him · Heber's "Palestine,” a poem which the united in marriage to the daughter of the "author wrote in his twentieth year, was pro- Dean. This event, happily was accomplishnounced the best prize poem ever produced ed. Before he was twenty-six years of age, at an English university. Walter Scott he became the parish minister of St. Asaph,
heard Heber read it, before he had finally, and was, wherever known, received with · completed it, and awarded him high praise marked respect. He was assiduqus in visit
in his address to the Muses. "One thing, ing the members of his flock, and gave a reand one thing alone,” remarked Sir Walter, buke to such of his fellow-laborers in the • "have you omitted; it is, that no, tools were Gospel of Jesus Christ as professed to have employed in the erection of the Temple.” neither the time nor the ability for pastoral Immediately Reginald acknowledged the visiting. He was careful to see that all the omission, and gave the following beautiful poor in the neighborhood were relieved. He couplet:
was equally careful to supply their spiritual
wants, and made it his duty, as often as op“No hammer fell, nor ponderous axes rung; Like some tall palm, the mystic fabric sprung."
portunity offered, to pray with and for them.
| The distressed he alleviated; the cast-down Professor Taylor, in remarking on the re- he lifted up; the sick he comforted; the cital of this poem in the magnificent chapel saint he encouraged; and the sinner he of Oxford University, says that it was re- warned, with all the earnestness that one ceived with unbounded applause, and that sent from God couldwarn, and in view of the father of young Heber, who was present that day when the secrets of all hearts shall at the time, was so affected by the demon- be made known, and men shall receive the strations of favor from the audience that his reward due to their actions here. health was materially impaired, and he Much as he appeared in public, he yet shortly afterward died. In his twenty-first loved solitude. It was his delight, like one year, Mr. Heber received the Bachelor's of old, to go forth and myse at eventide. prize 'for an English prose essay, entitled His love of nature was strong; his love of "The Sense of Honor.” This article was nature's God still stronger. . . written in its author's best vein of literary In the year 1815 Mr. Heber was chosen excellence. Its illustrations and figures were to deliver a course of lectures, known as the apt and well chosen, Its thrusts at national Bampton Lectures. He complied with reand social evils were of a most caustic luctance, His theme was the personality nature; and yet they were received by all and office of the Christian Comforter; and who heard the essay as evidently supported though well and ably discussed, his criticisms on several points were cariled by reviewers, which he could ameliorate the condition of and involved him in considerable difficulty. the heathen around him. His talents seYet he bore all with humility, and did not cured him the respect of all, while his bland, suffer himself to be so far disturbed as not unostentatious, but affectionate manner bocasionally to give time to literature and bound almost every heart to his. In the its pursuits. Hence, we find him writing course of his visits and travels, Bishop for the Edinburg Review, in which appear- Heber visited Ceylon, where he was instrued some of his finest prose and poetic mental in effecting much good. Toward the pieces
| latter part of February, 1826, he undertook When in his thirty-sixth year, his atten the journey to the Madras Presidency; but tion was directed to the missionary enter- his great exertions at this time proved fatal prise lie then wrote the hymn conimen- to his health. He died suddenly, away from eing,
home, on the 2d of April, 1826, in his forty"From Greenland's iey mountains." third year, This was first sung at Wrexham Church, but,
The intelligence of his death caused the is now known and sung throughout the
| profoundest regret among all classes of citi.
zens at Calcutta. A void had been created Christian world. While on the eve of es.
which none could fill. A man had departed tablishing himself at Lincoln's Inn, Dear
from them whom none could equal, and London, be received the appointment to the
| whom none had known but to love. Not bishoprie of Caleutta, though, it must be
by his own flock merely, but by all other confessed, it was not from any desire to in.
religious persons, and by the natives genercrease his worldly aggrandizemept.' Mr.
*ally, he was mourned, as a good and a great Heber had felt for many years, a deep in
man fallen in Israel. How strikingly apterest for the welfare of Christianity in British India. Added to this, he naturally | propriate to his premature death the words had a love for oriental climes; and thongh
of Montgomery: he had a keen perception of the terrible nat
«Tranquil amidst alarms, ural phenomena of the tropies, he suffered
Death found him in the field
A veteran slumbering on his arms, kimself to be carried away by the varied |
Beneath his red-cross shield: and enchanting scenery, and the magnifi
His sword was in his hand, cence of the natural productions. But the Still warm with recent fight, bour of separation from England was one of Ready, that moment, at command, deep and bitter feeling. He parted from his
Through rock and steel to smite, friends with the almost prophetic assurance At midnight came the cry, of never being able to return to them; yet "To meet thy God, prepare! there was a calm resignation in his course
He woke, and canght his Captain's eye: which pone but the devoted servant of God
Then, strong in faith and prayer,
His spirit, with a bound, could experience, In a letter to a friend, he
Burst its incumbering cky; observed, that a minister, like a soldier, His tent, at sunrisə, on the ground should go on any service to which he thinks A darkened ruin lay." himself suited, whether it be entirely congenial to his heart or not. Accordingly, he
The temper which recognises the good set sail for India on the sixteenth day of that is in the world, is more maturely wise Jme, 1823, where he arrived, after a long than that which sea
Inno than that which searches for the evil. and perilous voyage,
Though reading and conversation may The duties of his diocese, in this far-off furnish us with many ideas of men and land, were exceedingly onerous; yet we things; yet it is our own meditation that find bim willing to engage in any thing by I must form our judgment.
And she speaks in balmy whispers,
Like a voice of Flower-land, As she nestles closer to me,
Aud I clasp her with my hand, Aud the swelling floods of passion,
Wildly overflow their lime, And I feel the burning waters,
When her cheek is pressed to mine.
Like the gentle dove of Noah,
Which had flown across the sea, She can find no piace reposing,
Until she returns to me, With her beatific presence,
Thus she gladdens all my days, And, like an embodied beauty,
She is goddess of my praise.
HIMAN nature has opposing principles and moral instruction should be accomodated to them respectively. Man is indolent; he is also active; and were poverty 'to be regarded as reputable as industry, multitudes would abandon themselves to idleness. To the young, the healthy, the vigorous, let poverty be marked with shame; but when age, disease, or misfortune, reduces to poverty, Jet humanity interfere, and, with brotherly sympathy, relieve distress. .
A man of a vain and self-conceited nind, when he expresses an erroneous opinion, or commits an improper action, will often have the assurance and perversity to defend his opinion, and justify his conduct. A person of true greatness of mind, when he does wrong, yields to conviction, confesses his error, and corrects it, for he is gret and eonsistent in his candor, his regard for truth, and his love of virtue.
Oh! this ever-present vision,
Is the thought of her away.
And who murmere at my stay.
Blends her bird-like soul with mine-
Constant, kneeling at hier shrine. MicuiGAN UNIVERSITY, Nor, 10, 1831.
The attack of some particular epidemic essary relaxation and rational amusement, disease has such an effect on the constitu- but waste not existence in idleness and frivtion, as to secure it from future contagion. ality. It is a fact to which every one asThis physical law to a certain extent, is also sents, that nothing is more valuable than & mental law of our nature. A person who time; yet it is a truth equally obvious, that has suffered some great calamity, and still in nothing has hunian ingenuity been more retains his physical and mental vigor, gener- inventive, than in the art of destroying it. ally becomes, to a considerable degree. cal. Wealth, without the regulation of the delous to the ordinary vexations of life. It is sires, does not so much supply our wants, as therefore, not so much our happiness to be multiply and augment them. Wealth to exempt from misfortune, as to acquire the covetousness, is like drink to a malady acspirit of endurance, that meet and 'over-companied with morbid thirst; the more licomes them.
quor is given, the more is demanded, and Many men have two characters, the one pub- indulgence serves only to aggravate the dislie and assumed, the other private and natur- ease. al; a man of integrity has only one charac- When you perform a benevolent and genter, which is uniform and consistent. If yon erous action, seek no other witness but convish to have a correct opinion of a person's science, for if you desire public applause, character, view him not when he is acting a you deprive it of a pure motive, and stamp feigned part in the drama of the world, but it with ostentation. When another performs listen to his expressions, and mark his con- a benevolent and generous action, it must be duet in his unguarded hours amid the com- favorably construed, for none can penetrate mou oocurrences of life.
the human mind, and candor is ever disposWhen a young man enters into an office. Jed to assign worthy motives to worthy or engages in a profession, it is not present
deeds. emolument, but official or professional expe- Strong desires and passions vatnally rush rience, and a character distinguished for prob to the accomplishment of their aim with ity, which should be his chief solicitude, for headstrong impetuosity, regardless equally these constitute the basis of future respecta- of the counsel of experience and the forebility, and the capital of a future fortune. thought of prudence. As you value your
It is extremely difficult to make a fair es- reputation and happiness, subdue your detimate of our own character, and we must sires and passions to self-control; then conbe sensible of our errors before we can cor-template the
template the immediate and remote couserect them. A person who is ignorant of his quences, and, calm and reflective, you will errors in respect to temper and conduct pursue the even tenor of a virtuous course. is corrupted by flattery or blinded by self. A good man, if he inadvertently commits love. Eschew flattery, subdue and regulate an injury, is grieved at what he has done, xelf-love, and you will be prepared to form a and hastens to redress it. If, in an unguarmodest and impartial judgment of your ded moment, by language or conduct he ofown character.
fends any one; to hurt the feelings of anothStudy attentively the qualities that are er is to hurt his own, and, with manly openmíst agreeable ir social intercourse. It is uess, he makes an apology. But seldom, innot the show of polite manners, nor the dis- deed is redress or apology necessary, for he play of profound learning, nor the brilliancy habitually obviates both by his command of of piquant wit, that is most attractive and temper, candor in sentiment; and courtesy of pleasing in company: it is the benevolence deportment. of the heart overflowing to humankind in Though it may be difficult to discover truth, sincerity, and courtesy.
the connection, every action has its connectPut a proper value upon time; enjoy nec- ing and originating cause in some principle
or habit. When we carefully study the ac- Prodigality, the reverse of parsimony, by tions of a person, trace them to the mind, a reverse process, is nourished and matured. discover their principles or habits, we des- The parsimonious places on the cause-moncend again to the actions, and infer his prob- ey—his affection, which the prodigal transable conduct in any given circumstances. In fers to the effect—the pleasures it procures. general, our private and social transactions A young man accustomed to the uncontrolrequire discreet concealment; but moral con- led gratification of his desires and appetites, duct admits no disguise save the modesty gradually contracts such a habit of indulthat represses vanity and shuns applause. gence, that, though he values money, he val
The grand principle of rebuke or repri- ues it only in relation to his pleasures; and mand is to bring the offender intò sympathy to this thoughtless, profligate habit of indul. with the aim of the address which is to pro- gence, many an ample fortune has been sacduce conviction, sorrow, and amendment. | rificed. The guilty, when they feel self-reproach (to A man of an exalted character would allay the painful feeling, if the bad habits rather possess merit, for which he receives no are not inveterate), are disposed to turn from acknowledgement, than receive praise for their evil courses.
merit which he does not possess. Ignoble - Be less desirous of information than of the is the man in sentiment who pretends to any mental habits necessary to acquire it. Be kind of excellence of which he is destitute, less anxious for knowledge than for the wis- and is gratified with praise to which he has dom which is its legitimate consequence. no claim. Be less solicitous for speculative wisdom, If any person indulges in any secret dethat serves for ostentatious display, than for linquency, and supposes it to be concealed the practical wisdom that ameliorates the from the world, and should any of his friends heart and pervades the conduct
o r acquaintance incidentally treat him with Simple manners, like simple viands, are coldness or neglect, his mind reverts on itever pleasing, but our natural tastes may be self, He fears that his real character is deperverted. We may be so habituated to ar- tected, and he is mortified and grieved that tificial manners and high-seasoned food, as he is no longer thought worthy of attention to have no perception of worth under a and civility. Thus an individual of immorplain exterior, and feel no gratification in al conduct becomes his own accuser. simple food, the security of health and When a man, upright in principle and cheerfulness. This is the perversion of firm in purpose, meets with coldness or negnatural and moral taste. ..
lect from any of his associates, he looks inIn early life a youth struggles with strait- to his own breast, and, his conscience apened circumstances; money supplies his proving, his tranquility is not disturbed. wants; hence on money he fixes his warm He then looks into society, and, in a case affection, and values it not for its use, but for such as this, which respects the courtesy of itself. In maturer years, a young man look- behavior, be allows every one to act according round on society, sees that wealth con- ing to his particular humor. A good man fers the distinctions, honours, and enjoy. rears his happiness in his own breast, and ments of civilized life; and as he ardently founds it on virtue. desires those advantages, be ardently covets Truth is simple, placid, and dignified, and the wealth from which they flow. From it must be maintained and defended in the these causes, we have the parsimonious char- spirit of its own inestimable qualities. You acter under all its various aspects, from the degrade truth when you protect it from friv. miser who denies himself the common nec- olous and captious objections, and you do it cessaries, to him who blends the savings of an injury when you lose your temper, and parsimony with the expenses of ostentation. I defend it with violence and abuse