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Resemble not the panther's treacherous seeming,
That looks so lovely to beguile its prey;
That charms the fancy only to betray.
Alike on good and ill his gifts he showers :
To all who court her offers fruits and flowers.
A robe unmeet to deck a mortal frame; Mild be thy light, and innocent as morning,
And shine on high and humble still the same. Bid thy good-will, in bright abundauce flowing
To all around its kindly stream impart; Thy love the while on One alone bestowing,
The fittest found, the object of thy heart!
A PLEASANT DISPOSITION.
Take all the forms of wealth and ease,
Be then our study and delight,
To gain the prize so fair and bright,
Speak gently: it is better far
To rule by love than fear,
Speak gently: love doth whisper low
The vows that true hearts bind; And gently friendship’s accents flow,
Affection's voice is kind.
Speak gently to the little child,
Its love be sure to gain;
may not long remain.
Will have enough to bear,
'Tis full of anxious care.
Speak gently to the aged one,
Grieve not the care-worn heart,
Let such in peace depart.
Speak gently, kindly, to the poor,
Let no harsh tone be heard ;
Without an unkind word.
Speak gently to the erring—know
They must have toiled in yain;
Oh! win.them back again.
Speak gently! He who gave his life
To bend man's stubborn will,
Said to them, “ Peace, be still."
Speak gently : 'tis a little thing
Dropped in the heart's deep well;
Eternity alone shall tell.
SPEAK NOT TO HIM A BITTER WORD
Would'st thou a wanderer reclaim ?
If wildly he hath gone astray,
Forbid thy parting lips to move,
The lowering frown he will not bear,
" A great deal of injury is done to children by their parents scolding. Many children have been nearly or quite ruined by it, and often driven from home, to become vagabonds and wanderers, by scolding. It sours your temper, provided it is sweet, which is a question ; if you scold, the more you will have to scold, and because you have become crosser, and your chil
dren likewise. Scolding alienates the hearts of your children. Depend upon it, they cannot love you as well after you have berated them, as they did before. You may approach them with firmness and decision, you may punish them with severity adequate to the nature of their offences, and they will feel the justice of your conduct, and love you notwithstanding all. But they hate scolding. It stirs up the bad blood, while it discloses your weakness, and lowers you in their estimation. Especially at night, when they are about to retire, their hearts should be melted and moulded with voices of kindness, that they may go to their slumbers with thoughts of love stealing around their souls, and whispering peace.”—N.Y. Evangelist.
A few years since, a wealthy gentleman of Paris, who lived in idleness, at length became weary of life, and left his house one evening, with the intention of drowning himself in the river Seine; it being yet twilight when he arrived at its bank, he concluded to walk about a short time, till it was darker, so that he should not be discovered. While thus engaged, he put his hand in his pocket, and felt a purse, which was filled with gold; he concluded to go and find