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10. Art thou a Christian ? shall the frown
Of fortune cause dismay?
Which long hath passed away:
Prepared the deathless palm :-
Can join in Victory's psalm.
THE LOST CAMEL.
A DERVISE was journeying alone in the desert, when two merchants suddenly met him: “ You have lost a camel," said he to the merchants.
“Indeed we have," they replied.
“ Was he not blind in his right eye, and lame in his left leg ?" said the dervise.
“He was,” replied the merchants.
“And was he not loaded with honey on one side, and wheat on the other ?”
“ Most certainly he was,” they replied; "and, as you have seen him so lately, and marked him so particularly, you can, in all probability, conduct us to him."
“My friends,” said the dervise, “I have never seen your camel, nor ever heard of him but from you."
“A pretty story, truly !” said the merchants ; “but where are the jewels which formed a part of his cargo ?”
“I have neither seen your camel nor your jewels,” repeated the dervise.
On this they seized his person, and forthwith hurried him before the Cadi, where, on the strictest search, nothing could be found upon him, nor could any evidence whatever be adduced to convict him, either of falsehood or of theft. They were then about to proceed against him as a sorcerer, when the dervise, with great calmness, thus addressed the court:
“I have been much amused with your surprise, and own that there has been some ground for your suspicions; but I have lived long and alone; and I can find ample scope for observation even in a desert. I knew that I had crossed the track of a camel that had strayed from its owner, because I saw no mark of any human footstep on the same route ; I knew that the animal was blind in one eye, because it had cropped the herbage only on one side of its path; and I perceived that it was lame in one leg, from the faint impression which that particular foot had produced upon the sand.
“I concluded that the animal had lost one tooth, because, wherever it had grazed, a small tuft of herbage was left uninjured in the centre of its bite. As to that which formed the burden of the beast, the busy ants informed me that it was corn on the one side, and the clustering flies that it was honey on the other.”
This story is not without its moral. A habit of observation-of noticing what is going on around us—is of great use in storing the mind with knowledge, and preparing us for usefulness.
THE SMILE AND TEAR.
1. Said a Smile to a Tear
On the cheek of my dear,
“In sooth, lovely Tear,
It strange does appear,
2. “I came from the heart,
A soft balm to impart
“ And I," said the Smile,
" That heart to beguile,
3.- “O then," said the Tear,
“ Sweet Smile, it is clear
And how lovely that face
Which together we grace,
CHOICE SAYINGS OF WISE MEN.
THOSE are most likely to detect a hypocrite who are themselves playing the hypocrite.
The martyrs to vice suffer more in the cause than the martyrs to virtue.
We are ruined, not by what we want, but by what we think we want.
He that buys what he does not want will soon want what he cannot buy.
Hurry shows a weak mind, despatch a strong one.
Our Master, who had no sin, loved the criminal, while he hated the crime ; we, who are sinners, too often love the crime and hate the criminal.
He that strives for the mastery must join a well-disciplined body to a well-regulated mind.
Those who visit foreign countries, and yet associate only with their own countrymen, change their climate but not their customs ; they see new meridians, but the same men; and return home with empty heads as well as empty pockets
with travelled bodies, but untravelled minds.
He that dies a martyr proves that he was not a knave, but not that he was not a fool.
Failures, to men in power, are like defeats to a general.
Gravity is often less wise, and levity less foolish, than they appear.
The same furnace that melts gold hardens clay; so the same afflictions that subdue the generous harden the basehearted.
When young, we trust others too much ; when old, too little.
More great ends are carried by concealing our own counsels, than by discovering those of our antagonist.
Gaming is the child of avarice, but the parent of prodigality.
It is easy for men to despise riches and honors which are possessed by others.
Designing men begin by asking small favors, and professing great gratitude.
Those who begin by loving money as a servant, often end by serving it as slaves.
Independence without wealth, and wealth without independence, are alike common and natural.
Men naturally incline to continue to oblige those they have begun to oblige, and to continue to injure those they have begun to injure.
Grant readily what you cannot refuse safely.
THE WASHINGTON ELM.
1. This fine old elm, on the Common at Cambridge, doubtless a remnant of the primeval forest, — has a heritage of glory. . Beneath its shade Washington first drew his sword, as Commander-in-Chief of the American army. It is thus associated with one of the most important eras in our history, and in the life of that illustrious man, who
“ first first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen."
2. From the first flash of that sword beneath these branches, until it was finally sheathed at Yorktown, what heart-stirring events transpired for the historian, the politician, and the poet. The drama, which was conceived and commenced by the “Bay State,” — the noble mother of New England, and which in its progress convulsed every member of the “Old Thirteen,” reached its catastrophe and termination of glory in the Ancient Dominion, where first the Saxon vine took root in the soil of this New World.
3. The venerated tree, thus forever connected with the memory of the father of our country, has a fitting and beautiful locality. Its foliage almost sweeps the walls of the most ancient university in the United States, for which the first appropriation was made in 1636, the year after the fathers of Connecticut took their departure from Cambridge, and began the settlement of Hartford.
4. It is touching and even sublime to recall the efforts made by our ancestors to secure the means of education for their descendants, while themselves enduring the hardships and privations attendant on colonial life. Sixteen years from the first landing on the snow-clad rock of Plymouth had scarcely elapsed, ere they laid the plan of a collegiate institution; the poorest contributing from his poverty, perhaps