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of hawthorns and the broken chimney, he saw him with his wife, and their numerous young family, drawing round their little table, which was covered with a clean, though very coarse cloth. There stood op it; a large dish of potatoes, a brown pitcher, and a piece of a coarse loaf, The wife and children stood in silent attention, while the shepherd, with uplifted hands, and eyes, devoutly begged the blessing of heaven on their homely fare. Mr. John., son could not help sighing to reflect, that he had sometimes seen better dinners eaten with less appearance of thankfulness,
The shepherd and his, wife then-sat down with great seeming cheerfulness, but the chil. dren stood ; and while the mother was nelping them, little fresh-coloured Molly, who had been engaged all the day, picking the wool from the bushes with so much delight,
". Father, I wish I was big enough to say grace; I am sure I should say it very heartily to-day: for I was thinking what must poor people do, who have po.salt to their potatoes : and do but look, our dish is quite full:" “ That is the right way of thinking, Molly," said the father, “ in whatever concerns bodily wants and bodily comforts, it is our duty to compare our lot with the lot of those who are worse off, and this will keep us thankful; on the other hand, whenever
we are tempted to set up our own wisdom and goodness, we must compare ourselves with those who are wiser and better, and that will keep us humble;"
Many are the silent pleasures of the honest peasant, who rises cheerfully to his labour.Look into his dwelling, where the scene of every man's happiness chiefly lies : he has the same domestic endearments as much joy and comfort in his children, and as flattering hopes of their doing well-to enliven this hours and gladden his heart, as can be found in the most affluent station, and there can be little doubt, in general, but if the true account of his joys and sufferings were to be balanced with those of his richer neighbours, that the result would prove to be nearly this that the rich man had a greater variety of food set before him--but the poor man the better relish for his meal:the one had more luxury-more able physicians to attend and set hiin to rights; the other, more health and soundness in his bones, and less occasion for their help ; - that after these two articles betwixt them were balanced-on all other things they stood upon a level that the sun
sbines as warm--the air blows as fresh and the earth breathes as fragrant on the one as on the other, and that they have an equal share in all the beauties and real enjoj menis of nature.
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PBTRARCH, a celebrated Italian poet, who, lived about four hundred years ago, recommended himself to the confidence and affection pf Cardinal Colonna, in whose family be resided, by hiş candour and strict regard to truth. A violent quarrel oçcurred in the house of this nobleman; which was carried so far, that recourse was had to arms. The Cardinal wished to know the foundation of this affair; and, that he might be able to de. cide with justice, he assembled all his people, and obliged them to bind themselves, by a most solemn oath on the Gospels, to declare the whole truth. Every one, without exception, subnitted to this determination; even the Cardinals brother was not excused.
Petrarch, in his turn, presenting biinself to take the oath, the Cardinal closed the book, and said, As to you, Petrarch, your word is sufficient. Temptation resisted.
A poor chimney-sweeper's boy, was employed at the house of a lady of rank,' to sweep the chimney of the room in which she usually dressed, when finding himself on the hearth of a richly furnished dressing-room, and perceiving no one there, he waited a few moments, to take a view of the beautiful things in the apartment. A gold watch, richly set with diamonds, particularly caught his attention, and he could not forbear raking it in his hand. Immediately the wish arose in his mind, “ Ah' if thou hadst such a one!" -After a pause, he said to himself, " But if I take it, I shall be a thief! And yet," (continued he,) “nobody would know it; nobody sees me- Nobody! does not God see me, who is present every where ?" Overcome by these thoughts, a cold shivering seized him; “ No!", said he, throwing down the watch, I had much rather be poor, and keep my good conscience, than rich and become a rascal.” At these words. he hastened, back into the chimney.
The lady, who was in the room adjoining, having overheard the conversation with hima, self, sent for him the next morning, and thus accosted him : “ My little friend, why did, you not take the watch yesterday?"-The boy fell on his knees speechless and astonished.