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energetically against some ques- cine for his patient, who swallows tionable line of conduct, urging dose upon dose without experiencarguments pregnant with convinc- ing the slightest benefit, the power ing facts, what effect can his dis- of effecting a cure will diminish course produce when it is tacitly with each repetition of the mediknown he pursues the identical cine. In like manner, if precept course—though unknown to his upon precept is reiterated without congregation, he believes—as that producing any salutary and matewhich he now so emphatically con- rial effect upon the recipient, each demns ? The impressions made successive reiteration will diminish under such circumstances are far in cogency, and finally be as likely from conducing to any beneficial of taking root within the hard adaresults. In some cases the reverse mantine heart as upon the most is accomplished. Precept and ex- flinty rock. The most sympathetic ample go hand in hand. Eliminate feelings within us lose their fervour the latter, and the former is power- and sensitive tone when made inless, except in promoting evil in- ordinately subservient to all our fluences. Mischievous and perni- passions. When precept will not cious precepts may take root and actuate a more righteous obseryflourish where salutary and elevat- ance of the laws of morality, then ing ones would prove inoperative. some other remedial course must This may seem at first sight un- be adopted. reasonable, and perhaps untrue. If we indulge with impunity in But we will proceed even still far- morbid tastes and passions, our ther, and aver that pernicious and sense of perceiving sin becomes mischievous practices will appear entirely blunted, and gradually, where precept never gave rise to though surely, we descend step by them. This apparently incompa- step to a level below brutes, sometible avowal will at once receive times hopelessly irretrievable. We credence, when it is remembered become so habituated to these and acknowledged how prone men coarser habits, that the shame and are to err-- errare est humanum. ignominy attached are totally igTo walk and live degenerately re- nored, and we plunge headlong quire no tuition ; 'tis natural as into excesses of the most degrading sleep. We have only to lie inertly character, wholly unconscious of and invite pleasure-relinquish the the moral laws we are violating and hold over our passions and stifle the awful example we are setting conscience—then morbid desires others. will actuate us and prove irresist- In addition to those weak and ible, and finally we shall succumb. indecisive minds which are ever All this can be accomplished ex- unresistingly decoyed into all pracclusive of evil precept.

tices and habits, without exerting If we subject frequently a stub- their volition, there are others, born youth to chastisement as a possessing the most lofty and inpunishment for his stupidity and domitable wills, who cannot subindolence, without producing any mit to the trammels of example, material change for the better, each or be governed by its influence, successive castigation will be less but press boldly and incessantly uplikely to effect a reformation in wards, unflinchingly and steadily, him, as he will get so accustomed guided solely by righteous printo it as to absolutely disregard the ciples. To these, apparently inshame and pain attached. Suppose superable attainments are prizes of a physician orders a peculiar medi- inestimable value. With one goal in view, they exert their untiring the water freshening,—he again energies to the utmost, overtake sailed southward, and was eventuand excel all their competitors, ally rewarded by discovering the never once evading justice, or straits called after his name. Perbringing into requisition baneful severance alone enabled these practices; but adhering with per- brave men to succeed. Had they sistent exactitude to the course confined themselves to example they have chosen, which they pur- and precedent, how ignorant we sue until brilliant success crowns should have been ! Of course, some their efforts. With them, emula- other, equally venturesome, would tion and arduous duties are invited have discovered what they have as freely as pleasure by others. A done, had they not attempted the constant and everlasting strain up voyage; but still, if all men alike on their powers is to them the lacked this soaring and bold disacme of bliss. No hardship too position, we should certainly be in severe, or struggle too protracted a woeful plight. It was not wealth for them to undertake. Such men or ease these noble enthusiasts were Columbus and Magalhaens, sought; it was the bondage and Newton and Galileo, and a score degradation of ignorance alone others of equal rank. Columbus from which they panted to emanhimself, one of the greatest men cipate themselves. They have set that ever lived, if it be grand ideas us examples well worthy of imitagrandly realised that constitutes tion. If there are no new congreatness, while leading the life of tinents to discover, nor any new a seaman, not only pursued assidu law of nature to be revealed, still ously the studies more particularly there are an infinite number of relating to his profession, render- channels, through which we may ing himself the most accomplished direct our course, and if pursued geographer and astronomer of his vigorously and sedulously, will ultime, but kept up that acquaint- timately conduct us to some pinance which he had begun at school nacle of renown, where success in with the different branches of ele its most deep and lasting colours gant literature. On August 3rd, will await us. Let no obstacle 1492, he set sail on his perilous discourage us, nor a want of apand doubtful voyage. We have all preciation on the part of others; read of the perseverance which he but let us rather proceed irrespecevinced, the attempted mutinies tive of applause or congratulation. which he quelled, and the hard- The subjoined lines are so d propos, ships he endured, before he caught that we have inserted them : sight of the long-expected land.

Proceed, illustrious youth, Ferdinand Magalhaens, com- And Virtue guard thee to the throne of Truth;

Let all thy soul indulge the generous heat, monly but erroneously called Ma

Till captive Science yield her last retreat ; gellan, was a Portuguese navigator. Let Reason guide thee with her brightest ray, He acquired celebrity by boldly

And pour on misty Doubt resistless day! venturing to find a passage through We have endeavoured in this the western continent. He set sail paper to draw attention to the fact in 1520, determined to succeed. that the pernicious influences arisAfter sailing southward until he ing from evil example are comreached Monte Video, where he paratively universally disregarded, changed his course west, imagin- which is much to be deplored. ing he had discovered a passage, When a corrupt action is commitbut was disappointed and compel ted, no thought is given as to its led to retrace his course, finding effect upon others; influence it must exert, as every man, however latent his movements may be, sets some example to those around him. We have also attempted to illustrate and show, that precept without example is frequently if not wholly inoperative; that no individuals must indulge in fallacious notions, and deceive themselves by thinking that if they inculcate sound precepts, they have dis

charged their duty satisfactorily; they must exemplify the life they hold up as a model. Example is incontestably far more efficacious than precept, and when persevered in becomes habitual, and consequently exceedingly more difficult to eradicate than when checked in the bud. Example evolves the idea which frequent practice confirms into an inveterate habit.


The genial sunshine floods the pale blue sky,

The sullen river wakes to glint and flash,
The low winds whisper, tossing merrily

The scarlet tassels of the mountain ash;
The lingering roses, pale and faint and sweet,

Smile, opening to the warmth their fragrant breasts,
And ʼmid the dead leaves nestling 'neath the feet

The violets peep to light from sheltered nests.
Each mighty tree October's signet bears,

Gleaming in hues of crimson, gold, and brown,
As some barbaric monarch, dying, wears

His richest robes and dons his brightest crown.
A soft sad loveliness, a perfume rare,

Seems round the Autumn's parting hours to cling;
A strange enchantment fills the brooding air,

As through a dirge triumphant hope may ring.
So, in some lives, we watch with reverent love,

After long trials borne, long sorrows past,
A hushed tranquillity awakes, to prove

Patience has wrought her perfect work at last.
But once, to glad the hot world's restless strife,

Comes childhood's April, youth's impassioned June;
The sweet serenity of waning life,

St. Martin's Summer, is its dearest boon.




CHAPTER XXIV. but themselves and their own trou


The holiday commenced most FISH LOVE.

happily, and Lily's heart's hopes What but pure accident could have were as bright as the clouds above brought David Sheldrake and Lily her. The day was an event in her together on this day? There was life of even routine. She was as nothing singular in the meeting, blithe as a bird. As she walked, and setting aside the presumption she felt as ifshe would like to dance, (as hitherto borne out by his ac- and as she could not do that, she tions) that Mr. Sheldrake was Al- hummed her favourite songs, and fred's friend, Hampton Court is pressed Alfred's arm to her side, open to all the world and his wife, and showed her grateful spirit in a and the chestnut trees in Bushey hundred little affectionate ways. Park have a wide renown. They Every little incident afforded her are beautiful through all the year, pleasure, and strangers looked adin and out of blossom; their leaves miringly at her bright face. When have shaded many thousands of · she and Alfred arrived at Hamplovers, and will do again; and the ton Court she was in the gayest of story that is as old as the hills has spirits. She chatted merrily on all been whispered and acted over and sorts of subjects, and drank-in the over again to the noble branches goodness and the beauty of nature that break the sunlight and the with a spirit of exceeding thankfulmoonlight fantastically. And what ness. She was girl and woman was there to prevent Mr. Sheldrake in one. It would have done any having an eye for the beautiful ? person good to see her roaming

It was to all appearance the most about the grounds and gardens, natural occurrence in the world, admiring this and that as a child and Lily certainly had no suspicion might have done. So childlike was that the meeting was pre-arranged. she in her womanliness that every If it had been, where was the harm? now and then she would set Alfred's Alfred saw none, and if he had-- remarks to favourite airs, and sing Well, if he had, it is difficult to de- them again and again in a dozen termine how he would have acted. different ways. Alfred thought he Men are to be found who are at once had never seen her so completely so selfish and so weak that they bring happy as now, and he expressed his a moral blindness upon themselves. thought affectionately. In the pursuit of their own selfish 'I am as happy as a bird,' she ends they are incapable of seeing said. “I don't think I ever felt in their actions a possible evil re- happier in my life; and I have you sult to those whom they love. Their to thank for it, dear, and that minds are mirrors reflecting from makes me happier still.' within, in which they see nothing In this way did her affectionate


nature pay exorbitant interest for Alfred's small outlay of kindness. As she pressed his arm to her breast, and held it there, Alfred thrilled with amazement at her goodness; he looked into her sparkling eyes, which were dewy

with joy.

Do you know what, Lil? “What, dear?'

'I am glad you are my sister.'

Her heart laughed as he said the words.

And glad that you love me, Lil' he added.

What would life be without love, dear Alf?

She did not know (although she might have guessed, as she was aware that he had a heart-secret) what a tender chord her words touched. What would life be without love? Ah ! think of it, all, and believe that it is the richest dower woman can bring to man, the rich est gift man can give to woman ! Love, faith, and charity : all the rest is dross. Out from the branches flew a bird, and after it another. Lily's eyes followed them. Up, up into the clouds, which seemed fit dwelling-place for the graceful things, until they were lost to sight. But Lily did not miss them; for in the clouds she saw her hopes reflected. She was in harmony with the peacefulness and beauty of everything around and about her. Every blade that sprang from the earth, every leaf that thrilled to the whisper of the wind, every glint of light imprismed in the brown and green lattice-work of the trees, every bright bit of colour that dwelt in cloud and flower, contributed to her happiness. Such times as these are Forget-me-nots.

So they strolled through the gardens, and into courtyards so still and quiet that they appeared scarcely to belong to the busy world. They went into the picture gallery

because Alfred said it was the proper thing to do, but a gloom fell upon Lily when she was in the rooms. They were sad and sombre, and there was something dispiriting in the manner in which the few persons who were at the palace walked about and looked at the pictures. They walked with soft footfalls, and spoke with bated breath, and wore a solemn expression on their countenances, which seemed to say, “We are walking among the dead.' One might not inaptly have imagined, indeed, that at night, when no profane footstep disturbed the silence, the palace was a palace of ghosts and shades that rose from the floor, and started from frame and wainscot, to play their parts in the shadowy world to which they belonged. The excitement and pleasure of the day rendered Lily more than usually susceptible to outward influences. Every nerve in her was quivering with susceptibility, and the contrast between the ghostly rooms and the bright landscape without sensibly affected her. She hurried Alfred through the rooms nervously, but the eyes of a Puritan, that glared at her sternly from the wall, arrested her attention and frightened her.

The face was sunless; even about the lips and eyes there was no trace of gentleness or sweetness. The cruelly hard lines in the face of this man spoke of severity, austerity, absolutism, and declared, 'Life is bitter; it is a battle of brute forces, and he who wins by strength ofcharacter, by dogmatism, by harshness, achieves a moral victory, and proves himself worthy. There is but one course-bend all the forces of your will, all the power of your strength, to crush those whose ways are not your ways, whose belief is not your belief. There is not room for all; some have no business here. To be human is not to be humane.' Lily's heart grew faint as she gazed

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