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14. “ As long as sense continued with him here, did he think of you two, and of you two alone. Tears were in his eyes, - I saw them there, and on his cheek too, when no breath came from his lips. But of this no more. He died with this paper in his hand; and he made me know that I was to read it to you over his grave. I now obey him.
My sons, if you will let my bones lie quiet in the grave, near the dust of your mother, depart not from my burial, till, in the name of God and Christ, you promise to love one another as you used to do. Dear boys, receive my blessing."
15. Some turned their heads away to hide the tears that needed not to be hidden ;-and when the brothers had releas ed each other from a long and sobbing embrace, many went up to them, and in a single word or two, expressed their joy at this perfect reconcilement. The brothers themselves walked away from the church-yard, arm in arm, with the minister to the manse.
16. On the following Sabbath, they were seen sitting with their families in the same pew, and it was observed, that they read together from the same Bible when the minister gave out the text; and that they sung together, taking hold of the same psalm-book. The same psalm was sung, (given out at their own request,) of which one verse had been repeated at their father's grave ;-a larger sum than usual was on that Sabbath found in the plate for the poor,-for love and charity are sisters. And ever after, both during the peace and the troubles of this life, the hearts of the brothers were as one, and in nothing were they divided.
The Sultanb and Mr. Howard, the Philanthropist.e Sultan. ENGLISHMAN, you were invited hither to receive public thanks, for our troops restored to health by your prescriptions. Ask a reward adequate to your services. Manse, the parsonage house.
d Pre-scrip'-tions, medical directions å Sul'-tan, a title of the Turkish emperor: remedies. c Phil-an'-thro-pist, a person of general 6 Ad'e-quate, equal, sufficient benevolence.
Howard. Sultan, the reward I ask, is, leave to preserve more of your people still.
Sult. How more ? my subjects are in health; no contagion visits them.
How. The prisoner is your subject. There, misery, more contagious than disease, preys on the lives of hundreds : sentenced but to confinement, their doom is death. Immured in damp and dreary vaults, they daily perish; and who can tell but that, among the many hapless sufferers, there may be hearts bent down with penitence, to heaven and you, for every slight offense:—there may be some, among the wretched multitude, even innocent victims. Let me seek them out; let me save them and you.
Sul. Amazement! retracta your application: curb this weak pity, and accept our thanks.
How. Restrain my pity ;-and what can I receive in recompense for that soft bond which links me to the wretched ? and, while it sooths their sorrow, repays me more than all the gifts an empire can bestow!-But, if it be a virtue repugnantb to your plan of government, I apply not in the name of Pity, but of Justice.
How. The justice that forbids all, but the worst of criminals, to be denied that wholesome air the very brute creation freely takes.
Sul. Consider for whom you plead-for men (if not base culprits) so misled, so depraved, they are dangerous to our state, and deserve none of its blessings.
How. If not upon the undeserving,-if not upon the wretched wanderer from the paths of rectitude,-where shall the sun diffuse his light, or the clouds distill their dew? Where shall spring breathe fragrance, or auiumn pour its plenty ?
Sul. Sir, your sentiments, still more your character, excite my curiosity. They tell me that in our camps you visited each sick man's bed,-administered yourself the healing draught, -encouraged our savages with the hope of life, or pointed out their better hope in death.—The widow speaks your charities, the orphan lisps your bounties, and the rough Indian melts in tears to bless you.— I wish to ask why you have done all this?—what is it that prompts you thus to be friend the miserable and forlorn ?
How. It is in vain to explain : the time it would take to Sril. Satisfy my curiosity in writing then.
reveal to you
a Re-tract, to recant
• Re-pug’-nant, contrary, inconsistent.
How. Nay, if you will read, I'll send a book in which is already written why I act thus.
Sul. What book ? what is it called ? How. “ The Christian Doctrine." There you will find all I have done was but my duty.
Sul. Your words recall reflections that distract me; nor can I bear the pressure on my mind, without confessing-I am a Christian !
Cadmusa and Hercules.b Hercules. Do you pretend to sit as high on Olympuso as Hercules ? Did you kill the Nemean lion, the Erymanthean boar, the Lernean serpent, and Stymphalian birds? Did you destroy tyrants and robbers ?-You value yourself greatly on subduing one serpent: I did as much as that while I lay in my cradle.
Cadmus. It is not on account of the serpent that I boast myself a grcator benefactor to Greece than you. Actions should be valued by their utility, rather than their splendor. I taught Greece the art of writing, to which laws owe their precision and permanency. You subdued monsters; I civilized men. It is from untamed passions, not from wild beasts, that the greatest evils arise to human society. By wisdom, by art, by the united strength of civil community, men have been enabled to subdue the wholovrace of lions, bears, and serpents; and, what is more, to bind by laws and wholesome regulations, the ferociousd violence and dangerous treachery of the human disposition. Tiad lions been destroyed only in single combat, men had had but a bad time of it ;-and what but laws could awe the men who killed the lions? The genuine glory, the proper distinction of the rational species, arise from the perfection of the mental powers. Courage is apt to be fierce, and strength is often exerted in acts of oppression ; but wisdom is the associate of justice. It assists her to form equal laws, to pursue right measures, to correct power, protect weakness, and to unite individuals in a common interest and general welfare. Heroes may kill tyrants, but it is wisdom and laws that prevent tyranny and oppression. The operations of policy far surpass the labors of Hercules, preventing many evils which valor and might cannot even redress. You heroes regard nothing but glory; and a Cad'-mus, king of Thebes, introduced CO-lym' pus, a mountain in Greece. b Her'-cu-les, a heathen Deity.
letters into Greece.
d Fe-ro'-cious, savage, cruel.
scarcely consider whether the conquests which raise your fame, are really beneficial to your country. Unhappy are the people who are governed by valor, not directed by prudence, and not mitigated by the gentle arts!
Her. I do not expect to find an admirer of my strenuous life, in the man who taught his countrymen to sit still and read; and to lose the hours of youth and action in idle speculation and the sport of words.
Cad. An ambition to have a place in the registers of fame, is the Eurystheusa which imposes heroic labors on mankind. The muses incite to action, as well as entertain the hours of repose; and I think you should honor them for presenting to heroes so noble a recreation, as may prevent their taking up the distaff, when they lay down the club.
Her. Wits as well as heroes can take up the distaff. What think you of their thin-spun systems of philosophy, or lascivious poems, or Milesian fables ? Nay, what is still worse, are there not panegyrics) on tyrants, and books that blas'pheme the gods, and perplex the natural sense of right and wrong? I believe if Eurystheus were to set me to work again, he would find me a worse task than any he imposed; he would make me read over a great library, and I would serve it as I did the Hydra, I would burn as I went on, that one chimerad might not rise from another, to plague mankind. I should have valued myself more on clearing the library than on cleansing the Augean stables.
Cad. It is in those libraries only, that the memory of your labor exists. The heroes of Marathon, the patriots of Thermopylæ, owe their fame to me. All the wise institutions of lawgivers, and all the doctrines of sages, had perished in the ear like a dream related, if letters had not preserved them. O Hercules ! it is not for the man who preferred virtue to pleasure, to be an enemy to the muses. Let Sardanapalus, and the silken sons of luxury, who have wasted life in inglorious ease, despise the records of action, which bear no honorable testimony to their lives : but true merit, heroic virtue, should respect the sacred source of lasting honor.
Her. Indeed, if writers employed themselves only in recording the acts of great men, much might be said in their favor. But why do they trouble people with their meditations? Can it be of any consequence to the world what an idle man has been thinking ?
Cad. Yes it may. The most important and extensive ad« Eu-rys'-the-us, the person employed by 6 Pan-e.gyr'-ics, eulogy, formal praise Juno, the step mother of Hercules, to task cly-dra, a monster with many heads him in hazardous undertakings, in the hope d Chi-me'-ra, a vain, idle fancy. destroying him.
e Sar-da-nap'-a-lus, king of Assyria.
vantages mankind enjoy, are greatly owing to men who have never quitted their closets. To them mankind are obliged for the facility and security of navigation. The invention of the compass has opened to them new worlds. The knowledge of the mechanical powers, has enabled them to construct such wonderful machines, as perform what the united labor of millions, by the severest drudgery, could not accomplish. Agriculture, too, the most useful of arts, has received its share of improvement from the same source. Poetry likewise is of excellent use, to enable the memory to retain with more ease, and to imprint with more energy upon the heart, precepts and examples of virtue. From the little root of a few letters, science has spread its branches over all nature, and raised its head to the heavens. Some philosophers have entered so far into the counsels of Divine Wisdom, as to explain much of the great operations of nature. The dimensions and distances of the planets, the causes of their revolutions, the paths of comets, and the ebbing and flowing of tides, are understood and explained. Can any thing raise the glory of the human species more, than to see a little creature, inhabiting a small spot amidst innumerable worlds, taking a survey of the universe, comprehending its arrangement, and entering into the scheme of that wonderful connexion and correspondence of things so remote, and which it seems a great exertion of Omnipotence to have established ? What a volume of wisdom, what a noble theologya do these discoveries open to us? While some superior geniuses have soared to these sublime subjects, other sagacious and diligent minds have been inquiring into the most minute works of the Infinite Artificer: the same care, the same providence, is exerted through the whole; and we should learn from it, that, to true wisdom, utility and fitness appear perfection, and whatever is beneficial is noble.
Her. I approve of science as far as it is assistant to action. I like the improvement of navigation, and the discovery of the greater part of the globe, because it opens a wider field for the master spirits of the world to bustle in.
Cad. There spoke the soul of Hercules. But if learned men are to be esteemed for the assistance they give to active minds in their schemes, they are not less to be valued for their endeavors to give them a right direction, and moderate their too great ardor. The study of history will teach the legisla. tor by what means states have become powerful; and in the private citizen, they will inculcateb the love of liberty and order. The writings of sages point out a private path of & The-ol-o-gy, the science of Divinity. : In-cul-cate, to urge.