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THE EVENING STAR.

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THE EVENING STAR. GEM of the crimson-coloured even, Companion of retiring day, Why at the closing gates of heaven, Beloved star, dost thou delay ? So fair thy pensile beauty burns, When soft the tear of twilight flows, So due thy plighted step returns To chambers brighter than the rose. SENSE and beauty, like truth and novelty, are rarely combined. THERE is no power in the wisdom of the insincere.— THOUGHTS IN THE CROWD. THERE are few days in which something does not occur to make us feel that life is a state of trial. -D-,iNBY. CIVILITY .-Ci vility is a kind of charm that attracts the love of all men and too much is better than to show too little. ITAP.IT.-SCIeCt that course of life which is the most excel- lent, and custom wLl render it the most delightful.—PYTHA- GORAS. PROSPERITY is not a just scale adversity is the only balance to weigh friends. Religion is the best armour, but the worst cloak. ONE simple word in praise of those we love, will give a thousand times more pleasure than the warmest commenda- tions of ourselves. THINGS chiselled in soft stone wear out easily, and may be replaced by others. That which is engraved upon a gem, lasts til) the gem is destroyed. THERE are many hours in every person's life which are not spent in anything important; but it is necessary that they should not be passed idly.—COLLINGWOOD. HOME,—We are born at home, we live at home, and we must die at home so that the comfort and economy of home are of more deep, heartfelt, and personal interest to us, than the pub- lic affairs of all the nations in the world. MONEY is not the only thing that is not" our" own; time, and thought, and knowledge, and power, moral influence and spiritual advantage—all must be answered for, for all are God's.—THE LISTENER. INDEPENDENCE.—A man's independence is not to be measured by the greatness of his fortune, or the number of his acres, but by the frame and texture of his mind, by his disregard of trifles or matters of little value. HONEST PRIDE.—If a man has a right to be proud of any- thing it is of a good action, done as it ought to be, without any base interest lurking at the bottom of it.—STERNE'S LETTERS. SECRETS OF COMFORT.—Though sometimes small evils, like invisible insects, inflict pain, and a single hair may stop a vast machine, yet the chief secret, of comfort lies in not suffering trifles to vex one, and in prudently cultivating an undergrowth of small pleasures, since very great ones, alas are let on long leases. WHO would exchange melancholy remembrances for the apathy of him who thinks only of the present ? Who would aT exchange for unfeeling contentment that creature memory which peoples the present time with past joys, past friendships, past love, although the recollection carries sadness along with it ? DIssntULATION .-Dissimulation in youth is the forerunner of perfidy in old age—its first appearance is the fatal omen of "•rowin0, depravity and future shame. It degrades parts and learning, obscures the lustre of every accomplishment, and sinks us into contempt; the part of falsehood is a perplexing maze. After the first denarture from sincerity, it is not in our power to stop. One artifice unavoidably leads us on to ano- ther, till, as the intricacy of the labyrinth increases, we are left entangled in our snare,-DR. BLAIR. HAPPINESS.—-No man can judge of the happiness of another, As the moon plays upon the waves, and seems to our eyes to favour with a peculiar beam one long track amidst the waters, leaving the rest in comparative obscurity; yet all the while she is no niggard in her lustre; for the rays that meet not our eyes seem to us as though they were not, yet she, with an equal and unfavouring loveliness, mirrors herself on every wave. Even so, perhaps, happiness falls with the same brightness and power over the whole expanse of life, though to our limited eyes she seems only to rest on those billows from which the ray is reflected back upon our own sight. FRIENDSHIP is necessary to our happiness here and built on Christian principles upon which only it can stand, is a thing even of religious sanction; for what is the love which the Holy Spirit speaking by St. John so much inculcates but friendship ? The only love which deserves the name a love which can toil, and watch, and deny itself, and go to death for its brother. Worldly friendship is a poor weed, compared with this and even this union of spirit in the bond of peace would suffer, in my mind at least, could I think it were only coeval with our earthly iiiaiisiolis.-COWIIER. .L may indeed be called a bee, In search of sweets, he roams in various regions and ransacks every inviting flower. Whatever displays a beautiful appearance solicits his notice, and conciliates his favour, if not his affection. He is often deceived by the vivid colour and attractive form which, instead of supplying Honey, produces the rankest poison but he perseveres in his researches, and if he is- not often disap- pointed, is as often unsuccessful. The misfonuiu is, that when he has found honey, he enters upon the ea t with an appetite so voracious that he usually destroy^ his own delight by excess' and stitiety., Á_ 4 Ho--Nir,. --The p1.in which is flIt when we are first transplanted from our native soil, when the living branch is cut from the parent tree, is one of the most poignant which we have to endure through life. There are after griefs which wound more deeply, which leave behind them scars never to be effaced, which bruise the spirit, and sometimes break the heart but never do we feel so keenly the want of love, the necessity of being loved, and the utter sense of desertion, as when we first leave the haven of home, and are, as it were, pushed off upon the stream of life. RESOLUTION.—The longer we live the more we are impressed with the deep importance of cultivating this excellent quality. It is greatly overlooked in the usual estimates of a man's cha- racter. We speak of his generosity, his courage, his inte»ritv, his manners and attainments we call him amiable, affection- ate, intelligent, but we seldom inquire if he is resolute. Wc praise the resolution by which an individual carries on a great design, but that is not what we mean. The less obtrusive but far more valuable peculiarity to which we allude, is that quiet, never-sleeping spirit which pervades the whole tenour of some men's existence, and is in fact the secret cause of their great- ness and wealth, and success in whatever they undertake. It; is the spell by which so insignificant a creature as an ant piles a hill for his dwelling by which the coral insect raises an island in the ocean. It is more valuable than gold, and will accomplish more than genius with half the disappointment and peril.

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