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The prohibitions of the Gosfiel for the good of Man.
sing, is in the highest degree cealment soon becomes imfriendly to our enjoyments in possible-This fatal appetite, this life that length of days like a poison, that gradually is in her right hand, and in her pervades the system, obtains left, riches and honour ; that .supreme dominion his all her ways are pleasantness mind ; it stifles all the feel. and all Her paths are peace.” ings of nature, and breaks
Notwithstanding the insinu, down the barriers of shame. átions of its enemies, or the In vain does he contemplate unwarrantable representations the dreadful consequences that of its mistaking friends, yet threaten him; in vain does he the yoke of christianity is in- resolve and re-resolve to stop comparably easier, its burden
in his career. The loss of is infinitely lighter, than those every thing that tends to make which the world inposes. I existence desirable-the tears This will be satisfactorily ap- and distresses of his family parent if we consider_That and friends cannot check him. all those pursuits which chris. For these appreliensions and tianity forbids, are injurious feelings become too horrible to our real happiness even in to be borne, and are drowned this life.
in deeper intoxication. His Those ancient philosophers, reputation is gradually blastwho confined their specula- ed; his affairs disordered ; tions to this present state of his constitution broken down ; existence ; and even Epicurus he becomes an object of perhimself, the sole principle of petual mortification and dis. whose philosophy was pleas. gust to his friends, and he ure, strongly inculcated upon sinks prematurely into the their disciples, the necessity grave-a prey to horror, desof
temperance and modera- pair, and the wretched victim tion. They taught that pleas- of his own folly. ure, to be obtained, must not If there any vice; that peo, be sought with too much avide culiarly degrades human naity; and to be long enjoyed, ture, it is debauchery. It enmust be tasted with caution. ervates ai the same time, tlie
What philosophy recon- body and mind. It entirely mended, christianity enjoins, obliterates every elevated and and enjoins too with the most benevolent sentiment, and solemn sanctions, that we may makes its subject the slave of thus obtain our highest happi- the most selfish and degrading
To be convinced of this appetites. What then are the let us view but for a moment, enjoyments of a mind continu. the progress of vice in either ally agitated by the most bruof its forms. Take for exam- tal and debasing passions, and ple intemperance-a vice, a- sunk to the lowest point of inlas, as common as it is de- fumy and degradation ? grading. Its unhappy subject " Whenever the love of is at first secret and solitary gaming becomes a passion," in its indulgence-but con- says Logan, " farewell to tran. Vol. VI. No. 10.
quillity and virtue. Then suc- Does avarice confer a cheerceed days of vanity, and nights ful serenity to the mind ; or of care ; dissipation of life ; does it cloud it with anxiety, corruption of manners ; inat- and render it' the sport of the tention to domestic affairs ; conflicting passions of desire arts of deceit, lying, cursing, and fear ? and perjury,
At a distance, Ambition seldom crowns its. poverty, with contempt at her votaries with those honours. heels, and in the rear of all, which allured them to the race despair bringing a halter in of worldly greatness. Envy her hand."
is ever ready to blast their Are we not then much in. fairest expectations. The long debted to religion, which pre. wished for prize, which apa sents the most powerful re. peared just within their grasp, straints to indulgences so fa. may be snatched. Men fretal? indulgences, which in quently appear to be caught prospect scarcely deceive, and up from the crowd by the in possession bring ruin and whirlwind of popular favor, death.
merely to render their fall But religion not only pro- more conspicuous and dishibits these vices but also a
And after all his devotion or excessive attach- profusion of expense, of inment to any pleasure, howev- trigue, of exertion and anxie. er innocent it may be general. ty, the votary of worldly honly esteemed. A life devoted ours has usually the mortifi. to frivolous amusements and cation to find at the close of unmarked by active duties is life, that he has been running highly censured in the gospel in an enchanted circle, and and if there be any of this has just arrived at the precise description who may peruse point, from which he started. this-we would ask, whether in the commencement of his the intervals of amusement do career. not leave you a prey to liste, Thus if we will consider alessness and stupidity-wheth- ny of those pursuits which reer your highest enjoyments ligion forbids, we shall invari are not embittered by some ably discover, that they all irifling circumstances ; some terminate in disappointment petty competition, that dis. or pain. At the precise point appoints and disturbs you ; where religion interposes to whether you are not frequento check our pursuit, then our ly disgusted with your amuse- happiness ends and misery ments and yourself ; whether begins. The precepts of. in fact you are not frequently christianity never prohibit any reminded by your painful ex. enjoyment, unless that prohiperience, that happiness is on- bition has a manifest tendency ly to be found in quietness and on the whole, to produce our gomposure, and is absolutely “greatest happiness, even in inconsistent with bustle and the present life. But our hodissipation of mind ?
ly religion not only for bids
those pursuits, that would be ment and perfection to all those injurious to our present en- pleasures, that really tend to joyments, but it also gives the make us happy even in this highest degree of encourage- world.
PLEASURES OF RELIGION.
THE harps of the Angelic then is that field which prehosts were employed to an- sents itself to him, where he nounce the first appearance of may reap the richest fruits of that glorious personage whose pleasure-a field as extensive religion was to proclaim as society and various as the “ peace on earth and good will wants and infirmities of man ! to man;" and it is a very Do you not feel a pleasure striking feature in the Christ superior to any that the world ian religion that enjoins the ac- bestows, and of which the tive discharge of those duties world cannot deprive you, which are due to ourselves when through Divine assis. . and to each other as members tance you have obtained a triof the same common family. umph over some of the corIn this particular our own rupt propensities of your nahappiness, as well as the hape ture ? Do you not experipiness of others, is peculiarly ence that “ luxury of doing concerned. For activity is an good,” with which a stranger essential attribute of the hu- cannot intermeddle, when you man mind, and a strong desire are the instrument of restorof occupation is intimately ing an erring brother to paths woven into our constitution of virtue and of truth-when by the finger of God. It is you can calm the turbulent this activity of mind only that passions of men, and deprive gives us superiority over the party spirit of its bitterness animals and elicits every thing and asperity-when you imgreat and noble in our char- part instruction to the ignoacters, It is not, however, rant and gladden the heart merely the source of our ex- of desponding poverty-when cellence, but it also gives rise you cause the beams of joy to some of our most refined to sparkle through the tears of enjoyments.
sorrow and mingle the balm Have not the most exquisite of comfort in the cup of afflicpleasures been found in the tion-when you have presentrewards of virtue the appro- ed your ardent supplications bation of conscience, when in
at the throne of grace
for those the 'cool and silent hours of whom your counsels cannot reflection, the Christian has reach nor your exertions rebeen able to look back on some lieve ? portion of his existence which Religion also affords enjoyhas been peculiarly distin- ment in the improvement of guished by the active per. our minds and in the cultiva. formance of duty ? How yast tion of the benevolent affec
tions. The mind of a Christian which awaits the righteous. is conversant with subjects of Hence religion is perpetually the most sublime and exalted suggesting those topics
of nature ; and in exact propor. conversation that tead to ens tion to the magnitude of the large our views, to elevate objects with which it is famil- our thoughts and to confer iar will be the mind's expansion dignity on the mind. We are or enlargement. The more also furnished with the most our minds are enlarged, 'the weighty motives to prompt us more pure and extensive will to purify and ameliorate our be our pleasures ;„And the affections ;-And are more pleasures of intelect as far over promised the assistance excel the pleasures of sense, of God's holy spirit to cleanse as mind excels inactive and our hearts and to enable us to unconscious matter.
triumph over the corrupt pro. Mental improvement and pensities of our natures. It the exercise of pure and bená is by these means that religion evolent affections will proba. enables a good man to partake bly constitute an important of the highest pleasures of and perhaps an essential part which his nature is susceptible of the happiness of heaven. while on earth, and he is even At least we are assured that allowed a foretaste of those they must be cultivated here joys which' await him in heavin order to render us capable
A. of that immortality of joy
Extracts from An Addre38, press, to see it renewed, have I written by Mr. Clerc, and induced me to comply with
read by his request at a the request of the Directors of public examination of the the 'Asglum, to deliver this pupils in the Connecticut address. I at first intended to Asylim, before the Govern. write two or three pages, that
and both houses of the I might not fatigue the attenLegislature, 28th May, 1818. tion of our Auditors, but my
The following address is en- thoughts have led me farther, tirely the original production and
and I flatter myself that you of Mr. Laurent Clerc, who will attend to and keep the was born deaf, and has never memory of these particulars, heard a sound or ultered the as a small token of our gratisimplest phrase of speech. tude for all the favours which
you have vouchsafed to confer LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, both upon us and our pupils.
THE kind concern which The origin of the discovery you were pleased to take in
of the art of teaching the our public' exhibition of last Deaf and Dumb is so little year, and the wish which you known in this country, that I have had the goodness to ex. think necessary to repeat ito
A lady, whose name I do taking the place of Father Fanot recollect, lived in Paris, min. and had among her children The first conception of a two daughters, both deaf and great man, is usually a fruitdumb. The Father Famin, ful germ Well acquainted one of the members of the so- with the French grammar, he ciety of Christian Doctrine, knew that every language was was acquainted with the fam- a collection of signs, as a seily, and attempted, without ries of drawings is a collecmethod, to supply in those un- tion of figures, the representafortunate persons the want of tion of a multitude of objects, hearing and speech ; but was and that the Deaf and Dumbo surprised by a premature can describe everything by death, before he could attain gestures, as you paint every any degree of success. The thing with colours, or express two sisters, as well as their every thing by words ; loc mnother, were inconsolable at knew that every object had it that loss, when by divine prove form, that every forin was caidence, a happy event restored pable of being imitated, that every thing. The' Abbé de actions struck your sight, and L'Epée, formerly belonging to that you were able to describe the above mentioned society, them by imitative gestures ; had an opportunity of calling he knew that words were conat their house." The mother veotional signs, and that geswas abroad, and while he was tures might be the same, and waiting for her, he wished to that there could therefore be a enter into conversation with language formed of gesturés, the young ladies ; but their as there was a language of eyes remained fixed on their words. We can state as a needle, and they gave no an- probable fact, that there was a
In vain did he renew time in which man had only his questions, in vairt did he gestures to express the emoredouble the sound of his tion's' and affcctions of his soul. voice, they were still silent, He loved, wished, hoped, imand durst hardly raise their agined, and reflected, and the heads to look at him. He words to express those operadid not know that those whom tion's still failed him. He he thus addressed, were doom- could express the actions relaed by nature never to hear or tive to his organs ; but the speak, He already began to dictionary of acts, purely spir think them impolite and un- itual,' was not beguo as yet.
1 civil, and rose to go out.
Un- Full of these fundamental der these circumstances, the ideas, the Abbé de L'Epéc mother returned, and every was not long without visitiog thing was explained. The the unfortunate family again ; good Abbé sympathised with and with what pleasure was he her on the affliction, and with- not received ! He reflected, drew, full of the hought of he imitated, he delineated, he