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the name of a rival, may yet find vibrating to every modulation of another tomb of Achilles, at the voice, and prepared to exewhich to express his discontent cute every inandate of the eye, and vexation.

But to be an orator is a far differAnother prominent evil at- ent thing. It is easy for fancy tending every kind of ambition, to personate the leader of a great is the probability, which borders and victorious army, a leader, by on certainty, that the pursuer whose wisdom in council, and will never obtain even the exter- whose prowess in the field, the nal object, in the pursuit of interests of a mighty kingdom which he is so earnestly engag- have been favourably decided ; ed. Few, very few of those, with enemies humbled, and suewho desire it, can be poets, ora- ing for peace, with rivals comtors, ministers of state, Presi. pelled to lay aside their jealousy, dents, Consuls, or Emperors. and unitedly presenting the Many of those, who set out in meed of superior merit; emuthe career of glory, scarcely lated by officers, as the model of leave the goal, before they per- military greatness, venerated by ceive the utter hopelessness of soldiers, as a delivering angel. maintaining the struggle ; and It is easy to pursue the illusion small indeed is the number of farther, and see himself enter those, whose courage, or perse the capital cities of a nation sav: verance, or ability does not fail od from danger by his arm, them, long before they approach drawn in a triumphal car by an the end of the race. Among the enraptured populace, hearing the highest, few are as high as they revival of commerce, the renew. could wish, and nds are to al of industry, the return of tally disappointed, to one, who in peace, ascribed to his achieveany measure succeeds. Of all ments, and hailed as the saviour dreams, none are so easily en- of his country.

Many such couraged, as those of fame; dreams have young men, but while none are more vain and they do not all make a general. shadowy. It is easy to imagine To be a poet, the possession of one's self a poet, surpassing Ho- such mental powers, as fall mer, Shakespeare, and Milton; scarcely to one in ten thousand, and crowned with chaplets of and the blessings of friends, edu. Aowers, by wondering cotempo- cation, health, and industry, raries, as well as read and admir- which mẽet almost as rarely, ed by succeeding ages. But, must be enjoyed ; to be an oraalas! this makes not a poet. It tor, the labour of profound invesis easy in imagination to place tigation and wearisome study, one's self at the head of elo- the noise and exercise of the foquence ; heard at the bar, or on rum, and the heat of earnest dethe bench as an oracle ; rever- bate, must be added to many othenced and followed by the sen- er things of difficult attainment ; ate ; adored by the people, as the to be a general, the fatigue of defender of their rights, and the many campaigns must be endurbulwark of their liberties ; rul- ed ; and knowledge must be obing every audience with absolute tained, not in the morning walk »way, the hearts of the hearers or the evening shade, but amid

the clashing of swords, and the immortality, be permitted to visonset of battle ; many a com

it the world, and see every thing panion in arms must lie low in that is preserved about them, the dust by his side ; and haply they would find little to flatter he himself will lie low in the their pride. Fuimus Troes, et dust, long before he ride in the fuit llium, is the substance of chariot of victory.

what is written concerning the There is also no less disap- once mighty city of Troy and its pointment as to the real good of mighty men, and is the genethe object obtained. He, who ral inscription on the tombs of does not awake from his dream, those, who have best succeeded till he has mounted the height, in the career of renown.

It was which he has been labouring to once a thing of great emulation ascend, will then see how emply to be a Senator at Rome ; but it a phantom he has been pursuing. is now as impossible to tell, who It is impossible for a man to per- composed that Senate, as, who suade himself that he is happy in

were the city scavengers. the possession of any object,

Where are the great men, who when he does not find those composed the court of Cyrus ; things in the enjoyment, which who offered him counsel, and he expected, and these, no am- fought by his side? Who can tell bitious man will ever find. It is the long line of monarchs in the true he may change one scheme Persian dynasty? Who knows for another, and may enter upon the names of those, who have fillnew projects with fresh eager. ed the throne in China and Hinness. But this only proves how dostan? What is become of the insufficient that is, which he be- Emperors of Mexico, or the Infore hoped would be solid and cas of Peru ? In those regions, permanent.

who have been the inventers of We shall do well to remember arts, the professors of learning, also, that the personal enjoy- the poets, the statesmen, the ment of fame must necessarily warriors ? With respect to these be short. While it is confined things oblivion envelopes the to human life, "a tale that is whole. How few of the human told,” it cannot be otherwise. race are acquainted even with Man begins to approach the ob- the name of Cicero, much less ject of his desires, just as he with his character and writings? must leave the world. He must Nearer our own times, how few quickly exchange the laurels on know any thing

more than his brow, for a napkin ; his pur- the names of Constantine or ple and fine linen, for a shroud; Charlemagne, of Lewis XIV, his audience room, gilded, and or Peter the Great ? Their courkung with tapestry, for a coffin ; tiers and panegyrists, their subthe ensigns of imperial sway, for jects and themselves, have fallen the badges of the king of ter into the mass of undistinguished rors ; his turreted mansion for a ruin. As a man really ambitious grave.

sets no bounds to his desires, one But could the souls of depart- would imagine he must be far ed heroes, or others, who have from happy, when he considers fed themselves with the hope of how utterly impossible it is, that

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he should possess an influence or a ruler is beautifully compared to a name, at all commensurate “the light of the morning when with his inclinations. Alexan- the sun riseth, even a morning der might have spared himself without clouds." the trouble of weeping for more I am aware that it is urged in worlds to conquer ; he had sub- favour of ambition, that it is just dued scarcely a tenth part of such an active principle, as is this. And since his day not one wanted to engage men in the perman in a hundred has ever heard formance of great and useful serof bis exploits, or that a fellow vices; that without it, they would worm of that name ever lived in relapse into listless insensibiliMacedonia.

ty, and sottish barbarism; and Above all, when it is consider- that no other principle is of suffied, that the love of glory is a cient efficacy to supply its place. sanctuary under which every Nor can any one be ignorant, that thing base and malignant takes under the name of emulation, shelter ; when it is considered laudable ambition, or some other to what enormities this passion soft appellative, it is often made prompts, how it destroys every the grand stimulus to improvedesirable affection of the heart; ment and eminence, in the school with what a resistless influence and the college, in the army and it tyrannizes over the whole the senate. man ; how it delights in commo- If it can be shown, however, that tion, rebellion, massacre and there is a principle more noble, blood ; with what diabolical cru- more amiable,equally active, more elty it perpetrates assassination efficacious, and infinitely more and parricide ; with what cool de- promotive of good, there can be liberation it murders not indivicka no sound reason why it should not uais only, but whole cities, ar- take the place of ambition. Such mies, nations ; we cannot but be a principle is Christian benevoconvinced, that its rotaries lence. Instead, therefore, of inthe winul, and rear the whirlwind.flating a youth with absurd and

Let me not be thought to insin- gigantic wishes, instead of exaltuate, that every great man is a ing him by invidious comparisons bad man. An Alfred, or a Wash- with his associates, how much ington may be directed by the more reasonable is it, to urge him justest principles, and influenced by such motives as love and obeby the purest motives. There is dience to his parents, usefulness not a more noble object to the to his country, and gratitude to contemplation of a benevolent his Maker? Instead of forming mind, than a man truly elevated, the statesman by the sordid mowho, if learned, directs the whole tives of personal success, would force of his genius to the instruc- it not be wiser to educate him so tion and amendment of his fellow- that the good of others should be men ; or, if in authority, thinks . the unvarying standard of his not of his own gratification, but conduct ? Nothing appears more applies himself faithfully to the derogatory to the honour of a rudischarge of his duty, always re- ler, than his inquiring, in every membering his subjection to the conjuncture of his public life, great and only Potentate, Such how this and that measure will af

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fect his own popularity ; being at ters; but a fear which implies the same time totally regardless love and reverence. It is a dread of what is injurious or useful, of offending God, because he is right or wrong. The man who great and good.

In the possesis desirous to be good, rather than sion of this feeling, the soul is to seem good, is fit for promotion. not in bondage, but enjoys that

But it is triumphantly alleged, freedom and happiness, which that even Solomon has said, “a are peculiar to the children of good name is better than precious God. This fear of the Lord is ointment,” & has thus sanctioned heaven begun in the soul. It is the love of praise. There needs that purity of heart, which sees pot, however, much perspicacity, God; that singleness of eye, to see an essential difference be which makes the whole body full tween the good name of the of light ; that spiritual discernscriptures, and the honour of the ing, which apprehends the things world. The one can be attained of the Spirit of God. As many by every man, however humble as have this fear are prompt in his station or talents ; the other acknowledging the greatness of requires brilliant powers of mind, God, and the vileness of their and a splendid stage of action ; own characters. Under the inthe one tends to the happiness of fluence of this fear, the patriarch, all ; the other looks at the ag- Jacob, was led to exclaim, I am grandizement of a few; the one not worthy of the least of all the injures no man, depresses no mercies, and of all the truth, which man, tramples on no man, the thou hast showed unto thy servant. other exalts only by compar

They, who possess the fear of ative degradation; the one has the Lord, have that revealed to the promise of the praise of God, them, which may with propriety and the other strives, though with be called a secret. On finding many disappointments, for the this remark, will not a certain praise of men. Wise, then, is class of readers begin to reason their choice, and happy their por- in their hearts, and to say, tion, who neglect the boasted there secrets in that religion, treasures of this world, and look which we are called upon to emfor durable riches and righteous- brace? If there are, we may ness ; who disregard earthly pro- well

well proceed with cautious motion, which is so uncertain and steps ; for it is hard to subscribe dangerous, in hopes of glory, to conditions, which we do not honour, and immortality in heav- understand. We are unwilling

C. Y. A. to bear the Christian name, until

we have obtained a knowledge of

all the peculiarities of Christiani. " THE SECRET OF THE LORD IS

ty. If there are secrets, we wish WITH THEM THAT FEAR HIM;

to know what they are ; and we AND HE WILL SHOW THEM HIS

have a boldness in making this COVENANT."

claim." The true fear of the Lord is The writer of this essay, hav. not a slavish fear, such as ser. ing introduced the idea, that they vants have of their cruel mas. who fear the Lord have that res Vol. I. No. 9.

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vealed to them, which is hidden they knew God, they glorified hin from the wicked, feels an obliga- not as God, neither were thankful, tion to be more explicit ; and is but became vain in their imaginaled to observe,

tions, and their foolish heart was 1. They have no secrets re- darkened. They, who fear the vealed to them, as truth is re- Lord, stand ready to acknowl. spected. The word of God, edge, that there is no new reve. which is their only guide, and to lation made to them, and that, as which they look to know what truth is respected, they are entruths to believe, is open to the trusted with no secrets. The inspection of all. The mind of same doctrines, which to their à Christian does not dwell on a own hearts are so interesting and single truth, respecting the way comforting, they can freely preof salvation, which the sinner has sent to sinners, without any colnot opportunity to examine and ouring or disguise. They can weigh for himself. The com- invite them to search the same mands, the calls, the invitations, Bible, which has their daily atthe promises and the threaten- tention, and to behold the same ings of God, to which the Chris- displays of God's character in tian takes heed, and which have his works, on which they look an influence on his conduct, are with so much pleasure. It is, precisely the same with those, therefore, plain, that there are ne which are exhibited to the mind secrets in the creed of those, who of the sinner. Truth is uni- fear the Lord. They pretend to form ; the same at all times, and none ; for the sources, whence in all parts of the world. The they derive their instruction, are great source of moral truth is free of access to the wicked. the Bible, to which the gospel 2. They, who fear the Lord, sinner has as "free access as the are entrusted with no secrets in Christian. God has revealed noth- regard to the motives of God in ing respecting his character, his creating and governing the holy law, or the way of salvation world, and in providing a Saby the blood of his Son, which is viour for lost men. These monot open to the full examination tives are explicitly avowed in the of the wicked, as well as of the holy scriptures, and they are as righteous.

much open to the examination It may also be remarked, that of the wicked, as of the rightthe exhibition of truth from

God declares that he cre. God's works is made with equal ated, and that he governs the clearness to the saint and the world, for the purpose of glorifysinner. This was urged by the ing his own excellent name. To apostle Paul, in his reasoning promote the same end, he gave with the Romans, particularly his Son to die on the cross. The when he said, For the invisible righteous never pretend to have things of him from the creation of any other views of the intentions the world are clearly seen, being of God, all great opera understood by the things that are tions, than what they have learnt made, even his eternal power and from the oracles of truth. Of Godhead ; 80 that they are with- course, in regard to the overut 6Icuse. Because that, when tures, which God makes to men,

eous.

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