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Science, none seemed less able to return than the follow, dire ers of Indolence. The captives of appetite and passion les would often seize the moment when their tyrants were lan- p Echen guid or asleep, to escape from their enchantment;' but the dominion of Indolence was constant and unremitted;' and hilare seldom resisted, till resistance was in vain.
13. After contemplating these things, I turned my eyes towards the top of the mountain, where the air was always like pure and exhilarating, the path shaded with laurels and line evergreens," and the effulgenceo which beamed from the face of Science seemed to shed a glory round her votaries. Happy, said I, are they who are permitted to ascend the mountain! But while I was pronouncing this exclamation, with uncommon, ardour,” I saw, standing beside me, a form of divineri features, and a more benign" radiance.s Happier," ” said she,"
are they whom Virtue cónducts to the Mansions of Content!" 5. What,” said I, “does Virtue then reside in the vale?”. “I am found,” said she, “in the vale, and I illuminate the mountain, I cheer the cottager at his toil, and inspire the sage' at his meditation.org I mingle in the crowd of cities, and bless the hermit" in his pains cell. I have a temple in every heart that owns my influ- ; ence; and to him that wishes for me, I am already present Science may raise thee to eminence;" but I alone can guide thee to selicity!"
15. While Virtue was thus speaking, I stretched out my arms towards her, with a vehemence which broke ber. The chill dews were falling around me, and the shades of evening stretched over the landscape. I hastened homeward; and resigned the night to silence and medi-cing tation,
SECTION VII. a ()-bi-dah, d-b!'-då.
1h Com-mo-di-ous, kôm-md-je-is, bʻAb-en-si-na, åb-ben-s!'-nå.
köm-mo-de-ús, convenient, c Car-a-van-se-ra, kår-å-vån -se-ra, useful.
a house built for the reception of i Ver-dure, vêr'-júre, green colour. travellers.
k Ir-re-sis-ti-bly, ir-re-zis'-13-ble, in à Vig-or-ous, vig'-ur-ús, forcible, & degree superior to opposition. strong.
|| Re-mis-sion, re-mish -n, abatee In-cite, in-s'te', to stir up, animate. ment, pardon. f Par-a-dise, pår'-rå-dise, a placem Me-an-der, md-ån-důr, maze, of felicity.
labyrinth, to run winding. Me-rid-i-an, me-rid'-+-án, the linen Sus-pect, sůs-pekt', to imagine, which the sun crosses at nuon,
what is not known. the highest point of power or glory
otaries ind the
sidoes id she er the
follor o Di-vert, dè-vêrt', to turn asiđe, toz Pur-posc, půr'-pủs, interition, to passion please.
resolve. are by pch-o, êko-kỎ, repercussion of anya Sol-ite, SỔI/-1ts, comfort, to cheer. but the sound, to sound back.
6 Ad-e-qnale, ad'-e-kwáte, propord;' and 9 Cascade, -kås-kåde”, a cátaract,
c Im-merge, im-mérje', to put under 1. Cir-cum-vo-lu-tion, sér-kům-voeses
lu'-shản, the act of rolling. d Lux-u-ry, Bk-shů-re, voluptu.
8 Loi-ter, 188-tir, to'linger. els and t Tor-rent, tor'-rênt, violent and e Lab-yr-inth, lâbl-bêr-înth, a maze, rapid stream.
intricacy ů Ta-per, tal-půr, a wax candle, fin-vade, in-vade', to attack a cova. conical, to lessen.
try, to assail, to assault. Wil-der-ness, wil'-dir-nês, a desert. g Ob-struct, ob-strúkt', 'to hinder, nation, w Oc-cur-rence, ok-kůr'-rense, in to oppose.
cident, accidental event. h. Ef-fort, èf'-föri, struggle, endeav-
1. OBIDAH,a the son of. Åbensina, left the caravanserai tation early in the morning, and pursued his journey through the in this plains of Indostán. He was fresh and vigorous' with info- rest; he was animated with hope; he was incited by desire;
he walked swiftly forward over the vallies, and saw the hills
gradually rising before him.
2. As he passed along, his ears were delighted with the eat my morning song of the bird of paradise;' he was fanned by the
last flutters of the sinking breeze, and sprinkled with dew e the by groves of spices. He sometimes contemplated the towsteam ering height of the oak, monarch of the hill; and sometimes bed caught the gentle fragrance of the primrose, eldest daugh
ter of the spring: all his senses were gratified, and all care was banished from his heart.
3. Thus he went on, till the sun approached his meri-dian,
S and the increased heat preyed upon his strength; he then looked round about him for some more commodioush path. He saw, on his right hand, a grove that seemed to wave its shades as a sign of invitation; he entered it, and found the coolness and verdurei irresistiblyk pleasant.
4. He did not, however, forget whither he was travelling; but found a narrow way bordered with flowers, which appeared to have the same direction with the main road; and was pleased, that, by this happy experiment, he hitd find means to unite pleasure with business, and to gain El rewards of diligence without suffering its fatigues.
5. He, therefore, still continued to walk for a time, without the least remission of his ardour, except that he was sometimes tempted to stop by the musick of the birds, which the in heat had assembled in the shade; and sometimes amused as himself with plucking the flowers that covered the banks on either side, or the fruits that hung upon the branches
. Land At last, the green path began to decline from its first tendency, and to wind among the hills and thickets, cooled with fountains, and murmuring with waterfalls.
6. Here Obidah paused for a time, and began to consider whether it were longer safe to forsake the known and common track; but remembering that the heat was now in its greatest violence, and that the plain was dusty and uneven, he resolved to pursue he new path, which be supposed only to make a few meanders,m in compliance with the varieties of the ground, and to end at last in the com
7. Having thus calmed his solicitude, he renewed his L. pace, though he suspected" that he was not gaining ground. preec This uneasiness of his mind inclined him to lay hold on
a the every new object, and give way to every sensation that might sooth or diverto him. He listened to every echo;' he whi mounted every hill for a fresh prospect; he turned aside to
18. every cascade;o and pleased himself with tracing the course
sit, of a gentle river that rolled among the trees, and watered seb a large region with innumerable circumvolutions."
8. In these amusements, the hours passed away unaccounted; his deviations had perplexed his memory, and he knew not towards what point to travel, He stood pensive and confused, afraid to go forward, lest he should go wrong, yet conscious that the time of loiterings was now past.
While he was thus tortured with uncertainty, the 'sky was overspread with clouds; the day vanished from before him; and a sudden tempest gathered round his head.
9. He was now roused by his danger to a quick and painful remembrance of his folly; he now saw how happi- . ness is lost when ease is consulted; he lamented the unmanly impatience that prompted him to seek shelter in the grove; and despised the petty curiosity that led him on from trifle to trille. While he was thus reflecting, the air grew blacker, and a clap of thunder broke his meditation.
10. He row resolved to do what yet remained in bis hindi power, to tread back the ground which he had passeil, and ry to find some issue where the wood miglit open into the
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plain. He prostrated himself on the ground, and recommended his life to the Lord of nature. He rose with con-. fidence and tranquillity, and pressed on with resolution. The beasts of the desert were in motion, and on every
hand were heard the mingled howls of rage and fear, and first ter ravage and expiration. All the horrors of darkness and
solitude surrounded him: the winds roared in the woods; and the torrents tumbled from the hills.
11. Thus forlorn and distressed, he wandered through the wild, without knowing whither he was going, or
whether he was every moment drawing nearer to safety, and u
or to destruction. At length, not fear, but labour, began
to overcome him; his breath grew short, and his knees he sait trembled; and he was on the point of lying down in resig
nation to his fate, when he beheld, through the brambles, the glimmer of a taper.“
12. He advanced towards the light; and finding that it proceeded from the cottage of a hermit, he called hùmbly
at the door and obtained admission. The old man set be. hold of
fore him such provisions as he had collected for himself,
on which 'Obidah fed with eagerness and gratitude. aside mis. When the repast was over... tell me,” said the her
mit, “ by what chance thou hast been brought hither? I have been now twenty years an inhabitant of the wilderness, in which I never saw a man before.” Obidah then
related the occurrences of his journey, without any condu mou cealment or palliation.
14. 5 Son," said the hermit, “ let the errors and follies,
the dangers and escape of this day, sink deep into thy arom heart. Remember, my son, that human life is the journey popus of a day. We rise in the morning of youth, full of vigour,
and full of expectation; we set forward with spirit and hope, with gayety and with diligence, and travel on a while in the direct road of piety towards the mansion of rest,
15. “In a short time, we remit our fervour* and endeavour to find some mitigation of our duty, and some more easy means of obtaining the same end. We then relax our vigour, and resolve no longer to be terrified with crimes at a distance; but rely upon our own constancy, and venture to approach what we resolve never to touch. We thus enter the bowers of ease, and repose in the shades of security. 16. Here the heart softens, and vigilance subsides;
beaut ours, menti
Dowe are then willing to inquire whether another advance cannot be made, and whether we may not, at least, turn
Flow our eyes upon the gardens of pleasure. We approach
boas them with scruple and hesitation; we enter them, but enter timorous and trembling; and always hope to pass through them without losing the road of virtue, which, for
1.) a while, we keep in our sight, and to which we purposes
marb! to return. But temptation succeeds temptation, and one compliance prepares us for another; we in time lose the happiness of innocence, and solace our disquiet with sensual gratifications.
. I 17. “By degrees, we let fall the remembrance of our
i nol original intention, and quit the only adequate object of
perfer rational desire. We entangle ourselves in business, im
| make merge ourselves in luxury, and rove through the labyrinthse of inconstancy; till the darkness of old age begins to invades us, and disease and anxiety obstructs our way. We then look back upon our lives with horrour, with sorrow, with repentance; and wish, but too often vainly wish, that we had not forsaken the ways of virtue.
18. “Happy are they, my son, who shall learn from thy example, not to despair; but shall remember, that, though thes the day is past, and their strength is wasted, there yet remains one efforth to be made: that reformation is never
hopeless, nor sincere endeavours ever unassisted; that the : wanderer may at length return after all his errours; and
that he who implores strength and courage from above, shall find danger and difficulty give way before him. Go now, my son, to thy repose; commit thyself to the care of Omnipo- matin tence; and when the morning calls again to toil, begin anew thy journey and thy life.”
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SECTION 1. az In-he-rent, in-hd-rent, existingin.ff Ple-be-ian, ple'-be-yån, vulgar, b Al-lu-sion, ål-lu'-zhủn, refer
common, mean person. ence to.
8 Fi-del-i-ty, fe-dell-e-te, faithful c Stat-ue, ståt'-tshủ, an image. adherence. d Su-per-flu-ous, så-péri-Au-ús, cx- h In-sig-nif-i-cant,
in-sig-nift-f6 uberant, over-abundant.
kânt, unimportant, unmeaning. e Sculp-tor, skålp'-tůr, a carver in i De-ny, dé-ni', to refuse, disown.
wood or stone.