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BY ROBERT BURNS.
BY ROBERT BURNS,
your good cause and your good heart (perhaps, too, a little to your blue eyes), and do not deign to try to attract your husband anew.
OH, OPEN THE DOOR. I fancy you are at home, just as you were a week ago, in society, at our excellent G-'s, where I found you as stiff and silent as if you Oh, open the door, some pity to show, had met only to tire each other to death. Did
Oh, open the door to me, Oh! you not observe how soon I set the whole com
Tho' thou hast been false, I'll ever prove true, pany in motion? This was merely by a few
Oh, open the door to me, Oh! words addressed to each on the subject I thought most agreeable or most flattering to him. After Cauld is the blast upon my pale cheek, a time the others began to feel more happy
But caulder thy love for me, Oh! and at their ease, and we parted in high spirits The frost that freezes the life at my heart, and good humour.
Is nought to my pains frae thee, Oh! What I did there I do daily at home. I try The wan moon is setting behind the white wave, to make myself and all around me agreeable. It will not do to leave a man to himself till he False friends, false love, farewell! for mair
And time is setting with me, Oh! comes to you, to take no pains to attract him,
I'll ne'er trouble them, nor thee, Oh! or to appear before him with a long face. But it is not so difficult as you think, dear child, she has open'd the door, she has open'd it wide; to behave to a husband so that he shall remain
She sees his pale corse on the plain, Oh! for ever in some measure a lover. I am an
My true love! she cried, and sank down by his side, old woman, but you can still do what you like;
Never to rise again, Oh! a word from you at the right time will not fail of its effect. What need have you to play the suffering virtue? The tear of a loving girl, says an old book, is like a dew-drop on the rose;
LORD GREGORY. but that on the cheek of a wife is a drop of poison to her husband. Try to appear cheerful and contented, and your husband will be so; and when you have made him happy, you will
O mirk, mirk is the midnight hour, become so, not in appearance, but in reality.
And loud the tempest's roar; The skill required is not so great. Nothing
A waefu' wanderer seeks thy tow'ı, flatters a man so much as the happiness of his
Lord Gregory, ope thy door! wife; he is always proud of himself as the
An exile frae her father's ha', source of it. As soon as you are cheerful you
And a' for loving thee; will be lively and alert, and every moment will
At least some pity on me shaw, afford you an opportunity of letting fall an
If love it may not be. agreeable word. Your education, which gives you an immense advantage, will greatly assist
Lord Gregory, mind'st thou not the grore, you ; and your sensibility will become the
By bonnie Irwine side, noblest gift that nature has bestowed on you,
Where first I own'd that virgin-love when it shows itself in affectionate assiduity,
I lang, lang had denied? and stamps on every action a soft, kind, and tender character, instead of wasting itself in
How aften didst thou pledge and row secret repinings.
Thou wad for aye be mine;
It be'er mistrusted thine.
Hard is thy heart, Lord Gregory,
And flinty is thy breastPoison is also put in medicine,
Thou dart of heav'n that flashest by,
O wilt thou give me rest!
Ye mustering thunders from above,
Your willing victim see!
But spare, and pardon my false love,
His wrangs to Heaven and me!
came, without words, a teacher of religion to
Instead of carrying children frequently to
public worship, I should prefer simply to con(Jean Paul Friedrich Richter, born 21st March, duct them upon great days in nature or in 1763, at Wonsiedel, Baireuth; died 14th November, human life into the empty church, and there 1825. Carlyle says of him, that with “his hundred show them the holy place of adults. To this I real and ten thousand seeming faults," he possessed the “spirit of a true poet and philosopher. "A poet, and might add twilight, night, the organ, the hymn, among the highest of his time we must reckon him, the priest, exhortation; and so by a mere walk though he wrote no verses; a philosopher, though he through the building, a more serious imprespromulgated no systems; for, on the whole, that divine sion might remain in their young hearts than idea of the world'stood in clear ethereal light before
after a whole year of common church routine. his mind; he recognized the Invisible, even under the mean forms of these days, and with a high strong not
Let every hour in which their hearts are conuninspired heart, strove to represent it in the Visible, secrated to religion, be to them as absorbing and publish tidings of it to his fellow-man."
as that in which they partake for the first time numerous miscellaneous papers, and many novels which of the Lord's Supper. would be more appropriately designated studies of life.
Let the Protestant child show reverence to His chief works are: Grenland Lav-suits-"a collection of satirical sketches full of wild gay wit and keen in
the Catholic images of saints by the road-side sight"-Selections from the Papers of the Devil; Invisible -the same as to the ancient Druidical oak of Lodge; Hesperur; Titon; Wild Oats (Flegeljahre); Flower, his ancestors. Let him as lovingly accept Fruit and Thorn Pieces; Life of Quintus Fislein; Parson different forms of religion among men, as difin Jubilee; Biographical Recreations under the Cranium
ferent languages, wherein there is still but one of a Giante88; Fibel's Life; Katzenberger's Journey to the Both; Schmeliles' Journey to Flätz; The Comet, or Nicho
human mind expressed. Every genius has most laus Margraf; Autobiography, &c ]
power in his own tongue, and every heart in
its own religion. The inner man, like the negro, is born white, but is coloured black by life. In advanced age
SUSCEPTIBILITY OF THE SENSES. the grandest moral examples pass by us, and
Who has not felt with me, that frequently a our life-course is no more altered by them than the earth is by a flitting comet; but in child- rural nosegay, which was our delight when we hood the first object that excites the sentiment
were children in the village, through its old of love or of injustice flings broad and deep its fragrance produces for us in cities, in the adlight or shadow over the coming years; and as,
vanced years of manhood, an indescribably according to ancient theologians, it was only rapturous return to godlike childhood, and like the first sin of Adam, not his subsequent ones, encircling aurora-cloud of our earliest obscure
a flowery divinity wafts us upward to the first which descended to us by inheritance, so that since the One Fall we make the rest for our
sensations. But could such a remembrance so selves, in like manner the first fall and the first forcibly surprise us, were not the child's perascent influence the whole life.
ception of flowers most powerful and interior?
HOW CHILDREN LEARN TO WORSHIP.
How should it be otherwise? I can bear a Sublimity is the staircase to the temple of melancholy man, but never a melancholy child. religion, as the stars are to immensity. When Into whatever quagmire the former sinks, he the vast is manifested in nature, as in a storm, thunder, the starry firmament, death, then may raise his eyes either to the realm of reason utter the name of God before your child. Signal and perishes in a single black poison-drop of
or to that of hope; but the little child sinks calamity, rare success, a great crime, a noble the present time. Only imagine a child conaction, are the spots upon which to erect the ducted to the scaffold-Cupid in a German child's tabernacle of worship. Always exhibit before children, even upon
coffin-or fancy a butterfly crawling like a the borders of the holy land of religion, solemn caterpillar with his four wings pulled off, and and devout emotions. These will extend to you will feel what I mean. them, unveiling at length the object by which they are excited, though at the beginning they are awe-struck with you, not knowing where- You need not surround your children, like fore. Newton, who uncovered his head when those of the nobility, with a little world of the greatest name was pronounced, thus be- turner's toys. Let their eggs be white, not
figured and painted; they can dress them out me various appearances of a Christ-child, tell.
do not attribute to a grown man who breaks
on him who falsifies what has been already Truthfulness is not so much a branch as a done; so with children, before whose brief blossom of moral, manly strength. The weak, vision time, like space, is immeasurable, and whether they will or not, must lie. As respects who are as unable to look through a day, as children, for the first five years they utter we through a year, we should widely separate neither truth nor falsehood—they only speak. untruthfulness of promise from untruthfulness Their talk is thinking aloud; and as one half of assertion. Truth is a divine blossom upon of their thought is often an affirmative, and an earthly root; of course, it is in time not the the other a negative, and, unlike us, both earliest, but the latest virtue. escape from them, they seem to lie, while they are only talking with themselves. Besides, at first they love to sport with their new art of speech; and so talk nonsense merely to hear Only place all life before the child as within themselves. Often they do not understand the realm of humanity, and thus the greater your question, and give an erroneous, rather reveals to him the less. Put life and soul into than a false reply. We may ask, besides, everything: describe to him even the lily, which whether, when children seem to imagine and he would pull up as an unorganized thing, as falsify, they are not often relating their re- the daughter of a slender mother, standing in membered dreams, which necessarily blend in her garden-bed, from whom her little white offthem with actual experience.
spring derives nutriment and moisture. And Children everywhere fly on the warm, sunny let not this be done to excite an empty enervaside of hope. They say, when the bird or the ted habit of pity, a sort of inoculation-hospital dog has escaped from them, without any reason for foreign pains, but from the religious cultivafor the expectation-"he will come back again tion of reverence for life, the God all-moving soon." And since they are incapable of distin in the tree top and the human brain. The lore guishing hope, that is, imagination, from re- of animals, like maternal affections, has this flection or truth, their self-delusion conse. advantage, that it is disinterested and claims quently assumes the appearance of falsehood. no return, and can also at every moment find For instance, a truthful little girl described to an object and an opportunity for its exercise.
REVERENCE FOR LIFE,