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Young ladies should never presume on hiding a serious defect in their principles of moral virtue. If it be known to themselves, the glance of their own eyes may betray the secret—if they feel the hidden guilt, the indescribable charm of innocence may have fled from the blooming countenance for ever, or may only linger like a frightened dove on a flowering shrub whose branches a serpent is shaking in his ascending folds.
All of the joys of earthly pleasure, that may truly bear the name of pleasure, time will scatter in the path of the virtuous from his silken wings ;-all of the sor. rows of departure from virtue, the grave and the sunless eternity beyond only can reveal. A ruined female is like a once beautiful star turned aside from the glorious path in which she rolled in music round the sunnow adrift and on fire, the wonder and terror of the silver-eyed constellations—the seducer only of those way. ward lights that might have risen at first in the heavenward skies, but whose onward courses have been towarıls the blackness of darkness. A virtuous female, preserving her purity of thought, and increasing the charities and generous affections of her heart through every vicissitude and change of life, may be compared to a star that rises indeed dimly, half seen in the dusky twilight and baptized in the dewdrops of the evening but soon putting on the spotless apparel of beauty, diffusing strange splendor through the admiring heavens, smiling on earth, yet attracted towards the kindred star of Bethlehem, and lost long before the dawn in the intense glories of a better sphere.
If woman be the ministering angel of humanity, what must she be when the heavens receive her into their unsullied realms! What must she be waom the bright immortals stoop to love whiie she walks through earthly bowers !
BOTANY, A BRANCH OF FEMALE EDUCATION.
(Continued from Vol. I., page 360.) And such an endless variety, too, of forms, and hues, and shapes, almost as infinite as the everlasting changes of the kaleidoscope, and yet all harmonizing and blend.
ing in one splendid picture of beauty. “Some," says the
" Who can paint
Amidst her gay creations hues like hers?” Thomson What a fine picture is this from Casimir's address to the sleeping rose:
“Siderum sacros imitata vultus
Quid lates dudum rosa ?" &c
No longer in confinement lie;
Rival the spangles of the sky.
To give thy beauties of the day;
To fan thy bosom as they play.”
“Whose breath perfumes them, and whose pencil paints.”. The female who loves the study of Botany has no great relish for the wild and feverish dissipations of society; she prefers the quiet and tranquil scenes of nature, and luxuriates amidst the varied and beautiful productions of her hand.—She may be seen gliding through the walks of a garden, like the spirit of Aowers, or bending over them, like a sylph hovering over a bed of roses. To her
"Sweet is the breath of morn, her rising sweet
Glistening with dew." Milton, On the study of this science some judicious observations and some curious facts will be found below, from a work on “ Domestic Education," with which we conclude our brief remarks :
"In Botany, a science singularly adapted for female study, how many subjects for surprise and admiration are continually appearing. One cannot open a volume of travels, but some shrub or plant is made known to us, peculiarly adapted to the clime. Bounding our views to one object, let us see what nature has done to meet the wants of man and animals in hot countries, where the heat, by evaporating moisture, causes thirst.
“In the Brazils a cane is found, which, on being cut below a joint, disperses a cool pleasant liquid, which instantly quenches the most burning thirst; and Prince Maximilian, when travelling in America, in 1816, quenched his thirst by drinking the water found within the leaves of the bromelia.
,"Mr. Elphinstone says the water melon, one of the most juicy of fruits, is found in profusion amid the arid deserts of western Asia; and adds, “ that it is really a subject of wonder to see a melon, three or four feet in circumference growing froin a stock as slender as that of a common melon, in the dry sand of the desert."
“Mr. Barrow thus describes that curious vegetable, the pitcher plant:- To the foot stalk of each leaf is attached a bag, girt round with a lid. Contrary to the usual effect this lid opens in wet dewy 'hours, and, when the pitcher is full, the lid closes; when this store of moisture is absorbed by the plant, the lid opens again.' Of course the thirsty traveller can take advantage of this beautiful provision of nature.
"The stapelia is a singular plant found in Africa, and from its containing water amid the severest drought. has been called the “Camel of the Desert."
YOUNG GENTLEMEN'S DEPARTMENT.
THE AMERICAN CHARACTER. Written for the Monthly Repository and Library of Entertaining Knowledge,
It is a matter of high moment to a young American gentleman to reflect, as he shapes his character for life, on the model by which he would be moulded to future distinction. The republican form of our government, the omnipotence of public opinion in this country of free, unshackled mind, and the high destinies allotted 10 the elder republic of the western continent impose peculiar rules of formation on the rising pillars of American empire. The scholar, the jurist, the statesman, the artist, the mechanic or the cultivator of the eastern continent may not be the models for those of the new world a world happily disenthralled and aloof from the despolism of hoary error, the accumulations of many centuries of ignorance and encroachment on social rights.
The young American must make religion the foundation of his character-for here, as to a refuge, the persecuted servants of God came when the green curtain of the wilderness covered the continent, and their prayers hallowed all the soil and dedicated their unborn posterity to a holier cause than that of earth. The young American should be generous—for here, as to an asylum from cruelty and the whirlpool of revolution, thousands have come, and millions must come as the old continents break up under the hammer of convulsion and melt down under the purifying fires of judgment to a fairer and holier type. He must be patient and persevering—for those who have ever breathed the tainted atmosphere of monarchy and hereditary power cannot in a moment be made to understand the nature and the full extent of our national freedom; the lessons of Washington to a young nation are often to be repeated. He must be brave—for too much has been entrusted to him to be in the kecping of a coward. To him has been committed the world's last experiment for liberty-to him belongs the helm of the republican vessel
, if his skill and patriotic virtues prove him worthy to guide the ship of state through seas of passion and under the adverse storms of external war. He must be
energetic—for the men of America are self-male men and gather no honor from birth but the broad, proud honor of citizenship in a country where not a lord nor a lordling, as such, can throw contempt over their plebeian origin.
But, as examples speak more persuadingly than precepts, we propose, in the future numbers of the Monthly Repository, to present lively and brief original sketches of American character—the characters of men who have grown up and flourished, or are now flourishing, in the midst of us, and under the genuine influence of republican institutions. Such models we need not fear to place before the mental vision of our youthful readers, and say to them, these are the jewels of America
YOUTH AND MANHOOD.
As in the succession of the seasons each, by the invariable laws of nature, affects the productions of what is next in course, so in human life every period of our age, according as it is well or ill spent, influences the happiness of that which is to follow. Virtuous youth generally brings forward accomplished and flourishing manhood; and such manhood passes off itself without uneasiness into respectable and tranquil old age. But when nature is turned out of its regular course, disorder takes place in the moral just as in the vegetable world. If the spring put forth no blossoms, in summer there will be no beauty, and in autumn no fruit. So if youth be trified away without improvement, manhood will be contemptible, and old age miserable. If the beginnings of life have been vanity, its latter end can be no other than rezation of spirit.
It is remarkable that men, when they differ in any thing considerable, or which they think considerable, will be apt to differ in almost every thing else. Their differences beget contradiction. Contradiction begets heat. Heat quickly rises into resentment, rage, and ill will. Thus they differ in affections as they differ in judgment; and the contention that began in pride, ends in anger.