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FAMILY GOVERNMENT.
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The clouds grew dark, the tide swelled high, And gloom was o'er the waters flung,
But, riding on the billows, nigh Each other now the bubbles swung.
Closer and closer still they rushed
In anger o'er the rolling river; They met, and, mid the waters crushed,
The rival bubbles burst forever!
The principle of fear has been, of late, a good deal objected to in the government of children. The ferule has passed into disgrace: the birchen rod is almost banished from society. Children, it is said, must be drawn by the cords of love. They must be governed through their good and gentle feelings. Fear is a servile passion, and should never be appealed to. It is a motive which may influence a brute, but it should not be used in the management of human beings. Such is the sweet philosophy of modern days'
For my own part, I am inclined to think that fear is a necessary principle in human go­vernment, as well at the fireside as elsewhere. The Scriptures present punishment as a great argument against vice, and reward as a great argument in favor of virtue. They appeal to fear of misery and the loss of happiness, not only as a motive to shun wickedness and follow righteousness, but as a purifying principle, tend­ing to produce humiliation, docility, teachable-11
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