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200                          FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
the eye of morality, a robber. The fortunate man, who bestows scorn and contempt upon the unfortunate, and thus takes away his self-respect, is in the eye of morality a thief. Let such lessons as these be engraved by a mother's hand on the heart of every child.
MERCY.
This is benevolence, mildness, or tenderness of heart, and disposes a person to overlook injuries, or to treat an offender better than he-deserves.
------------------" Mercy is twice blessed ;—
It blesseth him that gives and him that takes.
"Tis mightiest in the mighty ; it becomes
The throned monarch better than his crown.
His sceptre shows the source of temporal power,
The attribute of awe and majesty,
Wherein doth sit the dread and fear of kings ;
But mercy is above the sceptred sway!
It is enthroned in the hearts of kings !
It is an attribute of God himself!
And earthly power doth then show likest God's
When mercy seasons justice."
But this beautiful virtue may be also exer­cised by us all in the common intercourse of society, and be thus twice blessed, blessing 11 him that gives and him that takes." Let children, therefore, be taught to be kind and gentle to all around them. Let every act of
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