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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
cut away the forests, slaughtered the Indians, smote the bear and the bison, hunted down the panther and the wolf, have we derived from them a spirit of extirpation, which, now that the monsters of the forest are slain, is given up by men. but lives in our children, and vents itself on cat-birds and sparrows? I know not; but, be this as it may. I mourn over the soli­tude which is gradually gathering over the landscapes of New England, from the absence of the feathered songsters; and I mourn over that spirit of wanton cruelty which makes man the enemy, instead of the friend, of harmless birds.
FORGI V'ENESS.
" To err is human ; to forgive, divine."
" Teach me to feel another's woe, To hide the fault I see ; that mercy I to others show, That mercy show to me."
" Of him that hopes to be forgiven, it is indis­pensably required that he forgive. On this great duty, futurity is suspended, and to him who refuses to practise it, it might seem that mercy might reasonably be denied.
" The discretion of a man defers his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression. By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy, but in passing it over, he is superior.1 J
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