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MORALS.
205
PITY, PATIENCE, &c.
There are various other virtues, such as pity, patience, forbearance, humility, candor, content, gratitude, all of which deserve the attention of parents, and which should be inculcated upon children as occasion may arise. And let it be remembered that these, as well as other virtues, may be made to grow in the heart by being cherished and called into frequent exer­cise, or may never exist there if a parent's hand do not sow the seed. The last of these virtues which we have mentioned is commended to every heart by the lines of Burns—
"The bridegroom may forget the bride Was made his wedded wife yestreen ; The monarch may forget his crown, That on his head an hour hath been
The mother may forget the child
That smiles sae sweetly on her knee ;
But I'll remember thee, Glencairn, And all that thou hast done for me."
The beauty of gratitude is heightened when we contrast it with its opposite vice. ;' Ingrati­tude is a sin so shameful that there never was a man found who would own himself guilty of it. Ingratitude perverts all the measures of religion and society, by making it dangerous to be charitable and good-natured. However, it 18
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