206 FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
is better to expose ourselves to ingratitude than to be wanting in charity to the distressed. He that promotes gratitude pleads the cause both of God and man, for without it, we can neither be sociable nor religious. An ungrateful man is a reproach to the creation, an exception from all the visible world; neither the heavens above nor the earth beneath affording any thing like him.
Blow, blow, thou wintry wind ; Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude; Thy tooth is not so keen, Because thou art not seen.
Although thy breath is rude.
Freeze, freeze, thou bitter sky ; Thou (hist not bite so nigh
As benefits forgot; Though thou the waters warp, Thy sting is not so sharp
As friends remembering not."
This is a nice perception of what is right and proper under the circumstances in which a person is called to act, It may be illustrated by the feelers of the cat, which are long hairs placed upon her nose, with which she readily measures the space between sticks and stones through which she desires to pass, and thus