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MORALS.
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lancholy, which manifests itself in a love of mournful music and lonely landscapes, and pathetic poetry. I have seen this displayed in very early childhood. I remember a child, who. at the age of five years, was often found in sonic sequestered part of a garden, with her lip curled and the tears flowing down her cheeks, without the power to tell the reason. If asked tor explanation, she would dash the tears away, and say she could not help it. This kind of melancholy is of dangerous tendency, and may bring evil, if indulged or encouraged. There is misery enough to beget real sorrow, and we should rather nerve the heart to resist despon­dency, than indulge a state of mind, which, seconded by the influence of real trouble, may break down our courage and destroy our energy.
I am afraid many good and pious people make a great mistake in cherishing idoomy views of life, both among themselves and their children. lTndcr the idea that it is necessary to wean the heart from the pleasures and pos­sessions of this world, they speak of it habitu­ally as a vale of tears, a path of thorns and briers, through which we must pass in our journey to another state of existence. This is certainly an erroneous view of life, and is the 18*                                 n
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