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FIRESIDE EDUCATION.
but he might with equal propriety have placed prudence before it, since without prudence for­titude is madness." The parent may cultivate prudence, by bestowing commendation upon instances of it, in a child, and rebuking its op­posite, rashness: by kindly and clearly setting forth the advantages which result from the first, and the evils which spring from the last. There are few families, where there are chil­dren, that do not furnish a daily text for com­ments of this kind.
COURAGE.
This is of two kinds, physical and moral. The former is chiefly a constitutional endow­ment, though it may be cultivated by judicious training. It is that unflinching steadiness of nerve which impelled Putnam to enter the wolf's den, and face the grizzly brute in his very lair. It is a sentiment which renders an indi­vidual superior to a feeling of personal danger. It peculiarly befits the soldier and the seaman, and all who are called upon to exercise cool judgment in situations of peril. Moral courage is a virtue of higher cast and nobler origin. It springs from a consciousness of virtue, and ren­ders a man, in the pursuit or defence of right, superior to the fear of reproach, opposition or
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