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bered that envy is not a sluggish or inactive prin­ciple; it is not content to gaze only at the hap­piness of another, but it stimulates the bosom in which it resides to exertion, for the purpose of despoiling the fortunate and the successful of their enjoyments. Let it also be considered that while this passion tends to evil in respect to the object which excites it. it also stings the heart in which it lives, without even affording the poor atonement of transient gratification. It might seem that mankind would be carefid to exclude a drug of such unmixed bitterness from the cup which they put to their lips. but jt is still largely mixed, either by accident or voli­tion, in the thoughts and feelings which make up the every-day draught of society. It is to envy that we may trace the spicy scandal, and the detractive gossip, which circulate with such electric energy in our towns, cities and villages. It is to envy that we may attribute that odious triumph, with which we sometimes see people trample on an individual, whom misfortune has hurled down from some elevated station. It is to envy we may attribute much of that sour discontent with which the poor or the less wealthy look upon the rich. It is to envy we may impute the malice with which the coarse
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