FIDELITY. – Never forsake a friend. When enemies
gather thick and fast around him – when sickness falls heavy on
his heart – when the world is dark and cheerless, this is the time
to try the friendship. They who turn from the scene of distress or offer
reason why they should be excluded from extending their sympathy and aid,
betray their hypocrisy, and prove that selfish motives only prompt or
move them. If you have a friend who loves you – who has studied
for your interest and happiness – defended you when persecuted and
troubled, be sure to sustain him in his adversity. Let him feel that his
former kindness is appreciated, and that his friendship was not lavished
on you for naught.
Real Fidelity may be rare, but it exists in the heart.
Who has not seen and felt its power? They only deny its worth and power
who have never loved a friend, or labored to make one happy. The good,
the kind, the affectionate, and virtuous see and feel this heavenly principle,
for heavenly it is; it is the fruit gathered from a sacred germ implanted
And true fidelity has its reward. It may be slighted
by some, overlooked by others; but pure minded men cultivate and cherish
fond and undying love for it.
As the diamond is found in the darkness of the mine,
as the lightning shoots with the most vivid flashes from the darkest cloud,
so does fidelity proceed from a heart susceptible to the calls of the
deepest melancholy, and shows itself brighter and stronger in the adversity
of a friend.
THE MOTHER. – Heaven has imprinted on a mothers
face something that claims kindred with the skies. The waking, watchful
eye, which keeps its tireless vigils over her slumbering child –
the tender look, the angelic smile, are objects which neither the pencil
nor chisel can reach, and which poetry fails in attempting to portray.
Upon the eulogies of the most eloquent tongue we should find Tecke written.
It is in the sympathies of the heart alone where lives the lovely picture,
and the eye may look abroad in vain for its counterpart in the works of