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his. But, especially, we perceive her claims on his tenderest affection, in every image she brings into the world, of herself, and of their father. Their lisping tongues are eloquent, and successfully plead for all his love. In what she has felt, in what she feels, in what she will feel, for them; in all their ails and joys, in all their conditions, acquirements and character, in all their calamities and all their happiness; she silently, but effectually, renews, and heightens and secures that conjugal character; that union of every the most amiable sentiment, that secures to her hufband the esteem and approbation of the wife and good.
This excellence of the righteous is not, and indeed cannot possibly be, always equally manifested: every situation is not equally favourable for its being known and honoured. Absence may be without blame, and necessary: there may, alas! be poverty, and labour, and disease: soon death may dissolve the marriage union. There is a more affecting explanation still of the worth of conjugal excellence not appearing: you know, I mean defect of worthy qualities: the follies or the vices of the partner for life. But he who is at the head of a large family, and is in an eminent station, for a long course of years, has many opportunities of displaying the "united virtues and graces that become and adorn the conjugal character, in happily passing through life with the wife whom he justly loves and honours, esteeming and feeling her happiness his own. The memory of such a husband is blest, this righteous man Jhall be had in everlasting remembrance.
The character and duties of a worthy parent, also claim and secure, a respectful, affectionate, and lasting remembrance. The father of a large family, especially, who is a man of real worth, attracts regard, and commands esteem and praise.
As you muse on the affection of parents to their children, perhaps you naturally recollect with me a very tender passage in the book of Genesis. It is part of the admirable history of the patriarch Joseph, which no man of taste and feeling can peruse without emotion and sympathy. The brother, the aged absent parent, equally interest us, and
affect affect our hearts. It is Judah's expostulation with Joseph, respecting Benjamin's being brought to Egypt. His argument is this, My aged father's grey hairs will be brought down with sorrow to the grave, should any mischief befal his youngest son, seeing, says he, ** his life is bound up in the life of the lad." The feelings of parents justify the expression. And it is in a large family, more especially, the character of a father is seen to advantage. His house is a theatre in which are naturally exhibited the various amiable appearances, and cares and exertions, and pleasures; and, in them, all the various and varying excellence, of parental affection. A large family, from infancy, to the latest period of a parent's life, occasions in him much fearching of heart. The unfolding of their minds, the progress of their education, their health and their ails, their attainments and disappointments, their success and calamities: these, and a thousand other objects of interest and care, which parents only figure and know, tenderly, yet pleasingly and amiably* affect his mind whom God has blest with many children. I cannot reckon up, and, if I could, it is unneces
G sary, sary, the plans and exertions, the fears and sufferings, the hopes and joys of worthy parents, for they rise before you more perfectly than by my attempts to describe them. They rise before you, as you figure the variety of the condition and history of a family: they rise before you, in a more lively manner still, if memory faithfully records many changes, and trials and sufferings, and enjoyments of a large family. Much deserving of praise is the father who is affectionate and dutiful to his children; and, for a length of years, displays the parental character in its various, and amiable, and interesting appearances. Can we doubt that his memory will be preserved and cherished, in the minds of his affectionate and dutiful, and highly favoured family? His memory will be preserved and cherished, by all to whom his history and worth are known.
From the Parent, you naturally turn your attention with me, to the Master of a large family, and his just claims on the respect and approbation of mankind.
The master of a family, of a large family, especially, and of an extensive establishment, has many duties to perform, has many eyes upon him, has many opportunities of being known, and praised and blamed; according to his dispositions, and conduct and character, naturally, and sometimes more perfectly unfolded before his domestics, and more perfectly known by them than by others. The master who treats his servants with neglect and contempt, is, without all question, destitute of worthy and amiable qualities. Humanity and justice, generosity and gratitude, dispose and determine heads of families, to be interested in their servants, and to study and promote their happiness. The attentions and kindnesses of worthy masters, are, alas, too often rendered more endeared and memorable, by the inattention and harshness of those who seem to be wholly forgetful of a servant's claim to any favour; and to consider him as a mere instrument of his will; not as a fellow man, whose labours and fidelity entitle him to the dutiful regards of his employer. "A righteous man re"gardeth the Use of his beast," says Solomon, and says universal observation: he will C 2 regard