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On Profane Swearing

On Profane Swearing

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Published by glennpease
BY DOW JR.


Text. — And swear not by thy own weak name

For thou art but a slave
Of sorrow, sin and shame.

Of glory and the grave.
The boasted body is but clay.

Born of the dust you tread ;
And soon a swift approaching day

Shall lay thee with the dead.
BY DOW JR.


Text. — And swear not by thy own weak name

For thou art but a slave
Of sorrow, sin and shame.

Of glory and the grave.
The boasted body is but clay.

Born of the dust you tread ;
And soon a swift approaching day

Shall lay thee with the dead.

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O PROFAE SWEARIGBY DOW JR.Text. — And swear not by thy own weak nameFor thou art but a slaveOf sorrow, sin and shame.Of glory and the grave.The boasted body is but clay.Born of the dust you tread ;And soon a swift approaching dayShall lay thee with the dead.Mt Hearers — profane swearing is practised to a great extent, notonly in this community, but all over the world. There is no doubtin my mind but we could get along without half so much of it ;and I am not certain that society would suffer very materially werewe to dispense with the practice altogether. » Pushing badinageaside, and to come out as blunt as a beetle, I assert, my friends,that a habit of swearing, in defiance of that holy injunction whichsays, ' Swear not at all,' is worse than that of chewing tobacco ordrinking rum ; as no divine prohibition is placed upon the two lat-ter, neither are they recommended by the Almighty nor by men of sense and soberness. A man will never get fat by feasting uponmy admiration whose veracity is so weak as requires to be forti-fied with innumerable oaths. ^ he wishes to put forth a decla-ration in a strong and effective manner, there are surely legitimatewords enough in the lexicon of knowledge sufilciently expressive58 tBOET PATXT SKRM0K8.for his purpose without having recourse to such as contaminatethe atmosphere of decency, and stink worse in the nostrils of hea-
 
ven than a dead horse on the top of Mount Arrarat. Some de-luded, simple-minded sons of sin may think it fashionable toswear ; but it is more respectable to be seen with a dirty shirt onone's back and a clean moral reputation beneath it, than with anoath-stained character wrapped up in broadcloth.My friends and fellow companions in iniquity ! — ^there are moresins already saddled upon us than we can safely carry into etemi*ty without taking upon our shoulders that heaviest of all sins,profane swearing. In our pilgrimages through life, let us go aslightly laden as possible, lest, when we get to be old and decrepid,our loads become too weighty to be borne, and the recollection of former follies and vices sit as solid upon our consciences as rawturnips on a dyspeptic's stomach. * Take not my name in vain/said He in whose hands are held the reins of our destinies, and inwhose grasp we, puny pigmies, are of no more account than a pi-tiful mouse in the paws of a umidian lion. How dare man thenlaugh his Maker to scorn, and insult him with mockery ! I don'tknow — and yet there are thousands who have the pluck and pre-sumption to try it on. Finding it fits pretty well, I suppose — in-asmuch as they are not inmiediately swept from the surface of theglobe by a blast of Omnipotent ire — they grow bolder and bolderin their wickedness, till they become callous to divine fear or fa-vor, and finally go swearing out of the world like a regiment of troopers ! What a sad picture of human temerity ! Swear not,man of vanity, by the holy heaven ! for it is the throne of theKing of kings ; and often, of an autumn sunset, are disclosed in \all their splendor, the crimson, the scarlet, the purple, and the goldthat surround it, while the Star of Evening, the brightest diamondin the Crown of crowns, adds glory unspeakable — showing howdull and sombre is the magnificence that surrounds the thrones of earth's emperors to the gorgeousness that glows in the boundlesshall of heaven. Swear not by earth, for it belongs to God — ^it isthe footstool of his power. He gave it birth in the beginning, andhe can dissolve it with a breath. When thou swearest, old Oceantolls out a loud rebuke, * Swear n9t !' the little birds of the air say,* Sing praises to heaven rather than swear ;* and the beasts of t^flbld say it is better to he dumb than open their mouths in profanity
 
SHORT PATEIIT 8XRMO8. 59O, insignificant man! swear not by thy own weak name ! for,remember, tbou art but an abject slave of thy heavenly Master—-that the fetters of sorrow and shame are often fastened upon thee — ^that thou art inclined to sow the seeds of sin in thy own bosom,and made to partake of the bitter fruits that spring therefrom — that while hastening ambitiously onward in the path that leads toglory, you may fall into the monstrous mouth of Death, who lies,with his jaws extended, by the wayside, watching to catch suchinsects as we are, even as the alligator lieth upon a log. waitingfor bugs and flies to make themselves fainiliar. Frail son of earth!that body of which you boast as being made after the image of Him in whom is perfection perfected, and which you say is suscep-tible of no improvement whatever, is but a parcel of paltry dayafter all. Born of the dust you tread, a weak, powerless creature,without a shield to protect you from the foils of Fate, you aredaily, nay hourly, in danger of being crushed, like a worm, back into your native dust, to crawl no more along the paths of ambi-tion, honor, renown, and — ^misery. Yes, the day will soon comethat is to lay thee with the departed dead — ^with those whosehopes and fears are hushed in the silent sepulchre — the ]ight of whose smiles is extinguished in the darkness of the tomb — andwhose tears sure for ever absorbed by the clod that covers their car-cases. You are bound to come to the scratch, as well as they ;and, notwithstanding you may do your prettiest to kick all roundthe bucket, you will be compelled to hit it a dig at last. You wouldnot dare, at that awful moment,^ to curse God, and quit the worldwith half a dozen oaths stuck in your gullet o — I know youwouldn't. Then swear not at all; for to-day's sun may shine up-on your death-bed, and the cold earth receive you to-morrow withthe soul's garments wholly unwashed, and as dirty as the blanketof a journeyman chimney-sweep.My friends — be careful how you shape your conversation, forthe sake of the rising generation. Children, having hereditarysin in their little gizzards, are naturally prone to evil, inasmuch as ,they are always inclined to adopt the vices and discard the virtuesof adults ; but, for all this, they are flexible and pliant — and if 

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