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Duty to the Aged, Especially to Aged Parents, Committed to Our Care.

Duty to the Aged, Especially to Aged Parents, Committed to Our Care.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY CHARLES LOWELL.


Leviticus xix. 32. — thou siialt rise up before the hoary DEAD, AND HONOR TUE FACE OF TUE OLD.
BY CHARLES LOWELL.


Leviticus xix. 32. — thou siialt rise up before the hoary DEAD, AND HONOR TUE FACE OF TUE OLD.

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DUTY TO THE AGED, ESPECIALLY TO AGED PARENTS, COMMITTED TO OUR CARE. BY CHARLES LOWELL.Leviticus xix. 32. — thou siialt rise up before the hoary DEAD, AND HONOR TUE FACE OF TUE OLD. Human life is compared in Scripture to various objects in the world of nature ; to the natural day, which advances from the dawn till noon, and then declines, till the sun wholly disappears, and darkness covers us. ' I must work the work of Ilim that sent me while it" is day,' said the Saviour ; ' the night cometh when no man can work.' It is compared to a ' flower which blossoms, withers and dies.' ' jMan cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down.' In the text there seems to be an allusion to the seasons of the year. Childhood is the spring of human life ; youth its summer ; manhood its autumn; and old age its winter. Then, the light is feeble, the affections lose their fervor, and time begins to snow upon the head. The hoar frost
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spreads and thickens ; the air is cold and piercing ; the current of life moves slowly; and death ap-proaches to bind it in icy fetters. ' Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old.' S2 DUTY TO THE AGED. There is a natural veneration due to declining age, which all feel, arising from the very coun-tenance of an old man, and from the superior wisdom and greater experience he is supposed to possess. The civilized nations of antiquity paid much respect to the aged, and instructed their children diligently to cultivate this amiable virtue. The men of gray hairs were their counsellors, their arbi-trators, their judges, and their leaders. In peace, they were the rulers and magistrates of the state. In war, they were the generals who commanded
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their armies. Even among the savage tribes, the hoary head receives singular honor. It is the business of the old to instruct and advise ; of the young, to learn and to execute. It would seem, then, as if there were but little occasion in a Christian audience, to enforce the injunction in the text. Old age itself, if it be ac-companied by a sense of dignity of character, and especially if it be ' found in the way of righteous-ness,' will command a respectful attention. Under these circumstances, we naturally 'rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old.' If these circumstances do not exist, if this sense of dignity of character is voluntarily relinquished, the same respectful attention is not due, and cannot  justly be expected. It often happens, however, that it is involuntarily lost; that, in the course of nature, or by the opera-
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