day and the dreams of night, were there. If he paits with it, he is a beggar ; and then if he keeps it, he dies. He poised it in his hand ; balanced it for a awhile ; took a long, sad look at it ; and then with one strong, desperate effort, flung it far out into the roaring sea. Wise man! It sinks with a sullen plunge ; and now he follows it — not to sink, but, dis- encumbered of its weight, to swim ; to beat the bil- lows manfully ; and, riding on the foaming surge, to reach the shore. Well done, brave gold-digger ! Ay, well done, and well chosen ; but if " a man," as the Devil said, who for once spoke God's truth, " will give all that he hath for his life," how much more should he give all he hath for his soul ? Better to part with gold than with God ; to bear the heaviest cross than miss a heavenly crown. Such lessons the children of this world teach the children of " the kingdom ; " and among others, and not the least important lesson, is the duty of self-ex- amination. Was there ever a successful merchant who did not balance his books year by year ? I have noticed, in reading the details of a court of bankruptcy, that fortunes are as surely wrecked by indolence or carelessness, as by wild speculations, or boundless ex- travagance. Here is a trader, bankrupt. Sober, hon- est, industrious, anxious to pay every one their own, not living in splendour at other men's expense, he should have thriven. Yet this honest man has to take a place beside rogues — he, and others, throwing all the blame on fortune ; imputing his misfortunes to the blind goddess, her capricious temper and unsteady THE REVIEW.