TfiXT. — ^Be patient, oh be patient ! pat your ear against the earth ; Listen then how noiselessly the germ o* the seed has birth; How noiselessly and gently it upheaves its little way. Till it parts the scarcely broken ground, and the blade • stands up in the day ! Mr Hearers — ^there is nothing like Patience to put a man through the world easy and gently — ^without tearing his clothes, chafing the skin, or ruffling the fine feathers of the spirit. It is the foundation of much moral philosophy, and a component part of wisdom. If you lack patience, you are wanting in wisdom ;• like the fellow who killed his hen to get the eggs, instead of giving her time to lay them. Time must be allowed for eYer3rthing. Whether it is allowed or not. Time will have his own way ; and he cares no more for our hurrjrings and worryings than a steam locomotive does for the yelpings of a yellow dog. Time was taken and patience exercised in the making of this beautiful world we are permitted to pollute, and all its starry accompaniments Had a mortal been empowered and trusted with the work (if he didn't work by the day) he would have crowded a six days' job into three — and a pretty mess, indeed, he would have made of it. The whole machinery would be for ever getting out of order ; and it would cost more for repairs than the entire establishment were worth. But, as it is now, planned by a head only capable of the wisest conceptions, and executed by a hand that never can err, we have everything just as it should be ; and not even the most selfconsequential infidel dare suggest any improvement upon the fabrication. I have sometimes wondered in my meditative, and I may say, wicked moments, how the Omnipotent himself could have accomplished such a magnificent work, and produced such perfec« tion, in the short space of six days ! — sixty would hardly bring it in the scope of human comprehension. It seems well that man was the last object created. Had he been given a being with the universe in its unfinished state, his impatience never would have allowed it a proper time for completion ; and he would have been

4ft SHORT PATKMT BiBllMO f. Qonstantly suggesting alterations and imptoyements. He would say, Make the moon a little brighter, and let it always be foil, without the possibility of change — put an extra touch on the sun, and make it rise alwa3rs at a certain hour, the year round — ^better fix it so as to have it rain after folks have gone to bed, and cease when they get up in the morning — and all such nonsense. Well, it seems, I repeat, that man wasn't created till all other things were made — ^that he was awakened out of an anterior eternity, not to view and find fault with certain parts of an unfinished world, but to behold and admire the perfection, beauty and magnificence of the whole. My friends — ^under all circumstances, keep cool, be easy, and have patience. Fidgeting and hitching about with the restlessness of a monkey with a sore bottom, never can < hurry up the cakes' of anticipation. They will come when they are ready, and not before. Ponder over the pictures of patience in the book of nature. See how patiently and silently the seed workfi underground for a season, and then puts forth its blades, green leaves, buds and blossoms in all their pride and glory. So it is with the seeds of thought : they must lie buried for a time in the bosom — ^have a silent undergrowth — ere they can bloom beautifully with words or produce apples of gold. Observe the spider : see how by patience, perseverance, and drawing a thread at a time, he weaves a wondrous fabric. Look at the ant : he lugs but a grain of matter at once, and yet by patient industry he makes a young mountain. And the jackass : he beareth his burthen with meekness and ha« mility — knowing that kindness and condescension will go farther towards getting him a good supper than the uttermost amount of obstinacy. My friends — ^be patient. Purposes that require weeks or months for their fulfilment never can be accomplished in a day ; and the mightiest of efforts, like the acorn in the ground, must be permit^ ted a proper time to germinate, grow, and arrive at gigantic grest-^

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