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be taught the immense importance of always speaking the truth; and should be made to feel, that love, confidence, and honor–or, detestation, distrust, and disgrace, will follow them, as they are observant or regardless of the claims of veracity. Every false declaration, every art of concealment and dissimulation, every strong statement, every broken promise, only hardens the heart, sears the conscience, and opens another avenue to the seductions of the adversary; while on the other hand, truth, pure truth, with all its simplicity and loveliness, forms the foundation of every moral virtue.
The habit of industry is also one which deserves early and particular
consideration. Industrious habits exert
a happy influence on the intellectual and moral character. Many a youth has been rescued from disgrace and ruin, because he had no time for amusements and dissipation; and many a one has been lost to himself, to his family, to the world, and to God, because he had nothing else to do, but yield himself a prey to self-indulgence. If we would guide our children in the paths of piety and peace; if we have our eye on their best interests, for this world and that which is to come; we shall educate them in some useful employment. Even in man's primeval integrity and innocence, he was not exempt from toil; and who since the apostacy, can escape with impunity, the force of that universal sentence, “In the sweat of thy brow shalt thou eat thy bread until thou return to the ground ?" There is no small difficulty, especially in large cities, in educating children in the habits of industry. It is indeed one of the most serious difficulties with which families who reside in large cities are called to contend. The great reason why vice so successfully allures the youth of large cities, is, that during their early education, and in seasons of relaxation from study, there is nothing to occupy their time. And hence the remark, that the great mass of men of character and standing in our large cities are not native citizens. It deserves to be seriously considered, whether the wide difference existing between families brought up under the same religious instruction, may not be ascribed to the fact, that some are educated in habits of industry and some in habits of idleness. It is a sad mistake in parents to educate their children merely for spheres of splendid accomplishment. I am no enemy to refinement; nor am I insensible of the happy influence which courtesy and elegance exert on the intellectual and moral character. But I have yet to learn, that these may not be combined with habits of industry and enterprise. Dissipation or despondency uniformly take the place of active employment in the youthful mind.
Rigid temperance is inseparable from a good education. If a youth cannot be induced to abstain utterly from the use of ardent spirits, there is little hope that he will become a pious or respectable man.
This is an indulgence which will eventually involve him in distress and ruin. The course of transgression may, for a time, be easy and pleasant enough, but the end must be disaster. The infatuated man who is gliding down the stream that conducts him to a precipice, is not in a situation more dangerous, than the youth who ventures upon this allowed course. He may regale his eye with the beauty of the landscape; and his ear may be charmed with the melody of song; his little bark may glide