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    DECISION OF CHARACTER.   Table of Contents     OBEDIENCE.

Plato, Ann



In contemplating on the various scenes of life, the vicissitudes of the seasons, the perfect regularity, order, and harmony of nature, we cannot but be filled with wonder and admiration, at the consummate wisdom and benificence of the all wise and gracious Creator. His consummate wisdom and goodness have made the various seasons

of the year perfectly consonant to the refined feelings of man, and peculiarly adapted them to the universal preservation of nature.

We say to spring, "dreary winter is passed; its severe cold is mitigated; the returning zephyrs dissolve the fleecy snow, and unlock the frozen streams, which overflow the extensive meadows, and enrich the teeming earth. The rapid streams begin to glide gently within their banks; the spacious meadows soon receive their usual verdure, and the whole face of nature assumes a cheerful aspect. By the refreshing showers, and vivifying powers of the genial sun, we behold the rapid and amazing progress of vegetation."

In summer, men travel about, they wander wide in pursuit of pleasure. Under the burning suns of summer, the farmer works and is wearied. The short nights scarcely refresh him, after the labor of the long days. Summer brings flowers, and permits us to admire nature's works. During the mild seasons, the father prepares what is necessary in his family for winter; the mother calculates garments for her little ones, to shield them from the inclemency of that approaching season.

In autumn, the farmer hastens to the field, to gather his crops. And it is autumn that brings us fruit, and repays us for the toils of summer. The leaves fall from the trees, flowers begin to fade, and die! This is a good period of the year to contemplate the shortness of life; and like the autumn, our bodies must decay and turn to dust.

In winter, nature enjoys repose. The trees cease from putting forth leaves, and the plants lay

their sweet heads in their bed, the cradle of snow. In winter the students gain much time for meditation; and winter knowledge strikes a deeper root into the mind. It is the season that the child sees more of its father. The laborer gains strength for the ensuing summer. It is then the time to assist the poor, and show pity and kindness to the sick.

May the contemplation of the seasons, lead our minds to a great and glorious God, "the giver of every good and perfect gift." So shall these seasons be remembered in that world where no ice binds the sweet stream, and where there is neither storm nor tempest.

    DECISION OF CHARACTER.   Table of Contents     OBEDIENCE.