Georae G.Hat^rap &^C9
was a boy
have wished to
write a discourse on Compensation; for
knew more than
and the people
the preachers taught.
drawn endless variety, and
ments too from which the doctrine
very young that on this sub-
fancy by their
lay always before me, even in sleep; for they are
the tools in our hands, the bread in our basket,
the transactions of the street, the farm
the greetings, the relations, the
debts and credits, the influence of character, the
also that in
might be shown
divinity, the present action of the
world, clean from the heart of
a ray of
Soul of this
vestige of tradition;
be bathed by an inunda-
tion of eternal love, conversing with that
he knows was always and always must be, because it
this doctrine could
appeared moreover that
be stated in terms with any
â€” Compensation resemblance to those bright intuitions in which this truth is
sometimes revealed to
be a star in
hours and crooked pas-
sages in our journey, that would not suffer us to lose
was lately confirmed in these desires by hearing a sermon at church. The preacher, a man I
esteemed for his orthodoxy, unfolded in the ordi-
nary manner the doctrine of the Last Judgment.
not executed in this
world; that the wicked are successful; that the
good are miserable; and then urged from reason
and from Scripture a compensation to both parties in the next
peared to be taken by the congregation at
far as I could observe
meeting broke up they separated without remark
on the sermon.
Yet what was the import
did the preacher
good are miserable
saying that the
in the present life?
and lands, offices, wine, horses, dress, luxury, are had by unprincipled men, whilst the saints are poor and despised; and that a compensation is to be made to these last hereafter, by
bank-stock and doubloons, venison and cham-
Compensation This must be the compensation intended; what else? Is it that they are to have leave to pray and praise to love and serve men ? Why, that they can do now. The legitimate inference the disciple would draw was, " We are to have such a good time as the sinners have now " or, to push it to its extreme import, " You sin now, we shall sin by-and-by; we would sin now, if we
could not being successful ;
expect our revenge
fallacy lay in the
successful; that justice
not done now.
blindness of the preacher consisted in defer-
ring to the base estimate of the constitutes a
market of what
success, instead of confronting
and convicting the world from the truth; announcing the Presence of the Soul; the omnipotence of the Will and so establishing the standard ;
moning the dead
and falsehood, and sum-
I find a similar base tone in the popular religious
works of the day and the same doctrines assumed
the related topics.
ogy has gained
occasionally they treat
I think that
our popular theol-
decorum, and not in principle,
over the superstitions
are better than this theology.
Every ingenuous and aspiring soul
leaves the doctrine behind
sometimes the falsehood
For men are That which they hear in
which they cannot demonstrate. wiser than they know.
pulpits without afterthought,
would probably be questioned in If a man dogmatize in a mixed company silence. on Providence and the divine laws, he is answered in conversation
which conveys well enough
server the dissatisfaction of the hearer, but his in-
attempt in this and the following chapter
I shall to record
facts that indicate the path of the
draw the smallest arc
law of Compensation; happy beyond tation
I shall truly
Polarity, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature in darkness and ;
cold; in the
in the centrifugal tricity,
and expiration of and diastole of the undulations of fluids and of sound;
and female; in the plants and animals the heart; in
ebb and flow of waters; in male inspiration
in the systole
centripetal gravity; in elec-
galvanism, and chemical
induce magnetism at one end of a needle, the opIf posite magnetism takes place at the other end.
the south attracts, the north repels.
you must condense
dualism bisects nature, so that each thing
and suggests another thing to make it whole: as, spirit, matter; man, woman; subjective, objective; in,
out; upper, under; motion, rest; yea, nay.
Whilst the world parts.
thus dual, so
every one of
entire system of things gets repre-
sented in every particle.
resembles the ebb and flow of the sea, day and night,
man and woman,
pine, in a kernel of
in each individual of every
in the ele-
repeated within these small boundaries.
For example, ogist
in a single needle of the
animal kingdom the physiol-
has observed that no creatures are favorites,
but a certain compensation balances every
and every is
surplusage given to one part
paid out of a reduction from another part of
If the head and neck are and extremities are cut short. The theory of the mechanic forces is another example. What we gain in power is lost in time, and
enlarged, the trunk
rors of the planets
periodic or compensating eris
cold climate invigorates.
does not breed fevers, crocodiles, tigers,
The same dualism of
underlies the nature
Every sweet hath
every defect an excess. every evil
Every faculty which
ceiver of pleasure has
It is to
an equal penalty put on
For every grain
Every excess causes a defect;
of wit there
a grain of
For every thing you have missed, you have else; and for every thing you
gained something gain,
If riches increase,
increased that use them.
gathers too much, nature takes out of the
what she puts kills
into his chest; swells the estate, but
Nature hates monopolies and
of the sea
do not more
speedily seek a level from their loftiest tossing than
the varieties of condition tend to equalize themselves.
stance that puts
always some levelling circum-
the overbearing, the strong,
same ground with all others. Is a man too strong and fierce for society and by temper and position a bad the rich, the fortunate, substantially on the
â€”a morose â€”
with a dash of the pirate
him ? nature sends him a troop of pretty sons and daughters who are getting along in the dame's
Compensation classes at the village school,
and love and
grim scowl to courtesy.
she contrives to intenerate the granite and felspar, takes the boar out and puts the
her balance true.
imagines power and place are fine But the President has paid dear for his White House. It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes. To
preserve for a short time so conspicuous an appear-
ance before the world, he before the real masters
content to eat dust
stand erect behind the
Or do men desire the more substantial and permanent grandeur of genius ? Neither has
He who by force of will or of and overlooks thousands, has the
With every influx Has he light? he
responsibility of overlooking.
comes new danger.
must bear witness to the light, and always outrun which gives him such keen satis-
that sjTnpathy faction,
his fidelity to
and admires and covets
that the world loves
must cast behind and afflict them by faithfultruth and become a byword and a .f^
ness to his
revelations of the in-
hate father and mother,
Compensation This tions.
writes the laws of the cities
not be baulked of
vain to build or plot or com-
Things refuse to be mismanaged Res nolunt din male adminislrari. Though
bine against long.
no checks and
It is in
appear, the checks exist,
you tax too high,
the revenue will yield nothing.
you make the
criminal code sanguinary, juries will not convict.
Nothing arbitrary, nothing
The true life and satisfactions of man seem to elude the utmost rigors or
condition and to
establish themselves with great indifferency all varieties
ments the influence of character remains the same,
der the primeval despots of Egypt, history honestly confesses that
man must have
been as free as
These appearances indicate the universe
fact that the
represented in every one of
Every thing nature.
make him. its particles.
in nature contains all the
of one hidden stuff;
as the naturalist sees one type under every meta-
morphosis, and regards a horse as a running man,
a swimming man, a bird as a flying man,
Compensation Each new form
a tree as a rooted man.
not only the main character of the type, but part for part all the details, all the aims, furtherances,
hindrances, energies and whole system of every
Every occupation, trade,
a compend of the world and a correlative of
somehow accommodate all his
an entire emblem of
each one must
a drop of dew.
microscope cannot find the animalcule which less
perfect for being
Eyes, ears, taste,
smell, motion, resistance, appetite,
and organs of
reproduction that take hold on eternity,
So do we
to consist in the small creature.
into every act.
omnipresence parts in every
moss and cobweb.
there, so is the evil;
true doctrine of
the universe contrives to throw point.
the force, so the limi-
Thus is the universe alive. All things are moral. That soul which within us is a sentiment, outside of us
feel its inspirations;
Compensation in history
All nature feels
justs its balance in all parts of del
time and space.
the world, and the world was eternal but
perfect equity ad-
a mathematical equation, which, turn
punished, every virtue rewarded, every wrong
redressed, in silence retribution
the universal necessity by which the
whole appears wherever a part appears. see smoke, there
you see a hand or
a limb, you know that the trunk to which is
balances itself. Take what figure exact value, nor more nor less, still
returns to you. is
looks like a multipHcation-
Every act rewards grates
in a twofold
or in other words inte-
or in real nature; and secondly in the circumstance, or in apparent nature. the retribution.
seen by the soul.
the circumstance is
seen by the understanding;
inseparable from the thing, but
Compensation over a long time and so does not become distinct until after
follow late after the offence, but they follow be-
cause they accompany
Crime and punishment
of one stem.
unsuspected ripens within the flower of the pleas-
means and ends, seed and fruit, cannot be severed; for the effect already blooms in the cause, the end ure which concealed
preexists in the means, the fruit in the seed.
Whilst thus the world will be whole and refuses to be disparted,
seek to act partially, to sunder,
to appropriate; for example,
to gratify the senses
sever the pleasure of the senses from the needs
dedicated to the solution of one problem,
of the character.
detach the sensual sweet, the sensual strong, the sensual bright,
from the moral sweet, the
moral deep, the moral
fair; that is, again, to
upper surface so thin as
trive to cut clean off this
bottomless to get a one end, without an
other end. feast.
soul says. Eat; the
The man and woman
and one soul the body would join the
flesh only. all
Have dominion over
things to the ends of virtue; the
have the power over things to
body would ends.
— Compensation The
amain to live and work through would be the only fact. All things be added unto it, power, pleasure, knowlsoul strives
aims to be
up for himself; to truck and higgle
for a private good; and, in particulars, to ride that
ride; to dress that
eat that he seen. offices,
may eat; and to govern,
wealth, power, and fame. is
to get only one side of nature,
the sweet, without the other side, Steadily
seek to be great; they would have
that to be great
be dressed; to
and detaching countermust be owned no pro-
to this day it had the smallest
water reunites behind our hand.
out of pleasant things, profit out of profitable things,
of strong things, the
We can no
seek to separate them from the whole.
more halve things and get the sensual good, by itself, than we can get an inside that shall have no " Drive out
outside, or a light without a shadow.
nature with a fork, she comes running back." Life invests
with inevitable conditions,
which the unwise seek
which one and
another brags that he does not know, brags that they do not touch him;
—but the brag 
â€” Compensation the conditions are in his soul. in
he escapes them
one part they attack him in another more
because he has resisted his
from himself, and the retribution
he has escaped them in form and in the
the failure of
the tax, that the experiment
good from would not be tried,
â€”but for the circum-
this separation of the
since to try
the disease began in the will, of
rebelHon and separation, the intellect infected, so that the in
each object, but
ceases to see
able to see the sensual allure-
an object and not see the sensual hurt; he
mermaid's head but not the dragon's tail, and thinks he can cut off that which he would have from that which he would not have. " How secret sees the
art thou silence,
dwellest in the highest heavens in
O thou only great God, sprinkling with an
unwearied providence certain penal blindnesses
as have unbridled desires "
true to these facts in the
painting of fable, of history, of law, of proverbs, of conversation.
a tongue in literature un-
awares. Thus the Greeks called Jupiter, Supreme Mind; but having traditionally ascribed to him ^
Augustine, Confessions, B.
amends to Reason by tying up the hands of so bad a god. He is made as helpless as a king of England. Prometheus knows one secret which Jove must bargain for; Minerva, another. He cannot get his own thunders; Minerva keeps the key of them: Of
the gods, I only
That ope the sohd doors within whose His thunders
A plain confession of the in-working of the All and of
The Indian mythology ends
same ethics; and indeed it would seem impossible for any fable to be invented and get any currency which was not moral. Aurora forgot to ask youth for her lover, and though so Tithonus is imthe
not quite invulner-
him by the heel when she the Styx and the sacred waters did
able; for Thetis held
dipped him in
not wash that part.
Siegfried, in the Nibelungen,
fell on his back was bathing in the Dragon's blood, and And so it that spot which it covered is mortal. thing God is. crack in every always There is a has made. Always it would seem there is this vindictive circumstance stealing in at unawares is
not quite immortal, for a leaf
Compensation even into the wild poesy in which the
attempted to itself free
holiday and to shake
of the old laws,
this back-stroke, this
kick of the gun, certifying that the law that in nature nothing can be given,
that ancient doctrine of Nemesis,
keeps watch in the Universe and unchastised.
no offence go
Furies they said are attendants
the sun in heaven should trans-
gress his path they related
would punish him.
stone walls and iron swords and
had an occult sympathy with the belt which Ajax Trojan hero over the field dragged the gave Hector at the wheels of the car of Achilles, and the sword which Hector gave Ajax was that on whose point Ajax fell. They recorded that when the Thasleathern thongs
wrongs of their owners; that the
ians erected a statue to Theogenes, a victor in the
games, one of his
deavored to throw at last
crushed to death beneath
This voice of fable has
came from thought above the That is the best part of each it;
nothing private in
by night and en-
down by repeated
of the writer.
writer which has
the best part of each
Compensation which he does not know; that which flowed out of and not from his too active in-
vention; that which in the study of a single artist
you might not
easily find, but in the study of
you would abstract as the ias
not, but the
Hellenic world that
when we come
are to see that which
a given period, and was hin-
modified in doing, by the in-
work of man in that early I would know. The name
for history, embarrasses
terfering volitions of Phidias, of Dante, of Shak-
speare, the organ
the proverbs of literature of
the expression of this fact in
which are always the
Reason, or the statements of an absoProverbs, like
lute truth without qualification.
the sacred books of each nation, are the sanctuary of the Intuitions.
the droning world,
chained to appearances, will not allow the to say in his
proverbs without contradiction. laws,
which the is
pulpit, the senate
hourly preached in
flights of proverbs,
to say in
and as omnipresent as that
All things are double, one against another.
for tat; an eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth; blood for blood; measure for measure; love for love.
—He that —^What you and take —Noth-
be given you.
watereth shall be watered himself.
have? quoth God; pay
ing venture, nothing have.
shalt be paid
what thou hast done, no more, no less. Who doth not work shall not eat. Harm watch, harm catch. Curses always recoil on the head of him who imprecates them. If you put a chain exactly for
around the neck of a itself
around your own.
It is thus written,
slave, the other
—Bad counsel confounds is
overmastered and characterized above
by the law
end quite aside from the public good, but our act arranges itself by irresistible magnetism in a line with the poles of the world.
A man With
cannot speak but he judges himself.
his will or against his will
he draws his por-
the eye of his companions
Every opinion reacts on him who
by every word.
thread-ball thrown at a mark, but the other end
Compensation remains in the thrower's bag.
harpoon thrown flies, is
at the whale, unwinding, as
cord in the boat, and,
not good, or not well thrown,
go nigh to
cut the steersman in twain or to sink the boat.
cannot do wrong without suffering wrong.
"No man had
ever a point of pride that was not
injurious to him," said Burke.
does not see that he excludes himin the
attempt to appropriate
exclusionist in religion does not see that
he shuts the door of heaven on himself, in striving to shut out others.
pins and you shall suffer as well as they.
leave out their heart, you shall lose your own.
vulgar proverb, " I
his purse or get
sound philosophy. All infractions of love
relations are speedily punished.
ished by Fear. to
in our social
Whilst I stand in simple relations
my fellow-man, I have no displeasure in meeting
meet as water meets water, or as two
currents of air mix, with perfect diffusion
But as soon as there any departure from simplicity and attempt at
terpenetration of nature. is
would make things of all persons; of women,
of children, of the poor.
Compensation halfness, or
seek mine; there
not good for him,
wrong; he shrinks from
as far as I have shrunk
All the old abuses in society, the great
and the petty and
particular, all unjust ac-
cumulations of property and power, are avenged
same manner. Fear is an instructor of great One sagacity and the herald of all revolutions.
thing he always teaches, that there
where he appears.
a carrion crow, and
though you see not well what he hovers is
laws are timid, our cultivated classes are timid.
Fear for ages has boded and
over government and property. bird
not there for nothing.
wrongs which must be
the like nature
that expectation of change
which instantly follows the suspension untary
of our vol-
terror of cloudless noon, the
emerald of Polycrates, the awe of prosperity, the instinct
which leads every generous soul to impose
tasks of a noble asceticism
virtue, are the tremblings of the balance of justice
through the heart and mind of man.
Compensation Experienced that
of the world scot
and that a man often pays dear
runs in his
gained any thing
they go along,
for a small fru-
received a hun-
dred favors and rendered none.^ Has he gained by borrowing, through indolence or cunning, his
There on the deed the instant acknowledgment of
neighbor's wares, or horses, or
on the one part and of debt on the other;
action remains in the
neighbor; and every
memory of himself and new transaction alters
nature their relation to each other.
soon come to see that he had better have
broken his own bones than to have ridden
neighbor's coach, and that "the highest price he
can pay for a thing
to ask for it."
A wise man will extend this lesson to all parts of and know that it is always the part of prudence and pay every just demand on your time, your talents, or your heart. Always pay; for first or last you must pay your entire debt. life,
to face every claimant
Persons and events
You must pay
stand for a time between is
only a postponement.
your own debt.
wise you will dread a prosperity which only loads
Compensation you with more.
end of nature.
receive, a tax
the one base thing in the
we cannot render
whom we receive them,
line for line,
or only seldom.
must be rendered again,
staying in your
of too fast
Pay it away quickly in some sort. Labor is watched over by the same Cheapest, says the prudent,
What we buy
the dearest labor.
broom, a mat, a wagon, a knife,
deed for deed, cent for cent, to some-
confers the most benefits.
â€”to receive favors and render none.
the order of nature
for every benefit
It is best to
good sense to a common
your land a
gardener, or to buy good sense applied to garden-
good sense applied
ing; in your sailor, tion; in the house,
good sense applied
sewing, serving; in your agent, good sense applied to accounts
So do you multiply your
presence, or spread yourself throughout your estate.
of the dual constitution
things, in labor as in life there can be ing.
real price of labor is
Compensation knowledge and
whereof wealth and credit
counterfeited or stolen, but that which they repre-
namely, knowledge and virtue, cannot be
counterfeited or stolen.
of labor can-
not be answered but by real exertions of the mind,
in obedience to pure motives.
defaulter, the gambler, cannot extort the benefit,
cannot extort the knowledge of material and moral nature which his honest care and pains yield to
have the power; but they who do not
the thing have not the power.
labor, through all
forms, from the
sharpening of a stake to the construction of a city or an epic, fect
illustration of the per-
compensation of the universe.
balance of Give and Take, the doctrine that every thing has
that thing but something else it is
not paid, not
obtained, and that
impossible to get any thing without
the columns of a ledger than
in the budgets of states, in the laws of light
and reaction of nature. I cannot doubt that the high laws which each man sees ever implicated in those processes with which
conversant, the stern ethics which sparkle on
which are measured out by
which stand as manifest
the footing of the shop-bill as in the history of
though seldom named, exalt his business to his imagination.
league between virtue and nature engages
of the world perse-
are arranged for truth
finds that things
den in the wide world to hide a rogue. crime,
a coat of snow
such thing as concealment. it
things to assume a hostile front to vice.
Commit a There
on the ground, such
woods the track of every partridge and fox and squirrel and mole. You cannot recall the spoken word, you cannot wipe out the foottrack, you cannot draw up the ladder, so as to Always some damning cirleave no inlet or clew. cumstance transpires. The laws and substances as reveals in the
snow, wind, gravitation, be-
penalties to the thief.
hand the law holds with equal Love, and you shall
mathematically just, as
Compensation as the two sides of an algebraic equation. The good man has absolute good, which like fire turns
every thing to its own nature, so that you cannot do him any harm; but as the royal armies sent against Napoleon, when he approached cast down their colors
and from enemies became
disasters of all kinds, as sickness, offence, pov-
prove benefactors. Winds blow and waters
Strength to the brave and power and deity.
Yet in themselves are nothing.
are befriended even by weakness and As no man had ever a point of pride that was not injurious to him, so no man had ever a defect that was not somewhere made useful to him. defect.
The stag in the fable admired liis horns and blamed when the hunter came, his feet saved
his feet, but
him, and afterwards, caught in the thicket, his
horns destroyed him. needs to thank his
man in his lifetime As no man thoroughly
understands a truth until against
he has contended
no man has a thorough acquaintance
with the hindrances or talents of
suffered from the one and seen the triumph
other over his
of the same.
defect of temper that unfits
he has of the
Has he a
to live in society?
Compensation Thereby he
driven to entertain himself alone and
acquire habits of self-help; and thus, like the
he mends his
Our strength grows out of our weakness. Not until we are pricked and stung and sorely shot at, awakens the indignation which arms secret forces.
he goes to
A great man is always willing to be
on the cushion of advantages,
defeated, he has a chance to learn something; he
has been put on his wits, on his manhood; he has
gained facts; learns his ignorance;
cured of the
insanity of conceit; has got moderation
side of his assailants. it
The wise man always throws himself on the
theirs to find his
more his interest than weak point. The wound from him like a dead skin It is
and falls off and when they would triumph, lo! he has passed on invulnerable. Blame is safer than praise. I hate to be defended in a newspaper. As long as cicatrizes
said against me, I feel a certain
assurance of success.
But as soon as honied
words of praise are spoken lies
me I feel as one that
unprotected before his enemies.
every evil to which
As the Sandwich Islander believes that the strength and valor of the enemy he kills passes factor.
Compensation we gain the strength of the temptawe resist. The same guards which protect us from disaster, defect and enmity, defend us, if we will, from selfinto himself, so
Bolts and bars are not the best
of our institutions, nor
shrewdness in trade a
suffer all their life long
under the foolish superstition that they can be
as impossible for a
cheated by any one but himself, as for a thing to
be and not to be at the same time. third silent party to
soul of things takes
the guaranty of
the fulfilment of every contract, so that honest service cannot
grateful master, serve
you serve an un-
longer the payment
God in be repaid. The
withholden, the better for
you; for compound interest on compound interest is
of this exchequer.
history of persecution
a history of en-
deavors to cheat nature, to
make water run up
to twist a rope of sand.
whether the actors be
or one, a tyrant or a
a society of bodies voluntarily
bereaving themselves of reason and traversing
Compensation to the nature of the beast. is
Its actions are insane, like its
persecutes a principle;
it would tar and feather justice, by inflictand outrage upon the houses and persons
who have these. It resembles the prank of boys, who run with fire-engines to put out the ruddy aurora streaming to the stars. The invio-
late spirit turns their spite against the
The martyr cannot be
a tongue of fame; every prison a more
abode every burned book or house en;
lightens the world; every suppressed or
word reverberates through the earth from side to side. The minds of men are at last aroused; reason looks out and justifies her own and malice finds all her work in vain. It is the whipper who is whipped and the tyrant who is undone.
The man I learn to
Every thing has
a good and an
things preach the indifferency of cir-
be content. is
But the doc-
not the doctrine of in-
thoughtless say, on hearing these
one event to good and
evil; if I
gain any good I
Compensation must pay
other; all actions are indifferent.
a deeper fact in the soul than compen-
sation, to wit, its
compensation, but a this
running sea of circumstance, whose waters ebb
and flow with
perfect balance, lies the aboriginal
abyss of real Being.
Existence, or God,
relation or a part, but the whole.
and and times within are the influx from
affirmative, excluding negation, self-balanced,
Nature, truth, virtue,
the absence or departure of the
indeed stand as
the great Night or shade on which as a back-
living universe paints itself forth;
cannot work, for
cannot work any good; It is
cannot work any
worse not to
be than to be.
defrauded of the retribution due to
because the criminal adheres to
contumacy and does not come to a
in visible nature.
stunning confutation of his nonsense before
and angels. Has he therefore outwitted the law? Inasmuch as he carries the malignity and the lie 
Compensation with him he so far decreases from nature.
there will be a demonstration of the
to the understanding also; but, should it,
deadly deduction makes square the eternal
be said, on the other hand, that
the gain of rectitude must be bought by any
are proper additions of being.
virtuous action I properly
no penalty to wisIn a
in a virtuous act I
to the world; I plant into deserts
from Chaos and Nothing and see the darkness receding on the limits of the horizon.
be no excess beauty,
these attributes are considered in
the purest sense. affirms in
There can none to knowledge, none to soul refuses
always an Optimism, never a Pes-
a progress, and not a
instinct is trust.
" less " in application to
ence of the soul,
man, always of
"more" and of the pres-
absence; the brave
greater than the coward; the true, the be-
nevolent, the wise,
the fool and knave.
more a man and not less, than There is therefore no tax on
the good of virtue, for that
the incoming of
himself, or absolute existence, without
Compensation All external good has its tax, and if it came without desert or sweat, has no root in me, and the next wind will blow it away. But all the good of nature is the soul's, and may be had if paid for in nature's lawful coin, that is, by labor which the heart and the head allow. I no longer wish to parative.
meet a good
do not earn,
example to find a
pot of buried gold, knowing that
do not wish more external
â€”neither possessions, nor honors, nor powThe
no tax on the knowledge
that the compensation exists desirable to dig
apparent; the tax
with a serene eternal peace.
Herein I rejoice
I contract the
I learn the wisdom "Nothing can work me damage
daries of possible mischief. of St. Bernard:
except myself; the
about with me, and never
that I sustain I carry
a real sufferer but
In the nature of the soul
the inequalities of condition.
the compensation for
More and how not malevolence towards More?
of nature seems to be the distinction of Less.
can Less not feel the pain;
sad and knows not well what to
Compensation most he shuns
he fears they
should they do?
the facts nearly and these
mountainous inequalities vanish.
as the sun melts the iceberg in the sea.
heart and soul of of
seems a great
His and Mine
being one, this bitterness
If I feel over-
shadowed and outdone by great neighbors, I can still receive; and he that loveth
get love; I can
the discovery that
guardian, acting for signs,
admired and envied
conscious domain. wit,
the eternal nature of the soul to things
and Shakspeare are fragments of the by love I conquer and incorporate them His
with the friendliest de-
estate I so
the grandeur he loves.
not that mine ?
the natural history of calamity.
The changes which break up at short intervals the prosperity of men are advertisements of a nature whose law
nature to grow, and every soul necessity quitting friends
the order of this intrinsic
whole system of things,
and home and laws and
faith, as the shell-
Compensation fish crawls
beautiful but stony case, be-
no longer admits
forms a new house.
growth, and slowly
In proportion to the vigor
of the individual these revolutions are frequent,
some happier mind they are incessant and all worldly relations hang very loosely about him, becoming as it were a transparent fluid membrane through which the living form is always seen, and not, as in most men, an indurated heterogeneous fabric of many dates and of no settled character, Then there can in which the man is imprisoned. be enlargement, and the man of to-day scarcely until in
man of yesterday. And such should outward biography of man in time, a put-
ting off of
dead circumstances day by day, as he But to us, in our
renews his raiment day by day.
lapsed estate, resting, not advancing, resisting, not
cooperating with the divine expansion, this growth
comes by shocks.
We cannot part with our friends. We cannot let We do not see that they only go out that archangels may come in. We are idolaWe do not believe in the riches of tors of the old. our angels go.
the soul, in
proper eternity and omnipresence.
We do not believe that there is
to rival or re-create that beautiful yesterday. linger in the ruins of the old tent
where once we
Compensation had bread and
and organs, nor
the spirit can feed, cover, and nerve us again.
cannot again find aught so dear, so sweet, so grace-
But we sit and weep in vain. The voice of the Almighty saith, *' Up and onward forevermore!" We cannot stay amid the ruins. Neither will we rely on the New; and so we walk ever with reful.
verted eyes, like those monsters
And yet the
compensations of calamity are
apparent to the understanding
tervals of time.
a mutilation, a cruel
disappointment, a loss of wealth, a loss of friends,
seems at the moment unpaid
But the sure years
reveal the deep remedial force
friend, wife, brother, lover,
of a dear
which seemed nothing
but privation, somewhat later assumes the aspect of a guide or genius; for
revolutions in our
of infancy or of youth
terminates an epoch
which was waiting
up a wonted occupation, or a houseand allows the formation of new ones more friendly to the growth of character.
hold, or style of living,
permits or constrains the formation of
quaintances and the reception of that prove of the
importance to the next years
Compensation and the man or woman who would have remained a sunny garden-flower, with no room for
and too much sunshine for its head, by the faUing of the walls and the neglect of the gardener is
the banian of the forest, yielding shade and
wide neighborhoods of men.
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