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YOUNG MEN'S MAGAZINE.

No. 3.]

MARCH, 1837.

[VOL. I.

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your places, and perform your parts, THE IMPORT OF THE APPELLATION, in its busy scenes. Youth," says Dr. Johnson, “is the time from fourteen to twenty-eight." Within this privileged enclosure, and on this envied elevation, you stand. What a rich distinction above the rest of so

YOUNG MEN, in commencing my remarks with this appellation, I desire, not merely to specify the class I propose to address, but also to possess you with an idea of the high import ciety! What a bright and boundless of your distinctive name. As human prospect all around! What gratitude beings, you are distinguished from all should fill your hearts to the gloother orders of sentient existence; rious Being who has conferred that you belong to a race whose nature distinction, and lighted up that prosallies you to the dust and to the pect! As young men, you are disDeity, whose moral relations reach tinguished from those who have atto the throne of God, whose eventful tained the meridian of life; they, for history resounds through the uni- the most part, have chosen their staverse, and whose unknown capabili- tions, and occupy the spheres, in ties require the amplitude of other which they are likely to end their worlds, and the ages of eternity, to days; while you, to a certain extent, evolve and employ. As men, you have "the world before you where are distinguished from about one half to choose." Between you and the of your own species; you constitute aged the difference is still greater. a sex, that sex on whose head God" When we say a man is young," has been pleased to place the crown says Locke, we mean that his age of sovereignty, and on which de- is yet but a small part of that which volves, by necessity of nature, the usually men attain to: and when we active duties of public life, and all the denominate him old, we mean that great movements of society. As young his duration is run out almost to the men, you are distinguished from all end of that which men do not usually those of your own sex who are still exceed." We mean, especially, that

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in the age of childhood and ado- whatever the privileges and possibili

lescence. The appellation implies, that one stage of your life is passed already you have been children, but, in a literal sense, you can be such no more. You have "put away childish things," and have assumed the toga virilis. You are crossing

Young Men-it is a title, the the threshold of active life, to take highest title in the gift and heraldry

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ties of life may be, the old man has had them; and that, whether he has improved them or not, he is about to quit them for ever; while the young man is only beginning to possess them."

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ramid with me, from his having this idea.

CHRISTIANITY MUST UNDERGO A RE

Many of the Arabs ascribe the erection of, NOVATION.-If God has sent his Son, and the pyramids, and all the most stupendous has declared that he will exalt him on his remains of antiquity in Egypt, to Ga'n Ib'n throne, the earth and all that it inherit are Ga'n, and his servants, the ginn; conceiving contemptible in the view of such a plan. If it impossible that they could have been raised this be God's design, proceed it does, and by human hands.-Lane's Manners and Cus-proceed it will. Christianity is such a holy toms of the Modern Egyptians. 1836. and spiritual affair, that perhaps all human for it. Men may fashion things as they will; institutions are to be destroyed to make way but if there is no effusion of the Spirit of God on their institutions, they will remain barren and lifeless. Many Christians appear to have forgotten this.—Cecil.

IDLERS.-The idle levy a very heavy

GOLDSMITH'S INDEPENDENCE AND DISINTERESTEDNESS.-" A few months," writes Mr. Montague, "before the death of Dr. Scott, author of Anti-Sejanus and other political tracts in support of Lord North's administration, I happened to dine with him in company with my friend Sir George Tuthill, who was the doctor's physician. After din-tax upon the industrious, when, by frivolous ner Dr. Scott mentioned, as matter of asto-visitations, they rob them of their time. nishment and a proof of the folly of men who Such persons beg their daily happiness from are according to common opinion ignorant of door to door, as beggars their daily bread; the world, that he was once sent with a carte and, like them, sometimes meet with a rebuff. blanche from the ministry to Oliver Gold-A mere gossip ought not to wonder if we smith to induce him to write in favour of the evince signs that we are tired of him, seeing administration. I found him,' said the that we are indebted for the honour of his doctor, in a miserable set of chambers in visit solely to the circumstance of his being the Temple; I told him my authority; I tired of himself. He sits at home until he told him that I was empowered to pay most has accumulated an intolerable load of ennui, liberally for his exertions, and, would you be- and he sallies forth to distribute it amongst lieve it! he was so absurd as to say,-1 can all his acquaintance.-Lacon. earn as much as will supply my wants without YOUTH LEAVING HOME.-The pain which writing for any party; the assistance there is felt when we are first transplanted from our fure you offer is unnecessary to me, and so I native soil, when the living branch is cut left him," added Dr. Scott, in his gar-from the parent tree, is one of the most poignant which we have to endure through Akin to the disinterestedness which in-life. There are after griefs which wound duced him to refuse the proposal from the more deeply, which leave behind them scars ministry, the following story is told. Having never to be effaced, which bruise the spirit, icecived for the Deserted Village a note and sometimes break the heart: but never for one hundred guineas, he was told by a do we feel so keenly the want of love, the friend whom he met when returning from necessity of being loved, and the sense of the bookseller, that it was a large sum for a utter desertion, as when we first leave the short performance; and seeming to be of the haven of home, and are, as it were, pushed samo option by the remark that it was off upon the stream of life.-Southey. ats perhaps than the honest man could| afford." to letuned and delivered it up.

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one great vice in English society, not indeed peculiar to them, but yet strongly marked. It exists under a specious name, and at first sight would seem to be an axiom in morals, or in the social relations. They express it as follows: "Let every one know and keep his own place.”... But, when interpreted by its exemplications, it may generally be taken as ning, in the mouth of him who uses it,

like this: "Let every one who is under me, stay there. Let him not to aspire." Thus every class conto keep down those who are below -Colton's Four Years in Great Britain,

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"Young Men"-there is a feeling In all our visions of the blessed above, of exhilaration in the sound. True, imagination pictures them in the it speaks to our fears as well as to bloom and energy of unfading youth. our hopes. It seems to tell of incon- It portrays the Christian, sideration and inexperience, of pleas-millions of millions of ing illusions to be dissipated, and youthful and flourishing, and gracesensibilities wounded, of confidence ful, as at the first; no wrinkles on the betrayed, and dangers yet untried, of face, no grey hairs on the head of suspicions to be awakened, and wis- eternity." What labour is bestowed dom to be bought at the costly price by many to preserve even the apof suffering. pearance of youth; reminding us of the beautiful Tithonus, in heathen had granted his request of an earthly mythology, who finding that Aurora immortality, soon entreated that the boon might be withdrawn, unless it could be made an immortality of youth. How ancient the delusion, But the first and direct import of the that there is a secret somewhere in appellation is full of animation and nature, by which our "youth can be hope. It is associated in our minds renewed like the eagle's," and how with a rich fulness of life, with elas- strong the propensity of man to enticity of body, and buoyancy of tertain it. Every known element of spirit, with quickness of apprehension, nature has been tortured, every metal and wholeness of heart, with sensi- and mineral has been in the crucible, bility of soul, and energy of impulse to extract the precious gift; and, for experiment and daring. How after a thousand disappointments, it rich is youth in possibilities-how re- has only been necessary for a Paragal in its generosity-how affluent in celsus, a Cardan, or a Lully to arise, hope-how full of the poetry and ro- and to boast confidently of his pamance of life! All things bright and naceas and balsams, his amulets, and lovely in nature are its appropriate elixirs, in order to intoxicate age with emblems;—the drops of dew that run visions of terrestrial immortality, and together on the leaf, tell us of its to create hope "under the ribs of ready sympathies and earnest friend- death." Youth is a distinction so ships-the flowing spring denotes its great, a property so precious, that transparent sincerity-the same stream many an aged Croesus would cheerrushing impetuously down a moun- fully put you in possession of all his tain slope, represents its enterprise wealth in exchange for your youth; and onward course-the virgin soil and, on the same terms, many a is a type of its moral fertility, and royal conqueror would gladly have readiness to repay cultivation-the placed his laurels on your head, and rising sun, the morning of the day, his sceptre in your hand. Young the spring of the year-all are the men, this invaluable privilege is yours; consecrated emblems of its winged and He who has conferred it upon hopes, and its sunny prospects. you is inviting you, from his throne in

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heaven, so to employ it as to turn it Christian benevolence to the society, into unfading crowns, and imperishable and the world in which you live? Do wealth. you sincerely ask, how you are to render this return? Joy is awakened in heaven at the inquiry. The Saviour himself undertakes to conduct you to happiness and to God. And the Eternal Spirit begins your renovation. Are you already rendering this return? Happy young man! Angels rejoice as they witness your onward course, and Christians unite to glorify God in you.

"Young Men"-the appellation carries with it a solemn sound of prophecy, and speaks mysteriously of the future. It implies, not merely an unfinished and unfulfilled career, but that the great events of your life are yet to be begun. It intimates that however much of your character may have been already developed, there is many a fold yet to be laid open, and many an unlooked for quality to be brought to light-that the lightning yet sleeps in the cloud, and the stream, meandering near its mountain source, (From has not yet taken its final direction.

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"Young Men"-the appellation A CATALOGUE of our social deimplies a capacity for great usefulness, fects, all referrible to the education and, consequently, involves the idea wherewith we are mocked, might be of responsibility. Every privilege expatiated upon to the extent of a implies a corresponding duty: youth volume; the remnants these, of baris privilege, and each of its distinctive barism which still clings to us and our attributes involves a correlative ob- institutions, customs, habits, and ligation; and for the practical recog- manners. I will venture to enunition of that obligation you are held merate a few of these. We direct responsible. Youth is the seed-time yet, for example, an evil eye to of life, and shall no seed be now our fellow-men in other communities, sown for the great harvest? Youth and speak of our “natural enemies!" is prerogative and power; but these We are disgraced by national jeaare for the possessor only in the se- lousies, national antipathies, comcond place; the good of those to mercial restrictions, and often offenwhom we stand related is the primary sive war. We have our game-laws, object intended. and criminal code also, to account for. "Heaven doth with us, as we with torches Brought to the standard of sound ethics and reason, there are many of our customs that have as little chance as these of escaping the reproach of barbarisms, which an educated people

Your capacity for usefulness, there- would disown; cruel rural sportsfore, is charged with an amount of for example, fox-hunting, horseobligation proportioned to its great- racing, betting, gambling, prize-fightness. Youth is a gift; but He who ing, duelling, and excessive convibestows it has not given it in such viality. The character and engrossa sense as to give away all right to ing claims of rural sports, as they expect from you a suitable return. are called, will astonish a future better That return he expects—and shall he educated age.* Such an age will not have it ?-in your cordial dedication to himself, and in services of

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IMPERFECT EDUCATION.

Simpson's Philosophy of Education.
Second Edit., 1836.)

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