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conscientious in those which immediately relate to man? Is it to him that you would look for a pattern of every social and domestic virtue, of ho- nour, benevolence, and integrity, as a man of pro- perty or professional engagement; ----of rectitude, veracity, and assiduity as a tradesman, -—of industry and conscientiousness as a workman,---of fidelity as a servant--of sobriety and diligence as the head or subordinate member of a family, of kindness as a husband, of affection and prndence as a parent, or of dutifulness and obedience as a child? To look for such qualities in combination with gross sab- bath-profanation, and with habitual neglect and con- tempt of the appointed ordinances of the sanctuary, would obviously be to seek for light in darkness, virtue in vice, life in death.
--------- THE SEASON, IN THE COUNTRY. SHEEP-SHEARING.
Sheep-shearing, one of the great rural labours of this delightful month, if not so full of variety as the hay-harvest, and so creative of matter for those "in search of the picturesque" (though it is scarce- ly less so), is still more lively, animated, and spirit-stirring: and it besides retains something of the character of a rural holiday, which rural matters need, in this age and in this country, more than ever they did, since it became a civilized and happy one. The sheep-shearings are the only stated periods of the year at which we hear of festivities, and gatherings together of the lovers and practisers of English husbandry; for even the harvest-home itself is fast sinking into disuse, as a