Image from page 89 of “Wit bought, or, A New York boy’s adventures when the empire state was young” (1887)

Image from page 89 of “Wit bought, or, A New York boy’s adventures when the empire state was young” (1887)
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Title: Wit bought, or, A New York boy’s adventures when the empire state was young
Year: 1887 (1880s)
Authors: Goodrich, Samuel G. (Samuel Griswold), 1793-1860
Subjects: Children’s stories, American
Publisher: New York : John D. Williams
Contributing Library: New York Public Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN

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ow, and was acquainted with grief: thisenabled him to enter into the hearts of othermen, to see their sorrows, and to desire toalleviate them. A new world was opento him; a world of effort, of usefulness, ofhappiness. In the days of prosperity, hehad no cares for anybody but himself; andmere selfishness had left him a wretch whilein possession of all the supposed means ofbliss. He had now made the discovery thatpride is the curse of the human race, andhumility its only cure; that trial, sorrow,and misfortune are necessary, in most cases,to make us acquainted with our own hearts,and those of our fellow-men ; and that truebliss is to be found only in a course of life 76 WIT BOUGHT. wlnch seeks, earnestly and sincerely, thepeace and happiness of others. Here ended Raymonds story of the Schoolof Misfortune; and I had no difficulty indiscovering that he had been telling the storyof his own life, though he had, in some re-spects, as I had reason to suppose, departedfrom its precise details.

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REFLECTIONS. 77 CHAPTER VII. SICK-ROOM INCIDENTS AND REFLECTIONS MY RECOVERY. THERE is nothing which more shows theadvantages of religion and civilization, thanthe care and kindness bestowed upon the sick,among Christian nations. With savages, thesick person is usually left to himself, where,like a wild beast, he must await, in solitude,the result of his disease. There is little sym-pathy offered to him—there is no kind handto wipe the cold sweat from his brow; nowatchful friend at his bedside to supplyevery want, and alleviate, as far as may be,every pain. Sickness with the savage issolitary and desolate ; with Christians, thoughit has its pains, it has its alleviations. Isuffered much during the period of my con-finement, as well from mv broken limb as the •/ fever that raged in my veins ; and after thiswas past, I suffered from excessive languor. 78 WIT BOUGHT. But still, in the midst of all this, andthough my mind was pained with shame forthe folly which had brought these evil

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