Page images
PDF
EPUB

the heart well up, whatever fatalities may be occurring around us. We are not, indeed, from any fool-hardiness, to brave or court disease; but we are as carefully to guard against an over-timidity. If it is to come, why, it is a pity to anticipate it; if it is not to come, as foolish is it to give ourselves unnecessary pain. And, at the same time, I would caution against that anxiety, or discontentedness, which we see so frequently attaching itself to the mind of the foreign sojourner, arising merely from his change of situation. He is not just satisfied with the place he is in; he has, perhaps, not found it just what he expected; there is a sighing after homema continual looking to where he was-preventing him in a wonderful degree from being at all happy where he is; and though anxiety, or dissatisfaction, may not itself cause disease, still it may assist; it at all events disposes us to that languid inactive state which favours the coming of disease. And what good can it do? does it not only keep us continually unhappy? What can all our sighing avail? we are now in the foreign land, and here we must be, and we must just make the best of it. Surely it is better to be happy in some degree, though we may not be just to the degree we could wish. Therefore, let us endeavour never to be much depressed without some very good cause; let us bear up with a bold heart even against the burden that may be pressing on us. And to accomplish this rightly, our best plan will be, to train and occupy rightly both body and mind. Let proper employment, with proper recreation—exercise-study-a book-a cheerful friend—all in their turn, be attended to by the foreign sojourner.

“ From labour health, from health contentment springs; Contentment opes

the source of

every joy." And

“ True dignity is his, whose tranquil mind

Virtue has raised above the things below;
Who, every hope and fear to Heaven resign'd,

Shrinks not, tho' Fortune aim her deadliest blow."

“ Thro' the perils of chance and the scowl of disdain,

May my front be unalter'd, my courage elate;
Yea, even the name I have worshipp'd in vain,
Shall awake not the sigh of remembrance again:

To bear, is to conquer our fate!"

To sum up the whole, and bring it into one short view—let temperance, in our meats as well as in our drinks, be always remembered; we are on no account, whatever may be the variety or quality of our food, to exceed the proper quantity, or overstep the point where nature makes her stand. Let us take all the exercise we can, stopping short of fatigue; but not that exercise which will either heat too much, or expose us to the strong sun, or to damps, dews, &c.

Let us clothe just as the season points out;while at the same time, we take our regular bath in the morning-attending also, but not with too much anxiety, to the state of the bowels, &c., and keeping a stout heart amid all calamity-never allowing the spirit to sink from fear, or to be inactive and unhappy from discontent.

I have thus endeavoured to bring forward as clearly, and in as few words as possible, some of the lessons most necessary to be known by the stranger taking up his residence in India. I have not entered so minutely into the subject as I might have done; I have not remarked upon some little points which might have been remarked on, because I think it needless. He that is anxious to attend to the rules laid down, will not be likely to err far in any thing else; a little reflection must in almost all things point out what is proper, and he that is really inclined to act well cannot be much at a loss to decide on his line of conduct. And I am fully satisfied, as I have asserted in the outset, that an attendance to such rules as these may be attended with no small benefit. It is too well known, that disease will attack all, and cut off all the temperate as well as the free; but it is as well known, that the temperate have the best chance either of escaping altogether, or of recovering when they , are attacked. It would be saying what was false to assert, that the climate itself is not enough to break up the constitution--that long residence, even under the most temperate living, is not often the source of disease; but it

may with good reason be asserted, that the climate is sometimes charged with what it does not deserve —that many of those who return to their native land, half dead with disease, have their own conduct, and not the long residence, to blame for it.

« ՆախորդըՇարունակել »