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always the sceptical periods , when the old convictions are dying away , and no new ones having yet taken their place , each person < does what is right in his own eyes ; ' and as in those periods alone the doctrines of morals appear to require discussion , those are the only times when ( except among casuists by profession ) the discussion and the study of them comes into vogue . Such is now the case in Germany and France ; but in England we are unfortunately in the predicament of having the will without the
remedy . We have thrown off , or are rapidly getting rid of , our old convictions , and are not forming new . We have the diversities of opinion , the noisy conflicts ; we do dispute on morality , but we do not philosophize on it , simply because we do not philosophize upon any thing—it is not our way ; we set no value on systematic thought . This Mr . Bulwer blames us for , and surely with no little reason . I wish M . Chales would point out to us how , except by the inquiries and studies which he condemns , we can ever recover from the state which he laments ; how , except through moral philosophy , we can ever hope to arrive again at unity in our moral convictions , the necessary preliminary to any elevation of the standard of our moral practice . Unless , indeed ,
we may permit ourselves to hope for a fresh revelation from heaven , which M . Chales , I presume , will hardly be bold enough to prophecy . It * And now I must bring to a close these desultory observations , which yet I hope may not fail to answer , in some degree , the purpose for which they were written . A .
A RUMMER SOIS Q FOR THE « PBN AJR . O ! thu sweet aumroer weather Brings joyous thoughts together , Like drops of dew , Glittering at morn ' s sweet prime On a sunny bank of thyme ,
With Us blossoms blue How can the heart be sad ? When the vejy air is glad With p leasant sounds , Of a thousand happy things , Dancing in dizzy rings Their airy round a .
Jind the bright and blpornipg flow ' rs Give to the laughing hours Their fragrant breath ; And , whispering , seem to say , * Let every brow be gay 1 With a rosy wreath / In the music of t ^ taog ( piBfi * Qd tQ tji e W ^ ut umnW ) the chorus is intended for children ' s yoices . *
Song $ of the Months . 395
Songs Of The Months.—Wo. 6, June.*
SONGS OF THE MONTHS . —Wo . 6 , JUNE .
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), June 2, 1834, page 395, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct2634/page/13/