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When Men Weep

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It is one of the first laws of the philosophy of emotion that men shall uot cry. They must find some other outlet for their pent tip feelings. Swearing is the most natural expedient, but as this is considerably woree than cryiiig the safest plan perhaps is to make frequent use of the expressions "Dear me!" and "Goodness gracious!" which are perfectly harmless. There are, as every one must know, times when even the strongest men are overeóme by their feelings, and a terribly heart rending sight it is to see a big frame convulsed with sobs and a prond, manly face stained with teai's. As a rule, however, it is neither pain nor grief which will make a man ory. Soldiers, who will bear excruciating injuries without a moau, have been known to break down when the lights are lowered and some very thrilling scène is portrayed on the Adelphi boards. Orators and singers are both subject in an eitraordinary degree to the sway of emotion. Tears are no nncommon sight in a pulpit. In fact, there are few preochers whose voicea are not at times so f uil that they are choked with feeling and their eyes bedimmed with tears. Tben if yon glance aronnd the htished assembly, rho Ate hanging on the preacher's worüs, yon will see many a man whose cheeis are tnoist from sympatliy. Thegreat Spnrgeonwonldoften break down under stress of feeling, and Canon Liddon 's utterance many a time f ailed him from the overwhelming pathos which his emotional yoice betrayed. Sims Reeves' "Torn Bowling" always affected the famous singer, and Mario was known to break down when the well of his gentle heart's emotion was fllled until the tears could no longer be held back. Wben Charles Dickens put an end to the career of little Paul Dombey, the great writer went out into the darkness of the night and found comfort in tears. Many men are overeóme when reading books. Even frivolous novéis may contain a chapter which will make the throat husky and blur the pages till they become invisible. Mr. John Bright was known on several occasions to give way to his feelings in delivering a public speech, while Lord Russell is often beaten by the pathos of his own impassioned language.


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