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be harrassed with innumerable diftreffes, from which those who have not, in the same manner, increased their sensations, find no disturbance. His exotic softness will shrink at the coarseness of vulgar felicity, like a plant transplanted to Northern nurseries, from the dews and funshine of the tropical regions. It is well known, that exposed to a microscope, the smoothest polish of the most folid bodies discovers cavities and prominencies; and that the softest bloom of roseate virginity repels the eye with excrescencies and discolorations. Thus the senses, as well as the perceptions, may be improved to our own disquiet; and we may, by diligent cultivation of the powers of difike, raise in time an artificial fastidiousness, which shall fill the imagination with phantoms of turpitude, shew us the naked skeleton of every delight, and present us only with the pains of pleasure, and the deformities of beauty.
Rambler, v. 3. p. 37.
RECO L L E C TI O N.
THAT which is obvious, is not always known; and what is known, is not always present. Sudden fits of inadvertency will furprise vigilance ; fight avocations will seduce attention; and casual eclipses of the mind will darken learning; so that the writer shall often, in vain, trace his memory at the moment of need, for that which yesterday he knew with intuitive readiness, and which will come uncalled into his thoughts to-morrow.
Preface to his Dictionary, folio, p. 10.
R E TI RE M E N T. THERE is a time when the claims of the public are satisfied; then a man might properly retire to review his life, and purify his heart.
P. of Abyssinia, p. 135. Some suspension of common affairs, some pause of temporal pain and pleasure, is doubtless necessary to him that deliberates for eternity, who is forming the only plan in which miscarriage cannot be repaired, and examining the only question in which mistake cannot be rectified.
Rambles, vol. 3. p. 296
RET A LIATION. IT is too common for those who have unjustly suffered pain, to infiict it likewise in their turn with the fame injustice, and to imagine they have a right to treat others as they have themselves been treated.
Life of Savage.
RELAXATION. : AFTER the exercises which the health of the body requires, and which have themselves a natural tendency to actuate and invigorate the mind, the most eligible amusement of a rational being, seems to be that interchange of thoughts which is practised in free and easy conversation, where sufpicion is banished by experience, and emulation by benevolence; where every màn speaks with no other restraint than unwillingness to offend, and hears with no other disposition than desire to be pleased.
Rambler, v. 2. p. 204.
RE P E N T A N C E. REPENTANCE is the change of the heart, from that of an evil, to a good disposition; it is that disposition of mind by
which the wicked man turneth away from his wickedness, and doth that which is lawful and right;' and when this change is made, Repentance is complete.
Convi&t's Address, p. 14 & 15. Repentance, however difficult to be praca tised, is, if it be explained without fuper ftition, easily understood. Repentance is the relinquishment of any proftice, from the convillion that it has offended God. Sorrow, and fear, and anxiety, are properly not parts, but adjuncts of repentance; yet they are too closely connected with it, to be easily separated; for they not only mark its sincerity, but promote its efficacy.
No man commits any act of negligence or obstinacy, by which his safety or happiness in this world is endangered, without feeling the pungency of remorse. He who is fully convinced, that he suffers by his own failure, can never forbear to trace back his miscarriage to its first cause, to image to himself a contrary behaviour, and to form involuntary resolutions against the like fault, even when he knows that he fail never again have the power of committing it. Danger considered as immi
nent naturally produces such trepidations of impatience, as leave all human means of safety behind them: he that has once caught an alarm of terror, is every moment feised with useless anxieties, adding one security to another, trembling with sudden doubts, and distracted by the perpetual occurrence of new expedients. If, therefore, he whose crimes have deprived him of the favour of God, can reflect upon his conduct without disturbance, or can at will banish the reflection ; if he who considers himself as suspended over the abyss of eternal perdition only by the thread of life, which must foon part by its own weakness, and which the wing of every minute may divide, can cast his eyes round him without shuddering with horror, or panting with security; what can he judge of himself, but that he is not yet awakened to sufficient conviction, since every loss is more lamented than the loss of the divine favour, and every danger more dreaded than the danger of final condemnation ?
- Rambler, v. 3. p. 28 & 29.
The completion and sum of repentance is a change of life. That sorrow which