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Many are the silent pleasures of the honest peasant; who rises cheerfully to his labour :-look into his dwelling,—where the scene of every happiness chiefly lies :—he has the same domestic endearments,-as much joy and comfort in his children, and as flattering hopes of their doing to well,—to enliven his bours and glad his heart, as you could conceive in the most affluent station. And I make no doubt, in general, but if the true account of his joys and sufferings were to be ba. lanced with those of his betters,—that the upshot would prove to be little more than this,—that the rich man had the more meat,-but the poor man the better stomach ; the one had more luxury,more able physicians to attend and set him to rights ;-- the other more health and soundness in his bones, and less occasion for their help ; that, after these two articles betwixt them were balanced,- in all other things they stood upon a level:--that the sun shines as warm,---the air blows as fresli,--and the earth breathes as fragrant upon the one as the other: and that they have an equal share in all the beauties and real benefits of nature.
FELLOW-FEELING. THERE is something in our nature which engages us to take part in every accident to which manis subject, from what cause soever it may have ha p
pened; but in such calamities as a man has fallen into through nere misfortune, to be charged upon no fault or indiscretion of himself, there is something then so truly interesting, that at the first sight we generally make them our own, not altogether from a reflection that they might have been or may be so, but oftener from a certain generosity and tenderness of nature which disposes us for compassion, abstracted from all considerations of self: so that withont any observable act of the will, we suffer with the unfortunate, and feel a weight upon our spirits we know not why, on seeing the most common instances of their distress. But where the spectacle is uncommonly tragical, and coniplicated with many circumstances of misery, the mind is then taken captive at once, and were it inclined to it, has no power to make resistance, but surrenders itself toall the tender emotions of pity and deep concern. So that when one considers this friendly part of nature, without looking further, one would think it impossible for man to look upon misery without finding himself in some measure attached to the interest of him who suffers it-I say one would think it impossiblefor there are some tempers—how shall I describe them?--formed either of such impenetrable matter, or wrought up by habitual selfishness to such an utter insensibility of what becomes of the fortunes of their fellow-creatures, as if they were not partakers of the same nature, or had no lot or connection with the species.
FORBEARANCE IN OPINION.
THERE are numbers of circumstances which at. tend every action of a man's life, which can never come to the knowledge of the world, yet ought to be known, and well weighed, before sentence with any justice can be passed upon him.A man may have different views, anc: a different sense of things from what his judges have; and what he understands and feels, and what passes within him, may be a secret treasured up deeply there for ever. -A man, through bodily infirmity, or some complexional defect, which per. haps is not in his power to correct, may be subject to inadvertences,—to starts,—and unhappy turns of temper ; he may lie open to snares he is not always aware of; or, through ignorance and want of information and proper helps, he may labour in the dark :-in all which cases he may do many things which are wrong in themselves, and yet be innocent ;-at least an object rather to be pitied, than censured with severity and ill-will. These are difficulties which stand in every one's way in the forming a judgment of the characters of others.
The brave only know how to forgive ;—it is the most refined and generous pitch of virtue human nature can arrive at.-Cowards have done good
and kind actions,—cowards have even fought, nay sometimes, even conquered; but a coward never forgave.-It is not in his nature ;-the power of doing it flows only from a strength and greatness of sonl, conscious of its own force and security, and above the little temptations of resenting every fruitless attempt to interrupt its happiness.
It is the mild and quiet half of the world, who are generally outraged and borne down by the other half of it; but in this they have the advantage, whatever be the sense of their wrongs, that pride stands not so watchful a sentinel over their forgiveness, as it does in the breasts of the fierce and froward; we should all of us, I believe, be more forgiving than we are, would the world but give us leave; but it is apt to interpose its ill offices in remissions, especially of this kind; the truth is, it has its laws, to which the heart is not always a party; and acts so like an unfeeling engine in all cases without distinction, that it requires all the tirmness of the most settied humanity to bear up against it.
The best of men appear sometimes to be strange compounds of contradictory qualities : and, were the accidental oversights and folly of the wisest man,—the failings and imperfections of a religious
man,—the hasty acts and passionate words of a meek man ; were they to rise up in judgment against them,—and an ill-natured judge be suffered to mark in this manner, what has been done amiss --what character so unexceptionable as to be able to stand before him?
GENEROSITY sorrows as much for the over-matched, as Pity herself does,
The great pursuit of man is after happiness : it is the first and strongest desire of his nature;-in every stage of his life, he searches for it as for hidden treasure ; courts it under a thousand different shapes, and though perpetually disappointed,--still persists,-runs after and enquires for it afresh-asks every passenger who comes in his way, Who will show him any good? who will assist him in the attainment of it, or direct him to the discovery of this great end of all his wishes ?
He is told by one, to search for it among the more gay and youthful pleasures of life, in scenes of mirth and sprightliness, where happiness ever presides, and is ever to be known by the joy and laughter which he will see at once painted in her looks. A second, with a graver aspect, points out