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ing the growing triumphs of divine grace over a naturally violent and stubborn temper.
I remember hearing Mr. Sutton read a story of Socrates, who, he said, was one of the greatest philosophers among the heathens, and who was celebrated for mildness, patience, and evenness of temper. Few men had greater trials than he, both from the perverseness of his wife, and the ingratitude of his country; yet he was never seen with a cloud on his
A certain physiognomist, that is, one who professes to judge of a person's natural temper and disposition by the features of his countenance, was requested to give his opinion of the character of Socrates. Having examined the lines of his countenance, he hesitated in giving an opinion, “ For,” said he, “ your established character gives the lie to my science." He was urged to speak his mind freely, and declared that the countenance of Socrates indicated much natural peevishness, irritability, and stubbornness. The friends of the philosopher reproached the physiognomist with ignorance and mistake; but Socrates himself declared that his native temper fully corresponded with the description given, and that it was only by dint of severe discipline he had gained such an ascendency over it, and was enabled to maintain such a degree of mildness and forbearance ; a proof that something may be done with the worst of tempers by proper management: and if a mere heathen could do this, what may not be expected from those who profess to be influenced by the Holy Spirit, and animated by the precepts, principles, and motives of Christ, and by love to him?
Both the good tempered and the ill tempered may find their advantage in committing to memory the following precepts of holy writ:
"The discretion of a man deferreth his an. ger, and it is his glory to pass by a transgression."
“ He that is soon angry dealeth foolishly.”
“ He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding; but he that is of a hasty spirit exalteth folly."
“A soft answer turneth away wrath ; but grievous words stir up anger."
"He that hath no rule over his own spirit, is like a city broken down, and without walls."
• He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty: and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city."
“ Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”
“Let the same mind be in you that was also in Christ Jesus.”
“ Those that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please themselves. Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification."
“Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering,
forbearing one another, and forgiving one another; if any man have a quarrel against any, even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye."
CHARACTERS OF A GOOD HUSBAND AND
WIFE. The good husband is one, who, wedded not by interest but by choice, is constant as well from inclination as from principle; he treats his wife with delicacy as a womam, with tenderness as a friend; he attributes her follies to her weakness, her imprudence to her inadvertency; he passes them over therefore with good nature, and pardons them with indulgence; all his care and industry are employed for her welfare; all his strength and power are exerted for her support and protection; he is more anxious to preserve his own character and reputation, because hers is blended with it: lastly, the good husband is pious and religious, that he may animate her faith by his practice, and enforce the precepts of Christianity by his own example: that as they join to promote each other's happiness in this world, they may unite to insure eternal joy and felicity in that which is to come.
The good wife is one, who, ever mindful of the solemn contract which she hath entered into, is strictly and conscientiously virtuous, constant, and faithful to her husband ; chaste, pure, and unblemished, in every thought, word,
and deed; she is humble and modest from reason and conviction, submissive from choice, and obedient from inclination; what she acquires by love and tenderness, she preserves by prudence and discretion : she makes it her business to serve, and her pleasure to oblige her husband ; conscious that every thing that promotes his happiness must, in the end, contribute to her own : her tenderness relieves his cares, her affection softens his distress, her good humour and complacency lessen and subdue his afflictions. "She openeth her mouth,” as Solomon says, " with wisdom, and in her tongue is the law of kindness. She looketh well to the way of her husband, and eateth not the bread of idleness : her children rise up and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her.” As a good and pious Christian, she looks up with an eye of gratitude to the great Dispenser and Disposer of all things, to the Husband of the widow and Father of the fatherless, entreating his divine favour and assistance in this and every other moral and religious duty; well satisfied, that if she duly and punctually discharges her several offices in this life, she shall be blessed and rewarded for it in another. "Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain : but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised."