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as makes us look up and pray, Let me fall into thy hands, O God! but let me not fall into the hands of men.”
CURIOSITY. The love of variety, or curiosity of seeing new things, which is the same, or at least a sister passion to it,—seems wove into the frame of every son and daughter of Adam ; we usually speak of it as one of nature's levities, though planted within us for the solid purposes of carrying forwards the mind to fresh inquiry and knowledge : strip us of it, the mind (I fear) would dose for ever over the present page, and we should all of us rest at ease with such objects as presented themselves in the parish or province where we first drew breath.
It is to this spur, which is ever in our sides, that we owe the impatience of this desire for travelling : the passion is no way bad,—but as others are,- -in its mismanagement or excess ;-order it rightly, the advantages are worth the pursuit; the chief of which are—to learn the languages, the laws and customs, and understand the government and interest of other nations, to acquire an urbanity and confidence of behaviour, and fit the mind more easily for conversation and discourse-to take us out of the company of our aunts and grandmothers, and from the track of nursery mistakes ; and by showing us new objects, or old ones in new lights, to reform our jud ments,-by tasting perpetually the varieties of nature, to know what is goodby observing the address and arts of men, to conceive what is sincere,—and by seeing the difference of so many various humours and manners,--to look into ourselves and form our own.
INJURY. An injury unanswered, in course, grows weary of itself, and dies away in a voluntary remorse.
In bad dispositions, capable of no restraint but fear-it has a different effect-the silent digestion of one wrong provokes a second.
INSOLENCE. The insolence of base minds in success is boundless, and would scarce admit of a comparison, did not they sometimes furnish us with one, in the degrees of their abjection when evil returns upon them—the same poor heart which excites ungenerous tempers to triumph over a fallen adversary, in some instances seems to exalt them above the point of courage, sinks them in others even below cowardice. Not unlike some little particles of matter struck off from the surface of the dirt by sunshine -dance and sport there whilst it lastsbut the moment 'tis withdrawn—they fall down--for dust they are--and unto dust they will return—whilst firmer and larger bodies preserve the stations which nature has assigned them, subjected to laws which co changes of weather can alter.
APPLICATION OF RICHES. How God did intend them,-may as well be known from an appeal to your own hearts, and the inscription you shall read there,
-as from any chapter and verse I might cite upon the subject. Let us then for a moment turn our eyes that way, and consider the traces which even the most insensible man may have proof of, from what we may perceive springing up within him from some casual act of generosity, and though this is a pleasure which properly belongs to the good, yet let him try the experiment;-let him comfort the captive, or cover the naked with a garment, and he will feel what is meant by that moral delight arising in the mind from the conscience of a humane action.
But to know it right we must call upon the compassionate ; cruelty gives evidence unwillingly, and feels the pleasure but imperfectly; for this, like all other pleasures, is of a relative nature, and consequently the enjoyment of it requires some qualification in the faculty, as much as the enjoyment of any other good does :- there must be something antecedent in the disposition and temper which will render that good, a good to that individual; otherwise, though 'tis true it may be possessed, -yet it never can be enjoyed.