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SET bounds to your zeal by discretion; to error by truth; to passion by reason; and to division by charity.
THE path of virtue is the path of peace ; in that only we can travel with safety, or rationally hope to enjoy permanent pleasures.
Let useless riches ne'er engross my care,
CO N T E N T.
CONSCIENCE distasteful truths may tell,
THE THE line of human understanding, is undoubtedly too short to fathom the depths of the divine dispensations; and the most enlarged capacity too narrow, to comprehend the ways of Infinite Wisdom. ,
IT is desirable, for the inward peace and ease of men's own minds within themselves, that they should not be under the power of fretful passions, and the lasting refentments of a revengeful spirit; but that they be meek and gentle, peaceable, and easy to be reconciled: which sweetness of difpofition, improved upon religious principles into a habit of meekness, is a virtue reflecting upon itself that calm and fedate satisfaction, which is in a peculiar manner a reward to itself; nor is it less beneficial to the public, as being the great preservative against that beginning of strife, which Solomon elegantly compares to the letting out of water; that is, the opening of a breach, which no man can be sure to stop, before it proceeds to the most calamitous events.
THERE is no terrestrial good, that can yield that fubftantial happiness, which is suited to the nature and desires of the human mind; and he who thinks to find it in any thing beneath the sun, is pursuing a phantom, that will elude his chace; and if it seem to loiter for his approach, it will only be to convince him of his folly, to thew him a mistake that he never saw, and of which thousands never thought, till their race terminated in that country, from whence none ever yet returned to own their error, or confess their shame,
WOULD you the bloom of youth should last,
BOAST BOAST not of health or beauty, or the days of youth. Delay not the care of the soul, in hopes that you will live to old age, or that you can do all that is required of youth, with respect to religion, on a bed of amfiction. Strive, by the grace of God, ever to be in readiness to go hence, and be with our Saviour, which is infinitely better than all that this world can afford; and then you may meet the king of terrors with a placid countenance, and a heart that rejoiceth in hope.
THEY enjoy life best, who are beft prepared for death; who look not for more happiness from this world, than it is capable of giving ; 'who live righteously, soberly, and piously; who pray to God for the blessings they need, and receive thankfully all good things as his gifts; and who can rejoice in the animating hope of fal. vation, through a Redeemer.
WHEN you a wilder'd trav’ller meet,
CONTENT MEN T. FORGET not that thy ftation on earth is appointed by the wisdom of the Eternal; who knoweth thy heart, who seeth the vanity of all thy wishes, and who in mercy often denieth thy requests; yet, for all reasonable defires, for all honeft endeavours, his benevolence hath appointed, in the nature of things, a probability of suc
cefs. The uneasiness thou feelest, the misfortunes thou bewailest, behold the root from whence they spring, even thine own folly, thine own pride, thine own distempered fancy. Murmur not therefore at the dispensations of God, but correct thine own heart; neither say within thyself, If I had wealth or power, or leisure, I should be happy; for know, they all of them bring to their feveral possessors their peculiar inconveniencies.
THE poor man seeth not the vexations and anxieties of the rich; he feeleth not the difficulties and perplexi. ties of power, neither the wearisomeness of leisure ; and therefore it is that he repineth at his own lot. But envy not the appearance of happiness in any man, for thou knoweit not his griefs. To be satisfied with a little, is the greatest wisdom; and he that increaseth his riches, encreaseth his cares; but a contented mind is a hidden treasure, and trouble findeth it not. Yet, thou fufferest not the allurements of fortune to rob thee of justice or temperance, or charity or modesty, even riches themselves shall not make thee unhappy; but hence shalt thou learn, that the cup of felicity, pure and unmixed, is by no means a draught for mortal man.
Virtue is the race which God hath appointed him to run, and happiness the goal which none can arrive at, till he hath finished his course, and received his crown in the mansions of eternity.
An Hymn to Contentment:
LOVELY, lasting peace of mind,
What happy regions doft thou please
Ambition searches all its sphere
The filent heart, which grief assails,
hours of sweet retreat, Might I thus my soul employ, With sense of gratitude and joy.