صور الصفحة
PDF
النشر الإلكتروني

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,
The bane of piety, the miser's pray’r;
Yet let my purse the mod’rate store contain,
To satisfy my wants, and ease my pain;
And when the needy at my threshold stand,
To soothe their cares, and fill the craving hand.

CO N T E N T.
HAPPY the man (but oh! how few we find)
Who feels the pleasures of a tranquil mind !
Who meets all blessings in content alone,
Nor knows a station happier than his own !
No anxious cares disturb his peaceful breast,
With life content, and with contentment bleft;
No pangs he feels to break his calm repose;
No envy fears, for he no envy knows.
To man still faithful, and to God resign'd,
His body subject to its lord, the mind.
He must be good for surely Heav'n ne'er meant,
Without strict virtue, to bestow content.
'Tis not the glory false ambition brings,
The wealth of misers, or the pow'r of kings;
Nor all the fleeting joys by man pofsess’d,
Can give this earthly frame that heav'nly guest.
Whate'er the muse of love or glory fings,
Virtue alone the facred ftranger brings.

CONSCIENCE distasteful truths may tell,
But mark her sacred lessons well!
Whoever lives with her at strife,
Loses his better friend for life.

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,
'Tis virtue that must bind it fast;
An easy carriage, wholly free
From four reserve, or levity;
Good-natur'd mirth, an open heart,
And looks unskill'd in any art.
These are the charms that ne'er decay,
Tho' youth and beauty fade away;
And time, which all things else removes,
Still brightens virtue and improves,

E 5

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,
Guide to the road his erring feet;
Or to your roof, if late, invite,
And shield him from the damps of night.
To still the voice of anguish, try
To wipe the tear from sorrow's eye;
And every good you can, impart,
With ready hand, and glowing heart;
So shall ye pass, from manhood's stage,
Smoothly along the slope of age.
Then from the pleasing journey rest,
In peaceful sleep, bęlov'd and bleft.

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.

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:

[ocr errors]

LOVELY, lasting peace of mind,
Sweet delight of human kind;
Heav'nly born, and bred on high,
To crown the fav’rites of the sky,
With more of happiness below,
Than victors in a triumph know;
Whither, oh! whither, art thou fled,
To lay thy meek, contented head

E 6

What

What happy regions doft thou please
To make the seat of charms and ease ?

Ambition searches all its sphere
Of pomp and state, to meet thee there;
Increafing avarice would find
Thy presence in its gold enshrin'd;
The bold advent’rer ploughs his way
Thro' rocks, amidst the foaming fea,
To gain thy love, and then perceives
Thou wert not in the rocks and waves.

The filent heart, which grief assails,
Treads soft and lonesome o'er the vales;
Sees daisies open, rivers run,
And seeks, as I have vainly done,
Amusing thought; but learns to know,
That solitude's the nurse of woe.
No real happiness is found
In trailing purple on the ground ;
Or in a soul, exalted high,
To range the circuit of the sky;
Converse with stars above, and know
All nature in its forms below.
The rest it seeks in seeking dies,
And doubts, at laft, for knowledge rife.
'Twas thus, as under shade I stood,
I sung my wishes to the wood;
And, lost in thought, no more perceiv'd
The branches whisper'd as they wav'd;
It seem'd as all the quiet place
Confess’d the presence of the grace,
When thus she spoke" Go, rule thy will,
Bid thy wild paflions all be still ;
Know God, and bring thy heart to know
The joys which from religion fow.
Then ev'ry grace shall prove its guest,
And I'll be there to crown the rest.”.
Oh! by yonder mofly feat,
In
my

hours of sweet retreat, Might I thus my soul employ, With sense of gratitude and joy.

« السابقةمتابعة »