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MODESTY is always, and justly, supposed to be a concomitant of merit ; and every appearance of it is winning and prepoffefling.
PRAISE bestowed on living merit, is often found to injure the goodness it applauds.
THE ingratitude of the world, can never deprive us of the conscious happiness of having acted with humanity ourselves.
TO thee, oh God! thy suppliant lifts his eyes,
To thee Supreme, Omnipotent, and Just ; On thee alone for succour he relies,
And in thy goodness places all his truft.
To whatsoe'er thy wisdom judges best;
Giving or taking let his name be blest."
SURE 'tis a serious thing to die! My soul,
THE wretch, condemn'd with life to part,
Still, still on hope relies;
Bids expectation rife.
Adorns and cheers the way ;
Emits a brighter çay.
MODESTY is not only an ornament, but also a guard to virtue. It is a kind of quick and delicate feel
ing in the foul, which makes her shrink and withdraw herself from every thing that has danger in it. It is such an exquisite fenfibility, as warns her to Thun the first appearance of every thing which is hurtful.
RICHES, in the hand of a beneficent man, are a blessing to the public. Such a one is a steward to Providence, and the noble means of correcting the ine. qualities of fortune, of relieving the miserable, and spreading happiness to all that are within the reach of his acquaintance.
The Wife's Consolation to her Husband under Amiction.
NO more, lov'd partner of my soul,
At disappointment grieve.'
Or fighs our woes relieve?
To those who right discern; Let us observe each painful rule,
And each hard lesson learn. When wintry clouds obscure the sky,
And Heav'n and earth deform,
The castle braves the storm.
Let us endure awhile
And glory in our toil.
Or, tho' it should remain,
A better world to gain ;
Nor faithless friends destroy ;
With never-fading joy.
GOOD GOOD discourse is but the reflection or shadow of wisdom; the pure and folid substance, is good actions.
THERE can be no true and sincere pleasure in any finful and vicious course, though it be attended with all the pomp and splendor of outward happiness and profperity; for wherever fin and vice is, there must be guilt; and wherever guilt is, the mind will be restless and unquiet.
INDUSTRIOUS wisdom often prevents what lazy folly thinks inevitable. Industry argues an ingenuous, great, and generous disposition of soul, by unweariedly pursuing things in the fairest light, and disdaining to enjoy the fruit of other men's labours, without deserving it.
CONCEITEDNESS and ignorance are a most un happy composition ; for - none are so invincible as the half-witted, who know just enough to excite their pride, but not so much as to cure their ignorance.
ENDEAVOUR to be religious without superstition; juft without rigour ; merciful without partiality ; cautious without fear; valiant without rashness; and great without pride.
TO endeavour not to please, is ill nature ; altogether to neglect it, folly; and to overstrain for it, vanity and design.
WHEN winds the mountain-oak asfail,
And lay its glories waste, Content may slumber in the vale
Unconscious of the blast.
SWEET are the jess’m ne's breathing flow'rs,
But not the groves, nor rains nor flow'rs,
TEACH me between the two extremes to glide,
RELIGION better qualifies all sorts of men, and makes them in public affairs the more serviceable; governors apter to rule with conscience ; and inferiors, for conscience fake, more willing to obey.
LIBERALITY is never so beautiful or engaging, as when the hand is concealed which bestows the gift.
OECONOMY is no disgrace, it is better living on a little, than outliving a great deal.
HOL Y.DA Y S. SOME Christians to the Lord observe a day,
While others to the Lord observe it not ; And tho’ these seem to choose a diff'rent way,
Yet both at last to the same point are brought. Who for the observance pleads, may reason thus
“ As on this day our Saviour and our King « Perform'd some glorious act of love for us,
- We keep the time in mem'ry of the thing." Hence he to Jesus points his good intent,
With pray’rs and praises celebrates his name ; And as to Christ alone his love is meant,
The Lord accepts it—and who dares to blame? For tho' the shell indeed is not the meat,
'Tis not rejected when the meat's within ; Tho' superstition is a vain conceit,
Commemoration surely is no sin.
· He likewise, that to days has no regard,
The shadow only for the substance quits; Towards his Saviour's presence presses hard,
And that preferring outward things omits; For thus within he seriously reflects,
“ My Lord alone I count my only good; All empty forms for him my soul rejects,
And only seek the riches of his blood. All days, in Jesus, is my fole delight,
The first and worthiest object of my care ; For whose dear fake all outward shews I night,
Left aught but him should my devotion share.” Let not the observer therefore entertain,
Against his brother any secret grudge ; And let the non-observer too refrain
From censuring others whom he should not judge. Thus both their motives bringing to the test,
Our condescending Lord may both approve, While each pursues the way he deems the best,
For none can walk amiss who walk in love.
If at any time you are pressed to do any thing hastily, be careful : Fraud and deceit are always in haite; but diffidence is the right eye of prudence.
IT is of little consequence to read eternal truths, if we pray not to obtain the gift of understanding thein aright.
MEN take a great deal more pains for this world, than Heaven would cost them; and when they have it, do not live long to enjoy it.
THE time of life is the only time wherein we can prepare for another world ; and oh! how short and uncertain is this time! How frail and uncertain is the life of man ! What multitudes does death surprise in an hour, when they think nothing of it! How filently and insen