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fibly does time slide away ; with what a winged swiftness does it fly, and we cannot stay its progress, ftop its course, -or retard its hasty motion.
IN the morning fay to thyself, what shall I do this day, which God has given me ? How shall I employ it to his glory? In the evening consider within thyself, and recollect, what have I done this day, and how have I
TO prevent speaking evil of your neighbour, think no evil of him; and if you hear any, live in hopes that it is a mistake.
If you desire to depend upon God, let it appear in every instance of his Providence towards you : Be content with the want of those outward comforts which he thinks fit to deny you.
TIS commonly observed, that the first step to wic. kedness, is idleness; and indeed there is little hopes of any one being a good man, or a good Christian, who akes no care of his time.
OUR wants are daily, and the temptations which draw our hearts from God, to the things of this world, are also daily; and upon both these accounts, ought our prayers to be daily alio.
LET it never enter into your head, that you are a man of merit. Be the only person, who neither knows or speaks of your own worth.
THE well-taught philofophic mind,
To all compassion gives ;
And feels for each that lives.
IF friendless, in a vale of tears I stray,
With equal eye my various lot receive,
WE must never undervalue any person. The workman loves not that his work should be despised in his presence. Now God is present every where, and every person is his work.
TO live contented in a moderate estate, we must never consider those that have more, but those that have less than ourselves.
THE BEECH-EN SHADE.
TO this lone shade, where peace delights to dwell,
Oft let my unambitious muse retire,
And praise my Maker with the wood-land choir.
With pleasure blushing o'er the fair domain ; The lowing herds and bleating flocks pursue,
Thick straggling o'er the verdant flow'ry plain. To see fair nature, with parental love,
Give life and beauty to the rural scene, While tuneful birds, in ev'ry vocal grove,
In sweet assemblage all around are seen.
To trace the riv'let in its winding way,
And eye, with silent joy, the dancing spray.
How should I joy to see the parting day,
While Philomel begins her ev’ning lay,
: The The hand that guides the glowing worlds adore,
And praise, in filent admiration, yield. Hail, blissful filence ! ftill this shade attend,
Be thou my conftant, never-failing guest; Be thou my guide, my counsellor, my friend,
Unrivall'd regent of my glowing breast. . Let not the vain parade of wealth, or shew, One wish of envy in
breast excite; Ah! teach my heart this right'ous truth to know,
That all the works of Providence are right.
SERENITY and gladness of heart will attend a devout mind, when it maintains an intercourse with the great Author of its Being. When we are in company with our God, with our Redeemer, with our dearest and beit of friends, our hearts will burn with love, exult with gratitude, swell with hope, and triumph in the consciousness of that presence, which every where sure rounds us ; or else we pour out our fears, our troubles, or our dangers, to the great Supporter of our existence.
THE happiness of a life religiously spent, plainly appears, from the poor and trifling enjoyments, that all those are forced to take up with, who live according to their own humour,
RELIGION is a secure refuge, in seasons of deepeft distress; it smooths the chagrin of life, makes us easy in all circumstances, and fills our souls with the greatest peace that our natures are capable of. The contemplation of the life and sufferings of our Divine Leader, must adminifter comfort in the severett affliction ; while the sense of his power and omnipotence, gives us humi. liation in prosperity.
WHILE here sequefter'd from the busy throng,
May sweet retirement, with its soothing pow'rs,
With fervent pray'rs implore kind Heav'n to bless,
Thus may my time in rural shades be spent,
OGLORIOUS day! O day of peace, arise,
IT is the peculiar excellence of a good name, that
it is out of the reach of death, and is not buried in the grave, but rather grows up from it. Solomon hath joined this good name, which is better than precious ointment, with the day of one's death, which is bet. ter than the day of one's birth, as it completes the character of those that finish their course well, and are faithful unto death ; whereas a great name, like the names of the great ones of the earth, is often withered and blemished by death,
WHAT is the blooming tincture of a skin,
compare :p Nothose at first th' unwary heart may gain, But these, these only, can that heart retain.