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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

spent it?

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.

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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 ;
Casts round the world an equal eye,

And feels for each that lives.

IF friendless, in a vale of tears I stray,
Where briers wound, and thorns perplex my way,
Lord, let my steady soul thy goodness fee,
And with strong confidence lay hold on thee;

With equal eye my various lot receive,
Resign'd to die, or resolute to live ;
Prepar'd to kiss the sceptre or the rod,
While God is seen in all, and all in God,

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,
Here bid the vain tumult'ous world farewell,

And praise my Maker with the wood-land choir.
How shall I joy the dew-bright morn to view !

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 walk, by turns, the grove, the plain, the glade ;

To trace the riv'let in its winding way,
At eve's approach, to hail iny beechen ihade,

And eye, with silent joy, the dancing spray.
While through my veins a pleasing rev'rence thrills,

How should I joy to see the parting day,
Glide from the plains, the forests, and the hills,

While Philomel begins her ev’ning lay,
Then with bold wings still upwards might I foar, ,
And range, at will, the planetary field ; ;

: 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

my

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.

ON RETIREMENT.

WHILE here sequefter'd from the busy throng,
Let calm reflection animate my fong;
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May sweet retirement, with its soothing pow'rs,
Compose each thought, and gild the palling hours ;
And meek-ey'd peace, in whiteft robes be seen,
To cheer the heart, and make the mind serene.
Then while the world in busy scenes engage,
I'll fhun the follies of a vicious age;
Freed from the dull impertinence of ftrife,
Serenely pass in solitude my life:
And when Aurora ushers in the dawn,
And tuneful songsters hail the rising morn,
With grateful heart perform the ardent pray'r,
And thank kind Heav'n for its protecting care.
Then while the sun in radiant splendour reigns,
And with its lustre decks the hills and plains,
Oft let me wander o'er the dewy vale,
And breathe fweet fragrance from the passing gale ;
Or, led by fancy, frequent let me rove,
To some thick forest, or some shady grove,
Where peaceful filence reigns throughout the scene,
And painted daisies deck the lovely green ;
While gentle zephyrs, with their filken wings,
Display their beauties o'er the crystal springs.
Or on the margin of a purling stream,
Indulge my mind on friendship's pleasing theme,
Whose gentle murmurs calm the troubled breast,
And soothe each sorrow when the mind's distress’d.
Then when the sun, obedient to command,
Shall take his fight, and visit foreign land,
May pale-ey'd Cynthia, empress of the night,
With mildest lustre, shed her folemn light;
While twinkling stars dispense a friendly ray,
And gently guide the trav’ller on his way:
At this lone hour when folemn filence reigns,
And mournful Philometrenews her ftrains,
May no fad thought my peaceful mind moleft,
Each murmur ftiñed, and each figh suppress’d.
Save when compassion at another's woe
Shall cause the tears of tenderness to low ;
Freely I'll bear a sympathetic part,
And share the sorrows of the drooping heart;

With fervent pray'rs implore kind Heav'n to bless,
And fondly strive to make their forrows less.

Thus may my time in rural shades be spent,
Far from the world, enrich'd with calm content,
"Till death's cold hand shall close these languid eyes,
And hope conduct me to yon blissful kies.

OGLORIOUS day! O day of peace, arise,
And with thy fplendours glad my longing eyes.
O time! which oft so quickly glid'st away,
Methinks thou ling'reft and defer'st the day;
Just like an arrow from a bow half strung,
Thy flagging pinions ilowly skim along.
Oh! with new vigour, urge thy flying course,
And stretch each tendon with redoubled force ;
That peace may flow like ocean's swelling tide,
“ And seas but join the regions they divide.”

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,
To peace of mind, to harmony within ?
What the bright sparkling of the finest eye,
To the foft soothing of a calm reply?
Can comeliness of form, or shape, or air,
With comeliness of words or deeds

compare :p Nothose at first th' unwary heart may gain, But these, these only, can that heart retain.

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