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MANY scripture parables' and fimilitudes are taken from the common actions of this life, that when our hands are employed about them, our hearts may the more easily pass through them to divine and heavenly things.
EVERY thing is beautiful in its seafon ; and it is wisdom of the prudent, so to order the duties of their general callings as Chriftians, and those of their partia cular callings in the world, as that they may not clash or interfere.
IT is related of the pious Philip Henry, that if any aked his charity, whose representation of their case he did not like, or who he thought did amiss to take that course, he would first give them an alms, and then mildly reprove them ; labouring to convince them that they were out of the way of duty; that they could not expe& God fhould bless them in it, and would not chide, but reason with them. He would say, if he should tell them of their faults, and not give them an alms, the reproof would look only like an excuse to deny his charity, and would be rejected accordingly.
TO be over folicitous after praise, to be greedy of it, and eager in pursuing it, and to seem in some measure to beg it, instead of being the character of a great foul, is the most certain fign of a vain and light difpofition, which feeds upon the wind, and takes the shadow for the fubitance.
THE A N T S.
They croud the peopled path in thick array,
Exerts his pow'rs to lay up Heav'nly food;
Deserves his care, and ought to be pursu'd.
The few, by precept or experience wise,
POSTS of preferment, and the marks of respect annexed to them, may flatter the ambition and vanity of mankind, but in themselves include no real glory or. solid happiness, as they are foreign to them ; as they are not always, the proof and reward of merit; as they add nothing to the good qualities either of body or mind; as they correct none of our faults ; but often, on the contrary, serve only to multiply and make them more remarkable, by making them confpicuous, and exhibiting them in a stronger light.
IT is virtue alone which fixes the price of every thing, and is the sole source of folid glory and real happiness.
WIT is commonly looked upon with a suspicious eye, as a two ed, ed sword, from which not even the sacred. ness of friendship can secure. It is more efpecially dreaded in women.
A MAN may be reserved and modest in the midst of riches and honours, as he may be proud and avaricious in the obscurity of a poor and wretched life.
TIME, always precious, can never be more fo, than in our early years ; the first ideas make the strongest and most lasting impression.
NUMBERLESS are the branches of good nature ! Numberless are the benefits we ourselves receive by it, and confer on others !
MERE good humour, if abused, will degenerate in to its reverse ; but good nature is always the same, and incapable of changing ; like the divine source, of which it is an emanation, it returns injuries with benefits ; it endeavours to work on the bad heart that offers them, by soft persuasion, and pities what it cannot mend.
WHAT tho’ to-day's oppress'd with various woes :
THRO' life let manly fortitude prevail :
To Mira, with a Watch.
MIRA, this machine, you'll find, Suits a moralizing mind.
Has it motion ? 'Tis as clear
pace, Think it may
be Mira's cafe ;
Shine its trinkets as they will,
A WOMAN of true sense, will be always ambitious, not of gaining admiration, but of deserving it.
THERE is no being long and sincerely happy, without being good ; which, as common an observation as it has been, yet wants to be made anew, by moft. even of those whom the world thinks both wife and happy.
GOOD-HUMOUR shuns not an opportunity of obliging; but good-nature is industrious in seeking out as many as it can. Good-humour frequently promises more than is in its power to perform ; but good-nature does more than it gives you reason to expect.
THE want of thought creates many mischiefs among mankind; and this is the reason that none ought to speak, 'till they have first reflected on every thing that may poflkbly be the consequence of what they speak.