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Shalt still survive
DEATH seems to enter a cottage only as a gentle deliverer from the miseries of human life; but into courts and the feats of grandeur, with insult and terror. To languish under a gilded canopy, to expire on soft and downy pillows, and give up the ghost in state, has a more gloomy aspect, than, at the call of nature, to ex-pire on a graffy turf, and resign the breathless clay back to its proper element. What does a crowd of friends or flatterers fignify in that important hour, to the most glorious mortal. Which of his numerous attendants would stand the arrest of death, descend into the silent prison of the grave for him, or answer the fum. mons of the supreme tribunal ?.
BEAUTY is a short-lived flower, which is easily withered. A cultivated mind is a treasure, which increases every moment; it is a rich soil, which brings forth an hundred fold.
A PERSON never appears fo ridiculous by the qualities he has, as by those he affects to have. He gains more by being contented to be seen as he is, than by attempting to appear what he is not.
TRUE greatness of foul pays itself, as it were, with its own hands, by the fatisfaction of doing good.
PEOPLE may talk like good Chriftians at their ease; but pretty sentences, and formal speeches, are very trifling remedies to a real and unaffected forrow.
THAT little incendiary, called the tongue, is more venomous than a poisoned arrow; and more killing than a two-edged sword.
HOW few there are, that can be freely kind,
KNOW that wherever love and virtue guide,
Where joys unknown to guilt and shame preside,, And pleasures, unallay'd, each hour increase.
THE princely pine, on hills exalted, Whose lofty branches cleave the sky,
By winds long brav'd at last assaulted, Is head-long whirl'd in dust to lie ;
Whilft the mild rose, more safely growing Low in its unaspiring vale,
Amidit retirement's shelter blowing, Exchanges sweets with every gale.
IMITATION of the 126th PSALM..
WHEN God reveal'd his gracious name,
And chang'd my mournful state, My rapture seem'd a pleasing dream,
The grace appear’d so great.
The world beheld the glorious change,
And did thine hand confess;
And sung, Surprizing grace !
Great is the work, my neighbours cry'd
And own'd the pow'r divine; Great is the work, my heart reply'd,
And be the glory thine !
4 The Lord can change the darkest skies,
Can give us day for night; Make floods of sacred forrow rise
To rivers of delight.
Let those that fow in sadness wait,
5 'Till the fair harvest come ; They shall confess their sheaves are great,
And thout the blessings home.
A MIND formed upon the principles of the gospel, may look down with contempt upon the lustre of a throne, and yet know the value, and feel a sense of gratitude, in the possession of a crumb. The most exalted fituation in the present life is exposed, yea, probably most exposed, to the fascinating allurements of temptation ; and whosoever shall look heedfully upon those who are eminent for their riches, will not think their condition such as that he mould hazard his quiet, and inuch less his virtue, to obtain it. The rich and the poor have their hours of sorrow, and their interval's of joy; neither poverty nor wealth. exempt them from feeling the common calamities of life, nor confer that happiness we fo eagerly pursue, but which we must not experience, till our race is finished, and our work done,
WHAT in this life; which soon must end,
INDUSTRY is needful in every condition of life: we cannot, without it, act in any state to the benefit or fatisfaction of others, or to our own advantage and comfort. It is requisite for procuring ease and satisfaction to the mind, and, if attended with a good conscience, sweetens our enjoyments, and seasons our attainments; and is a guard to innocence, and a bar to temptation.
A PERSON under the influence and temper of the gospel, will say with gratitude and joy, “ I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" In the most trying circumstances, I have a sure and certain promise, that my bread shall be given, and my water fhall be sure; and if I am not favoured with all the ele. gancies of life, yet I am confident that the God whom I serve, will afford me such temporary supplies, as shall be most conducive to my own happiness and his glory.
TRUE religion will shew its influence in every part of our conduct; it is like the sap of a living tree, which penetrates to the most diftant boughs.
ACTION keeps the foulin constant health, but idle. ness corrupts and rufts the mind; for a man of great abi. lities may by negligence and idleness become so useless, as to be an incumbrance to fociety, and a burthen to himself.
HE is the most worthy of pofleffing riches, who knows best how to do without them.
KEEP no company with a man who is given to detraction; to hear him patiently, is to partake of his guilt, and prompt him to a continuance in that vice, which all good men shun him for.
THOU shalt not curse the deaf, Lev. xix. 14. Those that are absent are deaf; they cannot right them. selves, and therefore say no ill of them.
HAPPY are those who can see the beauty of virtue! -- Is it possible to see her, without loving her? Is it pof: sible to love her, without being happy?
Seeking for Happiness.
NOT all that parent earth can give,
If what we drink, and what we eat,
Where then shall happiness be found?
If grateful souls-- if fouls refign'd
RELIGION, the balm of life, the anchor of hope, the dispeller of fears, the haven of reft, will carry us into she arms of him, who is mighty to save from every