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CRUEL sports were thought very high reflections on the politeness of the Romans. Are they not much greater on the mercy and humanity of Christians ?
IT behoves us to accuftom ourselves to a sober, modest way of speaking, and to avoid all those modes of speech, which border upon, or naturally lead to fallhood.
BE careful to practise nothing which you are ashamed of; to do nothing for which you need be afraid of the eye or ear of God, and the world : then will you be under no temptation of lying, to conceal what you have done amiss.
If we had true notions of God and eternity, right notions of ourselves and of the world, they could not fail to create in us thoughts full of humility towards ourselves, full of contempt towards the vain world, full of the highest adoration towards God, and full of earneftness to acquire a happy eternity.
PRAYER, unaccompanied with a fervent love of God, is like a lamp unlighted; the words of the one, without love, being as unprofitable as the oil and cotton of the other, without flame.
HE alone is a great man, whose heart is strongly dir. posed to acts of humanity and benevolence; and who has fortitude enough to do his duty in all circumstances of life ; who acts for the good of mankind, as long as he is able, and then finishes his course in the cause of virtue.
THE way to avoid prejudice, is to govern the passions with a steady hand; to treat all things, in a calm and dis.. interested manner, not suffering our desires or aversions to be moved, but by a just confideration of real usefulness
TAKE but the humbleft lilly of the field,
Array'd in all his robes and types of pow'r,
ENOUGH I think my present store,
PRAY E R.
THERE is such a thing as converse with God in prayer, and it is the life and pleasure of a pious foul : without it we are no Chriftians; and he that practises it moft, is the best follower of Chrift: for our Lord spent much time in converse with his heavenly Father. This is the balm that eases the most raging pains of the mind, when the wounded conscience comes to the mercy-seat, and finds pardon and peace there. This is the cordial that revives and exalts our natures, when the spirit, broken with sorrows, and almost fainting to death, draws near to the almighty Physician, and is healed and refrelhed.
THE mercy-feat in heaven is our surest and sweetest refuge in every hour of distress and darkness upon earth; this is our daily support and relief, while we are passing through a world of temptations and hardships, in the way to the promised land. “ It is good to draw near to 6 God."
THE Creator is to be first loved for his own sake, for his infinite goodness and perfection; and then the creature, as his work, and in proportion to its resemblance to him.
He that thinks twice before he speaks once, will speak twice the better for it.
WHEN in thy sacred presence, Lord! I bow,
On the. Vanity of Riches.
fides can boast no fertile foil,
Seest thou all this, fond mortal? Think, if so,
THE Prince of peace-He first reconciled God to man, and then endeavoured to reconcile men to each other. When he came into the world, hé, by his angels, proclaimed peace; and when he left the world, he bequeathed the same as his legacy: “ Peace I leave with “ you," &c.
THE merciful man will extend his hand of relief and comfort, as far as he may, to his fellow-creatures, whether they labour under temporal or spiritual distress, whether they call for his pity from their fins or from their forrows; while, in every relation of life, he will exercise this heavenly temper ; as a magistrate, gentle and humane, however compelled, in certain cases, to be severely juft; as a creditor, mild and forbearing, not flying hastily and rigorously to the utmost extremity, much less condemning the unhappy debtor to imprisonment, which may utterly incapacitate from all power and hope of
payment; and in short, in every case exercising that lenity, mildness, forgiveness, and mercy, whereof the eternal God hath set us so bright an example; and all our expectation of which from him, he hath made to depend on our shewing the same to others : “ Blessed are the merci. “ ful, for they shall obtain mercy.”
YE good distress'd,
On the Nativity of Christ. AWAKE from silence every voice,
Each chearful pipe and founding string; Let ev'ry grateful heart rejoice,
And ev'ry tongue in rapture fing. On this distinguish'd day of grace
Th’ Eternal Prince of Glory came, To
purge the guilt of human race, And fave them by his pow'rful name. Bow down your heads, ye lofty pines,
Ye mountains crown'd with cedars tall; Re ftill, ye rude imperious winds,
Throughout the wide terrestrial ball. Let nought but harmony and love
O'er all th' expanded surface reign, And let the sacred choir above
Approve, and join the Heav'nly strain. When we in bondage were exild,
And rebels to th' eternal God,
Obnoxious to th' impending rod;
The Son of Glory Thou'd descend, To offer man the terms of peace,
And his unbounded grace extend. Such goodness, such ftupendous grace !
Nor men, nor angels can explore; Then let us, what we cannot trace,
With awful reverence adore. Ye wing'd inhabitants of air,
All ye that graze the verdant plain ; Ye herds, that to the wilds repair,
And ye that skim the surging main, Some signs of exultation show,
While grateful minds your voices raise, 'Tis all that mortals can below,
To hail the day in songs of praise. While skilful hands the chorus join,
And tune the rapture-raising lyre,