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While grateful ftrains of love divine,
Serene, extatic joys inspire. Thus sacred be the happy day,
While sun, and moon, and stars endure ; Till nature feels her last decay, .
And time itself shall be no more.
LET us entertain a general good opinion of all men, till unquestionable evidence fall oblige us to give up that good opinion ; yet, at the same time, let us be cautious not to suffer our good opinion to betray us into any improper compliances or connexions.
SELL not your hopes of heavenly treasures, nor any thing that belongs to your eternal interest, for any of the advantages of the present life: “ What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world, and lose his own soul.”
TO piety join modesty and docility, reverence of your parents, and submission to those who are your superiors in knowledge, in station, and in years. De. pendence and obedience belong to youth. Modesty is one of its chief ornaments; and has ever been esteemed a presage of rising merit.
PROVIDENCE never intended, that any state here should be either completely happy, or entirely miserable. If the feelings of pleasure are more numerous, and more lively, in the higher departments of life, such also are those of pain. If greatness flatters our vanity, it multiplies our dangers. If opulence increases our gratifications, it increases, in the same proportion, our desires and demands. If the poor are confined to a more narrow circle, yet, within that circle, lie most of those natural fatisfactions, which, after all the refinements of art, are found to be the most genuine and true.
WE have seen, that inordinate paffions are the great disturbers of life, and that, unless we possess a good conscience, and a well-governed mind, discontent will
blatt blast every enjoyment, and the highest prosperity will prove only disguised misery. Fix then this conclusion in your mind, that the destruction of your virtue, is the destruction of your peace. “ For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience, that in fimplicity, and godly sincerity, not with fleshly wisdom, but by the grace of God, we have had our conversation in the world, and more abundantly to you-wards.” 2 Cor, i, 12. ..
Caution against Pride. CONSIDER what you shall be. Your flesh returns to corruption and common earth again ; nor shall your duft be diftinguished from the meanest beggar or slave; no, nor from the dust of brutes and insects, or the most contemptible of creatures : and as for your souls, they must stand before God, in the world of spirits, on a level with the rest of mankind, and divested of all your haughty and Hattering circumitances. None of your vain distinctions in this life shall attend you to the judgment-feat. Keep this tribunal in view, and pride will wither, and hang down its head.
MONEY, like manure, does no good, till it is spread ; there is no real use of riches, except in the distribution; the rest is all conceit.
BY love directed, and in mercy meant,
HAPPY are they who preserve their innocence unsullied by any great or wilful crimes, and who have only the common failings of humanity to repent of; these are sufficiently mortifying to a heart deeply fmitten with the love of virtue, and with the desire of perfection.
«.WHATSOEVER ye would that men should do unto you, even so do unto them." There is no occasion, great or small, on which you may not safely apply this rule for the direction of your conduct; and, whilst your heart honestly adheres to it, you can never be guilty of any sort of injustice or unkindness.
ENDEAVOUR to acquire à temper of universal candour and benevolence; and learn neither to despise nor condemn any persons on account of their particular modes of faith and worship; remembering always, that goodness is confined to no party ; that there are wise and worthy men among all the sects of Chriftians; and that to his own master, every one must stand or fall.
VIRTUE is the foundation of honour and esteem, and the source of all beauty, order, and happiness, in
BEAUTY and wit will die, learning will vanish away, and all the arts of life be soon forgot; but virtue will remain for ever.
A GOOD word is an easy obligation ; but not to speak ill, requires only our filence, which costs us nos thing
In folly's maze advance :
No noify neighbours enter here,
To fpoil our heart-felt joys.
If solid happiness we prize,
And they are fools who roam :
And that dear hut our home.
That safe retreat, the ark:
By sweet experience know,
A paradise below.
Our babes shall richest comforts bring ;
Whence pleasures ever rise :
And train them for the skies.
While they our wiseft hours engage,
And crown our hoary hairs :
And recompense our cares.
No borrow'd joys, they're all our own,
Or by the world forgot ;
And bless our humble lot.
Our portion is not large indeed,
For nature's calls are few :
And make that little do.
We'll therefore relish with content,
Nor aim beyond our pow'r : For if our stock be very small, 'Tis prudence to enjoy it all,
Nor lose the present hour.
To be refign'd when ills betide,
And pleas'd with favours giv'n:
Whose fragrance smells to Heav'n!
We'll ask no long, protracted treat,
But when our feast is o'er,
The relics of our store.
Thus hand in hand, thro’ life we'll go,