« السابقةمتابعة »
Wisdom, and experience age,
LONG have I fought the wifh of all,
True happiness to find,
And some a virtuous mind.
Of want the doleful scene, And joy enough to gild the day,
And make life's course serene.
Art thou fecure within ?
Haft thou no private fin?
Must raise a noble joy,
Which nothing can destroy.
O! THOU, whose pow'r o'er moving worlds presides, Whose voice created, and whose wisdom guides, On darkling man, with fond effulgence fine, And chear the clouded mind with light divine. 'Tis thine alone to calm the pious breast, With filent confidence and holy reft ; From thee, great God! we spring, to thee we tend, Path, motive, guide, original and end.
IT was a common saying among the Heathens, that the wise man hates nobody, but only loves the virtuous. The Christian owes a more general love.
A Thought on Death. DEATH, to a good man, is but passing through a dark entry, out of one little dusky room of his father's house, into another, that is fair and large, lightsome, glorious and divinely entertaining:
THERE is nothing of greater importance to us, han to sift our thoughts, and examine all the dark recesses of the mind, if we would establish our souls in such a solid and substantial virtue, as will turn to account in that great day, when it must stand the test of infinite wisdom and justice,
ALL the real pleasures and conveniencies of life, lie in a narrow compass; but it is the humour of mankind, to be always looking forward, and straining after those who have got the start of them in wealth and honour.
A GOOD conscience is to the foul, what health is to the body; it preserves a constant ease and serenity within us, and more than countervails all the calamities and afflictions which can possibly befal us. I know nothing so hard for a generous mind to get over, as calumny and reproach; and cannot find any method of quieting the foul under them, besides this fingle one, of our being conscious to ourselves, that we do not deserve them.
The Rural Scenc.
SWEET contemplation to pursue,
Behold, O! youth, this scene, and fee
То таE PoOR.
THE Providence of Almighty God has placed you under difficult circumstances of life, and daily reads you a lesson in a more particular manner to depend upon him. This you may be assured of for your comfort, that, you are under God's constant and immediate care : And. one advantage you enjoy above the rich, in your jour. ney to Heaven, is, that you are not clogged and hindered in your courfe thither, by those manifold incumbrances which lie on them; of whom our Saviour hath said, " That it is very hard for them to enter into the kingdom of Heaven." Their temptations are propor. tioned to their abundance ; their cares are more, and their distractions greater; fo that you have no reason to envy them, nor repine at your own condition ; and these are chiefly your temptations, and against these you must. be more particularly watchful. Certainly, if you confider things aright, you will find that your store-house is the most sure, your supply most certain ; for you are immediately in the hands of God, of him who feedeth the ravens, and cloatheth the grass of the field; so that you may be much more affured that he will clothe you, Endeavour to be humble, holy, heavenly-minded; always remembering, that he is the poorelt man, who is poor in grace. Your Saviour had not where to lay his head ; let his example serve to reconcile your low dition to you ; and let your religious behaviour under it be the means to fanctify it.
WHEREVER we turn-our eyes, we find something to revive our curiosity, and engage our attention. In the dulk of the morning, we watch the rising of the sun,
and see the day diversify the clouds, and open new prospects in its gradual advance. After a few hours, we see the shades lengthen, and the light decline, till the sky is resigned to a multitude of shining orbs, different from each other in magnitude and fplendour. The earth varies its appearance, as we move upon it; the woods offer their Mades, and the fields their harvests; the hill flatters with an extensive view, and the valley invites with shelter, fragrance and flowers.
LET not the curious from
OUR follies, when display'd, ourselves affright,
SHE who values not the virtue of modefty in her words and dress, will not be thought to fet much price upon it in her actions,
IN case of temptation, it is a prudent caution to avoid the encounter, when we are conscious of weakness, or unable to withstand it.
MOST men are ready enough to reckon up the in. come of their estates, and compute how it will answer their several expences; but few employ their arithmetic to calculate the value of their life and time, or consider how they may be expended to the best advantage. In these the beggar has as large a revenue as the king, though they are justly accounted the more valuable treasure.
THE soul, agitated with passions, fares like a weak bird in a stormy day; she is not able to make a straight fight, but is tossed from the track she would pursue, being lost and carried in the air at the pleasure of the winds. In this condition is the soul, till, by a constant meditation on God, and application to him, it has obtained a strong and vigorous faith to ballast and strengthen it, and enable it to maintain the straight and steady course of virtue.
STILL as thro' life's meandring paths I ftray,
Unerring, points the way,
With unpolluted ray.
Written on a Watch.