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But ah ! oppression drove me from my cot,

My cattle died, and blighted was my corn. My daughter, once the comfort of my age,

Lur'd by a villain, left her native home, Is now abandon’d on the world's wide stage,

And doom'd in fcanty poverty to roam. My tender wife, sweet soother of my care,

With anguish felt the fore calamity, Fell, ling'ring fell, a victim to despair,

And left the world, and wretchedness, to me. Pity the sorrows of a poor old man,

Whose trembling limbs have led him to your door, Whose days are dwindled to the shorteft fpan,

Oh! give relief, and Heav'n will bless your store."

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EVERY thing overdone, is liable to fufpicion. In. nocence, in women, wants not the aid of oftentation

3 like integrity in men, it rests in its own consciousness.

A S cheerfulness is the most natural effect of real good. ness, it is also its most powerful recommendation. Wir. dom is never so attractive, as when she smiles.

SHE that cannot weep with them that weep,' well as “ rejoice with them that rejoice," is a stranger to one of the sweetest sources of enjoyment, no less than to one of the noblest lessons of Christianity. Those are the happiest dispositions, which are the belt.

THERE is not any thing more contemptible, or more to be pitied, than that turn of mind, which, find ing no entertainment in itself, none at home, none in books, none in rational conversation, nor in the intercourses of real friendship, nor in ingenious works of any kind, is continually seeking to ftifle reflection in a tumult of pleasures, and to divert weariness in a crowd..

FEMALE modefty is often filent; female decorum is never bold. Both forbid a young woman to lead the

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conversation; and true religion dreads every thing that might look oftentatious. The most prudent course you can pursue, is to associate, as much as poflible, with those that from real principle love the shade.

IF thou wouldest bear thy neighbour's faults, cast thine eye upon thine own.

THE truly humble man, suffers quietly, and pa. tiently, internal troubles; and he is the man that makes great way in a little time, like one that fails beo fore the wind.

PERFECTION does not confift in teaching the truth, but in doing it, because he is neither the greatest saint, nor the wiseft man, that knows the truth moit, but he that practises it.

WHEN a young woman behaves to her parents in a manner particularly tender and respectful, from principle as well as nature, there is nothing good or gentle, that may not be expected from her, in whatever condition she is placed.

The unknown World-On hearing a Passing Bell.
HARK, my gay friend, that solemn toll
Speaks the departure of a soul.
'Tis gone-that's all we know, not where,
Or how the unbody'd foul does fare.

In that mysterious world none knows,
But God alone to whom it goes ;
To whom departed fouls return
To take their doom, to smile or mourn.
Oh! by what glimm’ring light we view,
The unknown world we're haft’ning to.
Swift flies the foul-perhaps 'tis gone
A thousand leagues beyond the sun;
Or twice ten thousand more thrice told,
Ere the forsaken clay is cold. .
And yet who knows, if friends we lov'd,

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Tho' dead, may be fo far remov'd,
Only this veil of flesh between,
Perhaps they watch us, though unseen.
Whilft we their loss lamenting say,
They're out of hearing far away,
Guardians to us, perhaps they're near,
Conceal'd in vehicles of air,
And yet no notices they give,
Nor tell us how or where they live.
Tho'conscious, while with us below,
How much themselves desir'd to know,
As if bound up by folemn fate,
To keep this secret of their state ;
To tell their joys or pains to none,
That man might live by faith alone.
Well, let my Soy'reign, if he please,
Lock up his marvellous decrees ;
Why should I wish him to reveal
What he thinks proper to conceal ?
It is enough that I believe
Heav'n's brighter than I can conceive ;
And he that makes it all his care
To serve God here, shall see him there.
But oh! what worlds shall I survey,
The moment that I leave this clay ;
How sudden the surprizem-how new
Let it, my God! be happy too !

FROM the confideration of God, as he is in himself power, wisdom, goodness, beauty and felicity itself, children must be often excited and stirred up to the desire of esteeming him, of praising him, of honouring him as he deserves, and of pleasing him in every thing. They must be made to underitand, that this is the principal end for which we are sent into the world, namely, to esteem, honour, and praise God, without ceasing, by the continual desires and elevations of our hearts to him; and that, since this is the employment of angels, by being exercised in it, we become their companions in this

world, world, and even fellow-citizens of Heaven with them, by imitating those divine fpirits.

SINCE both the imagination and the memory, are faculties which have the most strength, and most activity in children, it would be well to cultivate them from the very beginning, that we may communicate unto them as much knowledge of the things of their falvation, as is possible, and as they are capable of receiving.

SILENCE is necessary on many occasions, but you must always be sincere and courteous : You ought to retain some thoughts, but disguise none.

AND, from the pray'r of want, and plaint of woe,

O! never, never, turn away thine ear ; Forlorn, in this bleak wilderness below,

Ah! what were man, should Heav'n refuse to hear! To others do (the law is not severe)

What to thyself thou wiiheft to be done; Forgive thy foes, and love thy parents dear,

And friends and native land, nor those alone, All human weal and woe learn thou to make thine own.'

TRUE dignity is his, whose tranquil' mind

Virtue has rais'd above the things below, Who ev'ry hope and fear to Heav'n resign'd,

Shrinks not, though adverse winds may keenly blow.

WE should be cautious and circumspect in all our ways, and watchful over ourselves, living in the fear of God all the day long, that we sin not against him.

LET us all endeavour to be fpiritually minded, and fet our affections on things above ; subdue our passions, be peaceable and loving, meek, courteous, modeft, teachable and governable, not wise in our own conceit, not wilful or stubborn.

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we must be contented with our present condition, not murmuring or repining at it, or either ambitiously or covetoully seeking one more high or plentiful ; neither fretting and vexing our own souls, nor envying others ; but leaving freely all things to God's disposal, and submitting chearfully to his providence.

MAY we wisely improve every talent that God has given us ; doing as much good as we can with every thing, both to ourselves and others. We must fhun sloth and idleness, vain pastimes, and superfluous recre. ations, costly vanities, unprofitable studies and employ

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IN the evening reason with thyself and say, how have I spent this day? Am I better than I was yesterday? Have I overcome any vice ? and hath God's grace been effectual in me? if it has, then let my soul rejoice exceedingly, and ascribe to her Lord the glory of her good actions.

THE heart is the fountain, and our words are the streams; and if the fountain be muddy, the streams proceeding from it cannot be clear.

BE my ambition only to excel
In the blest art, “ the art of living well :"
Who this attains, hids fin and sorrow cease,
With hope looks Heav'n-ward, and shall die in peace,

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WHILE this gay toy attracts thy light,

Thy reason let it warn;
And seize, my dear, that rapid time,

That never must return,
If idly lost, no art or care

The blessing can restore ;
And Heav'n requires a strict account
For ev'ry mifpent hour,

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