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PATIENCE confifts in a well pleased submission to the divine will, and a quiet yielding to whatever it pleases the Deity to afflict us with. If we are possessed with a sincere reverence and esteem of God, humility will fortify us with patience to suffer, and not murmur, at his dispensations
IN every affair of life, despair should give way to hope, and impatience to content; for the hand of Providence is always nearest to us, when perils are most evi. dent.
AFFLICTIONS, if we make a discreet use of them, are messengers of love from Heaven to invite us thither.
A SOUL immortal, spending all her fires,
The Knowledge of God natural to Man. THAT gracious Pow'r, who from his kindred clay, Bids man arise to tread the realms of day, Implants a guide, and tells what will fulfil His word, or what's repugnant to his will. The author of our being marks so clear, That none, but those who will be blind, can err; Or wheresoe'er we turn th' attentive eyes, Proofs of a God on ev'ry side arise. Nature, a faithful mirror, stands to shew God, in his works, disclos'd to human view. Whate’er exists beneath the crystal floods, Or cuts the liquid air, or haunts the woods; The various flow'rs, that spread th' enamell'd mead, Each plant, each herb, or even the grass we tread, Displays Omnipotence : None else could form The vileft weed, or animate a worm.
Or view the livid wonders of the sky,
CHRISTIANITY is not a speculative science, tut a practical obligation.
PIET Y and pride can no more thrive together, than health and sickness, light and darkness.
THOUGH our nature is imperfect and corrupt, yet it is so far improveable, by the grace of God upon our own good endeavours, that we all may, though not equally, be instruments of his glory, ornaments and blessings to this world, and capable of eternal happiness.
THERE is a certain candour in true virtue, which none can counterfeit.
IN the moderate use of lawful things, there can be no crime ; but in all extremes there is.
“ WE cannot (says Amasis in his epiftle to Polycrates) expect in this world an unmixt happiness, without being tempered with troubles and disasters.
THE family is the proper province for private women to shine in.
TEMPERANCE is a regimen into which all persons may put themselves.
GOD hath promised pardon to him that repenteth; but he hath not promised repentance to him that fin
HEAVEN's favours here are trials, not rewards ;
TO man's false optics (from his folly false)
TORTUR’D with pain, as late I seepless lay,
Methought my pains were hush'd, and I was laid
“ And what art thou ? audacious (he reply'd!)
- Ye: here, distinctions cease; a beggar's duit
BLESS'D be the man, his memory at least,
When for a wife the youthful Patriarch sent,
WERE it lawful and becoming in man to choose his circumstances in life, a mediocrity would perhaps be the most useful, and the freelt from temptation ; though notwithstanding these advantages, fome might think it not the most delirable. Opulence may tempt us to diffipation, indolence, sensuality, and total forgetfulness of God; poverty, to envy, falshood, dishonesty, and perjury. Let us, therefore, say, with Agur,“ Give me “ neither poverty nor riches, feed me with food conve. “ nient for me ; left I be full and deny thee, and say, " Who is the Lord ? or be poor and steal, and take the
6 name of my God in vain." But even those Chriftians, who move in this middle sphere, have their forrows and their joys; they feel fome degree of pain, fome proportionable measure of anxiety and care ; they taste a bitter mixed with every sweet, and they find a faithful monitor within, who tells them that the earth is not their portion, was not given as their reft, nor intended as their home.
MY God, the steps of pious men
Are order'd by thy will;
Thy hånd supports them ftill.
And glory in my choice ;
Could make me so rejoice.
To Mira, on removing into the Country,
God shall send, our board to spread,