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Chicks that once before our door
Wherefoe'er we turn our eyes,
FORTITUDE has its extremes, as well as the rest of the virtues; and ought, like them, to be always astended with prudence.
THE end of learning is, to know God, and out of that knowledge, to love him, and to imitate him, as we may the nearest, by possessing our souls of true virtue. CICERO says, “ Vicious habits are so great a stain “ to human nature, and so odious in themselves, that “ every person actuated by right reason, would avoid “ them, though he was sure they would be always con“ cealed both from God and man, and had no future " punishment entailed upon them."
AS to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the divine nature ; to be fo to the utmost of our abilities, is the glory of a man.
A VIRTUOUS habit of mind is so absolutely ne. cessary to influence the whole life, and beautify every particular action; to overbalance or repel all the gilded charms of avarice, pride, and self-interest, that a man deservedly procures the lasting epithets of good or bad, as he appears either swayed by it, or regardless of it.
A MAN of virtue is an honour to his country, a glory to humanity, a satisfaction to himself, and a bene. factor to the world. He is rich, without oppression or dishonesty, charitable without oftentation, courteous without deceit, and brave without vice.
ANGER may glance into the breast of a wise man, but reft only in the bofom of fools.
WHEN the last hour seems to be approaching, all terrestrial advantages are viewed with indifference; and the value that we once set upon them, is disregarded or forgotten. And if the same thought was always predo. minant, we mould then find the absurdity of stretching out our arms incessantly to grasp that which we cannot keep, and wearing out vurselves in endeavours to add new turrets to the fabric of ambition, when the foundation itself is shaking, and the ground on which it stands is mouldering away.
TO him who is animated with a view of obtaining approbation from the Sovereign of the Universe, no difficulty should seem insurmountable,
WE have seen those virtues which have, while living, retired from the public eye, generally transmitted to pofterity, as the truest objects of admiration and praise.
A Hymn.-Psalm VIIIth.
I ENVY no one's birth or fame,
Their title, train or dress;
Beyond what I pofíess.
More beauteous, rich, or gay.
And better every day!
A WISE and virtuous man can never be proud ; nor can he be exalted in his thoughts at any advantages he has above others; because he is conscious of his own weakness and inability to become either wise or virtu. ous, by any thing he finds in his own power : and his fenfe of the goodness of the bountiful God in bestowing upon him more abundantly, what he has been pleated
more fparingly to vouchsafe to others, will inspire his foul with humility, thankfulness and adoration.
MEN generally love to have their praises proclaimed, Fiot whispered. There are not many who can have the patience to stay till the day of judgment, to receive the approbation and applause of their good actions.
Verres written on the Severity of Winter,
WHILE the fierce winter rages all around, And the hard earth's with frosty fetters bound; While clothes its surface a thin garb of snow, And rapid rivers now no longer flow : Tho' keen the piercing cold, the vital. flood The rich can warm with raiment, fire, and food ; But whence the poor enable to sustain Opprefsive want, and hunger's urgent pain ? How is it, naked, hungry--they can bear, In their defenceless state, the piercing air? Whence ihall their wants the just fupply receive ? Ought man refuse, when God empow'rs to give 2 None can-but those in whom compassion fails; In whom nor love of God nor man prevails ; In whom all serious sense of duty's lost, Colder their hearts than snow, and harder than the frost.
ALL have their frailties. Whoever looks for a friend without imperfections, will never find what he seeks'; we love ourselves with all our faults, and we ought to love our friend in like manner.
THERE is nothing so engaging as a benevolent disposition. This temper makes a man's behaviour inoffenfive, affable, and obliging; it multiplies friends, and disarms the malice of an enemy.
A MAN without complaisance, ought to have a great deal of merit in the room of it.
HE whose honest freedom makes it his virtue to speak what he thinks, makes it his necessity to think what is good.
HYMN for the MORNING.
ON thee, each morning, O my God!
My waking thoughts attend;
wishes end. My soul, in pleasing wonder loft,
Thy boundless love surveys,
Her sacrifice of praise.
And bring'ft me safe to light,
Conductít my steps till night.
With thy protection bleft,
May wearied limbs to rest.
Fears no approaching ill ;
Thou, Lord! art with me still.
Make to Almighty Pow'r !
Such mercies every hour!
His wond'rous acts proclaim,
With me shall bless his name. At morn,
at noon, at night, I'll still, The growing work pursue ; And him alone will praise, to whom
Alone all praise is due.