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WERE we to receive a charitable donation at the hand of some humane earthly friend, we should be ready to make every acknowledgment in our power; we should feel some pain in recollecting but one opportunity where we might have fewn our thankfulness and gratitude, but which was then neglected or forgotten : and if we pretend to be sensible of our obligations to that friend who sticketh closer than a brother, who giveth all things liberally without upbraiding, by what shall we demonstrate the fincerity of our pretensions, if not by yielding that obedience we acknow. ledge to be due, and which the present state of our existence renders both our privilege and our duty.
THAT to be great is to be happy, is one of those er which have almost at all ages prevailed among the generality of mankind. But that to be good is to be happy, is a secret reserved for the wise and virtuous few, who are the grace and ornament of themselves, their friends, and their country.
SUCH is the state of human life, that even misery itself seems a necessary ingredient to our happiness, since many of our pleasures are only alleviations of pain ; and even those which are the most real and natural, are very much enhanced and recommended by some antecedent uneasiness : infomuch that if all pain could be taken away, the pleasures remaining would be but few, and those too so very dull and insipid as to afford but small enjoyment; and we should then be reduced to a state of perfect indolence and inactivity.
EVERY benevolent and generous fpirit, who sincerely delights in the good of others, will not fail to improve all opportunities to promote the happiness of all who come within his influence. There are none so completely prof. perous, so perfectly free from all trouble and disturbance as to stand in no need of the good offices of their fellow. creatures; but there are numberless occasions wherein without being injurious to ourselves, we may do another a pleasure, and contribute greatly to his fatisfaction.
And friend to wisdom's rules;
When tir'd with noisy schools.
With thee, when vain amusements tire,
We languish to be bleit;
And give for tumult, reft.
The spright!y song, the jocund tale,
The dance, the glitt'ring crowd,
Are wild, confus'd, and loud,
Thy sober pause of calm delight,
Reproves the madly gay;
Succeeds the busy day.
Thy solemn influence when we share,
Indulgent, soft, and kind;
And whispers to the mind :.
A maxim whispers, oh how true !
That 'tis my chief concern,
And only hear and learn.
TAKE heed of speaking when thou art angry: anger takes off the bridle from the tongue, and sets up passion to guide it, which useth not a bridle but a spur. As the philosopher said, “ I would beat thee, if I were not angry.” So say thou, “ I would chide thee, if I were not angry.” Passion knows not how to give correction, instruction, or reproofa
IT is not sufficient to ak advice; but we must follow ito, and willingly submit our own judgment to that of others.
REMEMBER, oh! young man, thy Creator in the days of thy youth, and do not make provision for shame and sorrow in thy elder years : think not that God will be put off with the dregs and refuse of thy days. Keep innocency whilst young, and it will yield thee unspeakable comfort all thy life long; and thou wilt lay up a good foundation also against the time to come. Behold, lífe and death are set before thee; if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments, and early employ thyself in so doing.
Ode to CREATION.
Soon as the evening shades prevail,
What, tho' in folemn silence all
· AMONG those that are of a weak and base difpofition, merit begetteth envy; but among men of a truly generous fpirit, it raiseth a noble emulation..
BEWARE of the man that hath no regard to his own reputation ; for it is not likely he should have any regard for yours.
BEWARE of envy; for to grudge any man the advantages he may have, either in person or fortune, is to cenfure the liberality of Providence, and be angry at the goodness of God.
NEVER anticipate your own misfortune, for that is to aggravate it: the meer apprehension of being unhappy, may often more disquiet us than the unhappiness itself.
A CONTENTED mind enjoyeth more than all the treasures of both Indies ; and he that is master of himself, in an innocent homely retreat, enjoyeth all the wealth and curiosities of the univerfe.
CHILDREN should be fure to make a conscience of loving and honouring their parents; and remember that the command that enjoins it, is the first commandment with promise, and that a grievous curse is annexed to the violaters of it: “ The eye that mocketh his father, and “ despiseth to obey his mother, the ravens of the valley shall “ pick it out, and the young eagles shall eat it.”
THICK in yon stream of light, a thousand ways
CAN it be the part of a rational creature to make diverfion its capital concern? She, in whom those desires are predominant, is unfitted for the character of a mother, wife, or friend, or even of a member of society: as in the whirl of dissipation she is forgetful of herself, and of course neglects what would make her useful to others, and promote her own happiness.
THE Princesses, in all the courts of Germany, sit closely to work with their women about them, and do not think domestic affairs below their concern; but they would blush to be found idle. Far from taking it into their heads, that the scandalous privilege of doing nothing belongs to women, they demand and exercise their rights: they account the love of employment a virtue, –a virtue which supports the rest, and does honour to their sex, even on a throne.
“ LIFE, fays Seneca, is a voyage, in the progress of " which, we are pepetually changing our scenes: we first rs leave childhood behind us, then youth, then the years rs of ripened manhood, then the better, and more pleasing " part of old age.”
WE must use the sacred name of God with all humble reverence, not prophaning it by using it in idle, imperti. nent talk, or in common discourte,
WE should frequently represent to children with respect to the benefits of God, that all comes from him, our souls our body, our life, our parents, our friends, the earth which we walk upon, the air which we breathe in, the sun which enlightens us, the food which nourisheth us, the cloaths which cover us, the fire which warms us. We ought to endeavour to awaken in them on all these occasions, and every day, the desire of being grateful towards God, and thanking him for all and every one of these things, as often as they have occasion to make use of them. If we ought to make grateful returns to a mortal man when he does us good, much more ought we to make them to God, who hath both made that man, and doth us good by him.