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HEALTH is a blessing that every one wishes to enjoy ; but the multitude are so unreasonable, as to desire to purchase it at a cheaper rate than it is to be obtained. The continuance of it is only to be secured by exercise or labour. But the misfortune is, that the poor are too apt to overlook their own enjoyments, and to view with envy the ease and affluence of their superiors, not considering that the usual attendants upon great fortunes are anxiety and disease.
GOD seems to have intended more by almfgiving than what we apprehend at first fight; since the indigent are not only supported thereby, but the persons who confer the bounty have an opportunity offered them of promoting their own divine intereft, inasmuch as charity is more ad. vantageous to him that giveth than to him that receivech.
POOR is the best that man can pay
VIRTUE rejoice! tho' ħeaven may frown awhile;
Extract from a Poem on DREAMS.
THE virtuous mind, to whom all-righteous heavia The pow'r of bounty, with the will has giv'n, Feels the same joys in sleep, he waking feels, And, heav'n's blest delegate, its mercy
deals; With sacred joy, he stops the rising figh, And wipes the falling tear from forrow's eye.
HOW happy are those who have obtained the impor. tant victory of conquering their passions, after which mar is no longer the slave of fear, nor the fool of hope; is no more emaciated by envy, inflamed by anger, emasculated by tenderness, or depressed by grief; but walks on calmly through the tumults or the privacies of life, as the sun pursues alike his course through the calm or the tormy sky.
HAPPY are those who live without ambition, distrust, or disguise. And happy is he who limits his desires to a private and peaceable manner of life, wherein it is less difficult to be virtuous.
A MAN may be happy any where, that knows how to be contented: nature is served with a little, and we ought to esteem our irregular appetites as foreigners : if our fortune be not extended to the larger measure of our wishes, it is easy to contract our minds to our fortune.
BE ever steady to your word; yet be not ashamed to confess your errors, nor flow to indemnify those who may have suffered by your mistake.
KNOWLEDGE will soon become folly, when good fense ceases to be its guardian.
SWEET folitude, in which the good delight,
Extra: from a Piece addreffed to Happiness.
ARDENT I seek the flow'ry road
O! deign to be my guide!
That swells life’s rapid tide.
Disturbs thy peaceful reign;
And pleasure banish pain.
THE sweetest revenge is to do good to our enemies.
SINCE affictions cannot be avoided, let them be patiently borne: it is not for any sort of men to expect an exemption from the common lot of mankind; and no person is truly great, but he that keeps up the same dig. nity of mind in all conditions.
KEEP me from each presumptuous vice,
From fin's dominion free;
In bold integrity:
Meet thy affenting nod:
My Saviour, strength, and God!
HE who would be rich in time, must be as frugal of his minutes and the smaller portions of it, as he who would be rich in worldly wealth, must be of his smaller and inconsiderable sums.
HOW vain are all their pretences to love God who know little or nothing of him, who are neither acquainted with
the glorious perfections of his nature, nor with the wondrous discoveries of his grace! Love muft be founded in knowledge. How vain are their pretences to love God with all their heart, and in a supreme degree, who never saw him to be a being of transcendent worth, of surpassing excellency, and capable of making them for ever happy; who value their corn, and their wine, and their oil, their business, their riches, or their diversions, more than God and his love!
SUBMIT thy life to heav'n's indulgent cares
Again break forth, and more conspicuous rise, THERE is something ungenerous in consecrating the remains of a ruin'd constitution, and shatter'd health, to the Deity, while we have been dedicating all our youth and strength to the service of the world.
LET libertines their boift'rous pleasures boaft,
The Close of the Year.
Which bids us bless the parting soul:
Which says the year has reach'd its goal.
Refle&tion ! bring thy wond'rous pow'rs,
Aid us to recollect the past ;
A mind compos'd to meet the last.
And sure as wintry storms descend,
And all ideal prospects end.
May cheerful meet its latest hour;
Defy the seasons, and their power.
WE should not fo often hear complaints of the inconNancy and falseness of friends, if the world in general were more cautious than they usually are, in forming connections of this kind. But the misfortune is, our friendships are apt to be too forward, and thus either fall off in the blossom, or never arrive at just maturity.
THE general duty of a friend is an industrious pursuit of his friend's real advantages; fidelity in all his trusts ; assistance in all his war.ts; and a constant endeavour for his advancement in piety and virtue: for so close is the connection, that it is the expression of God himself, speaking of a friend: " Thy friend, which is as thine
own foul.” Deut. 13.
OUR GOD is confined to no spot: his regards are limited to po community: he rides on the circuit of the heavens: his eyes run to and fro throughout the whole earth : hell itself is open before him, and destruction hath no covering. He maketh the clouds his chariot, and the winds his messengers: all the elements fulfil his commands. Darkness is his pavilion ; the earth is his footstool, and in the deep waters his wonders are seen. All nature is his temple, all space his abode, every living thing is the workmanship of his hand; and over all his parental care and tender mercies extend, without the least hadow of partiality, or the smallest tincture of envy,