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Fain would I imitate my Lord,
And bear each cross event ;
But pride's a punishment.
Come, blessed Spirit, heavenly dove,
Descend on balmy wings!
And strike the peaceful ftrings.
Jesus, my longing foul shall wait,
And near thy feet adore;
Where difcord is no more.
WHEN we desire any thing, our minds generally run swholly on the good fide or circumstances of it: when it is obtained, our minds run only on the bad ones.
GIVE not an ear to the pleasures of this life, they only pail the taste, and render the heart unfit for its duty. Seek induitry for thy pleasure, and virtue for thy greatest comfort; reward the diligent, comfort the distressed, and affift the needy.
THERE may be fome pleasure in flying society ; but there is fometimes a very severe mortification in seeing Society fly from us.
A DESIRE of grandeur and magnificence is often ababsurd in those who can support it, but when it takes hold of those who can scarce furnish themselves with neceffaries, their poverty, instead of demanding our pity; becomes an object of ridicule.
PEOPLE are very apt to compare their present situation with the best that is pait, or with a better of other peoples; whereas quite the contrary would be more politic and geBerally more reasonable.
HAPPY the man who far from public view,
IF by accident a man falls into a rapid river, he endcavours with all his might to save himself; catches at twigs , rushes, loose itones, or the flippery bank; whilst the stream still carries him down, till at length he grasps the firm root of an oak, and by means thereof clambers up the bank and. gets safe on thore. Virtue is this oak. When the ficods of sorrow and afiliation would swallow us up, all our worldly possessions, all our sensual delights, are no better than weak twigs, loose stones, or the flippery banks that baulk our holds, and fail the gripe.
OH! VANITY, how little is thy force acknowledged, or thy operations discerned; how dost thou deceive mankind under different disguises; sometimes thou dost wear the face of pity, sometimes of generosity, nay, thou hast the assurance even to put on those glorious ornaments which belong only to heroic virtue. Thou odious deformed monster, whom priests have railed at, philosophers despised, and poets ridiculed, is there a wretch fo abandoned as to own thee for an acquaintance in publick, yet how few will refuse to enjoy thee in private; nay, thou art the pursuit of molt men through their whole lives..
MEEKNESS and resignation are the two principal duties of a Christian.
THERE is nothing solid, firm, or durable, but virtue.
OF all our vanities, none is more ridiculous than that which arises from dress. The merit which results from it i docs not differ much from that of a gilded ftatue.
IT is generally owned there may be salvation for a virtucus intidel, in the case of invincible ignorance; but none for a vicious believer.
GOOD-NATURE is more agreeable in conversation than wit, and gives a certain air to the countenance which is more amiable than beauty, and makes even folly and impertinence supportable. There is no society or conversation to be kept up in the world without good-nature, or something which muit bear its appearance or supply its place ; for this reason, mankind have been forced to invent à kind of artificial humanity, which is what we express by the word good-breeding; for if we examine thoroughly the idea of what we call fu, we shall find it to be nothing else but an imitation and mimicking of good-nature, or in other terms, affability, complaisance, and easiness of temper, reduced into an art. . Good nature is born with us; health, prosperity, and kind treatment from the world, are great cherishers of it; but nothing is capable of forcing it up where it does not grow of itself: 'tis one of the bleilings of a happy confiitution which education may improve, but not produce.
TP.E mere liberality of the hand does not absolutely denote the generosity of the mind. True generosity does not depend so much upon the gift, as upon the feelings of the giver. Wealth and generosity are by no means incoinpatible, but a man may have a large store of the former in his possession, without a grain of the latter in his compofition: by being liberal we may acquire fame; by being generous we deserve it.
'TIS an old maxim in the schools
IN discouraging hope we throw away one of the greatest? blessings bestowed on men; that blessing which adds-enjoyment to the present good, and administers consolation under the most oppressive misfortunes.
OH! how glorious is the old age of that great man who has spent his time in such contemplations as has made this being what only it fhould be, an education for heaven.
Extract from a Poem called INDEPENDANCE.
ALMIGHTY cause that rul'lt this earth below,
VIRTUE is the universal charm. Even its shadow is courted, when the substance is wanting. The imitation of its form has been reduced into an art; and, in the commerce of life, the firit study of all, who would either gain the · esteem, or win the hearts of others, is to learn the speech, , and to adopt the manners of candour, gentleness, and humanity.