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HABITUAL acts of kindness hävé a powerful effect in softening the heart.

THANKFUL that a heavenly conductor vouchsafes his aid, let us earnestly pray, that from him may descend divine light to guide our steps, and divine strength to fortify our minds. Let us pray, that his grace may keep us from all intemperate paflions, and miftaken pursuits of pleasure, that whether it shall be his will to give or to deny us earthly prosperity, he may bless us with a calm, a sound and well regulated mind; may give us moderation in fuccefs, and fortitude under disappointment; and may enable us so to take warning from the crimes and miseries of others, as to escape the snares of guilt,

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The Frame and Temper of Mind of a true CHRISTIAN.

1 Theff. Chap: v. Ver. 16, 17, 18.

REJOICE evermore.
Pray without ceasing,

In every thing give thanks. Which expresions in their full force imply a disposition always cheerful, grateful, and resigned, having a continual fense of the mercies which we enjoy-our dependance upon God, and his unmerited favours ; a disposition always rejoicing at the prosperity of its fellow-creatures, pofsefling that universal charity which is the life and effence of religion ; looking up to the Supreme Being in every step of our conduct, having God at all times in our thoughts, words, and actions, resolving to do nothing but what is agreeable to his will, to fear nothing beyond or besides his displeasure: when we lie down, recommending ourselves to his care, when we rise up, imploring his protection (besides - which there is nothing that we can pray for as we ought) in the beautiful expreffions of the royal psalmiit, “remembering God in'our bed, and thinking on him when we are waking.” In a word, it is that frame and temper of mind which is always supplicant, humble, grateful, and resigned,


reposing our whole trust and confidence in the wisdom, justice, and mercy, of the divine Providence, whatever we do, doing all to the praise and glory of God. .

GIVE not an ear to the pleasures of this life; they only pall the taste, and render the heart unfit for duty. Seek industry for thy pleasure, and virtue for thy greatest comfort; reward the diligent, comfort the distressed, and aslift the needy.

THERE may be some pleasure in flying society, but there is sometimes a very severe mortification in seeing society fly from us.

A DESIRE of grandeur and magnificence is often ab. surd in those who can support it, but when it takes hold of those who can scarce furnish themselves with necessaries, their poverty instead of demanding our pity, becomes an object of ridicule.

SENSIBILITY is the cause either of the greatest happiness or misery attending the female fex; but too frequently it leads to the latter ; yet if virtue is their guide, it gives them gleams of the former, by a hopeful assurance of eternal felicity.

DISHONEST minds, just like the jaundic'd fight, See honest deeds in a dishonest light; Thro' clouds of guilt, the innocent they view, And ftain each virtue with fome vicious hue. The just and good look with a different eye; By generous hearts they generous actions try : Govern'd by honour, honour they revere, And think each virtue like their own sincere.

IF thou defireft not to be poor, desire not to be rich; he is rich, not that possesseth much, but that covets no more. The contented inind wants nothing that it hath not; whereas the covetous wants not only that which it hath not, but what it hath also.

AFFLICTIONS AFFLICTIONS are hard meat, but patience is a good digefter.

BE not attached to any preconceived notions, however positive you may have been hitherto of their truth, as to be · backward to part with them on better evidence, even though the discovery of your errors should deprive you of some pleasing delusion, and oblige you to the practice of something naturally ungrateful.

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CHRIST was born in an inn, which may teach man to make the world but a thoroughfare, where if he takes his rest, yet he must not set up his reit.

O! COME, sweet Hope, and lull my soul to rest,
For ever dwell within my tranquil breast :
Teach me to limit all my fond desires,
And only with what nature still requires.
Without thy aid my down-cast longing soul,
Would hardly reach in thought the distant goal;
By thee inflam'd it mounts the lofty skies,
And flies impatient of th' immortal prize.

Part of a Hymn to the Deity.
BUT should adversity, with frown severe
Dash the bright cup of pleasure from my hand,
Whilst every summer friend, with eager hafte,
Flies from her wintry blast-when left alone,
Unpitied, and neglected, when the bloom
Of youth fhall fade, and age, with trembling steps,
Shall spread his hoary honours o'er my head,
And every day a gloomier scene unfold;
Oh! then, be thou my guardian and my friend,
Nor let me sink beneath the weighty stroke,
(For wiseft purpose, though unknown to me)
But say, with heart resign'd, “ Thy will be done."

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IF our desires increase with our riches, is not a man by so much the more miserable, the more he poffeffes ?. Vol. II.


IN prosperity and in adversity, religion is the safest guide of human life. Conducted by its light, we reap the pleasures, and at the same time escape the dangers, of a pror

Sheltered under its protection, we stand the shock of adversity with most intrepidity, and suffer least from the violence of the storm.

perous state.

STILL tost tempestuous on the sea of life,

My little bark is driving to and fro,
With winds and waves I hold unequal strife,
Nor can decide the doubtful courfe [

Contending passions are the storms that risë,

And error's darkness clouds the mental ray,
The lamp of reason seldom gilds the skies,

With lustre equal to direct my way.
But there's an hour when all these storms Tall cease,

The darkness fly, and rising scenes appear,
My bark be shelter'd in the port of peace,

And ride eternal at an anchor there,

IT is folly in youth to place too strong a reliance on long life; it is weakness in age to be over folicitous about it. In the former case, the expectation is indulged with uncertainty; in the latter, the desire is attended by anxiety, because the chances of probability are intirely against it. All that we are sure of in this life is, that we mult quit it, we know not when; and all that it most behoves us to do, is to be prepared for that call, to which wisdom and virtue constantly admonish us. It little matters how long we live in this world, but it greatly does in what manner we live in it.

THE brightest scenes of worldly prosperity and gran. deur are contemptible, when they do not accord with virtue and picty. Death in a few years, blends the prince and the meanest subject, the conqueror and the slave, the statesman, the warrior, and the most insignificant, in one promiscuous ruin; and the schemes, the competitions, and the interests, which have engaged the chief attention of the world, are brought to nothing, and appear, too often, ridiculous: but righteousness is unchangeably glorious, and in the universal ruin receives no detriment: when all human power and policy will be extinct, concealed piety, and perfecuted virtue will again appear, and be owned as his by the Lord of Hoits in that day when he maketh up his jewels. I will love thee, therefore, O Lord, my strength; yea, I will love thee: and it ever thall be my heart's defire, that my soul may behold by faith in itself, as in a glass, the glory of the Lord, able and ready to change it into the fame image from glory to glory, reflected upon, and conveyed to it by the Spirit of the Lord. May ny portion here be this blessed transforming union, that I may be made partaker of the divine nature, by impressions from it. Thall then have all I wish, and all I want,


With a fectled indifference I shall then look upon the highest advantages of this world.

I hall have nothing to hope or to fear. The will of God will be to me unmixed felicity.

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TOO rarely seen is that gratitude which looks backward, and generoully subfiits on favours paft, without fresh claims and aliment; how much more common is that which nuft be kept up by daily benefits, and when bereft of such food, expires ?

THERE are many creatures in the creation of whose nature and usefulnefs we are ignorant, which might possibly be made for the sake of contemplation to carry us forth into admiration of the great Creator.

CHARITY and fine-drelling are things very different, but if men give alms for the same reasons that others dress fine, only to be seen and admired, charity is then but like the vanity of fine cloaths.

HE that believes that every thing happens to him for the best, cannot possibly complain for want of something that is better.

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