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THE swelling dome of courtly magnificence undergoes many a torm, which the humility of the villager's situation keeps from breaking on his little shed.
No charm in thy modeft allurements they find,
O! would you Simplicity's precepts attend,
The linnet enchants us the bushes among,
Our water is drawn from the clearest of springs,
From our culture yon garden its ornament finds,
Since such are the joys that Simplicity yields,
may well be content with our woods and our fields : How useless to us then, ye great, were your
wealth, When without it we purchaie both pleasure and health!
SENSIBILITY, with all its inconveniencies, is to be cherished by those who understand and with to inantain the dignity of their nature. To feel for others, disposes us to exercise the amiable virtue of charity, which our religion indispensably requires. It constitutes the enlarged benevolence which philosophy inculcates, and which is indeed comprehended in Christian charity. It is the privilege and the ornament of man; and the pain which it causes is abundantly recompensed by that sweet sensation which ever accompanies the exercise of beneficence.
TO feel our own misery with full force is not to be deprecated. Affliction foftens, and improves the heart. Tears, to speak in the ityle of figure, fertilize the foil in which the virtues grow. And it is the remark of one who understood human nature, that the faculties of the mind, as well as the feelings of the heart, are meliorated by adverfity.
Verses by WILLIAM MASON, In memory of his Wife who died at the Hot-Wells, 1767. TAKE, holy earth, all that my soul holds dear,
Take that beit gift which heav'n so lately gave : "To Bristol's fount I bore, with trembling care,
Her faded form : the bow'd to taste the wave,
Does fympathetick fear their breasts alarm ?
Ev’n from the grave, thou shalt have pow'r to charm. Bid them be chaste, be innocent, like thee;
Bid them in duty's sphere as meekly move; And, if so fair, from vanity as free,
As firm in friendihip, and as fond in love; Tell them, tho'tis an awful thing to die,
('Twas er’n to thee) yet the dread path once trod, Heaven lifts its everlasting portals high,
And bids “the pure in heart behold their God.”
THERE is no greater initance of good senfe and found judgment, than to be capable of receiving advice.
HOW beautiful's the setting fun!
We can behold its charms;
It dazzles whilft it warms.
CUSTOM and example create wants for the wealthy which the poor are ignorant of.
BEAUTIFUL women, fays Bacon, are seldom possessed of any great accomplishments, because they, for the most part, ftudy behaviour rather than virtue.
The CHARACTER of an AMIABLE WOMAN. THAT which pleases in her, is her filence, her modefty, her love of retirement, her assiduous labour, her industry; her application to manage all her father's house ever since her mother's death; her contempt of vain dresses and ornaments; the forgetfulness or ignorance which appears in her of her beauty. She is mild, simple-hearted, discreet; her hands despise not labour; the forefees from afar; she provides for every thing; she acts consequentially, sweetly, and without violence; she is always employed; she is never in disorder, or at all embarrassed, because she doth every thing properly, and seasonably; the good order of her house is her glory; fhe is with it more adorned, than with her beauty; though she have the care of all, and though it be her place to correct, to refuse, and to spare, (three things which make all women so to be hated) yet is fhe hereby rendered rather the more amiable to all the family; which is, because there is not found in her either passion, or opinionativeness, or levity, or humoursomness, as in other women; with a look only she makes herself to be understood, and they are afraid of difpleafing her; she gives exact orders; the commands nothing but what can be executed ;
she reproves with kindness, and in reproving also at the same time encourages. She is a treasure worthy to be sought for in the remotest ends of the earth; her mind, more than her body, is ever set off with vain ornaments; her imagination, though lively, is bridled by her discretion; the speaks not, but from necessity; and if the open her mouth, the most sweet persuasions, and native graces, distil from her lips: so soon as ever she speaks, every one is presently silent, and the blushes at it; she is hardly prevailed with not to suppress what she had a mind to utter, when she perceives they hear her so attentively. And to crown all, the love and fear of God is the source from whence all these virtues flow.
IF the principles of the Christian Religion were well rooted in the hearts of all mankind, what excellent fruit would they produce !-There would be no more wars, nor rumours of wars. Kingdom would not rise against kingdom, nor nation againit nation; but all princes would be at peace with their neighbours, and their subjects at unity amongst themselves, striving about nothing but which should . serve God best, and do most good in the world.
NOTHING spoils human nature more than false zeal. The good nature of a heathen is more god-like than the furious zeal of a Chriftian.
REPUTATION is a very tender blossom, which the least breath of foul detraction will sometimes blast.
A WISE and good man will turn examples of all sorts to his own advantage. The good he will make his patterns, and strive to equal or excel them; the bad he will by all means avoid.
WEAK understandings may be content to appear happy, but good ones endeavour to be really so.
AN industrious and virtuous education of children is a better inheritance for them than a great estate.
HOW inconsiderable is vice on its first appearance in the human mind, and how easily suppressed; how subtle, and how rapid in its progress, and how insurmountable in its excefs-A fpark,-a fire,-a confiagration.--Yet how little pains do those who have the care of us in early life; or we, when we have the guidance of ourselves, exert to prevent, or to smother it.
A Letter from JAMES EARL of MARLBOROUGH,
a little before his Death, in the Battle at Sea, on the Coast of Holland, &c. Sir Hugh Pollarla
“I believe the goodness of your nature, and the friendship you have always borne me, will receive with kindness the laft office of your friend. I am in health enough of body, and through the mercy of God in Jesus Christ, well disposed in mind. This I premise, that you may be satisfied, that what I write proceeds not from any fantastic terror of mind, but from a sober resolution of what concerns myself, and earnest defire to do you more good after my death, than mine example (God of his mercy pardon the badness of it!) in my life-time may do you harm. I will not speak aught of the vanity of this world; your own age and experience will fave that labour : but there is a certain thing that goeth up and down in the world, called Religion, dressed, and pretended fantastically, and to purposes bad enough, which yet, by such evil dealing, lofeth not its being. The great good God hath not left it without a witness, more or less, sooner or later, in every man's bosom, to direct us in the pursuit of it, and for the avoiding of those inextricable disquisitions and entanglements with which our vn frail reason would perplex us. God, in his infinite mercy, hath given us his holy word, in which, as there are many things hard to be understood, so there is enough plain and easy, to quiet our minds, and to direct us concerning our future being. I confefs to God and you, I have been a great neglecter, and, I fear, despiser of it; God, of his intinite mercy, pardon me the dreadful fault!--But, when I retired myself from the noise and deceitful vanity of the world, I found no true comfort in any other resolution, than VOL, I.