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The Fox and BRAMBLE. A FOX closely pursued, thought it prudent and meet To a bramble for refuge, all in haste to retreat; He enter'd the covert, but entering he found, That briars and thorns did on all sides abound, And that though he was fafe, yet he never could stir, But his sides they would wound, or would tear off his fur. He shrugg'd up his houlders, but would not complain, To repine at sinall evils (quoth Reynard) is vair: That no bliss is perfect, I very well know, But from the same source, good and evil both flow : And full sorely my skin, tho' these briars may rend, Yet they keep off the dogs, and my life will defend. For the sake of the good then, let evil be borne, For each sweet has its bitter, each bramble its thorn.
Ye candidates for earth's best prize,
If e'er, in evil hour betray'd,
in the darkeit ikies,
Some sudden gust, nor rare the case,
WE find, that the best scholars are the least oftentatious, It will ever be so, where erudition is accompanied with judgment, and matured by reflection. Take care to preserve sober sense, and unassuming manners; far from giving disgust, by literary attainments, to any person whose regard is of moment, you will give pleasure to every thinking man and woman of your acquaintance.
WHEN in conversation you claim no kind of pre-eminence, but instead of pretending to teach, are willing to learn ; instead of courting applause, are ready to confer it; instead of proudly directing, are content quietly to follow the current of discourse; every body will be delighted with your deportment; will liften with attention, and even defe. rence, to one who has thus learnt, that the noblest improve. ment of superior knowledge is superior humility.
WHEN we are to talk upon matters of importance, false delicacy must give way to truth, and ceremony be sacrificed to candour. An honest freedom is the privilege of ingenuity; and the mind which is above the practice of deceit, can never stoop to flattery.
IT is easy for the imagination, operating on things not yet existing, to please itself with scenes of unmingled felicity, or plan out courses of uniform virtue: but good and evil are in real life inseparably united; habits grow stronger by indulgence; and reason loses her dignity, in proportion as she has oftner yielded to temptation : « He that cannot “ live well to-day, (says Martial) will be less qualified to “ live well to-morrow.”
Of all charities, that of employing the poor is the most charitable. It is in a manner to double the obligation by lessening it, it being more grateful to any man to put him
in a capacity of relieving himself, than to make him a pensioner to others, and it is turning a bounty into a reward.
SUCH are the vicissitudes of the world, through all its parts, that day and night, labour and rest, hurry and retirement, endear each other; such are the changes that keep the mind in action; we desire, we pursue, we obtain, we are satisfied, we desire something else, and begin a new pursuit.
OUR fouls muft first fuffer, and relent in the furnace of affliction, beneficently appointed for us by our Maker, before they can be purified from their sensual defires, and mistaken notions of happiness: and hence it becomes intelligible to our reason, that through much trouble we are to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
WEALTH is nothing in itself, it is not useful but when it departs from us ; its value is found only in that which it can purchase, which, if we suppose it put to its best uses by those that poffefs it, seems not much to deserve the desire or envy of a wise man. It is certain, that, with regard to corporeal enjoyment, money can neither open new avenues to pleasure, nor block up the passages to anguilh. Disease and infirmity still continue to torture and enfeeble, perhaps exasperated by luxury, or promoted by softness, With respect to the mind, it has rarely been observed that wealth contributes much to quicken the discernment, enlarge the capacity, or elevate the imagination; but may, by hiring flattery, or laying diligence asleep, confirm error, and harden stupidity.
THE scenes of trouble, which afflict the great,
"TIS an agreeable representation, which a French writer gives of the situation of his own mind. • I love Virtue, « (says he) without austerity; pleasure without effeminacy; “ and life without fearing its end.” VOL. II.
WEALTH cannot confer greatness; for nothing can make that great, which the decree of nature has ordained to be little The bramble may be placed in a hot-bed, but can never become an oak.
IN adverse fortune, moderation does not only preserve us from contempt, but assists us frequently in finding remedies for our greatest misfortunes.