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THOUGHTS on Deatk.
ADVICB to the FAIR Sex.
Ten thousand gay scenes are presented to view;
Prefer ye the dictates of virtue, to found,
IN doing benevolent things, there is, both as to the time and the manner, a propriety which gives value éven to the least. The manner, in particular, has a marvellous effect. A charitable action, gracefully done, is twice done. Γο some people one would be willing to owe almost every thing, fo handsomely do they confer kindness; while from others a favour for the opposite reason is a load,
IT is not he who pofleffes, but he who enjoys, his fortune, that can be called the real proprietor of it: the former is only the steward to pofterity, the latter the right heir.
WERE it as fashionable to adorn the heart, as it is in the present age to disfigure the head, imitation then would be laudable :--but to comply with fashion at the expense of our understanding, and render ourselves ridiculous in compliment to others, is neither laudable nor juít.
THE humble tribute of obedience, from a sincere heart, is more acceptable to the Sovereign Lord of the Universe, than the most pompous display of ceremonious worthip. The mental aspirations of an humble heart are as intelligible to the facred ear, as the loudest exclamations of vocal prayer.
WHEN thou discoverest any faults in others, make the righ ne of usum; which is to correct and amend the like failures in thyself.
THE benefits in social life, which arise from a cultiva. tion of friendship, can only be conceived by those who delight in acis of generosity and benevolence.
TEMPERANCE has those particular advantages above all other means of preserving health, that it may be practised by all ranks and conditions at any season, or in any place: it is a kind of regimen which every man may obferve without interruption to business, expense of money, or loss of time.
A THINKING man, is doubtlefs very much embarrassed in a crowd; because a multitude and a noife are great enemies to reflection : but such a man will, perhaps derive, from the enjoyment of his thinking powers, double fatisfaction when he gets out of it.
REFLECTIONS on a DYING PLOVER.
ARRESTED in her mid career,
See where a hapless Plover falls.
Confess the quick, impurpled balls.
How oft with quiv'ring wing she tries
To gain, once more, her lofty course;
And down the drops, her last resource.
Exulting, lifts her from the ground;
And death her struggles doth confound.
She who before, perhaps, had been
The happieit of the brumal throng,
Nor can her shorten'd life prolong.
Ah! would but youth the hint pursue,
Of life they'd not be too secure; •
And calmly wait their final hour.
HOW guarded should we be when we speak to the unhappy, whose sorrow and dejection are apt to dispose the heart to interpret into an unkind and bitter sense every expression that does not breathe the greatelt gentleness and affection.
* Give me neither Riches nor Poverty."
The PRAYER of AGAR.
THAT person will best command when fortune calls, who knows how to obey when duty binds.
THE finest beauty, like a fresh tulip, foon withers and fades away ; kingdoms have their times of exaltation; empires their ages of glory; and commonwealths those days in which all their grandeur shall terminate.
NO man in his wits would purchase an estate for his child at the expense of his life; why then will he do it at the price of his soul ?--One must have faint ideas of future rewards and punishments thus to misplace his judgment and esteem!
WHEREIN consists the Submission of a Christian?. In a firm persuasion of mind, that nothing happens to us, but by the will and permission of God - that he loves us better than we do ourselves and that therefore, we should acquiesce in all events, how much soever they may thwart those schemes of happiness and enjoyment which we have framed to ourselves.
WHEREIN consists our entire Dependance upon God?"
In expecting, in all our dangers, temporal and spiritual, by a serious and diligent discharge of our own duty, relief from his almighty power, which is able to help us; and; · from his iníinite goodness, which has promised to affiít us : and therefore not to disquiet ourselves with the apprehenfions of dangers and calamities that may never happen, or. if they do, may be over-ruled to our advantage.
WHEREIN consists the Contempt of the World ?: In looking on all worldly enjoyments as little and inconsiderable, meer empty nothings, in comparison of that happiness which God hath prepared for those that love him. In being content with that portion of the good things of this life, which he in mercy hath allotted for its support. and accommodation.
IN all evils which admit a remedy, impatience is to be avoided, because it waltes that time and attention in complaints, that if properly applied might remove the cause.
THE Arabians say, that “ the wise man's foul reposes at the root of his tongue, but the fool's is ever dancing on the tip."