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THOUGHTS on Deatk.
IN Youth, by hope remov'd to diftant days,
Death's shadowy form no glancing eye dismays;
In warring age, the palfied hand of fear,
With all his terrors brings the spectre near;
Then fancy, skilful in the painter's art,
Shapes the grim feature, and projects the dart.
Man! wretched man, whom lengthened woes attend,
Still clings to life, and fears th' approaching end;
Of pain and want tenacious, gasps for breath,
And tir'd and restless, dreads the sleep of death.
By age, and age's wants, and woes, grown wise,
I view thee death, tho' near, with placid eyes.
Thy haft'ning strides let superstition dread,
And vice, too late repenting, hide her head.
With joy the failor, long by tempests toft,
Spreads all his canvas for the rising coait;
With joy the hind, his daily labour done,
Sees the broad Mhadows, and the setting fun;
With joy the slave, worn out with tedious woes,
Beholds the hand that liberty bestows.
So death with joy my feeble voice thall greet,
My hand shall beckon, and my wish fhall meet.

ADVICB to the FAIR Sex.
TO reason, ye fair ones, assert your pretence,
Nor hearken to language beneath common sense.
When angels, men call you, and homage would pay
If you crediс the tale, you're as faulty as they.

Ten thousand gay scenes are presented to view;
Ten thousand oaths sworn, yet none of them true :
Such passions, O heed not, unless to deride,
Left victims you fall to an ill grounded pride.

Prefer ye the dictates of virtue, to found,
True blesings can ne'er without goodness be found;
Leave folly and fashions, misguiders of youth,
And stick to their opposites, Virtue and Truth.
Von 11.



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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.


ARRESTED in her mid career,

See where a hapless Plover falls.
Her tortur’d sides, in pangs severe,

Confess the quick, impurpled balls.

How oft with quiv'ring wing she tries

To gain, once more, her lofty course;
But ah! its help the wing denies,

And down the drops, her last resource.
The sportsman views his bleeding prey,

Exulting, lifts her from the ground;
While dark’ning shades involve her day,

And death her struggles doth confound.

She who before, perhaps, had been

The happieit of the brumal throng,
Here meets her fate, quite unforeseen,

Nor can her shorten'd life prolong.

Ah! would but youth the hint pursue,

Of life they'd not be too secure; •
They'd keep their latter end in view,

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.


66. Give

* Give me neither Riches nor Poverty."

O THOU, whose dietates rule this penfile ball,
Who didft privation into being call ;
With bounteous grace thy servant's pray'r allow;
Attend propitious to my humble vow ;
Some comfort give, that in the bounded space,
Of human life, may cheer its fleeting race !
Permit, great God, my happy mean to lie
Far from indecent want, and penury.
Reftrain my open hands and ready tongue,
From impious murmurs, and injurious wrong;
Keep me remote from riches and their train
Of empty pleasures, infolent and vain ;
Leit my full foul amid her flowing store,
Forget at once her Maker, and the poor.
Or Left the fire of youth, when I rejoice
In wealth and grandeur, silence virtue's voice ;
Impose on reason by a poor pretence;
Make vice for wit, and folly pass for sense ;
Unthinking whence that wit and reason flow'd.
Can man reflect, and then forget his God?
As thy wise bounty has dispos'd my fate,
Above the vulgar, and below the great ;
To future years proportion'd blessings grant,
Remov'd alike from luxury and want :
That peaceful wishes, and desires suppress'd
By thy eternal laws


So fall the series of my future days
Attend thy service, and proclaim thy praise.

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.


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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."


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