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WHEN Xenophanes was called timorous because he would not venture his money in a game at dice, “ I con“ feís,” faid he, “. I am exceeding timorous; for I dare “ not do an ill thing."
NOTHING can be more ridiculous than to see a person bending under the weight of years, mimicking the sprightly airs of youth,
To the Deity.
But not for golden stores;
On the rich eaitern fhores.
Nor that deluding empty joy,
Men call a mighty name;
My restless thoughts inflame.
Nor pleasure's soft enticing charms.
My fond desires allure :
My wishes would secure.
Those blissful, those transporting siniles,
That brighten heav'n above,
And treasures of thy love.
These are the mighty things I crave;
Oh make these bleflings mine;
WHATEVER religion has no effe&tual influence upon the conftant course of mens lives and actions, to establish virtue, righteousness, and charity, in their whole behaviour, is a religion for which men are certainly none the better, and may very poffibly be much the worse,
IT is observable that God has often called inèn to places of dignity and honour, when they have been busy in the honest employment of their vocation. Saul was seeking his father's asses, and David keeping his father's sheep, when called to the kingdom. 'The Shepherds were feeding their flocks. when they had their glorious revelation. God called the four Apostles from their fithery, and Matthew from the receipt of custom; Amos from among the herdsmen of Tekoah, Mofes from keeping Jethro's sheep, and Gidcon from the threshing floor, &c. God never encourages idlenefs; and despises not perfons in the meaneft employments.
WHOSOEVER thinks himself wise enough, or virtuous enough, is in a fair way never to be either. He that engages in those difficult paths, must keep in perpetual motion ; there is no stopping without losing ground. He must consider, that if his undertaking be glorious, it is also laborious; that he has a strong tide to steni; which, if he does not keep resolutely advancing, will inevitably bear him down the streain.
THERE is perhaps no virtue more necessary in society, or amiable in the fight of heaven, than a dutiful and affectionate attention from children to the wants and infirmities of aged and helpless parents. This is a duty which the laws of God, of nature, and gratitude, indispensibly require of them; it is indeed but paying a debt they justly owe: and where any are so loft to a proper sense of filial obligations and true goodness, as to perform it wiih negli gence and reluctance, they cannot expect the esteer of worthy people in this world, or have any realonable ground to hope for happiness hereafter.
ANOTHER duty of a similar nature, is that condescending respectful behaviour due from young persons of both sexes to their teachers; and though it be not cqualiy obligatory with the above, yet a voluntary oblervance of it, is not only highly pleasing to those who have the care and trouble of their education, but is ever graceful in jouw, and reflects lasing credit on all in the practice of it.
VIRTUE indeed alone is happiness; this is the true portion of man: all other things, such as riches, grandeur, and the like, are as it were, foreign commodities, which, though the poffefion of them may afford pleasure, yet they are not absolutely necessary to life, and man may do without them.
If we have an ambition of pleasing, we should flick close to nature; whatever is fictitious and affected is always insipid and distasteful.
IT is not wough to be honest only so long as a man may be honest without disadvantage ; but he ought to be so at. the peril of all he is worth: nor is it sufficient to be honest only so long as a man may be honeit with safety, but he ought to preserve his integrity at the expense of his life.
THE best way to keep out wicked thoughts, is always to be employed in good ones. Let your thoughts be where your happiness is, and let your heart be where your thoughts are ; for though your habitation is on earth, your conversation will be in heaven.
HE who knows not how to enjoy himself when alone, can never be long happy abroad. To his vacant mind, company may afford a temporary relief, but when forced to return to himself, he will be so much the more oppressed. and languid.
IDLENESS has been universally reprobated by all the world. It is å maxim in the Chinese government, says Blackstone, “ That if there be a man who does not work,
or a woman that is idle, in the Empire, some individual “ must suffer cold or hunger.”
- SIMPLICITY is the natural expression of a good heart, and one of the last touches of a finiihed character.
RICHES may be waited, honours loft; but virtue is immortal.
ON lofty battlements and tow'rs,
PEOPLE easily make false estimates of their own importance. Those whom their virtue restrains from de. ceiving others, are often disposed by their vanity to deceive theinfelves.
AH, gentle Sleep, though on thy form impress'd,
Death's truest, strongeit, liseaments appear, To share my couch, thy presence I requeit,
And footh my senses with repose fincere.
Come wish'd-for reft; then all my cares relieve,
For at thy kind approach, all cares recire: Thus, without life, how sweet it is to live!
Thus, without death, how pleasing to expire!
WHATEVER appears most amiable, lovely, or interesting in nature, art, manners, or life, originates in fimplicity. What is correctneis in taite, purity in morals, truth in science, giace in beauty, but fimplicity ? - It is the garb of innocence. It adorned the first ages; and itill adorns the infant state of humanity.
WHAT can be more amiable, and exemplary, in the mistress of a family, than to see her wisely and readily fupplying all the wants of those who depend on her ailiitance; diicharging, with steadiness and equity, her several domeitic claims ; diffusing, by every word ihe fpeaks, and cvery thing the does, a spirit of moderation and decency in all around her; and through all her conduct, and on all occafions, giving practical lectures, and affording proofs of frugality, without parfimony; and generosity without extravagance?
IF misery be the effect of virtue, it ought to be reverenced; if of ill fortune, to be pitied; and if of vice, not to be insulted, because it is perhaps itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced. The humanity of that man can deserve no panegyric, who is capable of reproaching a criminal in the hands of the executioner.
IT is more praise-worthy. to leave an inheritar.ce of honours to one's descendants, than to receive them from one's ancestors.
IT is a great and important truth, that a single moment of internal fatisfaction is preferable to the immortal fame
of future ages.
VERSES on a COTTAGE,
STAY Passenger, and tho' within
To captivate the eye;
What gold can never buy.
For in this plain commodious cell,
Parents of bliss sincere :
And fix'd her manfion here.