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Behold! with green no meads are clad,
WEALTH, employed in the service of merely temporal indulgencies, gives no pleasure in the retrospect, and can procure no favour from the juft Judge of actions.
A TRUE friend anbofoms freely, advises juftly, affifts readily, adventures boldly, takes all patiently, defends courageously, and continues a friend unchangeably.
IN every ruffling Atorm without, poffefs your fpirit in patience, and let all be calm and serene within. Clouds and tempefts are only found in the lower lies ; the heavens above are ever bright and clear. Let your heart and hope dwell. much in these serene regions ; live as a stranger here on earth, but as a citizen of heaven, if you will maintain a soul at ease.
SCEPTICISM and credulity are equally unfavourable to the acquisition of knowledge. The latter anticipates,' '
and the former precludes all inquiry. One leaves the mind satisfied with error, the other with ignorance.
HOW vain are the designs of man!-unmindful of this transitory state, he lays plans of permanent felicity. He sees the purpose of his heart ready to prosper, the air-drawn building rises, he watches it with a beating heart, it touches the very point at which he aimed, the very summit of imagined perfection, when an unforeseen storm arises, and the smiling deceitful structure of hope is dalhed in one moment to the ground.
BEING common place is perhaps generally less a proof of a thing's being too obvious and trivial, 'than of its being Atriking and important; for how striking must that observation be which every body makes ? and at the same time how necessary is it still to inculcate the lesson contained in it, which has never yet been carried into practice.
IT is as possible to become pedantic by fear of pedantry, as to be troublesome by ill-timed civility.
IT is a false ambition which leads men to aim at excellencies, however valuable in themselves, that are inconsistent with their station, character, or profession ; or which in the acquisition must interfere with other pursuits of more importance.
SENSUALITY is a vice which contaminates the body, depresses the understanding, deadens the moral feelings of the heart, and degrades the human species from the exalted rank which they hold in the creation.
KNOWLEDGE is intrinsically valuable, as it elevates the mind, and qualifies us for higher degrees of felicity, both in the present, and in a future life. But with respect to others, it affords no claim of diftinction, unless it be applied to their emolument,
REFLECTIONS on the Death of J. W.
By a FEMALE.
SINCE all thy ways, o Providence, are blest,
And all thy dispensations speak chy pow'r, Come, Refignation, forrow-foothing' guest,
To calm th' emotions of this painful hour. But can I e'er forget the mournful day?
Oh, much-lov'd youth, thy parents fond delight! When thy remains, consign'd to kindred clay,
Fillid the dark grave to moulder thro’ its night. Oh may the awful thought turn ev'ry mind
From vanity to seek the paths of truth; While such example with such virtues join'd.
Endear the memory of thy blooming youth. Had God been pleas'd to grant a longer day,
Till ripen'd manhood had each promise crown'd, How might temptations have perplex'd thy way,
In paths where only fin and sorrow's found.
From short probations to be known no more,
Where angels reverence, and where saints adore. How firm the union of congenial souls,
Which time nor distance Toon can separate ; For still soft fympathy its tenor holds, Tho' death hath clos'd the period of thy date. :
If e'er my heart, to vain pursuits inclin'd,
Should prompt in pleasure's dang'rous walks to itray, Thy happier conduct let me call to mind, And learn from thee to choose a better
way. For the great end t'instruct and humble man,
Perhaps are forrows oft in mercy sent; And if this fruit's produc'd, 'tis not in vain
Our bleeding hearts thy early loss lament, Tho' verse like mine can no eulogiums give,
By which fome bards have ris'n to lasting fame; Yet inay this artless humble tribute live
A juft memorial, which thy virtues claim.
See that poor
AS the one pursuit of us all is happiness, by whatever different tracts we follow the chace, surely it might be well worth our labour to consult a little for the improvement of that heart felt fatisfaction, which arises from the exercise of humanity and benevolence. creature, just expiring in the itreets for hunger ;-go into that cottage,- the husband is lately dead; the miserable widow, stunned with the clamours of her little hungry orphans, fits weeping on the ground, in the bitterness of distress! What an exalted joy would it be to feed those hungry; to wipe the tears away from those weeping eyes, tu gladden the mifery of this defolate family?
IN order to keep out evil thoughts, always be employed in good ones. It is a true and pertinent observation, - Let the devil catch a man idle, and he will assuredly «c set him to work.' From hence learn the benefits of employment, and the advantages of society, business, and meditation.
LET the creature lead you to the Creator, the stream direct you to the fountain, and God be discerned in all. Let gratitude, for the mercies you enjoy, inspire you with devotion, and fill your heart with thankfulness and praise.
THE MISÉR. He would fain keep his riches to himself, without setting others partake of the blessings he enjoys ; every filling he parts with, though for common necessaries, pierces his very heart, and seems to wound the inmoft recesses of his soul.-Deluded mortal! for whom art thou laying up these golden treasures, and starving thyself in the midst of plenty? In a little time, death will summon thee to the bar of the Almighty; whose then will all thy riches best
Answer to a Person who advised RETIREMENT,
. To that fole Being, merciful and juft. POWER, abftractedly considered, is of little estimation; and may either dignify or degrade the possessor.If you wish to derive honour from it, be careful to render it subservient to the happiness of all around you; and. enjoy with gratitude, not with affected superiority, the exalted privilege of doing good..
THE rewards of virtue, and the punishments of vice; have generally their commencement here; but we look to the world that is to come, for their completion.
PAIN is often subservient to pleasure, and the evils which we undergo, for the most part, contribute to our improvement and perfection.