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MEER external beauty is of little eftimation,mand deformity, when affociated with amiable difpofitions and useful qualities, does not preclude our respect and approbation.
PHILIP the III. king of Spain, seriously reflecting upon the life he had led in the world, cried out upon his death bed, “ Ah! how happy were I, had. I spent these “ twenty-three years that I have held my kingdom, in “ retirement. My concern is for my soul, not my body."
IT is very proper to leave the world before we are removed out of it, that'we may know how to live without it, that we may not carry any hankerings after this world with us into the next; and therefore it is fitting, that there should be a kind of middle Itate between this world and the next; that is, that we thould withdraw, and wean ourselves from it, even while we are in it.. PSALM 148-PARAPHRASED.
And praile th' Almighty's name :
Ye scenes divinely fair !
His boundless mercy fing;
The mighty chorus aid !
And praise him in the fhade.
Who call'd yon worlds from night,
And nature sprung to light.
United praise bestow :
Ye swelling deeps below !:
To Him who bade you roll!
And breathe it to the soul !
Your great Creator own;
And trembled at his frown.
In mutual concourse rise !:
In incense to the kies.
Harmonious anthems raise,
In heav'nly praise employ;
Fall proftrate at his throne !.
With youth's enlivening fire !
HEALTH is not to be obtained by possessions, nor happiness procured by wealth, for the most affluent may be, and often are, the most miserable and afflicted in mind, body, or estate ; life cannot be lengthened by abundance, nor heaven purchased with fordid gain.
A GENEROUS person compassionates the lot of those who are neceffitated to toil for his benefit or gratification. He lightens their burthens; treats thein with kindness and affection; studies to promote their interest and happiness; and as much a poslible conceals from them their servitude and his fuperiority. The distinctions of rank and fortune he regards as accidental; and though the circumstances of lite require that there thould be “ hewers " of wood, and drawers of water,” yet he forgets not that mankind are by nature equal; all being the offspring of God, the subjects of his moral government, and joint heirs of immortality. A conduct, directed by such principles, gives a matter claims which no money can purchase, no labour can repay. His affection can only be compenfated by love ; his kindness, by gratitude ; and his cordiality, by the service of the heart,
THOSE best consult their own happiness, as well as the good of society, who study to be quiet, and to attend to their own proper business.
CHARLES the V. Emperor of Germany, after three and cwenty pitched battles, fix triumphs, four kingdoms conquered, and eight principalities added to his dominions, resigned up all his pomp, and betook himself to retirement; leaving this testimony behind him, concerning the life he had spent in the honours and pleasures of the world ; that the lincere ftudy, profefsion, and practice of the Christian religion, had in it iuch joy and sweetness as courts were strangers to.
And gave to wintry storms the varied year,
To southern climes prepar'd their course to steer, On Damon's roof a grave assembly fate;
His roof a refuge to the feather'd kind; With serious look he mark'd the nice debate,
And to his Delia thus address'd his mind. Observe yon twitt'ring lock, my gentle maid,
Observe and read the wond'rous ways of heav'n! With us thro' summer's genial reign they stay’d,
And food, and lodging, to their wants were giv’n. But now, thro' facred prescience, well they know
The near approach of elemental ftrife; The bluft'ring tempeft, and the chilling snow,
With ev'ry want, and scourge of tender life! Thus taught, they meditate a specdy flight;
For this, ev'n now they prune their vig'rous wing; For this, consult, advise, prepare, excite,
And prove their strength in many an airy ring. No forrow loads their breast, or swells their eye,
To quit their friendly haunts, or native home, Nor fear they, launching on the boundless sky,
In search of future settlements to roam, They feel a pow'r, an impulse all divine !
That warns them hence; they feel it and obey; To this direction all their cares resign,
Unknown their deftin'd stage, unmark'd their way. Well fare your flight! ye mild domestic race!
Oh! for your wings to travel with the fun! Health brace your nerves, and zephyrs aid your pace,
Till your long voyage happily be done!
To.morrow on my roof your guests no more !