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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.

I.
BEGIN, my foul, th' exalted lay,
Let each enraptur'd thought obey,

And praile th' Almighty's name :
Lo! heavin and earth, and feas and skiesy.
In one melodious concert rise
To fwell th’ inspiring theme ! ,

IL.
Ye fields of light, celestial plains,
Where gay transporting beauty reigns,

Ye scenes divinely fair !
Your Maker's wond'rous power proclaims.
Tell how he form’d your shining frame,
And breath'd the fluid air,

III.
Ye angels, catch the thrilling sound !
While all th' adoring thrones around

His boundless mercy fing;
Let ev'ry lift’ning faint above,
Wake all the tuneful foul of love,
And touch the sweetest ftring.

Join

IV.
Join, ye loud fpheres, ye vocal choir;
Thou dazzling orb of liquid fire,

The mighty chorus aid !
Soon as grey ev’ning gilds the plain,
Thou moon, protract the melting ftrain,

And praise him in the fhade.

V.
Thou, heav'n of heav'ns, his valt abode ;
Ye clouds, proclaim your forming God,

Who call'd yon worlds from night,
“ Ye shades, disperse !”-th' Eternal faids
At once th' involving darkness fled,

And nature sprung to light.

VI.
Whate'er a blooming world contains,
That wings the air, that skims the plains,

United praise bestow :
Ye dragons, found his awful name
To heav'n aloud ; and roar Acclaim,,

Ye swelling deeps below !:

VII.
Let ev'ry element rejoice :
Ye thunders, burst with awful voice

To Him who bade you roll!
His praise in softer notes declare,
Each whisp’ring breeze of yielding airy

And breathe it to the soul !

VIII.
To Him, ye graceful cedars bow !
Ye tow’ring mountains bending low,

Your great Creator own;
Tell, when affrighted nature shook,
How Sinai kindled at his look,

And trembled at his frown.

Ye

IX.
Ye flocks that haunt the humble vale,
Ye insects flutt'ring on the gale,

In mutual concourse rise !:
Crop the gay rofe's vermeil bloom,
And waft its spoils, a sweet perfume,

In incense to the kies.

X.
Wake, all ye mounting tribes, and sing;
Ye plumy warblers of the spring,

Harmonious anthems raise,
To him who shap'd your finer mould,
Who tipp'd your glittåring wings with gold,
And tun'd your voice to praise..

XI.
Let man, by nobler paffion's sway'd,
The feeling heart, the judging head,

In heav'nly praise employ;
Spread his tremendous name around,
Till heav'ns broad arch rings back the found,
The gen'ral burst of joy..

XII.
Ye whom the charms of grandeur please,
Nurs'd on the downy lap of ease,

Fall proftrate at his throne !.
Ye princes, rulers, all adore !
Praise him, ye kings ! who make your pow's
An image of his own.

XIII.
Ye fair, by nature form’d to move,
praise th' eternal fource of love,

With youth's enlivening fire !
Let age take up the tuneful lay,
Sigh his bless'à Name-then soar away,
And ask an angel's lyre.-

HEALTH

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.

THE SWALLOWS,

THE SWALLOWS,
ERE yellow autumn from our plains retir'd,

And gave to wintry storms the varied year,
The Swallow-race, with fore-light clear inspir'd,

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!
See, Delia, on my roof your guests to day;

To.morrow on my roof your guests no more !
Ere yet 'ris night, with halte they wing away,
To-morrow lands them on some fafer shore.

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