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THE nearest way to honour is for a man so to live, that he may be found to be that in truth he would be thought to be.

EVERY other species of luxury operates upon some appetite that is quickly satiated, and requires fome concurs rence of art, or accident, which every place will not supply; but the desire of ease acts equally at all hours, and the longer it is indulged, is the more increased.

WOULD we be but truly ambitious of deserving, after our exit from off the stage of this world, that concise yet comprehenfive inscription, “ In memory of a fincere Chris “ tian ;” in this life all the happiness suitable to our state would be fecured, and (what is of infinitely greater consequence) beatitude unutterable for evermore. For, what. soever things are pure; whatsoever things are lovely; whatsoever things are of good report ; are they not included in that grand and noble aggregate, a fincere Christian?

WE ought to spend the remainder of our life, as if it were more than we expected, and lent us on purpose for wiser management.-We should continually say with Job, “ Are not my days few?" and endeavour to imprint on our minds this sentence of David, “ The Lord hath made my “ days as an hand's breadth; mine age is as nothing before “ him ;" or that of Moses, “ The best of our days are “ but labour and sorrow, for they are soon cut off, and we

fly away.'

AS pride is sometimes hid under humility, idleness is often covered by turbulence and hurry. He that neglects his known duty, and real employment, naturally endeavours to crowd his inind with something that may bear out the remembrance of his own folly, and does any thing but what he ought to do, with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his own favour.

THE man who feels himself ignorant, should at least be modett.


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PERHAPS every man may date the predominance of those desires that disturb his life, and contaminate his conscience, from some unhappy hour, when too much leisure exposed him to their incursions ; for he has lived with little observation, either on himself or others, who does not know that to be idle is to be vicious.

THOSE who, in confidence of superior capacities and attainments, disregard the common maxims of life, ought to be reminded, that nothing will supply the want of prudence;

and that negligence and irregularity, long continued, will make knowledge useless, wit ridiculous, and genius contemptible.

'TIS honourable to support the glory of one's ancestors by actions which correspond with their reputation; and it is also glorious to leave a title to one's descendants which is not borrowed from our predecessors.

THERE is one fource of refined pleasure, which the enjoyment of wealth affords to a rational mind. The extension of help to the helpless, of relief to misery, and of comfort to those who dwell in the vale of adversity, are employments in which we feel the purest satisfaction. To awaken joy in countenances strongly marked with the gloom of sorrow, is attended with the most refined senfa. tions of delight, and attunes the foul to harmony. This is the noblest use to which wealth can be applied; the essential end for which heaven has dispensed it. But, amongst the great and opulent, how few there are who exercise themselves in such a course of benevolence and virtue! How few whose minds are sufficiently elevated to seek for the fatisfaction arising from a conduct so truly estimable !

If the indigent part of the species did but carefully consider, that to be good is to be happy, and that virtue and religion are accommodated to every situation and capacity, they would fee abundant cause for thankfulness, even amid those scenes of fervitude and toil, which now perhaps occasion envy, discontent, and murmuring.


SHOULD health or retirement from the bustle and noise of the town, excite you to walk in the silent fields, to taste the sweets of rural life; every object the country affords, may yield you pleasing subjects for sacred cogitation. While you behold the handy-work of God in every blade of grass, tree, bird, beast, or infect, presented to your view, and in every flower that blows in meadows, plains, or valleys, trace the finger of Omnipotence, may you be led to adore the great Creator of universal nature, and in mental aspirations to own his power, admire his goodness, and express his praise!

IF in this present mixed state, all the successive fèenes of distress through which we are to pass, were laid before us in one view, perpetual sadness would overcast our life. Hardly woeld any transient gleams of intervening joy be able to force their way through the cloud.

Faint would be the relish of pleasure, of which we foresaw the close : insupportable the burden of afflictions, under which we were oppressed; by the load not only of present but of anticipated sorrows. Friends would begin their union with lamenting the day which was to dissolve it'; and with weeping eye, the parent

would every moment behold the child whom he knew that he was to lofe. In short, as soon as that myfterious veil which now covers futurity was lifted up, all the 'gaiety of life would disappear, its flattering hopes, its pleafing

illusions would vanilh, and nothing but its vanity and {adness remain. The forelight of the hour of death would interrupt the whole course of human affairs, and the overwhelming prospect of the future, instead of exciting men to proper activity, would render them immoveable with coniternation and dismay. How much more friendly to man is that mixture of knowledge and ignorance, which is allotted him in this state! Ignorant of the events which are' to befal us; and of the preeise tiine which is to conclude our own life; by this ignorance our enjoyment of present objects is favoured, and knowing that death is certain, and" that human affairs are full of change, by this knowledge our attachment to those objects is moderated precisely in the fame manner, as by the mixture of evidence and obscurity



which remains on the prospect of a future ftate, a proper balance is preserved, betwixt our love of this life, and our defire of a better.

THE CHACE. PANTING, half dead the conquer'd champion lies, Then sudden all the brave ignoble crowd, Loud-clam'ring, seize the helpless worried wretch, And, thirsting for his blood, drag different ways His mangled carcase on th' ensanguin’d plain : O breasts of pity void! to oppress the weak, To point your vengeance at the friendless head, And with one mutual cry insult the fall’n!

WHATEVER be the motive of insult, it is always best to overlook it; for folly scarcely can deferve resentment, and malice is punished by neglect.

THE clouds are formed, wafted abroad, distilled gently in insensible dews, or poured forth in plentiful showers.-Thus also fountains are formed, break forth into streams, and are fivelled into rivers, till at length they fall into the : ocean again, and make a grateful return of benefits received. May this be an emblem of myself, and all around mę! O thou uncreated Ocean of all being and blessedness, it is from thy overflowing fulness, that I receive all my fupplies! I am protected, clothed, and fed froin thy free and rich bounty : within thy all-circling arms [ live and. move: constantly art thou giving forth, and I am receiving. May I learn from the stream of every brook I pass by, to turn my thoughts, to direct my motions, towards thee, and carry my tribute of homage thither, whence I derive my all.! May I practise benevolence to all around. me: let my waters refresh the weary; support the fainting i heal the wounded; and give a verdure and fruitfulness to the barren soul! Let me, like the flowing brook, take a transient gentle ialute of the flowery banks as I pass, but never, on never let this foul, which thou hast created for thyself, O Father of Spirits, think itself at reft, till it finds itself in thy bosom!

IT is to be lamented, that those who are most capable of improving mankind, very frequently neglect to communicate their knowledge, either because it is more pleasing to gather ideas than to impart them, or because to minds naturally great, few things appear of so much importance as to deserve the notice of the publick.

A juft sense of another's excellence, is perhaps, the next merit to excellence itself; for, he who has the wisdom ta: admire, may soon attain the virtue to imitate.

OTHER things may be seized by might, or purchased with money; but knowledge is to be gained only by study, and study to be prosecuted only in retirement.

WHAT heart can despond, what heart can fail to rejoice, when it hears the animated declaration," Be thou: “ faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life!" I will give thee perfect felicity, which shall never be interrupted. I will give thee an eternity of substantial delights, adequate to thy nature, and sufficient to fill up all the desires of thy soul.

WHY do we aim with eager strife
At things beyond the mark of life;
Creatures, alas ! whose boasted pow'r,
Is but the blessing of an hour ?
For neither wealth, nor pow'r controul
The vexing tumults of the soul,
Or force sad cares to stand aloof;
They'll hover round the richest roof.

MOST happy he, that shuns the servile train
Of mean inglorious life, pomp, pleasure, ease,
That lends an ear familiar to the

Nor scornful frowns the brow, on humble worth,
And cheers distress; but looks contemptuous down
On titles, merit feldom wears, and loves
To act the plain good man.


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