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will come when we shall out-grow the relish of childith amusements; and, if we are not provided with a taste for manly satisfactions to succeed in their room, we must of course become miserable, at an age more difficult to be pleased.
THE most sure way to make any proficiency in a virtuous life, is to set out in it betimes. It is then, when our inclinations are trained
way that they should lead us, that custom soon makes the best habits the most agreeable; the ways of wisdom become the ways of pleasantness, and every step we advance, they grow more easy and more delightful. But, on the contrary, when vicious head-strong appetites are to be reclaimed, and inveterate habits to be corrected, what security can we give ourselves, that we shall have either inclination, refolution, or power, to stop and turn back, and recover the right way from which we have so long and so widely wandered, and enter upon a new life, when perhaps our strength' now faileth us, and we know not how near we may be to our journey's end ?
AN Italian philofopher expreffed in his motto, " that «t time was his estate;" an estate indeed, which will
produce nothing without cultivation, but will always abundantly repay the labours of industry, and satisfy the most: extensive desires, if no part of it be suffered to lie waste by negligence, to be over-run with noxious plants, or laid qut for few rather than for ufe.
SPEAK well, or speak, nothing; so if others be not better by your filence, they will not be worse by your discourse.
FROM all the busy scenes of life;
Grant me, O Power Supreme, a place,
A PRA Y E R.
O! gracious God, regard a suppliant's prayer ;
ODE to a FRIEND.
THINK not that I'm unsocial grown,
Our mutaal failings make us own,
Come taste with me the rural joys,
Leave for a while the busy train.
Remote from envy, noise, and strife,
Then happiness will be the fruit. we ought to make a good improvement of past and present afflictions. If they are not sanctified to us, they become a double cross; but if they work rightly in us, and convince us of our failings, and how juftly we are afflicted, they do us much good. — Affliction is fpiritual physic for the soul, and is compared to a furnace, for as gold is tried and purified therein, fo men are proved; and either purified from their drofs, and fitted for good uses, or else entirely burnt up, and undone for ever. Therefore may all, who labour under any kind of affliction, have reason to say with Job, " When he hath tried me, I shall:
come forth as gold."
A FALSE friend, like a shadow, attends only while the fun shines.
The HBRMIT'S INSTRUCTION to his Son.
BE thine those feelings of the mind,
That wake at honour's, friendship's call;
Extends her liberal hand to all.
Be taught her social laws to keep;
if human eve shall weep.
Shall feel each selfish forrow less :
Reflecting happiness shall blefs.
That breaks o'er virtue's fober line;
To cherish and indulge, be thine. IN bestowing your alms, inquire not so much in to the person as his necesity. God looks not fo much upon the merit of him that requires, as into the manner of him that relieves ;. if the man deserves not, you have given to humanity.
Let thy fweet form serenely glide
Thro’ this dark veil of woe,
Bids ítreams of bounty flow.
The gloom of grief and care ;
And wipe off ev'ry tear.
And wait her mild command :
And hearts with joy expand.
She takes the golden store,
To all the virtuous poor.
Thy chearing warmth bestow;
And make it heaven below. GOD is Alpha and Omega in the great world let us endeavour to make him so in the little world : let us practise to make him our last thought at night when we sleep, and our first in the morning when we awake; so Mall our fancy be fan&tified in the night, and our understanding rectified in the day; so shall our relt be peaceful, and our labours prosperous ; our life pious, and our death glorious.
GRATIT V D E. O! HOW amiable is gratitude! especially when it has the Supreme Benefactor for its object. I have always looked upon gratitude as the most exalted principle that can actuate the heart of man. It has something noble, disinterested, and (if I may be allowed the term) generously devout. (Repentance indicates our nature fallen, and prayer turns chiefly, upon a regard to one's self.) But the exercises of gratitude fubfifted in paradise, when there was no fault to deplore; and will be perpetuated in heaven, when « God thall be all in all,”