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GRANT me oh heav'n! (I ak not wealth)
"Tis only virtue gives it price. IF misery be the effect of virtue, it ought to be rever: renced ; if of ill fortune, it ought to be pitied ; and if of vice, not to be insulted; because it is, perhaps, itself a punishment adequate to the crime by which it was produced:
DID thofe whom heaven has blessed with amuence, but. visit the secret receffes of poverty, those dreary abodes of forrow, where infantile weakness, and the decrepitude of age, languish under the pressure of affiction, without a friend to help, or an eye to pity, how painful would be their feelings till they had rendered them joyful by diffufing comfort to the wretched. Did they but behold a numerous family of little innocents, surrounding the knees of an afficted: mother, and crying for bread, how strong would be their fympathy! Did they but behold the mother pale, and. emaciated with want, expressive anguish painted on her: countenance, while endeavouring to silence her children's clamnours with the bare sustenance of words, what tender. emotions it would raise in their breasts !.
THAT frequent intercourses which the Supreme Being constitute the utmost happiness of man, is a propofition, which stands in no need of proof from philosophical inquiries, refined argumentations, and laboured inferences. A. very restricted understanding can comprehend this important. truth. An arrant peasant, without.previous information, is fully aware of the valt emoluments, which accrue from an intimacy with an earthly monarch :: what then mot be those exalted privileges, which redound from the favour and friendship of the Almighty Sovereign of the universe!
CONSCIENCE acts in the breast of men as an able physician, an experienced tutor, and a faithful friend; what can we do better then, but daily listen to and observe its admonitions.
His fav’rite Rose his fear alarms,
All op'ning to the sun ;
And shine to be undone.
The Tulip, gaudy in its dress,
And made for nought but show;
The glittering, empty beau !
And fearful shews its head;
By self-distrust misled.
Th’ Auric'la, which thro' labour rose,
Yet shines complete by art,
How much it can impart.
He marks the Sensitive's nice fit;
Nor fears he to proclaim,
That he would act the same.
Beneath each common hedge, he views
'The Violet, with care ; Hinting we should not worth refuse,
Altho' we find it there.
The Tuberofe that lofty springs,
Nor can support its height,
Grown impotent by might.
Fragrant, Fragrant, tho' pale, the Lily blows,
To teach the female breast,
In all complexions drest.
To every bloom that crowns the
Ye cannot fail to please. EVERY, flower contains in it the most edifying rhetoric, to fill us with admiration of its omnipotent Creator.
A DUTCH Ambassador, at a certain Court, receiving at his departure the portrait of the king, enriched with diamonds, asked what this fine thing might be worth : Being told that it might amount to about two thousand pounds. “ And why," cries he, “ cannot his Majesty keep the picture, and give me the money?"-This fimplicity may be ridiculed at first; but when we come to examine it more closely, men of sense will at once confess, that he had reason in what he said, and that a purse of two thousand guineas is much more serviceable than a picture.
VIRTUE is the only path to true glory, and however innocence may for a time be depresied, a iteady perseverance will lead it to a certain victory.
A CHINESE Emperor, who lived in the last century, upon an occasion of extraordinary joy, forbad his subjects to make the usual illuminations, either with a design of sparing their substance, or of turning them to some more durable indication of joy, more glorious for him, and more advantageous to his people.
THE natural discontent of inferiority will seldom fail to operate, in fome degree of malice, againft him who profesies to superinter:d the conduct of others; especially if he icats himself uncalled in the chair of judicature, and exercises authority by his own commission.
INDUSTRY is the road to wealth, and virtue to happiness.
COMPLETE subftantial happiness is not the produce of a terrestrial soul. While we tread the paths of human life, and are encompassed with human frailties, the avenues through which happiness beams on the soul, will not in a fufficient degree satisfy or fill up our intellectual capacities, but still such a portion of it is within our reach as will render this state of existence easy and tranquil. The Sovereign Lord and Governor of universal nature has wisely ordained, that, amidit the highest gratifications we can enjoy in this world, fome alloy should be experienced. By these means the mind is led to aspire after the attainment of that more perfect bliss, which, in the wise determinations of his counsel, we were formed to enjoy, when time and its deceptive scenes shall terminate for ever.
LIPSIUS was a great admirer of the stoical philosophy. On his death-bed, his friends told him, “ they need not “ offer any arguments to him, whose philosophy was suf“ ficient to support him, and teach him patience.” Ah, said the dying man, lifting up his eyes, “ Dear Lord Jesus
Christ, give me the Christian patience!”
AS Benevolence is the most sociable of all virtues, so is it of the largest extent; for there is not any man, either so great or so little, but he is yet capable of giving or receiving benefits.
LET us always use God's blessings, as bounties, with moderation and temperance, and remember the poor; for God has given to some, too little 'for their convenience, and to others, more than they need, that neither side may want an occasion for exercising their virtue. He bestows upon us for the relief of our brethren, that we may obtain his mercy. And on the other hand, the poor when they are refreshed by our liberality, give God thanks for putting it into our hearts, and recommend us to him in their prayers.
A SKETCH OF WINTER.
THE impertinent and the captious are, perhaps, more offensive at the time they are not impertinent or captious, than when they are. The falling of Damocles's sword on one's head might give less pain, than to fit under it in continual fear of its falling.
LET no one be weary of rendering good offices; for by obliging others we are really kind to ourselves.