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O! LET the Christian bless that glorious day,
By sweet returns of everlasting love. TO be humble in all our actions, to avoid every appearance of pride and vanity, to be meek and lowly in our words, actions, dress, behaviour, and designs, in imitation of our blessed Saviour, is worshipping God in a higher manner, than they who have only set times to fall low on their knees in devotions. He that contents himself with necefsaries, that he may give the remainder to those that want it; that dares not to spend any money foolishly, because he considers it as a talent from God, which must be used according to his will, praises God with something that is more glorious than songs of praise.
PRACTISE humility, and reject every thing in dress, or carriage, or converfation, that has any appearance of pride.
HUMILITY is fo amiable a quality, that it forces our esteem wherever we meet with it. There is hardly a possibility of despising the meanest person that has it, or of esteeming the greatest man that wants it.
LET every day be a day of humility; condescend to the weaknesses and infirmities of your fellow-creatures, love their excellencies, encourage their virtues, relieve their wants, rejoice in their prosperities, compassionate their diftress, receive their friendihip, overlook their wickedness, forgive their malice, be a fervant of servants, and condescend to do the lowest offices.
AS God has created all things for the common good of all men, lo let that part of them which is fallen to your share, be employed as he would have all employed, for the common good of all.
THE greatest finners receive daily instances of God's goodness towards them; he nourishes and preserves them, that they may repent, and return to him. Do you therefore imitate God, and think no one too bad to receive your relief and kindness, when you see that he wants it.
AT thirty, man fufpects himself a fool;
LET stoics boast the cold relentless heart,
Nor would I with the soft sensation part,
Benevolence, soft gentle pity, knows
Her tender heart still melts at others woes,
Her I would ever cherish in my breast,
Her laws are Nature's, God's, and therefore beft;
When friendship adds her soft engaging ties,
By fympathy our joys increasing rise
Not stoic fortitude should e'er controul
Religion only should command the soul,
LET us all endeavour so to live now, as we shall with we had done when we come to lie upon our death-beds; or as we shall then resolve to live, in case God should continue our lives to us. Let us peruse those things now,
which we shall be able to think of and reflect upon with pleasure when we come to die, and forsake all thofe things, the remembrance of which at that time will be bitter to us, Let us now, 'whilst we are well and in health, cherish the same thoughts and apprehensions of things, that we shall have when we are fick and dying: let us now despise this vorld as much, and think as ill of fin, as seriously of God and eternity, as we shall then do. For this is the great commendation of the righteous man, that every one defires to die his death, that at last, all men are of his mind and persuasion, and would choose his condition, “ die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be 6 like his."
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SINCERITY fignifies a simplicity of mind and manners in our conversation and carriage one towards another, singleness of heart, discovering itself in a constant plainness, and honest openness of behaviour, free from all infidious devices, and little tricks, and fetches of craft and cunning"; from all false appearances, and deceitful disguises of our. selves in word or action; or yet more plainly, it is to speak as we think, and do what we pretend and profess, to perform and make good what we promise, and, in a word, really to be, what we would seem and appear to be.
AN heart that rightly computes the difference between temporals and eternals, may resolve with the Prophet,
Although the fig-tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit “ be in the vine, the labour of the olives shall fail, and “ the fields shall yield no meat; the flocks shall be cut off “ from the fold, and there shall be no herds in the stall, yet “ I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my " salvation."
FRUGALITY is good, if liberality is joined with it. The first is leaving off superfluous expences; the last besowing them to the benefit of others that need. The first without the last begins covetousness; the last without the first begins prodigality: both together make an excellent temper. Vom. II,
The The HAPPY Mar.
HOW bleft the man who free from care and strife,
turn'd inward, his own heart explore,
He, cloth'd in heav'nly arms, shall still prevail
AN exalted station always brings with it a weight of cares, and he is happier who, in the humble vale of life, pursues his way in the paths of reason and of virtue, than he who shares the favours of a Prince, or the applauses of a giddy multitude.
TO aspire after things beyond your reach, is to expect more than you are entitled to, or than reason can delire. Remember the declaration of the apostolic writer : They “ who will be rich, fall into temptation and a snare, and “ pierce themselves through with many sorrows.” Observation and reflection will easily point out the impropriety and folly of those who, on their first setting out in life, launch into dangerous and unwarrantable schemes.
HASTEN to reform yourself, that you may labour with success in the reformation of others.
VERY few tempers have wisdom and firmness enough to be proof against Hattery; it requires great consideration, and a resolute modesty and humility, to resist the infinuations of this serpent.
IN your ordinary calling, fee that you undertake nothing but what is lawful in its end; and endeavour to accomplish nothing by any but by lawful means, that you may have always the comfort of a conscience void of offence. Nay, you should even do more; you should endeavour to act so fingle and sincere a part, as to be beyond the imputation of a fraud, that all who know you may put the moit unbounded confidence in your integrity.
There are many other calumnies which we may naturally expect from the malicious, and it ought to trouble us very little to hear them; but it must be extremely distressing to a good man to be but fufpected of dishonesty " What « would it profit a man, if by the secret and dark myiteries ss of trade he gain the whole world, and lose his own soul ? “ Would the heaps of his dishonest wealth administer con“ folation in a dying hour? Would these alleviate his • horrors in the views of a certain and swiftly approaching 66 diffolution ?-No!
“ Now plung'd in forrow, and besieg'd with pain,