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ROOTED OPINION NOT EASILY
serly heart, that any thing is good which is not profitable ! or a libertine one, that any thing is bad, which is pleasant !
SERMON XXIII. P. 163.
, , , received the news of death with the greatest ease of mind, and even entertained the thoughts of, it with smiles, upon their cogatenances ;
-and this, either from strength of spirits and the natural cheerfulness of their temper;-or that they knew the world, and cared not for it-or expected a better yet thousands of good men, with all the help of philosophy, and against all the affurances of a well-spent life, that the change must be to their account,-- upon the approach of death have ftill"lean'd towards this world, and wanted fpirits and resolution to bear the shock of a fer paration from it for ever.
SERMON XVIII. P. 37.
70 WEET is the look of forrow for an offence, in a
heart determined never to commit it more upon that altar only could I offer up my, wrongs,
SERM. XVIII. P. 64.
IMPLICITY is the great friend to nature; and
if I would be proud of any thing in this fifly world, it should be of this honest alliance.' :a
SERMON XXIV. P. 187. wig
know truly what it is, we must know what
masters it ferves; they are many, and of various çasts and humours, and each one lends it soinething of its own complexional tint and character
... This, I suppose, may be the cause that there is a greater and more whimsical mystery in the love of money, than in the darkest and most nonsensical problem that ever was pored on.
Even at the best, and when the passion seems to seek something more than its own amusement,--there is little-avery little, I fear, to be said for its humanity. -It may be a sport to the miser,--but consider,-it must be death and destruction to others. The moment this sordid humour begins to govern--farewel all honest and natural affection! farewel, all he owes to parents, to children, to friends !-how fast the obligations vanish! fee-he is now stripped of all feelings whatever : the Thrill cry of justice-and the low lamentation of humble distress, are notes equally beyond his compass. - Eternal God! fee! he passes
by one whom thou hast just bruised, without one pen| five reflection:--he enters the cabin of the widow
whose husband and child thou hast taken to thyself, exacts his bond, without a ligh!-Heaven! if I am to be tempted let it be by glory,—by ambition,-by some generous and manly vice: if I muft fall, let it be by fonie passion which thou hast planted in my nature, which shall not harden my heart, but leave me room at last to retreat and come back to thee!
SERMON XIX. P. 81.
'E that is little in his own eyes, is little too in his
desires, and consequently moderate in his pursuit of them: like another man, he may fail in his attempts, and lose the point he aimed at;-but that is all,-he loses not himself, he loses not his happiness and
peace of mind with it:even the contentions of the humble man are mild and placid.Blessed characters! when such a one is thrust back, who does not pity him when he falls, who would not stretch out a hand to raise him up?
SERM. XXY. P. 193.
PATIENCE AND CONTENTMENT.
PATIENCE and Contentment, --which, like the
treasure hid in the field, for which a man sold all he had to purchafe-is of that price that it cannot be had at too great a purchafe, since without it the best condition in life cannot make us happy,—and with it, it is imposûble we fould be miserable even in the worst,
HUMILITY CONTRASTED WITH PRIDE.
HEN we reflect upon the character of Hu
mility,--we are apt to think it stands the most naked and defenceless of all virtues whatever,the least able to support its claims against the insolent antagonist who seems ready to bear him down, and all opposition which such a temper can make:
Now, if we consider him as standing alone,-no doubt, in such a case, he will be overpowered and trampled upon by his oppofer;-but if we consider the meek and lowly man, as he is—fenced and guarded by the love, the friendship, and wishes of all mankind,--that the other stands alone, hated, discountenanced, without que true friend or hearty wellwisher on his side:-when this is balanced, we Mall have reason to change our opinion, and be convinced that the humble man, strengthened with such an alliance, is far from being so over-matched as at first fight he may appear :-nay, I believe one might venture to go further, and engage for it, that in all such cases where real fortitude and true personal courage were wanted, he is much more likely to give proof of it, and I would sooner look for it in such a temper than in that of his adversary. Pride inay make a man violent-but Humility will make him firm :-and which of the two, do you think, likely to come off with honour?--he who acts from the changeable im