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LXI.

IMMORTALITY.

Neither can they die any more; for they are equal unto the angels. —LUKE XX. 36.

The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.?

1 Cor. xv. 26.

And, death once dead, there's no more dying then.

POEMS.

LXII.

INSTINCT.

The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master's crib._Is. i. 3.

Nature teaches beasts to know their friends.

CORIOLANUS. Act II. Scene 1.

1 Hos. xiii. 14; Is. xxv. 8; John xi. 25; 1 Cor. xv. 54, 55. 2 Rev. xx. 14; 2 Tim. i. 10; Heb. ii. 14; Rom. viii. 17. 3 Jer. viii. 7.

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LXIII.

BANEFUL EFFECTS OF INTEMPERANCE.

Who hath woe ? who hath sorrow ļ who hath contentions? who hath babblings? who hath wounds without cause ? who hath redness of eyes ? They that tarry long at the wine. At the last it biteth like a serpent and stingeth like an adder. —Prov. xxii. 29, 30, 32.

Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink! that continue until night, till wine inflame them !2—Is. v. 11.

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

PROV. XX. 1.

Drunkenness increaseth the rage of a fool till he offend ! it diminisheth strength and maketh wounds.

ECCLUS. xxxi. 30.

Wine measurably drunk and in season bringeth gladness of the heart, and cheerfulness of the mind !4 But wine drunken with excess maketh bitterness of the mind, with brawling and quarrelling.

EOCLUS. xxxi. 28, 29.

1. Ecclus. xxxi. 20.

Eph. v, 18; Luke xxi. 34; 1 Pet. iv. 3; Is. v. 22. 3 Is. xxviii. 7.

4 Ps. civ. 15. 5 Hos. iv, 11.

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Wine has destroyed many. -Ecclus. xxxi. 25.

O thou invisible spirit of wine, if thou hast no name to be known by, let us call thee-devil ! . O that men should put an enemy in their mouths, to steal away their brains ! that we should with joy, revel, pleasure, and applause, transform ourselves to beasts ! *

OTHELLO. Act 11. Scene 3.

What's a drunken man like? Like a drowned man, a fool, and a madman ; one draught above heat makes him a fool;

the second mads him ; and a third drowns him.-TWELFTH Night. Act 1. Scene 5.

Every inordinate cup is unblessed, and the ingredient is a devil.

OTHELLO. Act II. Scene 3.

Poison'd hours hath bound me up
From mine own knowledge.

ANTHONY AND CLEOPATRA. Act 11. Scene 2.

It hath pleased the devil, drunkenness, to give place to the devil, wrath ; one imperfectness shews me another, to make me frankly despise myself.

OTHELLO. Act 11. Scene 3.

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2 Sam. xiii. 28; 1 Kings xvi. 9; Judith xiii. 2, 8. * “ I could well wish,” says Cassio, "courtesy would invent some other custom of entertainment.”

Boundless intemperance
In nature is a tyrant; it hath been
Th' untimely emptying of the happy throne,
And fall of many kings.

MACBETH. Act IV. Scene 3.

It is a custom More honoured in the breach than the observance, This heavy-headed revel, east and west, Makes us traduced, and taxed of other nations; They clepe us drunkards, and with swinish phrase Soil our addition: and indeed it takes From our achievements, though performed at height, The pith and marrow of our attributes.

HAMLET.

Act 1. Scene 4.

LXIV.

THE UNPROFITABLENESS OF AVARICE.

There is that scattereth, and yet increaseth ; and there is that withholdeth more than is meet, but it tendeth to poverty. -Prov. xi. 24.

Foul cankering rust the hidden treasure frets ;
But gold, that's put to use, more gold begets.

POEMS.

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LXV.

BREVITY OF LIFE.

Our days upon earth are a shadow.? _JOB viii. 9.

Man is like to vanity; his days are as a shadow that passeth away.2—Ps. cxliv. 4.

My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle.3

JOB vii. 6.

Life's but a walking shadow.

MACBETH. Act v. Scene 5.

Life is a shuttle.

MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR.

Act v. Scene 1.

Some, how brief the life of man,

Runs his erring pilgrimage:
That the stretching of a span
Buckles in his sum of age.

As You LIKE IT. Act III. Scene 2.

O gentlemen, the time of life is short :
To spend that shortness basely were too long,

Job xiv. 1, 2; Ps. ciii, 15, 16. 2 Ps. xxxix. 5; Is. xl. 6.

3 James iv. 14; 1 Cor. vii. 29-31.

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