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and other occurrences that happen; what need have others to pray, with Moses, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.' He who was learned in all the sciences of the Egyptians, desires to be taught of God so to number, as not to mistake, or to make any error in the account of life, by setting down days for minutes, and years for days. A man would naturally think that a little arithmetic would serve to cast up so small a number as the days of him whose days are as the days of an hireling, few and evil : and yet it is such a mystery, that Moses begs of God to be instructed in it as that which is the chief and only knowledge. Yea, God himself earnestly wishes this wisdom to Israel his people— O that they were wise, that they understood this, that they would consider their latter end.'

• Let us therefore number our days by meditating what our days are, and the end for which our lives were given ; by reckoning our day by our work, and not by our time; by what

we do, and not by what we are: by remembering that we are in a continual progress to the chambers of death. No man's life is so long at the evening as it was in the morning. Night and day are as two axes, which, without rest, are alternately at the root of our life. A chip flies off every day and every night, and the stroke is continued till at length we are hewn down and fall at the grave's mouth.'

In the performance of family worship, Philetus, you will experience a pleasure that will induce you to persevere in the midst of surrounding opposition; and it is this pleasure that will support and animate you under many of the trials with which you must expect to meet in civil, in domestic, and religious life. It this that will make the most pressing difficulties appear comparatively light; and if these difficulties be contrasted with the many spiritual blessings with which you are favoured, they will appear light as the dust on the balance. In a word, the consolation sometimes enjoyed in the practice of this relative and social duty, cannot be expressed; it would beggar the most elaborate description.

The present world, remember, is but a passage to the next; and while travelling through it, be careful not to regard it as your home. • He that lives longest lives but a little while ; every man therefore may be certain that he has no time to waste. The duties of life are commensurate to its duration, and every day brings its task, which if neglected is doubled on the morrow. But he that has already trifled away those months and years, in which he should have laboured, must remember that he has now only a part of that of which the whole is little ; and that since the few moments remaining are to be considered as the last trust of heaven, not one is to be lost.'

But the end of all things is at hand: let us therefore not sleep, as do others, but henceforward endeavour to be more provident of time. The night is far spent, and the hour cometh when no man can work.

• Whatsoever

thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.' Let us use this world, as not abusing it; for every thing in it that can either grieve or delight is passing away. Let us be anxious for nothing but the consolations which religion can certainly impart. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace. The duties she enjoins, if sincerely and regularly performed, will always be sufficient to exalt the meanest, and to exercise the highest un

standing. That mind will never be vacant, which is frequently recalled by stated duties to meditations on eternal interests; nor can any hour be long, which is spent in augmenting desire for celestial happiness.

Before I conclude, Philetus, I will transcribe for your perusal a few lines written on the

present subject by a learned and judicious author. • Let me exhort you, says he, to be careful and conscientious in family government and instruction. How inexcusable are those parents and masters, who suffer their children and servants to perish for lack of knowledge? What unspeakable advantages do you enjoy, having all the force of natural affection, as well as natural authority, to give your instructions weight? How many have remembered, with pious gratitude, through a whole life, the benefit they have received from family instruction and example? I know I speak to many who are accountable to God for this

mercy; how shall

you answer it then, if you do not give the same advantage to your own families ? And how shall they answer to God, think you, who have banished the worship of God from the families in which they found it? One would think the lifeless walls and furniture of your chambers might be awakening monitors.

• There is the greatest mutual influence between family and personal religion. Personal religion is the foundation of all family and relative duties. It would be speaking to the deaf to persuade any to watch over the souls of others, who have no concern for their own. But wherever there is a deep impression of the importance of eternity for ourselves, this will

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