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we have more? Is not the consciousness of doing good, sufficient reward?

Do not hurt yourselves or others, by the pursuit of pleas ure. Consult your whole nature. Consider yourselves no only as sensitive, but as rational beings; not only as ration al, but social; not only as social, but immortal.

Art thou poor? Show thyself active and industrious, peace able and contented. Art thou wealthy? Show thyself benefi cent and charitable, condescending and humane.

Though religion removes not all the evils of life, though it promises no continuance of undisturbed prosperity, (whiel indeed it were not salutary for man always to enjoy,) yet, i it mitigates the evils which necessarily belong to our state it may justly be said to give "rest to them who labour, and are heavy laden."

What a smiling aspect does the love of parents and chil dren, of brothers and sisters, of friends and relations, give t every surrounding object, and every returning day! With what a lustre does it gild even the small habitation, where such placid intercourse dwells! where such scenes of heart felt satisfaction succeed uninterruptedly to one another!

How many clear marks of benevolent intention appear ev ery where around us! What a profusion of beauty and orna ment is poured forth on the face of nature! What a magni ficent spectacle presented to the view of Man! What supply contrived for his wants! What a variety of objects set before him to gratify his senses, to employ his understanding, to entertain his imagination, to cheer and gladden his heart!

The hope of future happiness is a perpetual source of con solation to good men. Under trouble, it soothes their minds amidst temptation, it supports their virtue; and in thei dying moments enables them to say, "O death! where i thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory!"

SECTION VII.

AGESILAUS, king of Sparta, being asked, "What thing he thought most proper for boys to learn," answered; "Thos which they ought to practise when they come to be men.' A wiser than Agesilaus has inculcated the same sentiment "Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it."

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An Italian philosopher expressed in his motto, that "time was his estate." An estate indeed, which will produce noth ing without cultivation; but which will always abundantly repay the labours of industry, and satisfy the

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jesires, if no part of it he suffered to lie waste by negligence; be overrun with noxious plants; or laid out for show raththan use.

When Aristotle was asked "What a man could gain by elling a falsehood," he replied, "Not to be credited when e speaks the truth."

L'Estrange in his fables tells us, that a number of frolicome boys were one day watching frogs, at the side of a Sond ; and that, as any of them put their heads above the water, they pelted them down again with stones. One of he frogs, appealing to the humanity of the boys, made this striking observation; "Children, you do not consider, that though this may be sport to you, it is death to us."

Sully, the great statesman of France, always retained at his table, in his most prosperous days, the same frugality to which be had been accustomed in early life. He was frequently reproached, by the courtiers for this simplieity; but he used to reply to them, in the words of an ancient philosopher; "If the guests are men of sense, there is sufficient for them: if they are not, I can very well dispense with their company." Socrates, though primarily attentive to the culture of his ind, was not negligent of his external appearance. His leanliness resulted from those ideas of order and decency, which governed all his actions; and the care which he took af his health, from his desire to preserve his mind free and tranquil.

Eminently pleasing and honourable was the friendship beween David and Jonathan. "I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan," said the plaintive and surviving David; "very pleasant hast thou been to me: thy love for me was wonderful; passing the love of women."

Sir Philip Sydney, at the battle near Zutphen, was wounded by a musket hall, which broke the bone of his thigh. He was carried about a mile and a half, to the camp; and being faint with the loss of blood, and probably parched with thirst th rough the heat of the weather, he called for drink.

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is immediately brought to him: but as he was putting the ssel to his mouth, a poor wounded soldier, who happened that instant to be carried by him, looked up to it with rishful eyes. The gallant and generous Sydney took the bottle from his mouth, and delivered it to the soldier, saying,

Thy necessity is yet greater than mine."

Alexander the Great demanded of a pirate, whom he had taken, by what right he infested the seas? "By the same ht," replied he, "that Alexander enslaves the world

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But I am called a robber, because I have only one small vessel; and he is styled a conqueror, because he commands great flects and armies." We too often judge of men by the splendour, and not by the merit of their actions.

Antoninus Pius, the Roman Emperor, was an amiable and good man. When any of his courtiers attempted to inflame him with a passion for military glory, he used to answer: "That he more desired the preservation of one subject, than the destruction of a thousand enemies."

Men are too often ingenious in making themselves miserable, by aggravating to their own fancy, beyond bounds, all the evils which they endure. They compare themselves with none but those whom they imagine to be more happy; and complain, that upon them alone has fallen the whole load of human sorrows. Would they look with a more impartial eye on the world, they would see themselves surrounded with sufferers; and find that they are only drinking out of that mixed cup,which Providence has prepared for all. I will restore thy daughter again to life," said the castern sage, to a prince who grieved immoderately for the loss of a beloved child, "provided thou art able to engrave on her tomb, the names of three persons who have never mourned." The prince made inquiry after such persons; but found the inquiry vain, and was silent.

SECTION VIII.

He that hath no rule over his own spirit, is like a city that is broken down, and without walls.

A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger.

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Pride goeth before destruction; and a haughty spirit before a fall.

Hear counsel, and receive instruction, that thou mayest be truly wise.

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Open rebuke is better than secret love.. Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit ? There is more hope of a fool than of him.

He that is slow to anger, is better than the mighty; and, he that ruleth his spirit, than he that taketh a city. He that hath pity on the poor, lendeth to the Lordhich he hath given, will he pay

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If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if e be thirsty, give him water to drink.

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that ormed the eye, shall he not see ?

I have been young, and now I am old; yet have I never een the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.

It is better to be a door keeper in the house of the Lord, han to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

I have seen the wicked in great power: and spreading imself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away: I sought im, but he could not be found.

Happy is the man that findeth wisdom. Length of days s in her right hand; and in her left hand, riches and onour. Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her maths are peace.

How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell ogether in unity! It is like precious ointment: Like the ew of Hermon, and the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion.

The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; he hall therefore beg in harvest, and have nothing.

I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of e man void of understanding: and lo! it was all grown over with thorns; nettles had covered its face; and the stone wall was broken down. Then I saw, and considered it well: I ooked upon it, and received instruction.

Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of ime; nor that which is measured by number of years:- But visdom is the gray hair to man; and an unspotted life is old age.

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Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy fathers; and erve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind. If chou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off forever.

SECTION IX.

THAT every day has its pains and sorrows is universally perienced, and almost universally confessed. But let us not tend only to mournful truths: if we look impartially about , we shall find that every day has likewise its pleasures nd its joys.

We should cherish sentiments of charity towards all men. he Author of all good nourishes much piety and virtue in arts that are unknown to us; and beholds repentance read;

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No one ought to consider himself as insignificant in the sight of his Creator. In our several stations, we are all sent forth to be labourers in the vineyard of our heavenly Father. Every man has his work allotted,his talent committed to him; by the due improvement of which he may, in one way or other, serve God, promote virtue, and be useful in the world. The love of praise should be preserved under proper subordination to the principle of duty. In itself, it is a useful motive to action; but when allowed to extend its influence too far, it corrupts the whole character, and produces guilt, disgrace, and misery. To be entirely destitute of it, is a defeet. To be governed by it, is depravity. The proper adjustment of the several principles of action in human nature is a matter that deserves our highest attention. For when any one of them becomes either too weak or too strong, it endangers both our virtue and our happiness.

The desires and passions of a vicious man, having once obtained an unlimited sway, trample him under their feet. They make him feel that he is subject to various, contradictory, and imperious masters, who often pull him different ways. His soul is rendered the receptacle of many repugnant and jarring dispositions; and resembles some barbarous country, cantoned out into different principalities, which are continually waging war on one another.

Diseases, poverty, disappointment, and shame are far from being, in every instance, the unavoidable doom of man. They are much more frequently the offspring of his own nisguided choice. Intemperance engenders disease, sloth produces poverty, pride ereates disappointments, and disonesty exposes to shame. The ungoverned passions of nen betray them into a thousand follies; their follies into rimes; and their crimes into misfortunes.

When we reflect on the many distresses which abound in human life; on the scanty proportion of happiness which any man is here allowed to enjoys on the small difference which the diversity of fortune makes on that scauty proportion; it is surprising, that envy should ever have been a prevalent passion among men, much more that it should have prevailed among Christians. Where so much is suffered in common, little room is left for envy. There is more occasion for pity and sympathy, and inclination to as

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At our first setting out in life, when yet unacquainted h the world and its snares, when every pleasure enchant hits smile, and every shines with the gloss

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