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“ cup bolding somewhat less than half a
pint of chocolate, was his dinner. Neiot ther did he drink any thing after it " but water; then rincing his mouth “ and washing his hands. Such Tem“ PERANCE ís“ universal amongst the
They have their falt in “ lumps, like loaf sugar, which, at “ meals, they stamp on their rice every “ now and then, as a perfon ftamps a " letter.”
Men are not a
at all aware what a very Small quantity of food and drink is fufficient for the support of the human body, and therefore few, very few persons have the least idea of what may justly be deemed TEMPERANCE The learned Sir Francis Walfingham, however, seems to have been sensible of what it really is.
1. The Greek word for TEMPERANCE IS $7Xg&TEIX, a compound off-in, and meatos 4
STRENGTH,denoting the real exercise of strength or fortitude, which is absolutely necessary to all persons who propole to resist fenfual indulgences; fo that our care and strength, to guard over our appetites must be exercised even in every ordinary meal we eat, that we may not exceed what is merely sufficient for necessary: refreshment; for whatever is more than this, tends to disorder both the body and mind.
TEMPERANCE is, therefore, in Scripture, ranked with the highest Christian virtues. The fruit of the spirit is love, " joy, peace, long fuffering, (or forbearance).“ gentleness," (or rather kindness)
goodness, meekness, TEMPERANCE,
against such there is no law. And they “ that are Christ's have crucified the flesh " with the affections and lufts,”(or defires), “ If. we live in Spirit, let us' walk in Spirit.'? (: (Gal. v. 22. 25.) This
• Fruit of the Spirit,” TEMPERANCE,
fection of happiness" (says he) - con-
“ only able to fill up all the corners of the Joul with most perfect joy; and conse:
quently to fix all its desires upon those celestial joys that Mall never be taken from it. But this, as it cannot be ob“ tained by discourse, but by UNFEIGNED
PRAYER, and the assistance and illu. “ mination of God's GRACE ; so it is “ not my purpose to prick at it. And for " that part of felicity which is attained
to. by moral virtue, I find that every
Justice, estimation and authority; “ PRUDENCE, respect and confidence;
COURTESY, and LIBERALITY, affection, and a kind of dominion over
« other men;
“ TEMPERANCE, bealtb.
“ FORTITUDE, a quiet mind, not to * be moved by any adversity, and a con* fidence not to be circumvented by any
So that all other vir. “ tues give a man but an outward bap“ pinefs, as receiving their reward from “ others; only TEMPERANCE doth pre“ tend to make the body a stranger to pain; “ both in taking from it the occasion of “ diseases, and making the outward in“ conveniences of want, as hunger and « cold, if not delightful, at least suffer. able."
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