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9. Ever since the transgression of our first parents, the puu rity of human nature, hath been miserably stained ; its faculties have been sadly depraved; and its affections very liable to be deluded, influenced, and overcome by the world:

10. loquire not into the secrets of God, but be content to learn your duty accordiog to the quality of your person or employment. God's cominandments were proclaimed to all

the world, but his counsels are to himself, and his secret - ones, when they are adınitted withio the veil.

17. Flatter pot yourself that you have faith towards God, if you want charity towards your neighbour; for the one is a certain effect of the other. Neither follow a multitade to siu, dest God make you share with them in their punishment.

12. Gold, though the noblest of metals, loseth its lustre when continually worn in the same purse with copper, or brass; and the best men, by associatiog themselves with the wicked, are often corrupted with their sins, and partake of their punishments.

13. Gregory Nyssen compared an usurer to a man giving water to one in a burping fever; which does him more barın than good: so the usurer, though he seem for the present to relieve his brother's wants, yet afterwards he grievously torments him.

14. Happy is he who allows himself time and leisure to make his peace with God, and sign a truce with heaven; but more to be admired is he, who is obliged to live in the midst of temptations, and yet can be in love with religion, to the dast moment of his life.

15 He that only pleases himself, dloes himself no kindness, because he displeases God, his Creator, who commands us to be kind and good to all men, and to do to others, those thiogs which we are willing should be done to ourselves.

16. If they go down to the pit, that do not feed the hungry, and clothe the naked; what will become of those that take away bread from the hungry, and clothes from the naked ? If want of charity be tormented in hell, what will become of the covctous ?

17. It is a commendable thiog for a boy to apply his mind to the study of good letters; they will be always useful to him; they will procure him the favour and love of good men, which those, that are wise, valle more than riches and pleasures.

18. King Darius's mother, when she heard of the death of Alexander, laid violent hands upon herself; not that she prea fered an enemy hefore a son, but because she had experienced the duty of a son in him, whom she had feared as an enemy.


19. Let us dever measure our godliness by the number of sermons which we hear, but by the fruit we bring forth; without which all our heariog will serve but to briog us into that portion of stripes, which belongs to him that kuows his master's will and does it not.

20, Lazy folks take the most pains. Some people are so careless, that they will run all hazards, rather than help themselves at the expense of a little trouble; and it generally happeos, that they are the greatest sufferers in the conclusion.

21. Men are generally governed more hy appearances thap realities; and the impudent man, in his air and behaviour, undertakes for himself that he has ability and merit, while the modest or diffident gives himself up as one possessed of neither.

22. Maoy men are grown so negligent of seeking divine mercy betimes, that they put that off to the last which should have been the first part of their busivess; and many times their life is at an end before they begin their repentance.

23. No man is so prosperous and happy, but he has some unfortunate and sad days; and on the contrary, no man is 80 miserable, but he has some times of refreshment. Prosperity and adversity, by turns, succeed one another, as rain does fair weather, and fair weather raiu.

24. Nothing is more absur:) than to extend our hopes and desires, our projicts and designs for this world, beyond the term of our living here: and it is unreasonable for us to trouble ourselves about this world, longer than we are like to continue in it.

25. Obedience comprehendeth the whole duty of a man, both towards God, his neighbour, and himself; we should therefore let it be engraven on our hearts, that we may be useful in the commonwealth, and loyal to our prince.

26. Our life is a warfare, and this world a place of masteries, wherein the greatest garlands are allotted to those who sustain the greatest labours: 'for by the smart of our stripes is augmented the glory of our reward.

27. Pride is a very remarkable sio; and often meets with very extraordinary judgments, even in this life; but will certainly be punished in the next; for if God spared not the angels for this sio, but cast them into hell, let no man hope to speed better

28. Personal merit is all a man can call his own. Whoever strictly adheres to honesty and truth and leads a regular and virtuous life, is more truly noble than a debauched abandoned profligate, were he descended from the most illustrious family.

29. Riches are like dung, which stink in a heap; but being spread abroad, make the earth fruitful. k is but mere

fancy to desire and esteem riches, except it be for the sake of

using them. The best metals lose their lustre unless bright i ened by use.

30. Repentance, though it is not to be rested in as any satisfaction for sin, or any cause of the pardon thereof, which is the act of God's free grace in Christ; yet it is of such neces. sity to all sinners, that none may expect pardon without it.

31. St. Bervard in his youth, being iroubled with a pain in his head, a certain woman proffered to cure him, by reciting a few verses by way of charm; but he refused, saying, I had rather endure the hand of God, than becured by the hand of the devil,

32. Servants should not deal worse with their masters, for dealing jetter with them, but conscionably do their work, that the proverb may not be verified in them. He that pays bis servant's wages aforehand, cuts off his right arm; that is, occasions him to be slothful and lazy.

33. The lawfulness of our actions may not be judged by the events, but by the grounds: the wise and holy arbiter of the world knows why, many times, the better cause hath the worst success: many a just business is crossed for a punishment to the agent.

34. Trade is so noble a master, that it is willing to entertain all mankind in its service; and has such variety of employments adapted to every capacity, that all, but the lazy, may support at least, if not enrich themselves.

35. Time is one of the most precious talents in the world, which the author of it has committed to our managemeot! so precious, that hegives it us by drops; nor ever affords us two moments at once; but always takes away one, when he lets us hrave another.

36. Very wholesome advice was that which was given by a heathen philosopher, viz. make it no longer a matter of dispute, what are the marks and signs of a righteous man, but immediately set about it, and endeavour to become such an


37. Virtue (said a vicious man on his death-bed) as much outshines vice in splendour and light, as the glorious luminary of heaven, which runs its daily course in the lofty sky, does that small rush-lighit wlich stands glimmering by my bed's side.

Vain glory destroys all the fruits of a good action. He that prays, or gives alms to be seen of men, must take that as his reward; nor must he expect any other from heaven, but the portion of those hypocrites, that love the praise of mere more than the praise of God.

39. Upbraid no-man's weakness to discomfort him, por report it to him to disparage him; neither. delight to remember it to lessed him, or set thyself above him. And be sure never to praise thyself, or to dispraise any man else, apless God's glory, or some good end do follow it.

40. Wicked breasts are false to themselves; neither trust'ng to their own choice, vor making choice of that which they dare to triat. They will set a good face upon their secretly unpleasing sips; and had rather be self-condemned, than wise and prudent.

41. We ought peither to be so eager for hording up treasure, as to withhold our hand entirely froni giving; nor yet so careless and extravagant, as to let any thing be unprofitably lost, which might be useful to ourselves, or beneficial to others.

42. Young minds being fullest of ignorance, want instruction most: are fittest to receive it, as being freest from prejudices and worldly cares; and are apt to retain it best, being void of such corruptions as would otherwise expel ít.


H! few and full of sorrow are the days

Of miserable man: his lise decays
Like that frail fower, which with the sun's uprise,
Her bud unfolds, and with the evening dies:
He, like an empty shadow, glides away,
And all his life is but a winter's day.

Ants in battalia to their cells convey
The plunder'd forage of their yellow prey;
The little drudges trot about and sweat,
But will not straight devour whate’er they get;
For in their mouths we see them carry home
A stock for winter, which they know must come.

Bold is the wretch, and blasphemous the map,
Who being finite, will attempt to scan
The works of Him, that's infinitely wise,

nd those he cannot comprehend denies: Our reason is too weak a guide to show How God Almighty governs all below.

Brave youths the paths of virtue still should tead,
And got by error's devious tract be led;

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Till free from filth, and spotless is their mind, ? Till pure their life, and of th' ethereal kind.

For this we must believe, whene'er we die,
We sink to hell, or else to heaven we fly.

By travel crown the arts, and learn abroad
The gen'ral virtues, which the wise applaud;
To study pations, I advise betines
And various kingdoms know, and various climes :
Whatever worthy thy remark thou seest,
With care remember, and forget the rest.

Christ's arms do still stand open to receive
All weary prodigals, that sin do leave:
For them he left his father's blest abode:
Maile son of mao, to make man son of God;
Tocure their wounds, he life's elixir bled,
And died a death to raise them from the dead.

Conceited thoughts, indulg'd without controul,
Exclude all future knowledge from the scul:
For he that thinks himself already wise,
la course, all further knowledge will despise ;
And but for this, how many night have been
Just, reputable; wise, and hopest men.

Death, at a distauce we but slightly fear,
He brings bis terrors as he draws more near.
Through poverty, pain, slav'ry, we drudge on,
The worst of beings better please than none:
No price too dear to purchase life and breath,
The heaviest burtheo's easier borse than death.

Dazzled with hope, we cannot see the cheat,
of aiming with impatience to be great.
Who wild ambition in the heart we find,
Farewell content, and quiet of the mind :
For glittring clouds, we leave the solid shore,
And wonted bappiness returos no more.

Eager the soldier meets his desp'rate foe,
With an intent to give his fatal blow;
The cause he fights for apiinaies him high,
Namely, religion, and dear Jiberty :

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