Pleasing reflections on life and manners with essays, characters, & poems; principally selected from fugitive publications [by G. Wright].

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Page 52 - The following question is started by one of the school-men. Supposing the whole body of the earth were a great ball or mass of the finest sand, and that a single grain or particle of this sand should be annihilated every thousand years. Supposing then that you had it in your choice to be happy all the while this prodigious mass...
Page 113 - Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot...
Page 20 - I say, he should know that this set of creatures are to exist to all eternity in another life, for which they make no preparations? Nothing can be a greater...
Page 292 - God's your friend. Weigh well your part, and do your best ; Leave to your Maker all the rest.
Page 10 - M. fent ftate, which, though of an inferiour order, muft not be overlooked in the eftimate of human life. It is neceflary to call attention to thefe, in order to check that repining and unthankful fpirit to which man is always too prone. Some degree of importance muft be allowed to the comforts of health, to the innocent...
Page 20 - Nay, would not he believe we were forbidden poverty by threats of eternal punifhment, and enjoined to purfue our pleafures under pain of damnation ? He would certainly imagine that we were influenced by a fcheme of duties quite oppofite to thofe which are indeed prefcribed to us. And truly, according to fuch an imagination, he muft conclude that we are a fpecies of the moft obedient creatures in the univerfe ; that we are conftant to our duty, and that we keep a fteady eye on the end, for which we...
Page 238 - Tis worfe to whiftle on a Sunday, Than cheat their neighbours on a Monday ; To dine without firft faying grace, is Enough to lofe in heaven their places: But goodnefs, honefty and virtue, Are what they've not the leaft regard to. Others there are, and not a few, Who place it in the bugbear view ! Think it confifts in ftrange fcveritles.: Jn faftings, weepings, and aufterities.
Page 179 - Most willingly," returned the bishop. " In whatever state I am, I first of all look up to heaven, and remember that my principal business here is to get there : I then look down upon the earth, and call to mind how small a space I shall occupy in it when I come to be interred : I then look abroad into the world, and observe what multitudes there are who are in all respects more unhappy than myself.
Page 159 - ... Therefore the wise man, in these books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, agreeably to his design, insists on this part of wisdom. He tells us the advantage of seeking Christ early; Prov.
Page 20 - Must not he imagine that we were placed in this world to get riches and honours? Would not he think that it was our duty to toil after wealth, and...

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