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vant of God remark the hand of that gracious power which hath raised him up; which hath happily conducted him through the various steps of life, and crowned him with the most favourable distinction beyond his equals? 5. Let us farther consider, that not only gratitude for the past, but a cheering sense of divine favour at the present, enters into the pious emotion. They are only the virtuous, who in their prosperous days hear this voice addressed to them, “Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a cheerful heart; for God now accepteth thy works.” He who is the author of their prosperity, gives them a title to enjoy, with complacency, his own gift. 6. While bad men snatch the pleasures of the world as by stealth," without countenance from the great Proprietor §§. world, the righteous sit openly down to the feast of lise, under the smile of approving heaven. No guilty fears damp their joys. The blessing of God rests upon all that they possess; his protection surrounds them; and hence, “in the habitations of the righteous, is found the voice of roof and salvation.” 7. A lustre unknown to others, invests in their sight, the whole face of nature. Their piety reflects a sunshine from neaven upon the prosperity of the world; unites in one point of view, the smiling aspect, both of the powers above, and of the objects below. *. only have they assull a relish as others, for the innocent pleasures of life, but moreover, in these they hold communion with their divine Benefactor. 8. In all that is good or fair, they trace his hand. From the beauties of nature, from the improvements of art, from the enjoyments of social life, they raise their affection to the source of all the happiness § surrounds them; and thus widen the sphere of their pleasures, by adding intellectual, and spiritual, to earthly joys. 9. . illustration of what I have said on this head, remark that cheerful enjoyment of a prosperous state, which King David had when he wrote the twenty-third psalm; and compare the highest pleasures of the riotous sinner, with the happy and satisfied spirit which breathes throughout that psalm, Hn the midst of the splendour of royalty, with what amiable simplicity of gratitude does he look up to the Lord as “his Shepherd;” happier in ascribing all his success to Divine favour, than to the policy of his councils, or to the force of his arms! 10. How many instances of Divine goodness arose be

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CHAP. IX, PROMISCUOUS PIECES. 2II

fore him in pleasing remembrance, when, with such relish, he speaks of the “green pastures and still waters, beside which God had led him; of his cup which he had made to overflow; and of the table which he had prepared for him in the presence of his enemies!” With what per

fect tran . does he look forward to the time of his

perity is here exhibited!" How different

passing through “the valley of the shadow of death.” unappalled by that spectre, whose most distant appear

ance blasts the prosperity of sinners. 11. He fears no evil, as long as “the rod and the staff of his Divine Shepherd' are with him; and through all the unknown periods of this and of future existence, commits himself to his guidance with secure and triumphant hopes “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the o: or

of my life; and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

ever.” 12. What a purified, sentimental o: of prosrom that gross”

relish of worldly pleasures, which belongs to those who

behold only the terrestrial side of things: who raise their

o views to no higher objects than the succession of human contingencies, and the weak efforts of human ability; who have no protector or patron in the heavens, to enliven their prosperity, or to warm their hearts with gratitude and

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mås, one of the descendants of the errour. kings of Sidon. - k Mur-mur, mār'-mâr, a buzz, grumble, to buzz, to grumble. Virtue, when deeply rooted, is not subject to the influence of fortune.

'1. The city of Sidon, having surrendered to Alexander, he ordered Hephestion" to bestow the crown on him whom the Sidonians" should think most worthy of that honour. Hephestion, being at that time resident with two young men of distinction, offered them the kingdom; but they

refused it, telling him that it was contrary to the laws of their country, to admit any one to that honour, who was not of the royal family. - 2. He then, having expressed his admiration of their disinterested" spirit, desired them to name one of the royal race, who might remember that he had received the crown through their hands. Overlooking many, who would have been ambitious of this high honour, they made choice of Abdalonymus," whose singular merit had rendered him conspicuous, even in the vale of obscurity. 8. Though remotely related to the royal family, a series of misfortunes had reduced him to the necessity, of cultivating a garden for a small stipend," in the suburbs of the city. While Abdalonymus was busily employed in weeding his #. the two friends of Hephestion, bearing in their ands the ensigns of royalty, approached him, and saluted nim king. 4. They informed him that Alexander had appointed him o that office; and required him immediately to exchange nis rustick garb, and utensils of husbandry, for the regals 'obe and sceptre." At the same time, they admonished him, when he should be seated on the throne, and have a nation n his power, not to forget the humble condition from which me had been raised. 5. All this, at the first, appeared to Abdalonymus as an illusion' of the fancy, or an insult offered to his poverty. He requested them not to trouble him farther with their impertiment jests; and to find some other way of amusing themselves, which might leave him in the peaceable enjoy

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convinced him, that they were serious in their proposal; and prevailed upon him to accept the regal office, and ac company them to the palace. 6. No sooner was he in possession of the government, than pride and com. enemies; who whispered their murmurs" in every place, till at last they reached the ear of Alexander. He commanded the new-elected prince to be sent for; and inquired of him, with what temper of mind he had borne his poverty. o 7. “Would to Heaven,” replied Abdalonymus, “ that I may be able to bear my crown with equal moderation: for When I possessed little, I wanted nothing: these hands supplied me with whatever I desired.” From this answer Alexander formed so high an idea of his wisdom, that]

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The speech of FABRicius," a Roman ambassador,” to king Pyrrhus," who attempted to bribe him to his interests, by the offer of a great sum of money. 1. With regard to my poverty, the king has, indeed, oeen justly informed. My whole estate consists in a house of but mean appearance, and a little spot of ground , from which, by my own labour, I draw my support. But if, by any means, thou hast been persuaded to think that this poverty renders me of less consequence in my own country, or in any degree unhappy, thou art greatly deceived. 2. I have no reason to complain of fortune; she supplies me with all that nature requires; and if I am without superfluities, I am also free from the desire of them. With these, I confess I should be more able to succour the necessitous, the only advantage for which the wealthy are to be envied; but small as my possessions are, I can still contribute something to the support of the state, and the assistance of my friends. ' 3. With respect to honours, my country places me, poor as I am, upon a level with the richest: for #. knows no qualifications" for great employments, but virtue and ability." . She appoints me to officiate in the most august ceremonies of religion; she intrusts me with the command of her armies; she confides" to my care the most important negotiations." My poverty does not lessen the weight and influence of my counsels in the senate. . The Roman people honour me for that very poverty, which king Pyrrhus considers as a disgrace. o - 4. They know the many opportunities I have had to

enrich myself, without censure; they are convinced of my disinterested zeal for their prosperity; and if I have any thing to complain of, in the return they make me, it is only the excess of their applause. What value, then, can I put upon thy gold and silver? What king can add any thing to my fortune?. Always attentive to discharge the duties incumbent upon me, I have a mind free from selfreproach; and I have an honest same. A. -

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3. While he endeavoured, by an exact neutrality,s to

acquire the good will of all his neighbours, he was able to preserve fully the esteem and regard of none. His capacity was considerable, but fitter to discourse on general maxims, than to conduct any intricate" business. 4, His intentions, were just, but more adapted to the conduct of private life, than to the government of king

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