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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 Lord; that which he hath given, will be
him again. If thine enemyd be hungry, give him bread to eat; and If he be thirsty, give him water
to drink. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I never seen the righteouse forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
It is better to be a door-keeper in the house of the Lord, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
I have seen the wicked in great power; and sprcading himself like a green bay-tree. Yet he passed away: sought him, but he could not be found.
Happy is the man that findeth wisdom. Length of day is in her right hand; and in her left hand, riches and hon
Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
How good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like precious ointment: like the dew of Hermon, and the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion.
The sluggard will not plough by reason of the cold; he shall therefore beg in harvest, and have nothing.
I went by the field of the slothful, and by the vineyard of the 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 looked upon it, and received instruction.
Honourable age is not that which standeth in length of time; nor that which is measured by number of years: But wisdom is the gray hair to man; and an unspotted life is
Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy fathers; and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind. If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
SECTION IX. a Ex-pe-rience, éks-per-ré-énse, c Cher-ish, tshér'-rish, to support, practice, to try.
shelter. b Im-par-tial-ly, im-pår-shâl-lé, d Nour-ish, nůr'-rish, to support by equitably, justly.
I e Pi-e-ty, pi'-e-te, duty to God or p Can-ton, kån'-tůn, to divide into parents.
little parts, a part. f Rep-ro-bate, rép'-pro-båte, a man q Sloth, sloth, laziness. lost to virtue.
* Prev-a-lent, prévi-vå-lent, pre8 In-sig-nif-i-cant, in-sig-nif-fe- dominant.
kånt, void of meaning. s Sym-pa-thy, sim'-på-thè, fellow he Sub-or-di-na-tion, sůb-or-de-nk'- feeling.
shủn, inferiority of rank. t Nov-el-ty, nôv'-vel-td, newness, : Mo-tive, mor-tiv, inducement, innovation. causing motion.
u In-no-cent, in'-nd-sént, pure, & In-flu-ence, in'-flu-ênse, ascend- harmless.
ant power, to act upon. v Ab-so-lute, åb'-50-låte, complete, ? De-prav-i-ty, de-pråv'-date, cor- positive. ruption.
w As-cen-dant, ås-sen'-dånt, height, m Im-pe-ri-ous, Im-per-ré-ůs, tyran- influence, superiour. nical.
- Im-pair, im-pare', to diminish, inn Re-cep-ta-cle, ré-sép'-tå-kl, a jure. place for receiving:
y Vice, vise, the opposite to virtue. o Re-pug-nant, ré-påg'-nånt, reluc-Ve-ni-al, vér-ne-ai, pardonablé. tant, contrary.
aa Af-fin-i-ty, åf-fin'-né-te, relation
by marriage. That every day has its pains and sorrows is universally experienced, a and almost. universally confessed. But let us not attend only to mournful truths: if we look impartially about us, we shall find, that every day has likewise its pleasures and its joys.
We should cherisho sentiments of charity towards all men. The author of all good nourishesd much pietye and virtue in hearts that are unknown to us; and beholds re pentance ready to spring up among many, whom we consider as reprobates.
No one ought to consider himself as insignificants 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. Th itself, it is a useful motivel to action; but when allowed to extend its influencek too far, it corrupts the whole character, and produces guilt, disgrace, and misery. To be entirely destítute of it, is a defect. To be governed by it, is depravity. The proper adjustment of the several principles of action in human na ture 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 differ ent ways. His soul is rendered the receptacle" of many re pugnant" and jarring dispositions; and resembles some bar barous 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 misguided choice. Intemperance engenders disease, sloth produces poverty, pride creates disappointments, and dishonesty exposes to shame. The ungoverned. passions of men betray them into a thousand follies; their follies into crimes; and their crimes into misfortunés.
When we reflect on the many distresses which abound in human life; on the scanty proportion of happiness whicle any man is here allowed to enjoy; on the small difference which the diversity of fortune makes on that scanty proportion; it is surprising, that envy should ever have been a prevalent' passion among men, much more that it shoula · have prevailed among Christians. Where so much is suf fered in common, little room is left for envy. There is inore occasion for pity and sympathy, and inclination to assist each other.
At our first setting out in life, when yet unacquaintea with the world and its snares, when every pleasure enchants with its smile, and every object shines with the gloss of novelty,' let us beware of the seducing appearances which surround us; and recollect what others have suffered from the power of headstrong desire. If we allow any passion, even though it be esteemed innocent,“ to acquire an absolute' ascendant," our inward peace will be impaired. But if any, which has the taint of guilt, take early possession of our mind, we may date, from that moment, the ruin of our tranquillity.
Every man has some darling passion, which generally affords the first introduction to vice. The irregular gratifications, into which it occasionally seduces him, appear under the form of venial- weaknesses; and are indulged, in the beginning, with scrupulousness and reserve. But, by longer practice, these restraints weaken, and the
of habit grows. One vice brings in another to its aid. By a
sort of natural affinityau they connect and entwine themselves together; till their roots come to be spread wide and deep over all the soul.
SECTION X. a At-mos-phere, åt'-můs-fère, thejo Van-i-ty, vån'-e-te, emptiness,
air that encompasses the earth. petty pride. 6 In-clem-ent, in-klem'-ment, un- p Sal-u-ta-ry, sål'-lu-tå-re, whole
merciful, rugged. c De-bil-i-ty, dl-bil-e-tè, feeble- Un-sat-is-fac-tor-y:
ůn-sât-tis. ness, weakness.
fåk’-túr-é, not satisfactory. d Im-po-tent, im'-po-tént, feeble,r Fa-tal, fa'-tål, destructive, ineviweak.
table. e Ad-ver-si-ty, åd-vêr'-se-tè, cala-s Wor-thy, wür'-thè, deserving, va. mity, misery.
luable. f Li-cen-tious, ll-sén/-shủs, unre-t Re-course, re-korse', application strained.
for help, access. § Rev-el, rêv/-ėl, to carouse, riot." u In-teg-ri-ty, in-tèg'-re-té, honesty, h Des-o-late, dès'-so-late, uninha- purity. bited.
10 A-mi-a-ble, d'-me--bl, lovely, i A-dieu, å-dů', farewell.
pleasing. k Fa-mil-iar-ize, fä-mil'-yår-ize', to w In-ter-course, In'-tér-körse, com
make easy by habitude. 1 Ab-hor-rence, åb-hỏr'-rense, de-Nui-sance, nů-sånse, something testation.
offensive. m Vi-cis-si-tude, vė-sis'-d-tůde, y Pro-pen-si-ty, prð-pên'-se-tė, inchange, succession.
clination, proneness. n In-ure, in-ure', lo habituate, to z Ar-dent, år'-dént, vehement, zeamake ready or willing by custom,
lous. to accustom.
Whence arises the misery of this present world? It is not owing to our cloudy atmosphere, a our changing seasons, and inclement skies. It is not owing to the debility of our bodies, or to the unequal distribution of the goods of fortune. Amidst all disadvantages of this kind, a pure, a steadfast, and enlightened mind, possessed of strong virtue, could enjoy itself” in peace, and smile at the impotents assaults of fortune and the elements. It is within ourselves that misery has fixed its seat. Our disordered hearts, our guilty passions, our violent prejudices, and misplaced desires, are the instruments of the trouble which we endure. These sharpen the darts which adversity would otherwise point in vain against us.
While the vain and the licentious' are revellings in the midst of extravagance and riot, how little do they think of those scenes of sore distress which' are passing at that moment throughout the world; multitudes struggling for a
poor subsistence, to support the wife and children whom they love, and who look up to them with eager eyes for that bread which they can hardly procure; multitudes groaning under sickness in desolateh cottages, untended and unmourned; many, apparently in a better situation of life, pining away in secret with concealed griefs; families weeping over the beloved friends whom they have lost, or in all the bitterness of anguish, bidding those who are just expiring, the last adieu.
Never adventure too near an ap roach to what is evil. Familiarizek not yourselves with it,in the slightest instances, without fear. Listen with reverence to every reprehension of conscience; and preserve the most quick and accurate sensibility to right and wrong. If ever your moral impressions begin to decay, and your natural abhorrence of guilt
to lessen, you have ground to dread that the ruin of virtue s! is fast approaching.
By disappointments and trials the violence of our passions is tamed, and our minds are formed to sobriety and reflection. In the varieties of life, occasioned by the vicissitudes of worldly fortune, we are inured" to habits both of the active and the suffering virtues. How much soever we complain of the vanity of the world, facts plainly show that if its vanity were less, it could not answer the purpose of salutary discipline. Unsatisfactory as it is, its pleasures are still too apt to corrupt our hearts. How fatal' then must the consequences have been, had it yielded us more complete enjoyment? If, with all its troubles, we are in danger of being too much attached to it, how entirely would it have seduced our affections, if no troubles had been mingled with its pleasures?
In seasons of distress or difficulty, to abandon ourselves to dejection, carries no mark of a great or a worthy mind. Instead of sinking under trouble, and declaring "that his soul is weary of life,” it becomes a wise and a good man, in the evil day, with firmness to maintain his post, to bear up against the storm; to have recourse to those advantages which, in the worst of times, are always left to integrityu and virtue; and never to give up the hope that better days may yet arise.
How many young persons have at first set out in the world with excellent dispositions of heart; generous, charitable, and humane; kind to their friends, and amiable' among all with whom they had intercoursewi And yet how often have