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WHENce arises the misery of this present world? It

is not owing to our cloudy atmosphere," 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 impotent" 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 o: 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 desolate" 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 on too near an approach to what is evil. Familiarize” 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 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 salutaryP 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 integrity" and virtue; and never to give up the hope that better days may yet arise.

#. 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 intercourse" | And yet how often have

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we seen all those fair appearances unhappily blasted in the progress of life, merely through the influence of loose and corrupting pleasures: and those very persons, who promised once to be blessings to the world, sunk down, in the end, to be the burden and nuisance" of society?

The most common propensity of mankind, is, to store futurity with whatever is agreeable to them; especially in those periods of life, when imagination is lively, and hope is ardent. Looking forward to the year now beginning, they are ready to promise themselves much, from the foundations of prosperity which they have laid; from the friendships and connexions which they have secured; and from the plans of conduct which they have formed. Alas! how deceitful do all these dreams of happiness often prove | While many are saying in secret to their hearts, “To-morrow shall be as this day, and more abundantly,” we are obliged in return to say to them; “Boast not yourselves of to-morrow; for you know not what a day may bring forth !”

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