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Our ignorance of what is to come, and of what is really good or evil, should correct anxiety about worldly suc

The veil which covers from our sight the events of succeeding years, is a veil woven by the hand of mercy.

The best preparation for all the uncertainties of futurity, consists in a well ordered mind, a good conscience,m and a cheerful submission to the will of Heaven.

SECTION II. a Fol-ly, föl-le, weakness, uepravity parent ở Vic-tin, vi-tim, 8 sacrifice lj U-ni-verse, yu'--vêrse, the whole c In-tem-per-ance, la-têm-per-&nse, ex world

cess in meat or drink, a want ofk Dis-trust, dis-tråst', to doubt, suspitemperance

cion d In-do-lence, in'dd-lense, laziness 2 Cav-il, káv'-fl, to raise captious obe Cre-a-tor, kré-d'-tår, Gød, one who jections, a captious argument creates

m Scep-tic-al, sep’-tik-al, disbelieving Cur-rent, kår'-rent, circulatory, run- n In-di-ca -tion, In-de-ká'-sbån, mark, ning stream

symptom Frus-trate, fris'-trate, to defeat, balko Big-ot-ry, bigʻ-gåt-tré, blind zeal, suCon-fer, kon-fér', ta bestow, discourse perstition with

p Max-im, maks'-Im, a general princi· Ex-ter-nal, eks-tér'-nál, outward, ap ple

THE chief misfortunes that befall us in life, can be traced to some vices or folliesa which we have committed.

Were we to survey the chambers of sickness and distress, we should often find them peopled with the victimso of intemperance and sensuality, and with the children of vicious indolenced and sloth.

To be wise in our own eyes, to be wise in the opinion of the world, and to be wise in the sight of our Creator, are three things so very different, as rarely to coincide.

Man, in his highest earthly glory, is but a reed floating on the stream of time, and forced to follow every new direction of the current.

The corrupted temper, and the guilty passions of the bad, frustrates the effect of every advantage which the world confergh on them.

The externali misfortunes of life, disappointments, poverty, and sickness, are light in comparison of those inward distresses of mind, occasioned by folly, by passion, and by guilt.

No station is so high, no power so great, no character so unblemished, as to exempt men from the attacks of rashness, malice, or envy.

Moral and religious instruction derives its efficacy, not 30 much from what men are taught to know, as from what they are brought to feel.

He who pretends to great sensibility towards men, and vet has no feeling for the high objects of religion, no heart to admire and adore the great Father of the universe, has reason to distrustk the truth and delicacy of his sensibility:

When, upon rational and sober inquiry, we have established our principles, let us not suffer them to be shaken by the scoffs of licentious, or the cavils' of the sceptical an

When we observe any tendency to treat religion or morals with disrespect and levity, let us hold it to be a surr indication" of a perverted understanding, or a depraved heart.

Every degree of guilt incurred by yielding to temptation, tends to debase the mind, and to weaken the generous and benevolent principles of human nature.

Luxury, pride, and vanity, have frequently as much influence in corrupting the sentiments of the great, as ignorance, bigotry," and prejudice, have in misleading the opinions of the multitude.

Mixed as the present state is, reason and religion pronounce, that generally, if not always, there is more happiness than misery, more pleasure than pain, in the condition of man.

Society, when formed, requires distinctions of property, diversity of conditions, subordination of ranks, and a multiplicity of occupations, in order to advance the general good.

That the temper, the sentiments, the morality, and, in general, the whole conduct and character of men, are inAuenced by the example and disposition of the persons with whom they associate, is a reflection which has long since passed into a proverb, and been ranked among the standing maximsp of human wisdom, in all ages of the world.

SECTION III. a Vir-tue, vêr'-tshů, moral goodness jd Hu-mane, hů-måne', kind, benevolent % Re-fine-ment, ré-fine'-ment, a purify- e Trau-sient, trån’-shent, short, moing; improvement

mentary « Vo-lup-tu-a-ry, vb-låp’-tshå-a-re, one f Lus-tre, lås'-tår, brightness, splens givon to pleasure


Com-et, kom-lt, a heavenly body | Su-per-stit-io, gd-per-stish-&n, false k Ar-o-mat-ick, ár-o-mat'-lk, spicy,fra devotion grant

m Prej-u-dice, pred-id-dis, prepossesi Pe-ri-od, pe'-re-åd, a round of time,

sion, injury, to hun full point

ne De-spon-dent, de-spon'-dért, despairCom-mune, kom-múne', to converse ing * La-tent, la'-tent, hidden, secret

The desire of improvement discovers a liberal mind, and is connected with many accomplishments, and many virtues.a

Innocence confers ease and freedom on the mind; and leaves it open to every pleasing sensation.

Moderate and simple pleasures relisl. high with the temperate: in the midst of the studied retnements, the voluptuarye languishes.

Gentleness corrects whatevoris offensive pour manners; and by a constant train of hulaaned attentions, studies to alleviate the burden of common misery.

That gentleness which is the daracteristic of a good man, has, like every other virtue, 'ts seat in the heart : and, let me add, nothing, except Weat flows from the heart, can render even external manner truly pleasing:

Virtue, to become either vigorous or useful, must be habitually active : not breaking forth occaionally with a transienté lustre,f like the blaze of a comet, but regular in its returns, like the light of day: not like th aromatick gale, which sometimes feasts the sense ; but lik dinary breeze, which purifies the air, and relders it healthful.

The happiness of every man depends more upon he state of his own mind, than upon any one external a cumstance: nay, more than upon all external things pur together.

In no station, in no period, let us think ourselves secure from the dangers which spring from our passions. Every age, and every station they beset; from youth gray hairs, and from the peasant to the prince.

Riches and pleasures are the chief temptations to criminal deeds. Yet those riches, when obtained, may very possibly overwhelm us with unforeseen miseries. Those pleasures may cut short our health and life.

He who is accustomed to turn aside from the world, and communes with himself in retirement, will, sometimes at least, hear the truths which the multitude do not tell him. A more sound instructer will lift his voice, and

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awaken within tre heart, those latentk suggestions, which the world had overpowered and suppressed.

Amusement often becomes the business, instead of the relaxation, of young persons : it is then highly pernicious.

He that waits for an opportunity, to do much at once, may breathe out his life in jale wishes ; and

regret, in the last hour, his useless intenzions and barren zeal.

The spirit of true religion breathes mildness and affability. It gives a native unaffected ease to the behaviour. It is, social, kind and cheerful : far removed from that gloomy and illiberal superstition,' which clouds the brow, sharpens the temper, dejects the spirit, and teaches men, to fit themselves or another werld, by neglecting the concerns of this.

Reveal none of the secrets of thy friend. Be faithfui to his interests Forsake lím not in danger. Abhor the thought of acquiring any «dvantage by his prejudice.m

Man, always prosperous, would be giddy and insolent; always afi:cted, woudl be sullen or despondents Hopes and fears, joy and sorrow, are, therefore, so blended in his life, as both trgive room for worldly pursuits, and to recall, from time to time, the admonitions of conscience.


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SECTION IV. a Mo-mer

mo'-mânt, importance, ji Dis-tort, dis-tört', to twist, defum, foro

point of time

stà'-b!, fixed, constant i Sum-mit, sům'-mit, the utmost heigt 5 Sta-nue, Av-e-nú, an entrance, an; Can-dour

, kan’dür, frankness, honesty Alley

The Al-lure, Al-Iúre', to entice to any Char-i-ty,tshår’--tė, tenderness, be thing novolence

|| Eq-ui-page, ék’-kwė-paje, furniture e Gen-u-ine, jen’-8-in, not spurious, for a horseman, carriage of state, real

attendanco f Fer-ment, fér-ment', to rarefy by in- m Con-du-cive, kon-dů'-siv, promoting testine motion of parts

aiding Tim-or-ous, tîm'-år-ůs, fearful, bash-In To-ken, 18'-k’n, a sign, memorial

Fund, fund, stock, capital TIME once past never returns: the momenta which is lost, is lost for ever.

There is nothing on earth so stable, as to assure us. of undisturbed rest ; nor so powerful, as to afford us constant protection.

The house of feasting too often becomes an avenuec to the house of mourning Short, to the licentious, is the interval between them.



It is of great importance to us, to form a proper estimate of human life ; without either loading it with imaginary evils, or expecting from it greater advantages than it is able to yield.

Among all our corrupt passions, there is a strong and intimate connection. When any one of them is adopted into our family, it seldom quits until it has fathered upon us all its kindred.

Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines ; a censorious disposition casts every character into the darkest shade it will bear.

Many men mistake the love, for the practice of virtue ; and are not so inuch good men, as the friends of good

Genuine virtue has a language that speaks to every heart throughout the world. It is a language which is understood by all. : In every region, every climate, the homage paid to it is the same. In no one sentiment were ever mankind more generally agreed.

The appearances of our security are frequently deceitful. When our sky seems most settled and serene, in some unobserved quarter gathers the little black cloud in which the tempest ferments, and prepares to discharge itself on our head.

The man of true fortitude may be compared to the castle built on the rock, which defies the attack of surrounding waters: the man of a feeble and timorous spirit, to a hut placed on the shore, which every wind shakes, and every wave overflows.

Nothing is so inconsistent with self-possession as violent anger. It overpowers reason; confounds our ideas; distorts: the appearance, and blackens the colour of every object. By the storms which it raises within, and by the mischiefs which it occasions without, it generally brings on the passionate and revengeful man, greater misery than he can bring on the object of his resentment.

The palace of virtue has, in all ages, been represented as placed on the summit of a hill; in the ascent of which, labour is requisite, and difficulties are to be surmounted and where a conductor is needed, to direct our way, and to aid our steps.

In judging of others, let us always think the best, and employ the spirit of charity and candcar: But in judging of ourselves, we ought to be exact and severe.

Let him, who desires to see others happy, make haste

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