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Had nipp'd ; and, with a careful, loving hand,
Me let the tender offixe long engage,
Tir'd Nature's sweet restorer, balmy Sleep!
Dreams are but interludes, which Fancy makes :
Learn to live well, that thou mayst die so too;
The anxieties of pleasure, and the fatigues of indolence, waste and consume the spirits ; they are sufferings without pity, and labour without reward.
Prayer is the vital breath of Religion. As, when doubtful of life, a glass is held to the sick man to see whether it is stained with his breath ; so, if the breath of prayer come from a man, the life of religion is in him, however faint and weak; but if he prays no more, religion is dead within him.
A cheerful temper, joined with innocence, will make beauty attractive, knowledge delightful, and wit good natured. It will lighten sickness, poverty, and affiction; convert ignorance into an amiable simplicity; and render deformity itself agreeable.
See a fond mother encircled by her children ; with pious tenderness she loo around, and her soul even inelts with maternal love. One she kisses on it's cheek, and clasps another to her bosom; one she sets upon her knee, and finds a seat upon her foot for another. And while, by their actions, by their lisping words, and asking eyes, she understands their various numberless liitle wishes, to these she dispenses a look, and a word to those ; and, whether she grants or refuses, whether she smiles or frowns, it is all in tender love. Such to us, though infinitely high and awful, is Providence; so it watches over us, comforting these, providing for those, listening to all, and assisting every one; and if sometimes it denies the favour we implore, it denies but to invite our more earnest prayers; or, if seeming to deny a blessing, it grants one in. the refusal.
MORAL AND DIDACTIC PIECES.
BOW down your heads unto the dust, O) ye inhabitants of Earth! be silent, and receive, with reverence, instruction from on high.
Wheresoever the sun doth shine, wheresoever the wind doth blow, wheresoever there is an ear to hear and a mind to conceive; there let the precepts of life be made known, let the maxims of truth be honoured and obeyed.
All things proceed from God. His power is unbounded, his wisdom is from eternity, and his goodness endureth for
He sitteth on his throne in the centre, and the breath of his mouth giveth life to the world.
He toucheth the stars with his finger, and they run their course rejoicing.
On the wings of the wind he walketh abroad, and performeth his will through all the regions of unlimited space.
Order, and grace, and bounty spring from his hand.“
The voice of wisdom speaketh in all his works : but the human understanding comprehendeth it not.
The shadow of knowledge passeth over the mind of man as a dream ; he seeth as in the dark; he reasoneth and is often deceived:
But the wisdom of God is as the light of Heaven; he reasoneth not; his mind is the fountain of truth.
Justice and mercy wait before his throne; benevolence and love enlighten his countenance for ever.
Who is like unto the Lord in glory? Who in power shall contend with the Almighty? Hath he any equal in wisdom? Can any goodness be compared unto him?
He it is, o man! who hath created thee: thy station on Earth is fixed by his appointment; the powers of thy mind are the gist of his goodness; the wonders of thy frame are the work of his hand.
Hear then his voice, for it is gracious; and he that obeyeth, shall establish his soul in peace.
ECONOMY or HUMAN Life.
GIVE ear, fair daughter of love, to the instructions of prudence, and let the precepts of truth sink deep in thy heart; so shall the charms of thy mind add lustre to the elegance of thy form; and thy beauty, like the rose it resembleth, shall retain it's sweetness when it's bloom is withered.
In the spring of thy youth, in the morning of thy days, when the eyes of men gaze on thee with delight, and nature whispereth in thine ear the meaning of their looks : ah ! hear with cautiou their seducing words; guard well thy ear, nor listen to their soft persuasions.
Remember that thou art made man's reasonable companion, not the slave of his passion; the end of thy being is not merely to gratify his loose desire, but to assist him in the toils of life, to sooth him with thy tenderness, and recompense his care with soft endear,nents.
Who is she that winneth the heart of man, that subdueth him to love, and reigneth in his breast?
Lo! yonder she walketh in maiden sweetness, with innocence in her mind, and modesty on her cheek.
Her hand seeketh employment; her foot delighteth not in gadding abroad.
She is clothed with neatness, she is fed with ternperance; humility and meekness are as a crown of glory circling her head.
On her tongue dwelleth music; the sweetness of honey floweth from her lips.
Decency is in all her words; in her answers are mildness and truth.
Submission and obedience are the lessons of her life, and peace and happiness are her reward.
Before her steps walketh Prudence, and Virtue attendeth at her right hand.
Her eye speaketh softness and love; but Discretion, with a sceptre, sitteth on her brow.
The tongue of the licentious is dumb in her presence; the awe of her virtue keepeth them silent.
When scandal is busy, and the fame of her neighbour is tossed from tongue to tongue, if charity and good nature open not her mouth, the finger of silence resteth on her lip.
Her breast is the mansion of goodness, and therefore she suspecteth no evil in others.
Happy were the man that should make her his wife; happy the child that shall call her mother.
She presideth in the house, and there is peace; she commandeth with judgment, and is obeyed.
She ariseth in the morning, she considers her affairs, and appointeth to every one
business. The care of the family is her whole delight; to that alone she applieth her study; and elegance, with frugality, is seen in her mansions.
The prudence of her management is an honour to her husband; and he heareth her praise with a secret delight.