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as covetous men do their quiet and repofe; they can enjoy no fatisfaction in what they have, because of the abfurd inclination they are poffeffed with for what they have not.-Spectator.


MEN irritated by oppreffion, and elevated by a triumph over it, are apt to abandon themselves to violent and extreme courfes.-Burke.


YE have heard. that it hath been faid by them of old time, Thou shalt not forfwear thyself, but fhalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

But I fay unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne:

Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jeru falem, for it is the city of the great king:

Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black:

But let your communication be, yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatfoever is more than these cometh of evil.-New Teftament, IT is great fin to fwear unto a fin, But greater fin to keep a finful oath. Who can be bound by any folemn vow, To do a murderous deed? to rob a man? To force a spotlefs virgin's chastity? To reave the orphan of his patrimony? To wring the widow from her custom'd right? And have no other reafon for his wrong,

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But that he was bound by a folemn oath ?-Shakespeare.

WHOEVER confiders the number of abfurd and ridiculous oaths neceffary to be taken at prefent in moft countries, on being admitted into any fociety or profeffion whatever, will be lefs furprised to find prevarication ftill prevailing, where perjury has led the way.

While good faith reigned upon the earth, a fimple promise was fufficient to infure confidence. Oaths owe their origin to perfidy. Man was not required to call upon the God that heard him, to witness his veracity, till he deferved no longer to be believed. Magiftrates and fovereigns, to what do your regulations tend? You either oblige the man of probity to lift up his hand, and call heaven to witness, which with him is a requifition as injurious as it is useless; or you compel an oath from the mouth of a reprobate. Of what value can the oath of fuch a

Old Soldier.-Primogeniture,


man appear to you? If the oath be contrary to his own fecurity, it is abfurd. If it be confonant with his intereft, it is fuperfluous. Does it argue a knowledge of the human heart, to give the debtor his choice between his ruin and a falfehood; or the criminal his option between death and perjury? Will the man whom motives of revenge, intereft, or wickednefs, have determined to give a falfe teftimony, be deterred by the fear of committing one crime more? Is he not apprifed, before he is brought up to the tribunal of justice, that this formality will be required of him? And has he not from the bottom of his heart defpifed it, before he complied with it? Is it not a fpecies of impiety to introduce the name of God in our wicked difputes? Is it not a fingular mode of making heaven, as it were, an accomplice in the guilt, to fuffer that heaven to be called upon which never has contradicted nor ever will contradict the oath? How intrepid, therefore, muft the falfe witnefs become, when he has with impunity called down the divine vengeance on his head, without the fear of being convicted? Oaths feem to be so much debafed and proffituted by their frequency, that falfe witneffes are grown as common as robbers.-Raynal.


ONCE, gay in life, and free from anxious care,
I through the furrows drove the shining share-
I faw my waving fields with plenty crown'd,
And yellow Ceres, joyous, fmile around;
'Till rous'd by freedom at my country's call,
I left my peaceful home, and gave up all.
Now forc'd, alas! to beg my hard-earn'd bread,
This crazy body longs to join the dead:
Ungrateful country! when the danger's o'er,
Your bravest fons cold charity implore.

Children of wealth, in downy pleasure bred,
Pamper'd in eafe, by fav'ring fortune fed;
Who view with thoughtless eye the humble poor,
That glean their fcanty meals from door to door;
Ah! heave for me a fympathetic figh,

And wipe the falling tear from forrow's eye.—Fentham.


HOW unnatural is the anxious defire of ariftocratical bigots to make, as they exprefs it, an eldest fon! to starve or at leaft to diftrefs, a dozen fons and daughters, in order to leave


behind them one great reprefentative, who may continue to toil in the purfuit of civil pre-eminence, for the gratification of family pride. The privileges of primogeniture eftablish petty defpots all over the land, who are interefted, and fufficiently inclined, from pride as well as intereft, to promote the spirit of defpotifm. They would have no objection to the feudal fyftem, in which the only diftinction was that of lords and vafla's. Not contented with engroffing the property which ought to be fhared among their brothers and fillers, they claim privileges in confequence of their property, and would appropriate the birds of the air and the beails of the forest for their recreation in the field, and their luxury at the table.

When the laws of nature, and eternal truth and juftice, are violated, no wonder that defpotifm advances, and man is degra ded.-Spirit of Defpotifin.


HOW terrible is paffion! how our reafon Falls down before it! whilft the tortur'd frame, Like a hip dafh'd by fierce encount'ring tides, And of her pilot spoil'd, drives round and round, The fport of wind and wave.-Barford.


O HEAV'N born patience! fource of peace and reft,
Defcend; infufe thy fpirit thro' my breaft,
That I may calmly meet the hour of fate,
My fces forgive, and triumph o'er their hate.
This body let their engines tear and grind :
But let not all their racks fubdue my mind..


IF what we fuffer has been brought on us by ourselves, it is obferved by an ancient poet, that patience is eminently our duty, fince no one ought to be angry at feeling that which he has deferved. If we are confcious that we have not contributed to our own fufferings, if punishment falls upon innocence, or difappointment happens to industry and prudence, patience, whether more neceffary or not, is much eafier, fince our pain is then without aggravation, and we have not the bitterness of remorfe to add to the afperity of misfortune.-Rambler.

IN thofe evils which are allotted us by Providence, such as deformity, privation of any of the fenfes, or old age, it is always to be remembered, that impatience can have no prefent effect, but to deprive us of the confolations which our condition

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admits, by driving away from us thofe, by whofe converfation, or advice, we might be amefed or helped; and that with regard to futurity, it is yet lefs to be juftified, fince without leffening the pain, it cuts off the hope of that reward, which he, by whom it is inflicted, will confer upon them that bear it well. -Idem.

IN all evils which admit a remedy, impatience is to be aroided, because it waftes that time and attention in complaints, which, if properly applied, might remove the caufe.-Idem.


-FOR all conncions elfe,

All private duties are fubordinate,
To what we owe the public. Partial ties
Of fon, and father, hufband, friend or brother,
Owe their enjoyments to the public fafety,
And without that were vain ---IWhitehead.
-THE patriot's breast
No hopes, no fears, but for his country knows,
And in her danger lofes private woes.
Learn hence, ye Romans, on how fure a base
The patriot builds his happinefs; no ftroke,
No keenest, deadliest, shaft of adverse fate,
Can make his generous bofom quite defpair,
But that alone by which his country falls.
Grief may to grief in endless round fucceed,
And nature fuffer when our children bleed:
Yet ftill fuperior must that hero prove,
Whofe fir, beft paffion is his country's love.-Idem.

TO be attached to the fubdivifion, to love the little platoon we belong to in fociety, is the fift principle (the germ, as it were) of public affections. It is the first link in the feries by which we proceed towards a love to our country and to man kind. The interefts of that portion of focial arrangement is a truft in the hands of all thofe who compofe it; and as none but bad men would juftify it in abuse, none but traitors would barter it away for their ovn perfonal advantage.—Burke.

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GIVE peace, give healing peace to two brave nations,
Fatigu'd with war, and fick of cruel deeds!
To carry on deftru&tion's easy trade,

Afit mankind, and fcourge the world with war,

Is what each wicked, each ambitious man,
Who lets his furious paffions loofe, may do:
But in the flattering torrents of fuccefs,
To check his rage, and drop the avenging fword,
When a repenting people afk it of him,
That is a genuine bounty of a God.—Thomson.

FAIR peace! how lovely, how delightful thou!
By whofe wide tie, the kindred fons of men
Like brothers live, in amity combin'd,
And unfufpicious faith; while honest toil
Gives every joy, and to thofe joys a right,
Which idle, barbarous rapine but ufurps.
Beneath thy calm infpiring influence,
Science his views enlarges; Art refines,
And fwelling Commerce opens all her ports.
Bleft be the man divine who gives us thee!
Who bids the trumpet hufh his horrid clang,
Nor blow the giddy nations into rage;
Who fheathes the murd'rous blade; the deadly gun
Into the well-pil'd armoury returns;
And every vigour from the work of death
To grateful indufry converting, makes
The country flourish, and the city smile.
Unviolated, him the virgin fings;
And him the fmiling mother to her train ;
Of him the shepherd, in the peaceful dale,
Chaunts; and, the treasures of his labor safe,
The hufbandman of him, as at the plough,
Or team, he toils. With him the failor foothes,
Beneath the trembling moon, the midnight wave;
And the full city, warm from ftreet to freet,
And fhop to fhop, refponfive, rings of him,
Nor joys one land alone; his praise extends
Far as the fun rolls the diffufive day;
Far as the breeze can bear the gifts of peace,
'Till all the happy nations catch the fong.-Idem.

A PEACE too eagerly fought, is not always the fooner obtained; and when obtained, it never can be every thing we wifh. The difcovery of vehement wishes generally fruftrates their attainment; and your adversary has gained a great advantage over you, when he finds you impatient to conclude a treaty. There is in referve, not only fomething of dignity, but a great deal of prudence too. A fort of courage belongs to negociation

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