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decline. Increafing the obligations which are laid upon fuch minds, only increases their burden: they feel themselves unable to repay the immenfity of their debt: and their bankrupt hearts are taught a latent refentment at the hand that is ftretched out with offers of fervice and relief.-Goid/mith.
HAVE I then no tears for thee, my father!
With fhame, difquiet, anguish, and dishonour?
Yes, let one daughter to her fate fubmit,
Be nobly wretched, but hther happy.-Thomfon. -PR'YTHEE, Trim, oth my father,-What doft thou mean, by honouring thy father and thy mother?"
Allowing them, an't please your honour, three half-pence a day out of my pay when they grow old.-And didst thou do that. Trim? faid Torick.-He did, indeed, replied my uncle Toby -Then. Trim, faid Forick, fpringing out of his chair, and taking the Corporal by the hand, thou art the best commentator upon that part of the Decalogue; and I honour thee more for it, Corporal Trim, than if thou had it had a hand in the Talmud itself.-Sterne.
THERE are few enterprifes fo hopeless as contefts with the fabion, in which the opponents are not only made confident by their numbers, and ftrong by their union, but are hardened by contempt of their antagonist, whom they always look upon as a wretch of low notions, contracted views, mean converfation, and narrow fortune; who envies the elevations which he cannot reach; who would gladly embitter the happinefs which his inelegance or indigence deny him to partake; and who has no other end in his advice, than to revenge his own mortification, by hindering thofe, whom their birth and taste have fet above him, from the enjoyment of their fuperiority, and bringing them down to a level with himfelf.-Rambler. NOTHING exceeds in ridicule, no doubt,
A fool in fashion, but a fool that's cut;
Fair of America.
His paffion for abfurdity's fo ftrong,
Tho' wrong the mode, comply. More fenfe is fhewn
If what is out of fashion moft you prize,
FAIR of AMERICA.
YE blooming daughters of the western world,
Though lavish nature fheds each various grace,
Feels from the heart, life's quicken'd currents glide,
Though fweet their lips, their features more than fair-
'Tis thofe enchanting founds, mellifluous, hung
'Tis the mild influence beaming from their eyes,
Which warm, and cheer, and vivify the whole.-Humphreys.
THE proud fupporters of tyranny, in which they hope to partake, have always ufed falfe alarms falfe plots, cunningly. contrived nicknames, and watchwords, to fet the unthinking people against thofe who were promoting their greatest good.
When Chrift began to preach, we read, in the feventh chapter of St. Luke, that the multitude and the publicans heard him; but the fcribes and the pharifees rejeded the counfel of God towards them. They, like all perfons of fimilar temper and rank, flourishing by abufes, could not bear innovation.
The most powerful argument they used against him was this queftion: Have any of the rulers and the pharifes believed in him? In modern times, the queftion would have been, have any perfons of fashion and diftinction given countenance to him? Does my lord-or my lady-or Sir Harry go to hear him preach? Or is he fomebody whom nobody knows?— Such is the language of the fpirit of defpotifm, in all times and countries.-Spirit of Defpotifm.
GENTLENESS of ADDRESS.
THE fofteft and gentleft addrefs to the erroneous, is the best way to convince them of their mistake. Sometimes 'tis neceffary to reprefent to your opponent, that he is not far off from the truth, and that you would fain draw him a little nearer to it; commend and establish whatever he fays that is juft and true, as our bleffed Saviour treated the young fcribe, when he anfwered well concerning the two great commandments; "Thou art not far." fays our Lord, "from the "kingdom of heaven," Mark xii. 34. Imitate the mildness and conduct of the bleffed Jefus.
Come as near to your opponent as you can in all your propofitions, and yield to him as much as you dare, in a confiftence with truth and juftice.
'Tis a very great and fatal mistake in perfons who attempt to convince or reconcile others to their party, when they make
Gentleness of Address.-Gallantry.-Gentleman.-Glory. 115 the difference appear as wide as poffible. This is fhocking to any person who is to be convinced. He will choose rather to keep and maintain his own opinions, if he cannot come into yours without renouncing and abandoning every thing that he believed before. Human nature must be flattered a little, as well as reafoned with, that fo the argument may be able to come at his understanding, which otherwife will be thrust off at a distance. If you charge a man with nonfenfe and abfurdities, with herefy and felf-contradiction, you take a very wrong ftep towards convincing him.
Remember, that error is not to be rooted out of the mind of man by reproachings and railings, by flashes of wit and biting jefts, by loud exclamations or fharp ridicule. Long declamations and triumphs over our neighbour's mistake, will not prove the way to convince him; these are figns either of a bad caufe, or of want of arguments or capacity for the defence of a good one.-Watts.
GALLANTRY, though a fashionable crime, is a very deteftable one; and the wretch who pilfers from us in the hour of diftrefs, is an innocent character compared to the plunderer who wantonly robs us of happiness and reputation. -Kelly.
NOR ftand fo much on your gentility, Which is an airy, and mere borrow'd thing, From dead men's duft and bones and none of Except you make, or hold it.-B. Johnson.
-THERE's not a homely peafant,
If grac'd with innocence, tho' nurs'd in toil,
But boasts more glory than a tainted grandeur.—Savagė.
Springs from the filent conqueft of ourselves;
IS not confined to externals, much lefs to any particular drefs or attitude of the body; it is the art of pleafing; or
contributing as much as poffible to the ease and happiness of those with whom we converse.-Fielding.
PERHAPS the fummary of good breeding may be reduced to this rule," behave unto all men, as you would they should behave unto you."--This will molt certainly oblige us to treat all mankind with the utmoft civility and refpect, there being nothing which we defire more, than to be treated fo by them. The ambitious, the covetous, the proud, the vain, the angry, the debauchee, the glutton, are all loft in the character of the well bred man; or if nature fhould now and then venture to peep forth, the withdraws in an inflant, and doth not fhew enough of herself to become ridiculous.-Idem.
IT is not fo with him that all things knows As 'tis with us, that square our guess by fhews:
But moft it is prefumption in us, when
The help of Heav'n we count the act of men.- -Shakespeare.
As fure bound with their fleeps, yet there is one
So fhould we be as cautious to fhun
All caufe, that others think not ill of us.-Chapman.
A power unknown, that actuates the world,
Whole eye is jut, whole ev'ry thought is wisdom,
Pride in his awful fight thinks back appall'd;
Humility is eldelt born of Virtue,
And claims her birth right at the throne of Heav'n.Murphy.
THOU didit, O mighty God! exist
Ere time began its race;
Before the ample elements
Fill'd up the void of space:
Before the pond'rous earthly globe
Before the ocean's mighty fprings
Ere through the gloom of ancient night