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5. No blessing of life is any way comparable to the enjoy ment of a discreet and virtuous friend; it eases and unloads the mind, clears and improves the understauding, engenders thought and knowledge, animates virtue and good resolutions, sooths and allays the passions, and finds employmeut for most of the vacant hours of life. -Spectator.
6. The brightness of the sky, the lergthening of the days, the increasing verdure of the spring, the arrival of any little piece of good news, or whatever carries with it the must distapt glimpse of joy, is frequently the parent of a social and happy conversation. World.
7. In fair weather, when my heart is cheered, andI feel that. exultation of spirits, which results from light and warmth joined with a beautiful prospect of nature, I regard myself as one placed by the hand of God, in the midst of an ample theatre, in which the sun, moon and stars, the fruits also, and vegetables of the earth, perpetually changing their positions or their aspects, exhibit an elegant entertainment to the understanding as well as to the eye. Thander and lightning, rain and hail," he painted bow and the glaring comets, are decorations of this mighty theatre; and the sable hemisphere, studded with spangles, the blue vault at noon, the glorious gildings and rich colorings in the horizon, I look on as so many successive scenes.
Spectator. 8. Complaisance renders a superior amiable,an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable. It smooths distinction, sweetens conversation, and makes every one in the company pleased with himself. It produces good nature and mutual benevolence, encourages the timorous, sooths the turbulent, humanizes i he fierce, and distinguishes a society of civilized persons from a confusion of savages. In a word, complaisance is a virtue that blends all orders of men together, in a friendly intercourse of words and actions, and is suited to that equality in human nature, which every man ought to consider, so far as is consistent with the order and economy of the world.- Guardian.
9. It is owing to our having early imbibed false notions of virtue, that the word Christian does not carry with it at first view, all that is great, worthy, friendly, generous and heroic. The man who suspends his hopes of the rewards of worthy actions till after death; who can bestow, unseen; who can overlook hatred; do good to his slanderer; who can vever be angry at his friend ; never revengeful to his enemy is certainly formed for the benefit of society.- -Spectator.
10. Though we seem grieved at the shortness of life, in gencral, we are wishing every period of it at an end. The minor longs to be of age-then to be a man of business—then to inake ap an estate
then to arrive at honors--then to retire. The asurer would be very well satisfied, to have all the time annihis Lated that lies between the present moment and the next quarter day the politician would be contented to lose three years in his life, could he place things in the posture which he fancies they will stand in, after such a revoluzion of time and the lover would be glad to strike out of his existence, all the moments that are to pass away before the happy meeting.
11. Should the greater part of people sit down and draw up a particular account of their time, what a shameful bill would it be! So much in eating, drinking and sleeping, beyond what nature requires ; so much in revelling and wantonness; so much for the recovery of last night's intemperance ; so much in gaming, plays and masquerades ; so much in paying and receiving formal and impertinent visits ; so much in idle and toolish prating, in censuring and reviling our neighbors ; so much for dressing out our bodies, and in talking of fashions; and so much wasted and lost in doing nothing at all. Sherlock
12. If we would have the kindness of others, we must endure their follies. He who cannot persunde himself to withdraw from society, must be content to pay a tribute of his time to a maltitude of tyrants; to the loiterer who makes appointments he never keeps—to the consulter, who asks advice which he never takes-e the boaster, who blusters only to be praised to the complainer, who whines only in be pitiedo the projector, whose happiness is to entertain his friends with expectations, which all but himself know to be vaiu-to the economist, who tells of bargains and settlements the politcian, who predicts the consequences of deaths, battles and alliances
to the usurer who compares the state of the different funds
and to the talker, who talks only because he loves to be talking.
-Johnson. 13;Charity suffereth long, and is kind ; charity envieth not ; charity vaunteth not itself; is not puffed up ; doth not behave itself unseemly; seeketh noi her own ; is not easily provoked ; thinketh no evil; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoicuh in the truth ; beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things -St. Paul.
14. Delightful task! to rear the tender thought, To teach the young idea how to shoot, To pour the fresh instruction o'er the mind, To breathe th' enliv'ning spirit and to-fix The generous purpose in the glowing breast-Thomson.
15. Dread o'er the scene the Ghost of Hamlet stalks Othello rages-poor Monimia mourns And Belvidera pours her soul in love. Terror alarms the breast-the comely tear Steals o'er the cheek. Or else the comic musc Holds to the world a picture of itself. And raises, sly, the fair impartial laugh
Sometimes she lifts her strain, and paints the scenes
their spires; the bellying sheet between,
17. 'Tis from high life high characters are drawn;
18. 'Tis education forms the common mind; Just as the twig is bent, the tree's i: clin'd. Buastful and rough, your first son is a squire ; The next a tradesman, meek, and much a liar ; Tom struts a soldier, open, bold and brave; Will sneaks a scriv’ner, an exceeding knave. Is he a churchman? Then he's fond of power; A quaker? Sly; a presbyterian? Sorur; A smart freethinker: All things in an hour. -Popie
19. See what a grace was seated on his brow;
20. The cloud capt towers, the gorgeous palaces,
Patie III.Examfiles of SUSPENSION ; or a delaying of the
1. AS beauty of person, with an agreeable carriage, pleases the eye, and that pleasure consists in observing that all the parts have a certain elegance, and are proporiioned to each other; so does decency of beliavior obtain the approbation of all with whom we converse, from the order, consistency and moderation of our words and actions.-Spectator.
2. If Pericles, as historians report, could shake the firmest resolutions of his hearers, and set the passions of all Greece.iu a ferment, when the public welfare of his country, or the fear of hostile invasions, was the subject ; What may we not expect from that orator, who with a becoming energy, warns his audience against those evils which have no remedy, when once undergone, either from prudence or time? -Spiectator.
3. Though there is a great deal of pleasure in conteniplating the material world, by which I mean that system of bodies into which nature has so curiously wrought the mass of dead matter, with the several relations which those bodies bear to one another; there is still something more wonderful and surprising in contemplating the world of life, or those various animals with which every part of the universe is furnished.
Spectaior. 4. Since it is certain that our hearts cannot deceive us in the Love of the world, and that we cannot command ourselves enough to resign it, though we every day wish ourselves disengaged from its allurements; let us not stand upon a formal taking of leave, but wean ourselves from them, while we are in the midst of them.--Speciaior.
5. When a man has got such a great and exalted soul, as that he can look upen life and death, riches and poverty, with in. difference, and closely adheres to honesty, in whatever slape she presents herself; then it is that virtue appears with such a brightness, as that all the world must admire her beauties.
Cicero 6. To hear a judicious and elegant discourse from the pulpit, which would in print make a noble figure, murdered by him who had learning and taste to compose it, but having been neglected as to one important part of his education, knows not how to deliver it, otherwise than with a tove between singing and saying, or with a nod of his head, to enf.:rce, as with a hammer, every emphatical word, or with the sanie unanimated monotony in which he was used to repeat Que genus at Westminster schcol; What can be imagined more lamentable? Yet what more common Durgh.
7. Having already shown how the fancy is affected by the works of nature and afterwards considered, in general, both the works of nature and art, how they mutually assist and complete each other, in forming such scenes and prospects, as are most apt to delight the mirid of the beholder ; I shall in this paper, throw together some reflections on that particular art, which has a more immediate tendency than any other, to produce those primary pleasures of the imagination, which have hitherto been the subject of this discourse. Spretator.
8. The causes of good and evil are so various and uncertain, so often entangled with each other, so diversified by various relations, and so much subject to accidents which canno be foreseen; that he, who would fix his condition upon incontestible reasons of preference, must live and die inquiring and de liberating. Johnson.
9. He, who through the vast immensity can pierce,
10. In that soft season, when descending showers
12. As one, who long in populous city pent,