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The tones of earthly harp, whose chords are touch'd
By the soft hand of Piety, and hung
Upon Religion's shrine, there vibrating.
With solemn music on the car of God!”

"Though I can say no more to dissuade from vice or encourage to virtue, than hath already been said in many learned authors, yet I may be an occasion by these endeavours to bring that the oftener into remembrance, which they have more learnedly exı ressed.”

George Wither's Emblems, 1634.

"If these little sparks of holy fire which I have heaped together do not give life to your prepared and already enkindled spirit, yet they will sometimes help to entertain a thought, to actuate a passion, to employ and hallow a fancy.”

Jeremy Taylor.

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"These people consider the pleasures of the world as the supreme good, and cannot bear the idea of renouncing them. I have Friends, whose society is extremely agreeable to me: they are of all ages, and of every country. They have distinguished themselves both in the cabinet and in the field, and obtained high honours for their knowledge of the sciences. It is easy to gain access to them; for they are always at my service, and I admit them to my company, and dismiss them from it, whenever I please. They are never troublesome, but immediately answer every question I ask them. Some relate to me the events of past ages, while others reveal to me the secrets of nature. Some teach me how to live, and others how to die. Some, by their vivacity, drive away my cares and exhilarate my spirits, while others give fortitude to my mind, and teach me the important lesson how to restrain my desires, and to depend wholly on myself. They open to me, in short, the various avenues of all the arts and sciences, and upon their information I safely rely, in all emergencies. In return for all these services, they only ask me to accommodate them with a convenient chamber in some corner of my humble habitation, where they may repose in peace: for these friends are more delighted by the tranquillity of retirement, than with the tumults of society."


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"No man can be so straitened and oppressed with business, and in active course
of life, but he may have many vacant times of leisure, while he expects the returns
and tides of business."- Lord Bacon,

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