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iv P R E F A C E.
The editor has thought it necessary to remark, that a few verbal alterations have been made in some of the extracts, the better to adapt them to the use of the present design; but as the sentiments and tenor of the original pieces are not thereby materially changed, it is hoped this freedom will be excused by their respective authors, to whom not the least injury or offence has been intended.
ONE of the most approved judges of books amongst us, after perusing some parts of the manuscript, has expressed his approbation thereof as follows:
“ I have read, with much pleasure, the manuscript
specimen communicated to me of the Miscellanies in " Profe and Verse I am glad to hear they are now or« dered for the press.
“ A BOOK, containing so many well chosen senti. " ments, and excellent instructions, put into the hands “ of our children, cannot but be highly useful to the e rising generation.
Othee, let my first off 'rings rise, ,
Whose fun creates the day,
and spotless as his ray.
Have past this tedious night!
No more to see the light!
How short such time review'd?
I'm like the day renew'd.
So oft vouchsaf'd before ;
And I that hand adore.
For which reign'd I pray,
And without guilt be gay.
As vice or folly's cure,
May I the means endure.
Some virtue let me gain,
When sent, may send in vain.
Still wiser than the past,
THE duties of religion, fincerely and regularly performed, will always be sufficient to exalt the meaneft, and to exercise the highest understanding. That mind will never be vacant, which is frequently recalled by ftated duties or meditations on eternal interests ; nor can any hour be long, which is spent in obtaining some new qualification for celeftial happiness.
TO love an enemy, is the diftinguishing characteristic of a religion, which is not of man, but of God. It could be delivered as a precept, only by him who lived and died to establish it by his example.
IF thou dost good to man, as an evidence of thy love to God, thy virtue will be exalted from moral to divine ; and that happiness, which is the foretafte of paradise, will be thy reward upon
earth. RECREATION after bufiness is allowable ; but he that follows his pleasure instead of his business, shall in a little time have no business to follow.
RESIGN A TI O N.
THOU Pow'r Supreme, by whose command I live, The grateful tribute of my praise receive; To thy indulgence, I my being owe, And all the joys which from that being flow. Scarce eighteen suns have form’d the rolling year, And run their defin'd courses round the sphere, Since thou my undistinguish'd form survey'd, Amung the lifeless heaps of matter laid. Thy skill my elemental clay refin'd, The straggling parts in beauteous order joined ; With perfect symmetry.compos'd the whole, And stampt thy facred image on my soul; A foul, susceptible of endless joy! Whose frame, nor force, nor time, can e'er destroy, But shall subfift, when nature claims my breath, And bid defiance to the power of death,
To realms of blifs, with active freedom foar,
action, prove my thanks fincere.
I think to whom these joys I owe,
Thus on life's stage may I my part maintain,
" BLESSED are the poor in spirit, for their's is " the kingdom of Heaven.”- Thus our bleffed Saviour opened his sermon on the mount; and from his example we may be assured that humility is the richest garb that the soul can wear. By this word is to be understood, not an abject poorness of spirit, that would stoop to do a mean thing; but such an humble sense of human nature, as sets the heart and affections right towards God, and gives us every temper that is tender and affectionate towards our fellow-creatures. This is the soil of all vir. tues, where every thing that is good and lovely grows.
DESPISE not labour; if you do not want it for food, you may for phyfic: It strengthens the body, invigorates the mind, and prevents the ill consequences of idleness.
OBSERVE the ant, for she instructs the man,
AN EVENING REFLECTION.
WHILE night, in folemn shade, invests the pole,