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warmth of a heated fancy :but every object which we admire, whether present or absent, will sow in our hearts the soeds of uneasiness. ... ... , ** If the object is absent, our misery will be great, because proportioned to its imaginary good. If the object is present, our entertainment will be but small, because proportioned only to its real good. Nay, not so much; the disappointment which experience brings, will baulk the expectation, fret the temper, and sour the spirit.is
The error is obvious ; bạt how is it to be rectified ? The road is plain :check this impertinence of the imagination, that intruding and delusive faculty Bravely destroy its usurped sovereignty.; and let . reason, now improved, exercise an uncontreuled sway. When this is done, you will be contented, because then, every enjoyment will correspond to those ideas, which nature and reason have formed. But while this is undone, disappointment will follow disappointment, in everlasting succession ; vexation will pave the way to vexation, and black despair, at last, complete the scene of wretchedness. ....
i For this is the law of nature, unchangeable as nature itself, that every false and fantastic opinion, will betray us into endless perplexity; but that every just and rational sentiment, will establish the foundation of solid comforts and experience itself, which sullies, the lustre of each splendide trifle; and damps the gaiety of each fanciful enjoyment, will, to eternity, exalt and dignify the real worth of each substantial good. :;;.
Let us remember, that every situation in life, is the destination of God; a being too wise to mistake our happiness, and too good not to promote it. This reflection will teach us, a perfect resignation to his providence, a cheerfal contentment with his discipline, and a lively gratitude for bis benefactions.
Let us also remember, that this world is not the con cluding scene of human existence, but only its opening and introductory scene; a scene essentially connected with, and plainly preparatory to another-a brighter and better Tabitation, in which we are taught, by the authority of God, to expect a felicity, worthy of the noblest faculties of our nature, and adapted to its most exalted desires; a felicity, in extent, commensurate to the capacities of man, and, in duration, commensurate to the eternity of God; a felicity, in skort, so great, so unspeakable, so full of glory, that the most magnificent splendours of tliis earth, compared to it, are low and despicable-only faint and fading images_yea, have no glory at all, by reason of the glory that excelleth. To
This consideration will inspire us with submission to the will of God, and animate us to prepare for'eternity. Fully convinced, that this world is not the place of our rest, but that our supreme interest lies in an another country, like prudent pilgrims, to streeten our journey, we will suppress the emotions of peevishness and passion ; and train up our souls, by contentment, and every other virtue, for the immortal delights of that superior world, where gold and silver are of no value ; where covetousness never enters; where selfishness is not known ; where anxiety has no place ; and every sordid affection is forever extingnished
-that superior world, where peace never ceases, hope never deceives, contentment never dies, friendship never flags, charity never fails, and happiness never fades-bit shines forth in one unclouded day, bright as the sun, and immortal as its source. !!!
The advantages of Humility...of Patience. The cvil of Censoria, ousness...Importance of Truth...
, . ., N common life, Mary, we esteem humility one of the lost excellent of moral virtues. It makes us love our ellow creatures, and often attracts their affection, but can xcite no malice or envy. It has one peculiar advantage, dapted to all circumstances ; for it sets us above the world n the truest and best sense : for “he that is little in his. wn eyes, will not be troubled to be thought so by others.".
Our Saviour commands us to learn of him, for that he is neek and lowly; and, if we follow his example, we shall ind rest unto our souls. One sally of anger, one emotion f envy, or unchaste desire, naturally begets another; and, i we conquer ourselves, we certainly shall not be at: leace. 1541599! i. .'.
I am afraid, MARY, thou hast experienced so much enderness under my humble roof, thou wilt think thy reatment the harsher any where else. 1. Nothing is ' more. latural to youth than impatience. They forget the proverb, hat "the farthest way about is the nearest way home," and tre often in so great a burry as to defeat their own purpose. charge thee, Mary, to love patience..." ujas,
The government of the tongde also seems to be a branch f patience, for unseemly words are a great proof of the Fant of it. We have a common saying, (of those who peak foolishly,) "that a fool's bolt is 'soon shot.?? . We have two ears and but one tongue, as if Providence meant that we should hear much and speak little. . !!!
Nothing creates variance so much as evil tongues; and thy sex and youth make it more particularly incumbent on thee not to indulge thyself in much talking. Consider also thy particular situation as a servant. The superior station of thy mistress will naturally lead ber to expect a degree of homage from thee; and that thou shouldst not speak but when thou art spoken to; and then be as ready as thou canst. with thy ans sér. : :: 11! i test
Erom the government.of the tongue, consider bexi Mary, the importance of truth. I have heard my master say, that the Egyptians of old were used to wear a golden chain, beset with precious stones, which they stiled truth, intimating that to be the most: illustrious ornamentai
The sacred writings tell us, that God is truth ;” and tre refore, to pervert the use of our speech, which so remarkably distinguishes us from the beasts that perish, must be a high offence to him... Amongst the first Christians, they counted it a most impious thing even to dissemble the truth; and, when under persecution, scored even life itself, rather than preserve it on such base terms. 3 3
" Lying is the vice of a villain, a coward, and a slave. If thou art discovered, thou becomest forever suspected. All that thou canst get by lying or dissembling is, that thou wilt not be believed when thon speakest truth." - I am sorry to tell thee, MARI, that there are many servants now a-days, who scruple not to tell-lies, and others who equivocate and evade the truth. If I should live to hear thou hast told a lie, it will be as a dagger to my heart, : 0 cherishi in thine heart the love of truth. I bave told thee that God is truth.; and therefore those who love tinth love God, and will be beloved of him; and however mean their condition on earth, they are the objects of his mercy, and will be made happy for çyer and ever. s. i Glede
- To be continued.
The Progress of Genius
"Genius is tbat gift of God which learning cannot confer, which no disadvantages of birth or education can wholly obscure."
12. WILLIAM FALCONER,
the Shipwreck," was born of bumble parents, in the
His parents being in low circumstances, he was placed out as servant to a farmer, who employed him in keeping sheep, in which sitļiation he acquired a surprising knowledge of the stars, and his abilities being discovered by some neighbouring gentlemen, one of them took him bome to his
house, where he learned decimal arithmetic, and the rudi- ments of algebra and geometry froni the butler.. :.'uun. RR 3. no.