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The politeness of the world has the same resemblance to benevolence, that the shadow has to the suhstance.

He had a taste for such studies, and pursued them earnestly.

When we have had a true taste of the pleasures of virtue, we can have no relish for those of vice.

How happy is it to know how to live at times with one's self, to leave one's self with regret, to find one's self again with pleasure! The world is then less necessary to us.

Civility makes its way with every kind of persons. Or-amongst all kinds of persons.

5. I went to London, after having resided a year in France; and I now live at Islington.

They have just landed at Hull, and are going to Liverpool. They intend to reside some time in Ireland.


Granimar, p. 176. Exercises, p. 83. Professing regard, and acting differently, discover a base mind. Or to profess regard, and to act differently, &c.

Did he not tell me his fault, and entreat me to forgive him?

My brother and he are tolerable grammarians,

If he understands the subject, and attends to it industriously, he can scarcely fail of success.

You and we enjoy many privileges.

If a man have a hundred sheep, and one of them should go astray, will he not leave the ninety and nine, and go into the mountains, and seek that which is gone astray?

She and he are very unhappily connected.

To be moderate in our views, and to proceed temperately in the pursuit of them, is the best way to ensure success.


Between him and me there is some disparity of years ;

but none between him and her. By forming themselves on fantastic models, and vying with one another in the reigning follies, the young hegin with being ridiculous, and end with being vicious and immoral.

The following sentences exemplify the noles and ob

sertations under RULE XVIII.

Grammar, p. 177. Exercises, p. 84. 1. We have met with many disappointments; and, if life continue, we shall probably meet with many more.

Rank may confer influence, but it will not necessarily produce virtue.

He does not want courage, but he is defective in sensibility.

These people have indeed acquired great riches, but they do not command esteem.

Our season of improvement is short; and whether used or not, it will soon pass away:

He might have been happy, and he is now fully convinced of it.

Learning strengthens the mind; and, if properly applied, it will improve our morals too.


Grammar, p. 178. Exercises, p. 85. If he acquire riches, they will corrupt his mind and be useless to others.

Though he urge me yet more earnestly, I shall not comply, unless he advance more forcible reasons.

I shall walk in the fields to-day, unless it rain.

As the governess was present, the children behaved properly.

She disapproved the measure, because it was very improper.

Though he is high, he hath respect to the lowly.

Though he was her friend, he did not attempt to justify her conduct.

Whether he improves or not, I cannot deternine.

Though the fact is extraordinary, it certainly did happen.

Remember what thou wast, and be humble.

0! that his heart were tender, and susceptible of the woes of others.

Shall then this verse to future age pretend,
Thou wast my guide, philosopher, and friend ?

The examples which follow are suited to the notes and oba

servations under RULE XIX.

Grammar, p. 178. Exercises, p. 86. 1. Despise not any condition, lest it happen to be your own.

Let him that is sanguine, take heed lesthe miscarry.

Take care that thou break not any of the esta blished rules.

If he do but intimate his desire, it will be sufficient to produce obedience.

At the time of his return, if he be but expert in the business, hic will find employment.

If he does but speak to display his abilities, he is unworthy of attention.

If he is but in health, I am content,
If he do promise, he will certainly perform.

Though he does praise her, it is only for her beauty,

If ihou do not forgive, perhaps thou wilt not be forgiven,

If thou dost sincerely believe the truths of religion, act accordingly.

2. His confused behaviour made it reasonable to suppose that he was guilty.

He is so conscious of deserving the rebuke, that he dares not make any reply.

His apology was so plausible, that many befriended him, and thought he was innocent.

3. If one man prefers a life of industry, it is because he has an idea of comfort in wealth; if another prcfers a life of gaiety, it is from a like idea concerning pleasure.

No one engages in that business, unless he aims at reputation, or hopes for some singular advantage. Though the design is laudable,

and is favourable to our interest, it will involve much anxiety and labour.

4. Unless he learn faster, he will be no scholar.

Though he fall, he shall not be uiterly cast down.

On condition that he come, I will consent to stay,

However that affair terminate, my conduct, will be unimpeachable. Ormay terminate.

If virtue reward us not so soon as we desire, the payment will be made with interest.

Till repentance compose his mind, he will be a stranger to peace.

Whether he confess, or not, the truth will certainly be discovered.

If thou censure uncharitably, thou wilt be entitled to no favour.

Though, at times, the ascent to the temple of virtue, appear steep and cragşy, be not discouraged, Persevere until thou gain the summit: there, all is order, beauty, and pleasure.

If Charlotte desires to gain esteem and love, she does not employ the proper means.

Unless the accountant deceites me, my estate is considerably improved.

Though self-government produces some uneasiness, it is light, when compared with the pain of vicious indulgence.

Whether he thinks as he speaks, time will discover.

If thou censurest uncharitably, thou deservest no favour.

Though virtue appears severe, she is truly amiable.

Though success is very doubtful, it is proper that he endeavour to succeed. Or he should endeavour, &c.

5. If thou hast promised, be faithful to thy engagement.

Though he has proved his right, to submission, he is too generous to exact it.

Unless he has improved, he is unfit for the office,

6. If thou hadst succeeded, perhaps thou wouldst not be the happier for it.

Unless thou shalt see the propriety of the mea. sure, we shall not desire thy support.

Though thou wilt not acknowledge, thou canst not deny the fact.

7. If thou gavest liberally, thou wilt receive a liberal reward.

Though thou didst injure him, he harbours no resentment,

It would be well, if the report were only the misl'epresentation of her enemies.

Were he ever so great and opulent, his conduct would debase him.

Were I to enumerate all her virtues, it would look like flattery.

Though I were perfect, yet would I not presume. 8. If thou mayst share in his labours, be thankful, and do it cheerfully.

Unless thou canst fairly support the cause, give it up honourably.

Though thou mightst have foreseen the danger, thou couldst not have avoided it.

If thou couldst convince him, he would not act accordingly.

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