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fourth was obliged to conclude a peace, on terms repugnant to his inclination, to that of his people, to the interest of Spain, and to that of all Europe.

By a late calculation, it appears that, in Great Britain and Ireland, there are upwards of fifteen millions of inhabitants.

And although persons of a virtuous and learned education, when they come forward into the great world, may be, and too often are, drawn by the temptations of youth, and the opportunities of a large fortune, into some irregularities, it is ever with reluctance and compunction of mind, because their bias to virtue still continues.

Were instruction an essential circumstance in epic poetry, I doubt whether, in any language, a single instance could be given of this species of composition.

Some of our most eminent writers have, as far as it regards the subsistence of our affections after death, made use of this Platonic notion, with great beauty and strength of reason.

On surveying the most indifferent works of nature, men of the best sense have been touched, more or less, with these groundless horrors and presages of futurity.

Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Not every one that puts on the appearance of goodness, is good.

And there appeared to them Elias with Moses.

Your fathers, where are they? and the prophets, do they live for ever?

At last, after much fatigue, through deep roads and bad weather, we came with no small difficulty to our journey's end.

The praise of judgment, Virgil has justly contested with Homer; but his invention remains yet unrivalled.

Instead of our being critics on others, let as employ our criticism on ourselyes.

Leaving others to be judged by Him who searcheth the heart, let us implore his assistance, for enabling us to act well our own part.

After passion has for a while exercised its tyrannieal sway, its vehemence may by degrees subside.

This fallacious art, instead of lengthening life, debars us from enjoying it.

Indulging ourselves in imaginary, often deprives is of real enjoyments.

When reduced to poverty, how will that nobleman be able to conduct himself, who was educated only to magnificence and pleasure ?

It is highly proper that a man should be acquaintcd with a variety of things, the utility of which is above a child's comprehension: but is it necessary, or even possible, that a child should learn every thing that it behoves a man to know?

When they fall into sudden difficulties, they are less perplexed, and when they encounter dangers, they are less alarmed, than others in the like circumstan


For all your actions, and particularly for the employments of youth, you must hereafter give an account.


Grammar, p. 279. Exercises, p. 165. CHARITY breathes habitual kindness towards friends, courtesy towards strangers, long-suffering to enemies,

Gentleness ought to form our address, to regulate our speech, and to diffuse itself over our whole bela viour.

The propensity to look forward into life, is too often immoderately indulged, and grossly abused.

The regular tenor of a virtuous and pious life, will prove the best preparation for old age, for death ared inmortality.

These rules are intended to teach young persons to write with propriety, perspicuity, and elegance.

Sinful pleasures degrade human honour, and blast the opening prospects of human felicity.

In this state of mind, every object appears gloomy, and every employment of life becomes an oppresă sive burden.

They will acquire different views, by entering on a virtuous course of action, and applying to the honourable discharge of the functions of their station.

By the perpetual course of dissipation, in which sensualists are engaged; by the excesses which they indulge; by the riotous revel, and the midnight, or rather morning hours, to which they prolong their festivity; they debilitate their bodies, wear out their spirits, and cut themselves off from the comforts and duties of life.


Grammar, p. 280. Exercises, p. 166. By what I have already expressed, the reader will perceive the business upon which I am to proceed.

May the happy message be applied to us, in all its virtue, strength, and comfort !

Generosity is a showy virtue, of which many persons are very

fond. These arguments were, without hesitation, and with great eagerness, embraced.

It is proper to be long in deliberating; but we should execute speedily.

Form your measures with prudence; but divest yourselves of anxiety about the issue.

We are struck, we know not how, with the symmetry of any thing we see; and immediately acknowledge the beauty of an object, without inquiring into the cause of that beauty.

With Cicero's writings, these persons are more conversant, than with those of Demosthenes, who

by many degrees, as an oratar at least, excelled the other.

SECTION 6. Grammar, p. 281. Exercises, p. 166. Our British gardeners, instead of following nature, love to deviate from it as much as possible. Or instead of humouring, &c. love to thwart it, fc.

I have observed of late the style of some great ministers, very much to exceed that of any other writers.

The old may inform the young; and the young may animate the old.

The account is generally balanced; for what we lose on the one hand, we gain on the other.

The laughers will be for those who have most wit: the serious, for those who have most reason on their side.

If men of eminence are exposed to censure on the one hand, they are as much exposed to flattery on the other. If they receive reproaches which are not due, they likewise receive praises that are not due.

He can bribe, but he cannot seduce. He can buy, but he cannot gain. He can lie, but he cannot deceive.

He embraced the cause of liberty faintly, and pursued it irresolutely; he grew tired of it, when he had much to hope; and gave it up, when he had nothing to fear.

There may remain a suspicion that we over-rate the greatness of his genius, in the same manner as we over-rate the greatness of bodies, that are dispreportioned and misshapen.

SECTION 7. Grammar, p. 282. Exercises, p. 168. Sobriety of mind suits the present state of man.

As supporters of unlawful assemblies, these people were seized and punished.

To use the Divine name habitually, and without serious consideration, is highly irreverent.

From the kindness with which he was at first re. ceived, great hopes of success were entertained.

They conducted themselves craftily, and ensnared us before we had time to escape.

To our confined and humble station it belongs not to censure; but to submit, trust, and adore.

The solace of the mind, under all its labours, is hope; and there are few situations which exclude it entirely.

The humiliation of the mighty, and the fall of ambition from its towering height, little concern the bulk of mankind.

Tranquillity, order, and magnanimity, dwell with the pious and resigned man.

Idleness, ease, and prosperity, have a natural tendency to generate folly and vice.

By a cheerful, candid, and uniform temper, he conciliated general favour.

We reached the mansion before noon. strong, magnificent, Gothic edifice.

I had a long and perilous journey, but a pleasing conipanion, who relieved the fatigue of it.

The speech was introduced by a sensible exordium, which made a favourable impression.

The commons made a warm remonstrance against so arbitrary a requisition.

The truly illustrious are they who do not court the praise of the world, but who perform the actions which deserve it.

By means of society, our wants are supplied, and our lives are rendered comfortable ; our capacities are enlarged, and our virtuous affections called forth into their proper exercise.

Life cannot but prove vain to them who affect a disrelish of every pleasure, that is not both exquisite and new; who measure enjoyment, not by their


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