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528. Father. One custom is to be expellid by
another; abate of the excess, retreat by degrees within the bounds of temperance, 'till appetite be reconciled to reason; but leave not the Almighty Counsellor out of the cabinet, for drunkenness and swearing are like those devils spoken of in the gospel, that go not out but by prayer and fasting.
But what became of the manuscript
Wiseman left Youth.
1 Mat. 17. 21.
MAXIMS, ADVICE, AND
529. Son. As soon as Wiseman was gone, FLATTERER
snatching it out of Youth's hand, cry'd, what more grave lessons still ? D-n his dry doctrines, such
stuff is only fit for schoolboys, and threw it to me. 530. Father. Read it.
Son. Dear Kinsman; 531. Refuse not to be informed-good counsel
breaks no man's head. 532. Horace laughs at those that are asham'd to learn,
and not asham’d to be ignorant. And, 533. Solomon brands those for fools that despise
INSTRUCTION 534. Man's nature is ever subject to extremity,
either dull in want, or wanton in fruition. 535. There is nothing more generally desired than
Liberty, and scarce any thing more universally abused.—The greatest part of mankind employ
1 Prov. 1. 7.
their first years to make their last miserable. But, 536. Time will claim groans, tears, and miserable
despair, diseases, want, and abject poverty, for all the fleeting, ill-spent moments youth borrow'd
from him. 537 Stand in awe of your Self, if
would not be ashamed before others. 538. Let not Felicity eat up circumspection.- Who
remits his care, perishes by his neglect. 539. What avails the faculty of Reason, without the
exercise of it.—Where an obstinate I will is the preface, I wou'd I had not is generally the con
clusion. 540. It's impossible to be happy without making
reason the standard of all our thoughts, words, and actions, and yielding a constant, ready, and cheerful
obedience to all its dictates. 541. Mistrust your own opinion ; fear the issue of
advice consonant to your desires.—Flatterers, like
Acteon's hounds, will destroy their master. 542. Use much attention and consideration, weigh
things themselves; follow the dictates of reason,
tho' appetite lean another way. 543. Meditate often on the nature of your being;
consider who you are, what you do, whence you came, where you must go, and beware of had I
wist. 544. Non putaram are the words of a fool. 545. Esau wept, but too late. 546. Man cannot be truly Happy here without a
well-grounded hope of being so hereafter. 547. A globe cannot fill a triangle; the emptiness
and nullity that there is in the enjoyments of this world, show they were never designed to fill up
the large capacities of the heart of man. 548.
The care of Religion, and of our souls, is the one thing necessary.—He that neglects the service of the ALMIGHTY, dies without doing that for
which he was made to live. ($ 307.) 549. Religion will bear a man up in all estates and
accidents, make his thoughts vertuous, words discreet, actions prudent, and life blameless; as aiming only at the glory of God, and doing all the
good he can to himself and others. 550. CHRISTIANITY is the highest exultation of nature,
and right reason, the only excellent and compendious art of happy living, piety towards God, justice and charity towards Men, and temperance and chastity in reference to our selves, are tasks that are rewards, and precepts that are a divine sort of Alchymy, to sublime at once our natures
1 Gen. 27. 38.
and our pleasures. 551. Begin and End the day with Prayer. 552. Prayer is a worship from which neither poor
nor rich are exempted or excluded. 553. Early in the MORNING, whilst the spirits are fresh
and lively, e'er a throng of worldly thoughts crowd in upon you, devoutly meditate on God's promises, entreat his assistance, and with fervency of spirit, and intent devotion, beg of God in faith, through the merits of Christ, the things you want, deprecate those you fear, interceed for others, and give thanks
for what you have received. 554 ORIGEN observed, that the day wherein he so
shamefully fell, in sacrificing to idols, he ventur'd out in the morning before he had compleated his
555 At Evening bend your knees, before you want
In breaches of Sleep say some short ejaculations, that those spaces of life that have in them no direct
business, may be filled with religion. 557.
Such as are remiss, cold, and negligent in prayer, in time of health, can hardly be confident of audience, in sickness, and affliction.—Those who