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ask drowsily, fearfully, and diffidently, cannot obtain, because they distrust God's mercy, power, or
Fasting hath in it a special vertue to quicken devotion, and elevate the mind to God. When the brain is clouded with vapours, and the heart press'd down with the charge of the stomach, we
are dull, and our devotion is full of yawnings. 559. Tho' our bodies are mortified and kept under
with the utmost care, yet will our desires never
cease strongly to solicit us to sin. 560. Strive to be such in your Life as you'd wish to
be at your Death. 561. Bound all your sensual appetites and desires by
the rule of vertue and reason, and fear to do any
thing misbecoming the dignity of a rational being. 562.
Our minds receive the ideas and images of most things originally from our senses, set waiters at those Cinque ports, to seize all contraband goods, guard
those avenues against all appearance of evil. 563. When a vain Obje£t raises an ill suggestion ;
Suggestion draws on delight; Delight, consent; Consent, endeavour ; Endeavour, practice ; Praetice, custom ; Custom, excuse ; Excuse, defence; Defence, obstinacy; Obstinacy, boasting of sin ; Boasting, a RePROBATE Sense.
564. If it be not possible to keep your self from sins
lighting upon your thoughts, keep them from nest
ling there, from hatching and bringing forth evil. 565. He that eschews great Sins is as one that has a
prosperous voyage, and he that REPENTS as
saved upon a plank. 566. There is much more true pleasure in subduing
our lusts, than in fulfilling them.—Earth affords no
joy equal to the peace of a good conscience. 567. Build not upon FUTURITY ; health is better
than physic— prevention sweeter than a
Besides, 568. There's no safety in procrastination. 569. The sun shines in his full brightness, but the
very moment before he passes under a thick cloud. Who knows what a day, an hour, a moment, may
bring forth? 570. As yesterday cannot be recall’d, to morrow can
not be assur'd; this day is only ours, which if lost,
is lost for ever. 571. He that hath promis'd pardon to the believing
penitent, hath not promis'd life 'till you repent. 572. INNOCENCY is the greatest felicity, a good con
science is a continual feast, this is the musick which makes a merry heart, this makes the prisoner sing, when the jaylor trembles.
Sleep was ordain's for refreshing and supporting our frail bodies, yet, if immoderately us’ddulls our faculties—fills the body with diseases— ruins the estate—obstructs the mortifying the flesh,
and improving our time. 574. The SLUGGARD who says yet a little sleep, a
little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep,' will find drowsiness shall cloath a man with
rags.? 575. Rise when the Cock calls, let not the Sun be up
before you; man's life at most is but a span : Why
should you live but half your days ? 576.
Count your very minutes; let no time slip you. Time is life, which wise men lengthen by a right use of it from one moment to another. ($ 513, to
Apparel is for covering of shame, fencing from cold, and distinction of
Be neither mimically in, nor ridiculously out of the fashion ; let your apparel be neat, not chargeable, fitted as well to your estate, years,
profession, as to your person.—A FOOL IS KNOWN BY
envy, satyr, and slander ; and is the ready road to
poverty and want. 580. Pamper not the Body, youth wants a bridle
not a spur. 581.
We read in Daniel how pulse and water made the four children fairer in countenance, and fatter in Alesh, than they which fared on the royal pro
vision. 582. Come not to the Table 'till hunger invite you;
if in health, leave part of your appetite unfill'd, something of your natural heat unimploy'd, that it may secure digestion, and serve other needs of
nature and of the spirit. 583. Eating of too many dishes by variety supports
the appetite longer than the necessity of eating
lasts. And 584. If the stomach be often stretched beyond its
true extent, it will crave to be fill’d, but not digest
what is received. 585. Men rifle the air, the seas, and the forests, to
please their palates, 'till from the excess of meats and drink, proceed dulness of spirit, heaviness of mind, and such vicious humours and crudities, as occasion a long train of diseases, swell the bills of mortality, and prepare a treat for the 586. Fulness breeds forgetfulness of God, and his
works, of men and their miseries.” 587. Remember the end of the rich GLUTTON, he that
had fared deliciously every day, at last wanted a
drop of water to cool his tongue.' 588. [ Youth ought to be imploy'd in qualifying for
the service of their country, parents, kindred, and
friends, not wasted in IDLENESS and Pleasure. 589. An habit of Idleness, or inapplication of mind,
contracts a stagnation of humours, numbness of the joints, and dulness of the brain, hardly or never
Idleness is inconsistent with faith, hope, charity, fear, vigilance, mortification, and all other christian vertues, and exposes us to many temptations and
The Italians say, “ Otioso di rado virtuoso.'
The idle are seldom vertuous. 592. Bishop Sanderson says, idle Gentlemen and idle
BEGGARs are the very pests of the commonwealth. 593 Solomon notes that from idleness and sloth,
cometh poverty," servitude, fruitless wishes and desires,' hunger," beggary," death."
2 Amos 6. 6.
1 Isa. 5. 12.
3 Luke 16. 24.
13. 4. 21. 25.
12. 24. 20. 4.