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347. He look'd to his own thoughts, and enter

tained no desire that would blush to appear in

words. 348.

He abstain’d from offending, as if none ever

pardon'd; yet pardon'd, as if he daily offended. 349. His passions he made servants to his reason and

religion ; and if they rebell’d, first conceald, and

then suppress'd their mutiny. 350. He generally spake little, saw others tempers

without discovering his own, yet when occasion served, shew'd his silence proceeded neither from affectation, nor weakness : For by running back to ages past, and recovering events out of memory, and then preventing time, in flying forward to future things, and comparing one with t'other, he would give a verdict well near prophctical ; yet was so free from vanity, he could bear interruption

patiently. 351. Such was his prudence, and so exact his judg

ment, as to discern betwixt pride and greatness—religion and superstition-quickness and rashnessgovernment and tyranny-liberty and licentiousness—subjection and servitude-covetousness and frugality, &c. and give to every cause its proper

actions and effects. 352. He maintained the strength of his body, not by

delicacies but temperance ; and drank wine, as sick

men take physic, meerly for health. 353 Reason was his rule, conscience his counsellor,

and his actions were ever contrary to those he found

fault with. 354. Age render'd him neither morose nor imperious ;

his knowledge influenc'd and temper'd his mind with all the humanity, goodness, calmness, strength, and sincerity, of a sound and unaffected philosopher, and made his conversation so affable, pleasant, and instructive, young and old both delighted

and profited in his company. 355 Tho' deep, yet clear; tho gentle, yet not dull;

Strong without rage, without o'er flowing full." He was grown old in the habit of not discovering secrets, and walk'd in this world as in an hospital full of brainsick people, whom he endeavour'd to

cure by his example. 357. The scholar and the gentleman were so perfectly

united, no critic cou'd find the least distinction. 358.

In short, all his deportment made vertue shine,

and vice to blush. 359. The approach of death terrified him not, having

the euge of a good conscience, he seem'd to fear

recoiling back to childishness more than to dust. 360. Father. “O! what an excellent thing it is

356.

362.

for a man to end his life before his death, in such sort, that at that hour he may have no other thing to do but to die ; that he may have no more need of any thing, not of time, not of himself, but

sweetly and contentedly depart this life.” 361. Good men live twice, it doubleth every hour

To look with joy, on that which pass'd before." When a man hath obtained worthy ends and

expectations, nunc dimittis is a sweet canticle. 363. The Assyrians make Mercury to be the planet

of

young men, because that planet is good or bad,

as it's in conjunction with others. 364. The conversation of wisemen is the best academy

of breeding, and learning : It was not the school, but the company of Epicurus, that made Metro

dorus, Hermactius, and Polyænus so famous. 365. He that walks with wise men, shall be wise, but a companion of fools shall be destroy'd.

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366. Son. On a sudden the door few open, and in

bolted Xantippe, Newsmonger's wife; the knitting of her brow, like a bur about the moon, presag'd a storm, and upon sight of her husband she thus

began. 367. 'Tis well, 'tis well, incorrigible wretch, is this

the amends for last night's work ? my fortune, alas, is spent and gone, you're o'er head and ears in debt, and have me and three

poor innocent babes to maintain ; yet if any fool will sit and hear you talk news, or nonsense, you'll treat him all day, 368.

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tho' forc'd to go a tick for the reckoning, and I and your children feed as usually upon brewer's grains.

When drunk, you set up for a politician, yet are very talkative, and possess'd with such a spirit of contradiction, as frequently engages you in bitter expensive quarrels, and law-suits : Witness three plaisters upon your head, and my poor weddingring and best petticoat in pawn for forty shillings,

borrowed last year to pay your attorney's bill. 369. After midnight you reel home as peevish as a

sick monkey, and when in bed only hawk, spit, spawl, hick-up, belch, spew, or worse, 'till a-sleep, and then the neighbours are disturbed with your

snoring. 370. In the morning you're troubled with as many

qualms as a breeding woman, 'till a jill of brandy in a quart of purl has fetch'd the water (as you call

it) off your stomach. 371. Then to avoid duns you sneak to some distant

tavern, where a pint of white for a whet sets you in for all day. Thus you are always idle, or ill

employ'd. 372. Consider, wretch, consider, he that has children

his loaf is not all his own; and he that spends more than his own, is a thief,

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