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of honour conferred upon such as have no from it, and hath not passed through the personal merit, are at beit but the royal venom thereof; who hath not drawn the kamp set upon base metal.

yoke thereof, nor been bound in her bonds; Though an honourable title may be con for the yoke thereof is a yoke of iron, and veyed to pofterity, yet the ennobling qua- the bands thereof are bands of brafs; the Kities which are the foul of greatness are a death thereof is an evil death. fort of incommunicable perfections, and My son, blemish not thy good deeds, cannot be transferred. If a man could be. neither use uncomfortable words, when queath his virtues by will, and settle his thou givest any thing. Shall not the dew fenfe and learning upon his heirs, as cer- assuage the heat? fo is a word better than a tainly as he can his lands, a noble descent gift. Lo, is not a word better than a gift? would then indeed be a valuable privilege. but both are with a gracious man.

Truth is always consistent with itself, and Blame not, before thou hast examined needs nothing to help it out. It is always the truth; understand first, and then renear at hand, and sits upon our lips, and buke. is ready to drop out before we are aware: If thou wouldes get a friend, prove him whereas a lyc is troublesome, and sets a first, and be not haity to credit him ; for man's invention upon the rack; and one some men are friends for their own occatrick necds a great many more to make it fions, and will not abide in the day of thy good.

trouble. The pleasure which affects the human Forsake not an old friend, for the new is mind with the most lively and transporting not comparable to him: a new friend is as touches, is the sense that we act in the eve new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink of infinite wifdom, power, and goodness, it with pleasure. that will crown our virtuous endeavours A friend cannot be known in prosperity; Here with a happiness hereafter, large as and an enemy cannot be hidden in adverour desires, and lafting as our immortal fity. fouls: without this the highest state of life Admonish thy friend : it may be he hath is infipid, and with it the lowest is a para not done it; and if he have, that he do it dise.

no more. Admonish thy friend; it may Honourable age is not that which stand. be he hath not said it; or if he have that eth in length of time, nor that is measured he speak it not again. Admonish a friend; by number of years; but wisdom is the for many times it is a flander; and believe grey hair unto man, and unspoited life is not every tale. There is one that flippeth

in his speech, but not from his heart; and Wickednefs, condemned by her own wit. who is he that hath not offended with his nefs, is very timorous, and being pressed tongue ? with conscience, always forecasteth evil Whoso discovereth fecrets loseth his things; for fear is nothing else but a be. credit, and shall never find a friend to his traying of the succours which reason of mind. fereth.

Honour thy father with thy whole heart, A wise man will fear in every thing and forget not the sorrows of thy mother ; He that contemneth small things, shall fall how canst thou recompense them the things by little and little.

that they have done for thee ? A rich man beginning to fall, is held up There is nothing so much worth as a of his friends; but a poor man being down, mind well instructed. is thruit away by his friends: when a rich The lips of talkers will be telling fuch man is fallen, he hath many helpers; he things as pertain not unto them; but the {peaketh things not to be spoken, and yet words of such as have understanding are men justify him: the poor man slipt, and weighed in the balance. The heart of they rebuked him; he spoke wisely, and fools is in their mouth, but the tongue of could have no place. When a rich man the wise is in their heart. fpeaketh, every man holdeth his tongue, To labour, and to be content with that and, look, what he saith they extol it to the a man hath, is a sweet life. clouds; but if a poor man speaks, they fay, Be at peace with many; neverthelels, What fellow is this?

have but one counsellor of a thousand. Many have fallen by the edge of the Be not confident in a plain way. Tword, but not fo many as have fallen hy Let reason go before every enterprize, the tongue. Well is he that is detended and counsel before every action.


old age:

The latter part of a wise man's life is proud themselves if they were in their taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, places. and falle opinions he had contracted in the People frequently use this expreffioheit Former,

am inclined to think so and so, not conCensure is the tax a man pays to the sidering that they are then speaking the public for being eminent.

most literal of all truths. Very few men, properly speaking, live Modesty makes large amends for the at present; but are providing to live ano. pain it gives the persons who labour under ther time.

it, by the prejudice it affords every worthy Party is the madness of many, for the person in their favour. gain of a few.

The difference there is betwixt honour To endeavour to work upon the vulgar and honesty seems to be chiefly in the mo. with fine sense, is like attempting to hew tive. The honest man does that from duty, blocks of marble with a razor.

which the man of honour does for the faks Superstition is the spleen of the foul. of character,

He who tells a lye is not sensible how · A liar begins with making falsehood great a task he undertakes ; for he must be appear like truth, and ends with making forced to invent twenty more to maintain truth itself appear like falsehood. that one.

Virtue hould be considered as a part of Some people will never learn any thing, taste : and we should as much avoid defor this reaion, because they understand ceit, or sinister meanings in discourse, as every thing too soon.

we would puns, bad language, or false There is nothing wanting, to make all grammar. rational and disinterested people in the Deference is the most complicate, the world of one religion, but that they should moft indirect, and the most elegant of all talk together every day:

compliments. Men are grateful, in the same degree He that lies in bed all a fummer's mornthat they are resentful.

ing, loses the chief pleasure of the day : Young men are subtle arguers; the he that gives up his youth to indolence, uncloak of honour covers all their faults, as dergoes a loss of the same kind. that of passion all their follies.

Shining characters are not always the Economy is no disgrace; it is better most agreeable ones; the mild radiance of living on a little, than outliving a great an emerald is by no means less pleasing deal.

than the glare of the ruby. Next to the satisfaction I receive in the To be at once a rake, and to glory in prosperity of an honest man, I am belt the character, discovers at the same time a pleased with the confusion of a rascal. bad disposition and a bad taste.

What is often termed thyness, is nothing How is it possible to expect that mankind more than refined sense, and an indifference will take advice, when they will not fe to common observacions.

much as take warning? The higher character a person supports, Although men are accused for not knowthe more he should regard his minutes ing their own weakness, yet perhaps as few actions.

know their own ftrength. It is in men as Every person insensibly fixes upon some in foils, where sometimes there is a vein of degree of refinement in his discourse, some gold which the owner knows not of. measure of thought which he thinks worth Fine sense, and exalted sense, are not exhibiting. It is wise to fix this pretty half so valuable as common sense. There high, although it occasions one to talk the are forty men of wit for one man of sense; lels.

and he that will carry nothing about him To endeavour all one's days to fortify but gold, will be every day at a loss for our minds with learning and philosophy, want of ready change. is to spend so much in armour, that one has Learning is like mercury, one of the nothing left to defend.

molt powerful and excellent things in the Deference often shrinks and withers as world in skilful hands; in unskilful, most much upon the approach of intimacy, as mischievous. the senGitive plant does upon the touch of A man should never be ashamed to own one's finger.

he has been in the wrong ; which is but Men are sometimes accused of pride, saying in other words, that he is wiser 10merely because their acsusers would be day than he was yesterday.


Wherever I find a great deal of gratitude If to do were as easy as to know what in a poor man, I take it for granted there

were good to do, chapels had been church. would be as much generosity if he were a es, and poor men's cottages princes parich man.

laces. He is a good divine that follows Flowers of rhetoric in sermons or serious his own instructions: I can easier teach discourses, are like the blue and red flow- twenty what were good to be done, than ers in corn, pleasing to those who come only to be one of the twency to follow my own for amusement, but prejudicial to him who teaching, would reap the profit.

Men's evil manners live in brass; their It often happens that those are the best virtues we write in water. people, whose characters have been most The web of our life is of a mingled yarn, injured by flanderers : as we usually find good and ill together; oor virtues would that to be the sweetest fruit which the birds be proud, if our faults whipped them have been pecking at.

not; and our crimes would despair, if they The eye of a critic is often like a mi.

were not cherished by our virtues. croscope, made so very fine and nice, that it discovers the atoms, grains, and minuteft

The sense of death is most in apprehension : articles, without ever comprehending the and the poor beetle that we tread upon whole, comparing the parts, or seeing all

In corporal fufferance feels a pang as great, at once the harmony.

As when a giant dies. Men's zeal for religion is much of the same kind as that which they shew for a foot-ball; whenever it is contested for,

$ 151. PROVERB S. every one is ready to venture their lives As PROVERBS are allowed to contain a great and limbs in the dispute ; but when that is deal of Wisdom forcibly expressed, it bas once at an end, it is no more thought on, been judged proper 10 and a Colletion of but sleeps in oblivion, buried in rubbish, Englih, Italian, and Spanish Proverbs. which no one thinks it worth is pains to

They will tend to exercise the powers of take into, much less to remove.

Judgment and Reflection. They may at Honour is but a fictious kind of ho. furnish Subjects for Themes, Letters, c. nefty; a mean but a necessary substitute at Schools. They are so easily retained it for it, in societies who have none; it is the memory that they may often occur is a sort of paper-credit, with which men an emergency, and serve a young man not are obliged to trade who are deficient in effectually than more formal and clegant the sterling cash of true morality and re Jentences. ligion.

Old English Proverbs. Persons of great delicacy should know the certainty of the following truth In every work begin and end with God. There are abundance of cases which oc- , The grace of God is worth a fair. casion suspence, in which, whatever they He is a fool who cannot be angry; but determine, they will repent of their des he is a wise man who will not. termination, and this through a propen So much of passion, so much of nothing sity of human nature to fancy happi- to the purpose. ness in those schemes which it does not 'Tis wit to pick a lock, and steal a horse; pursue.

but 'tis wisdom to let it alone. The chief advantage that ancient writ Sorrow is good for nothing but for fin. ers can boast over modern ones, seems ow Love thy neighbour; yet pull not down ing to fimplicity. Every noble truth and thy hedge. sentiment was expressed by the former in Half an acre is good land. a natural manner, in word and phrase sim Chear up, man, God is still where he ple, perspicuous, and incapable of im- was. provemen“. What then remained for later Of little meddling comes great ease. writers, but affectation, witticism, and con Do well, and have well. ceit?

He who perishes in a needless danger is What a piece of work is man ! how no- the devil's martyr. ble in reason ! how infinite in faculties ! in Better spare at the brim, than at the botform and moving, how express and admis. tom. able! in action, how like an angel! in ap

He who serves God is the true wife at prehenfion, how like a God!

The hafty man never wants woc.



There is God in the almonry.

He that would thrivé muft ask leave of
He who will thrive must rise at five. his wife,
He who hath thriven may sleep till see A wonder lasts but nine days.

The second meal makes the glutton : and Prayer brings down the firt bleffing, The second blow, or second ill word, and praise the second.

makes the quarrel. He plays best who wins.

A young serving man an old beggar. He is a proper man who hath proper A pennyworth of ease is worth a penny conditions.

at all times. Better half a loaf than no bread.

As proud comes behind as goes before.
Beware of Had-I-wift.

Bachelors' wives and maids' children
Frost and fraud have always foul ends. are well taught.
Good words coft nought.

Beware of the geese when the fox
A good word is as soon said as a bad preaches,

Rich men seem happy, great, and wise,
Little faid soon amended.

All which the good man only is.
Fair words butter no parsnips.

Look not on pleasures as they come, but
That penny is well spent that saves a go.
groat to its matter.

Love me little, and love me long. Penny in pocket is a good companion. He that buys an house ready wrought, For all your kindred make much of your Hath many a pin and nail for nought. friends,

Fools build houses, and wise men buy
He who hath money in his purse, can them, or live in them.
not want an head for his shoulders.

Opportunity makes the thief.

cry and little wool, quoth the de Out of debt, out of deadly fin.
vil when he sheard his hogs.

Pride goes before, and shame follows 'Tis ill gaping before an oven. after. Where the hedge is lowest all men go That


is ill saved that shames its

When sorrow is asleep wake it not. Quick believers need broad shoulders.
Up starts a churl that gathereth good, Three may keep counsel, if two be
From whence did spring his noble blood. away.

Provide for the worst, the best will save He who weddeth ere he be wise, shall itself,

die ere he thrives. A covetous man, like a dog in a wheel, He who moft studies his content, wants roasts meat for others to eat.

it most. Speak me fair, and think what you will. God hath often a great share in a little

Serve God in thy calling ; 'tis better house, and but a little share in a great than always praying.

A child may have too much of his mo When prayers are done my lady is ther's blessing

ready. He who gives alms makes the


best He that is warm thinks all are fo,
use of his money:

If every man will mend one, we shall
A wise man will neither speak, nor do, all be mended,

anger would provoke him to. Marry your son when you will, your
Heaven once named, all other things are daughter when you can.

None is a fool always, every one some, The patient man is always at home. times. 1 Peace with heaven is the best friend. Think of ease, but work on. hip.

He that lies long in bed his estate feelsit. The worst of crosses is never to have The child faith nothing but what it

heard by the fire-lide. Crosses are ladders that do lead up to A gentleman, a greyhound, and a falt. heaven.

box, look for at the fire-side. Honour buys no beef in the market. The son full and tattered, the daughter Care-not would have.

empty and fine. When it rains pottage you must hold up He who riseth betimes hath something your dith,

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Fine dresling is a foul house swept be If a good man thrives, all thrive wita fore the doors.

him. Discontent is a man's worst evil.

Old praise dies unless you feed it. He who lives well fees afar off.

That which two will takes effect. Love is not to be found in the market. He only is bright who fines by him. My house, my house, though thou art self. small,

Prosperity lets go the bridle. Thou art to me the Escurial.

Take care to be what thou wouldit He who seeks trouble never misleth it. seem.

Never was strumpet fair in a wise man's Great businesses turn on a little pin. eye.

He that will not have peace, God gives He that hath little is the less dirty. Good counsel breaks no man's head. None is so wise but the fool overtakes

Fly the pleasure that will bite to-mor him. fow.

That is the best gown that goes moft op Woe be to the house where there is no and down the house. chiding.

Silks and fattins put out the fire in the The greatest step is that out of doors. kitchen. Poverty is the mother of health.

The first dish pleaseth all. Wealth, like rheum, falls on the weak God's mill grinds flow, but sure.

Neither praise nor difpraise thyself, thy If all fools wore white caps, we should actions serve the turn. look like a flock of geese.

He who fears death lives not. Living well is the best revenge we can He who preaches gives alms. take on our enemies.

He who pitieth another thinks on hint Fair words make me look to my purse. self. The shortest answer is doing the thing. Night is the mother of counsels.

He who would have what he hath not, He who once hits will be ever shooting. thould do what he doth not.

He that cockers his child provides for He who hath horns in his bosom, needs his enemy. not put them upon his head.

The faulty stands always on his guard. Good and quickly feldom meet.

He that is thrown would ever wreftle. God is at the end when we think he is Good swimmers are drowned at lait. fartheit off.

Courtesy on one side only lasts not long He who contemplates hath a day with Wine counsels seldom prosper. out night.

Set good against evil. Time is the rider that breaks youth. He goes not out of his way who goes to

Better suffer a great evil than do a little a good inn. one.

It is an ill air where we gain nothing. Talk much, and err much.

Every one hath a fool in his sleeve. The persuasion of the fortunate sways Too much taking heed is sometimes the doubtful.

loss. True praise takes root, and spreads. 'Tis easier to build two chimnies than

Happy is the body which is bleft with a to maintain one. mind not needing.

He hath no leisure who useth it not, Foolish tongues talk by the dozen. The wife is the key of the house.

Shew a good man his error, and he turns The life of man is a winter way. it into a virtue; a bad man doubles his The least foolish is accounted wise, fault.

Life is half spent before we know what When either side


it is to live. ing, the wisest man gives over first.

Wine is a țarn-coat; firft a friend, then Wise men with pity do behold

an enemy. Fools worship mul s that carry gold. Wine ever pays for his lodging.

In the husband wisdom, in the wife gen. Time undermines us all. tleness.

Conversation makes a man what he is. A wise man cares not much for what he The dainties of the great are the tears cannot have. Pardon others but not thyself.

The great put the little on the hook.


grows warm in

of the poor.

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