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Relieves the load of poverty, sustains
The captive bending with the weight of bonds,
And smooths the pillow of disease and pain :
Send back th' exploring messenger with joy,
And let me hail thee from that friendly grove. Boadicca.

· My arm a pobler victory ne'er gain'd:
And I am prouder to have pass'd that stream,
Than that I drove a million o'er the plain. Lec's Alexander,


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Go, fellow, get thee home-provide some carts,
And bring away the armour that is there. '
Gentlemen, will you go and muster men ?
If I know how to order these affairs,
Disorderly thus thrust into my hands,
Never believe me.--All is uneven,
And every thing is left at six and seven. Richard II.

REVENGE. : If it will feed nothing else, it will feed my revenge. He hath disgraced me, and hindered me of half a million, laughed at my losses, mocked at my gains, scorned my nation, thwarted my bargains, cooled my friends, heated mine enemies. And what's his reason? I am a Jew. Hath not a Jew eyes? Hath not a Jew hands, organs, dimensions, senses, affections, passions? Is he not fed with the same food, hurt with the same weapons, subject to the same diseases, healed by the same means, warined and cooled by the same winter and summer as a Christian is? If you prick us, do we not bleed ? If you tickle us do we not laugh? If you poison us, do we not die? Aad if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility ? revenge. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufference be, by Christian example ? why, revenge. ***!! villainy you teach me, I will execute ; and it shall go h o but I will better by the instruction. Merch. of Verle

REMORSR. I remember'a mass of things, but nothing distinctly; a quer rel, but nothing wherefore. O that men should put an enemy. their mouths, to steal away their brains! that we should, will! Sy, pleasance rerch and applause, transform ourselves into

beasts ?-_I will ask him for my place again he shall tell me I am a drunkard! Had I as many mouths as Hydra, such an answer would stop them all. To be now a sensible mar *

and by a fool, and presently a beast! Every inordinate: -- unblest, and the ingredient'is a devil. Trag. of Ot

In the following Lessons, there are many cramples of a'i

or opposition in the sense. For the benefit of the learnier,
of these examples are distinguished by Italic letters; and :
words so marked are emphatical.



CHAP. I. -
To be very active in laudable pursuits, is the distinguishe

ing characteristic of a man of merit.
There is an heroic innocence, as well as an heroic courage.

There is a mean in all things. Even virtue itself has its stated limits; which not being strictly observed, it ceases to be virtue.

It is wiser to prevent a quarrel beforehand, than to revenge it afterwards.

It is much better to reprove, than to be angry secretly.

No revenge is more heroic, than that which torments envy, by doing good.

The discretion of a man deferreth his anger, and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.

Money, like manure, does no good till it is spread. There is no real use of riches, except in the distribution; the rest is all conceit.

A wise man will desire no more than what he may get justly, use soberly, distribute cheerfully, and live upon contentedly.

A contented mind, and a good conscience, will make a man happy in all conditions. He knows not how to fear wiro dares to die.

There is but one way of fortifying the soul against all gloomy presages and terrors of the mind; and that is hy securing to ourselves the friendship and protection of that being who disposes of events and governs futurity.

Philosophy is then only valuable, when it serves for the law of livind not for the ostentation of science. '


CHAP. II. THOT a friend the world is but a wilderness. Ansa n may have a thousand intimate acquaintances, and

frie... imongst them all. If you have one friend, think

hapy. an circe you profess yourself a friend, endeavor to be al.

such. He can never have any true friends who is always Soesging thein,

Prosperity gains friends, and adversity tries them.

Nothing more engages the affections of men, than a bandsome address, and graceful conversation.. so

Complaisance raiders a superior amiable, an equal agreeable, and an inferior acceptable.

· Excess of ceremony shows want of breeding. That civility is-best, which excludes all superfluous formality.

Ingratitude is a crime so shameful, that the man was never yet found who would acknowledge himself guilty of it.

Few things are impossible to industry and skill.
Diligence is never wholly lost. ,;.

There cannot be a greater treachery than first to raise a confidence, and then deceive it..

By others faults mise men correct their own.

No man hath a thorough taste of prosperity, to whom adversity never happened.

When our viccas leave us, we flatter ourselves that we leave them,

It is as great a point of wisdom to hide ignorance as to dis. cover knowledge.

Pitch upon that course of life which is the most excellent, and habit will render it the most delightful.

CHAP. III. CUSTOM is the plague of wise men, and the idol of fools.

As to be perfectly just, is an attribute of the divine nature; to be so to the uimost of our abilities is the glory of man.

No man was ever cast down with the injuries of fortune, unless he had before suffered himself to be deccived by her fatto

Anger may glance into the breast of a wise man, but rekis only in the bosom of fools.

None more impatiently suffer injuries than those that are most forward in doing them.

By taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in frassing it over, he is superior.

To err, is human; to forgive, divino.

A more glorious victory cannot be gained over another man, than this, that when the injury began on his part, the kindness should begin on ours.

The prodigal robs his heir, the miser rolis hiinsell. We should take a prudent care for the future, but so as to enjoy the firesent. it is no part of wisdom, to be miserable to. day, because we may happen to be inore so 10-porrow.

To mourn without measure, is folly ; not to mourn ct all, in. sensibility.

Some would be thonght to do great things, who are but tools and instruments ; like the fool who fancied he played upon the organ, when he only blew the bellows.

Though a nian may become learned by another's learning, he can never become wise but by his own wisdom, ... He who wants good sense is unhappy in having learning ; for he has thereby more ways of exposing himself.

It is ungenerous to give a man occasion to blush at his own ignorance in one thing, who perhaps may ercel us in many.

No object is more pleasing to the eye, than the sight of a man whoin you have obliged ; nor any music so agreeable to the ear, as the voice of one that owns you for his benefactor.

The coin that is most current among mankind is flattery ; the only benefit of which is, that by hearing what we are not, we may be instructed what we ought to be.

The character of the person who commends you, is to be considered, before you set a value on his esteem. The wise man applauds him whom he thinks most virtuus; the rest of the world, him who is most wealthy. .

The temperate man's pleasures are durable, because they are regular; and all his life is calm and serene, because it is innocent,

A good man will love himself too well to lose, and his neighbor too well to win, an estate by gaming. The love of gaming will corrupt the best principles in the world.

CHAP. IV. AN angry man who suppresses his passions, thinks werse be than he eieaks : and an angry man that will chide, sneu?

ten he thinks.

A good word is an easy obligation ; but not to speak ill, requir:s only our silence, which costs us nothing.

It is to affectation the world owes its whole race of coxcombs. Nature in her whole drama never drew such a part; she has sometimes made a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own making.

It is the infirmity of little minds to be taken with every appearance, and dazzled with every thing that sparkles ; but great minds have but little admiration, because few things appear new to them. ·

It happens to men of learning as to ears of corn ; they shoot up and raise their heads high, while they are empty ; but when full and swelled with grain, they begin to flag and droop.

He that is truly polite, knows how to contradict with respect, and to please without adulation ; and is equally remote from an insipid complaisance, and a low familiarity.

The failing's of good men are commonly more published in the world than their good deeds, and one fault of a deserving man will meet with more reproaches, than ali his virtues praise. Such is the force of ill will and ill nature.

It is harder to avoid censure, than to gain applause ; for this may be done by one great or wise action in an age ; but to es. eape censure, a man must pass his whole life without saying or doing one ill or foolish thing.

When Darius offered Alexander ten thousand talents to di. vde Asia equally with him, he answered : The earth cannot bear two suns, nor Asia two kings. Parmenio, a friend of Alexander's, hearing the great offers that Darius had made, snid, Vcre I Alexander, I would except them, So would I, Replica Alexander, were I Parmenio.

Anoli age unsupported with inatter for discourse and meditation, is much to be dreaded. No state can be more destitute anan thai of him, who, when the delights of sense forsake him, has no pleasure of the mind,

Sich is the condition of life, that something is always want. ell to happiness. In youth we have warıp hopes, wbich are soon blasted by iashness and negligence; and great designs, which are defeated by experience. In age, we have knowledge and predence, without spirit to exert, or motives to prompt toom. We are able to plan schemes and regulate measures, kit have not time remaining to bring them to competiche

Truth is always corsistent with itself, and net! Det er en

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