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as are necessary to regain his natural vigour and cheerfulness, without which it is imposible he should either be in a disposition or capacity to dif, charge the several duties of his life, -Here then the partition becomes visible.
Inspiringanya Whenever we pay this tribute to our appetites, any further than is sufficient for the purposes for which it was first granted, the action proportionably loses fome share of its innocence. The surplufage of what is unnecessarily spent on fuch"occafions, is fo much of the little portion of our time negligently squandered, which, in prudence, we should apply better'; because it was allotted us for more important uses, and a different
account will be required of it at our bands hereafter.
For this reason, does it not evidently follow that many actions. and pursuits, which are irreproachable in their own natures, may be rendered blameable and vicious, from this single consideration, That they have made us wasteful of the mom ments of this short and uncertain fragment of life, which should be almof one of our last prodigalities, fince of them all, the leaf retriev, able." Yet show often is diversion, instead of amusement and relaxation, made the art and business of life itself ? Look round:what policy and contrivance is every day put in practice, for pre-engaging every day in the week, and parcelling out every hour of the day for one idleness or another, for doing nothing, or something worse than nothing ;rstandi that with so much ingenuity, as scarse to leave a minute upon their hands to reproach them. Though we alls complain of the shortness of life, yet how many people feem quite overstocked with the days and hours of it, and are continually fending out into the highways and streets of the city for guests to come and take it off their hands.- If some of the more distressful objects of this kind were to sit down, and write a bill of their time, though partial as that of the unjust steward, ---when they found in reality that the whole sum of its
for many years, amounted to little more than this, that they had rofe up to eat, to drink, - to play,—and had laid down again, merely because they were fit for nothing else :when they looked back and beheld this fair space, capable of such heavenly improvements, -all fcrauled over and defaced with a fucceffion of so many unmeaning cyphers, good God! how would they be ashamed and confounded at the account!
With what reflections will they be able to support themselves in the decline of a life fo 'misérably caft away,du should it háppén, as it sometimes does; -- that they have stood idle even' unto the eleventh hour.
have not always power, and are not always in a temper, to impose upon ourselves. When the edge of appetite is worn down, and the spirits of youthful days are cooled, which huru ried us on in a circle of pleasure and impertinence, then reason and re
na ne flection will have the weight which they deserve ; afflictions, bed of sickness, will supply the place
pa of conscience ;--and if they should fail,-old age will overtake us at last,-and shew us the past pursuits of life,—and force us to look upon them in their true point of view.--If there is any thing more to cast a cloud upon so melancholy a profpect as this shews us--it is surely the difficulty and hazard of having