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Fortitude. cannot rise to any great degree, but by the concurrence of blandishment, or the sufferance of tameness.

The wretch who would shrink and crouch before one who thould dart his eyes upon him with the spirit of natural equality, becomes capricious and tyrannical when he sees himself approached with a downcast look, and hears the soft addresses of awe and servility. To those who are willing to purchase favor by cringes and compliance, is to be imputed the haughtiness that leaves nothing to be hoped by firmness and integrity.--Rambler.

FORTITUDE.

-IN struggling with misfortunes
Lies the true proof of virtue. On smooth seas
How many bauble boats dare set their fails,
And make an equal way with firmer vessels :
But let the tempelt once enrage the sea,
And then behold the strong-ribb’d argolie
Bounding between the ocean and the air,
Like Perseus mounted on his Pegasus ;
Then where are those weak rivals of the main ?
Or, to avoid the tempeit, fled to port,
Or made a prey to Neptune. E'en thus
Do empty thew and true priz'd worth divide
In sternis of fortune ----Shakespeare,

LET' fortune empty her whole quiver on me,
I have a soul, that, like an ample shield,
Can take in all, and verge enough for more.
Fate was not mine, nor am I Fate's :
Souls know no conquerors.---Dryden.

WITH fuch unshaken temper of the soul
To bear the swelling tide of prosperous fortune,
Is to deserve that fortune. In adversity
The mind gratis rough by buffeting the tempests
But in fuccefs diffolving, sinks to ease,
And loses all her firmness. ---Rowe.

THO' plung’d in ills, and exercis'd in care,
Yet never let the noble mind despair :
When press’d by dangers, and beset with foes,
The heav'ns their timely succour interpose;
And when our virtue finks, o’erwhelm’d with grief,
By unforeseea expedients bring relief.-d. Phillips.

FORTUNE.

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FORTUNE sometimes assumes a rugged brows
But to endear her smiles, and make the turn
More welcome to us, as 'tis unexpected-
How sweet is rest after a toilsome day!
How pleasant light after a length of darkness!
How relishing good fortune after ill !--Havard.

FORTUNE! Made up of toys and impudence,
Thou common jade, that hast not common sense !
But, fond of bus'ness, insolently dares
Pretend to rule, and spoil the world's affairs.
She flutt'ring up and down, her favours throws
On the next met, not minding what she does,
Nor why, nor whom she helps or injures, knows.
Sometimes she smiles, then like a fury raves,
And seldom truly loves but fools or knaves.
Let her love whom íhe please, I scorn to woo her;
While she stays with me, I'll be civil to her ;
But if she offer once to move her wings,
I'll fling her back all her vain gewgaw things;
And arm'd with virtue, will more glorious stand,
Than if the wanton bow'd at my command.---Buckingham.

AY me! what perils do environ
The man that meddles with cold iron ?
What plaguy mischiefs and mis-haps
Do dog him ftill with after-claps !
For tho' Dame Fortune seem'd to smile,
And leer

upon

him for a while ;
She'll after shew him, in the nick
Of all his honours a dog. trick.
For Hudibras, who thought he'd won
The field ascertain as a gun ;
And, having routed the whole troop,
With victory was cock-a-hoop:
Found in few minutes to his cost,
He did but count without his host;
And that a turn-stile is more certain,
Than, in events of war, Dame Fortune.--Hudibras.

EXAMPLES need not be fought at any great distance, to prove that fuperiority of fortune has a natural tendency to kindle pride, and that pride seldom fails to exert itself in contempt and insult.

This is often the effect of hereditary wealth, and of honors only enjoyed by the merit of others.-- Jolanson.

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FROM faction and violence in the cause of liberty, which disgrace the cause itself, and give advantage to the favorers of arbitrary power, I mail anxiously diffirade all who love mankind and their country. Faction and violence are despotic in the

They bring all the evils of tyranny, without any confolation, but that they are usually tranfient; whereas tyranny is durable. They deftroy themselves, or are destroyed by force in the hands of a superior power. In either case, much is lost to the cause of liberty ; because the persons who have been betrayed by their partions into exceles, were probably Jincere; and if they had been also discreet and moderate, would have been effectual as well as zealous pronioters of the public good. It is certain, that very honest men are very apt to be betrayed into violence by their warmth of temper. They mean good, and do ill. They become the instrumerts of dispassionate knaves; and are often led into extravagances by the very party against whom they act, in order that ihey may be exposed, and become obnoxious to censure.

Wisdom is gentle, deliberare, cautious. Nothing violent is durable. I hope the lovers of liberty will thew the fincerity of their attachment by the wisdom of their conduct. Tumultuary proceedings always exhibit fome appearance of insanity. A blow ftruck with blind violence may inflict a wound or a bruise, but it may fall in the wrong place; it may even injure the hand that gives it, by its own ill-directed force. ---Spirit of Despotism.

FRIEND.
AS fire and water are of common uses,
And in their kinds essential for support:
So is a friend, just such a friend as you ;
The joys of life are heighten’d by a friend ;
The woes of life are lessen’d by a friend ;
In ali the cares of life, we by a friend
A flistance find-- Who'd be without a friend?--Wandlesford.

THOU think’t me, sure, that abjeet lave tilou art,
À lranger to the facred laws of friendihip,
Whom generous sentiments could never warm.
Shall I, because the waves begin to twell,
And gathering clouds portend the riling storm,
Desert my friend, and poorly fly to shore?
Let them come on, and rattle o'er my head :

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To the full tempeft's rage expos'd together,
Safe in the bark of innocence we'll ride,
Outbrave the billows, and deride their tumult.--Frowde.

FRIENDSHIP. FRIENDSHIP's dear ties for gen'rous fouls were made, When they relax, black woes our peace

invade :
Friend!hip from every ill can life defend';
Our guardian angel's but a faithful friend. --Savage.

FRIENDSHIP, thou greatest happiness below!
The world would be a desart, but for thee;
And man himself, a nobler sort of brute ;
Wherefore did Heav'n our god-like reason give ?
To make the charms of conversation sweet;
To
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and unbosom all our woes ;
For life's sure medicine is a faithful friend. --Tracg.

THE two firm rocks on which all friendships stand,
Are love of freedom, and our country's glory;
Piety, valour, and paternal love
Form the arising pile: the other virtues
Candour, beneficence, and moral trust,
Are superstructures, and adorn the dome.-Havard.

A TREACHEROUS friend is the most dangerous enemy; and both religion and virtue have received more real discredit from hypocrites, than the wittiest profligates or infidels could ever cast upon them. Nay, farther, as these two in their purity, are rightly called the bands of civil society, and are indeed the greatest of blessings ; so, when poisoned and corrupted with fraud, pretence, and affectation, they have become the worst of civil curses, and have enabled men to perpetrate the molt cruel mischiefs to their own species.Fielding

THE firmness and constancy of a true friend is a circum. stance so extremely delightful to persons in any kind of distress, that the distress itself, fif it be only temporary, and admit of relief) is more than compensated, by bringing this comfort with it. Idem.

SO many qualities are necessary to the possibility of friendship, and so many accidents must concur to its rise and its continuance, that the greatest part of mankind content themselves without it, and fupply its place as they can with interest and dependence.-Ramber.

MANY have talked in very exalted language of the perpetuity of friendihip; of invincible constancy and unalienable

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Friendship. kindness: and fome examples have been seen of men who have continued faithful to their earliest choice, and whose affections have predominated over changes of fortune and contrariety of opinion. But these instances are memorable, because they are rare. The friendihip which is to be practised or expected by common mortals, must take its rise from mutual pleasure, and mu't end when the power ceases of delighting each other.-Idler.

THE most fatal disease of friendihip is gradual decay, or dislike, hourly increased by caufes too flender for complaint, and too numerous for removal. Those who are angry may be reconciled: those who have been injured may receive :1 recompense; but when the desire of pleasing, and willingness to be pleased, is filently diminished, the renovation of friendfhip is hopeless; as when the vital powers fink into languor, there is no longer any use of the physician.- Idem.

THERE are few fubjects which have been more written upon, and less understood, thanghat of friendship. To follow the dictates of some, this virtue, instead of being the assuager of pain, becomes the source of every inconvenience. Such speculatists, by expecting too much from friendship, dissolve the connexion, and, by drawing the bands too closely, at length break them. Almost all our romance and novel-writers are of this kind; they perfuade us to friend{hips, which we fiod impossible to sustain to the last : so that this sweetner of life, under proper regulations, is by their means, rendered inaccessible or uneasy. It is certain, the best method to cultivate this virtue is by letting it, in some measure, make itself:, a similitude of minds or studies, and even sometimes a diversity of pursuits, will produce all the pleasures that arise from it. The current of tenderness widens,, as it proceeds ; and two men imperceptibly find their hearts warm with goodnature for each other, when they were at first only in pursuit of mirth or relaxation.

Friendship is like a debt of honour; the moment it is talked of, it loses its real name, and assumes the more ungrateful forın of obligation. From hence we fiod, that those who regularly undertake to cultivate friendship, find ingratitude generally repays their endeavours. That circle of beings, which dependence gathers round us, is almoli ever unfriendly; they secretly with the terms of their connexions more nearly equal ; and, where they even have the most virtue, are prepared to reserye all their affections for their patron, only in the hour of his

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