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decline. Increafing the obligations which are laid upon such minds, only increases their burden: they feel themselves unable to repay the immensity of their debt: and their bankrupt hearts are taught a latent refeatment at the hand that is stretched out with ofiers of service and relief...Goidsmilb.

ILIAL PILT7.
HAVE I then no tears for thee, my father!
Can I forget thy cares, from helpless years
Thy tenderness for me? An eye lill beam'd
Wish love? A brow that never knew a frown?
Nor a harsh word thy tongue ? Shall I for these
Repay thy looping venerable age
With thame, difquiet, anguish, and dishonour!
It muht not be!--Thou first of angels, come,
Sueet Filial Piety, and firm my

treast !
Yes, let one daughter to her fate submit,
Be nobly wretched, but by ther happy.--Thomson.

-PR’YTHEE, Trim, quoth my father,- What doft thou mean, by honouring thy father and the mother ?

Allowing them, an't please your honour, three half-pence a day out of my pay when they grow old.--And didst thou do thar, Trim? said Torick. He did, indeed, replied my uncle Toby — Then. Trim, faid l'orick, springing out of his chair, and taking the Corporal by the hand, thou art the beft commentator upon that part of the Decalogue; and I honour thee more for it, Corporal Trim, than if thou hadit had a hand in the Talmud itself.- Sterre.

FASHION.

THERE are few enterprises so hopeless as contests with the fülbion, in which the opponents are not only made confident by their numbers, and Itrong by their union, but are hardened by contempt of their antagonist, whom they always look upon as a wreteh of low notions, contracted views, mean conversation, and narrow fortune ; who envies the elevations which he cannot reach ; who would gladly embitter the happiress which his inelegance or indigence deny him to partake ; and who has no other end in his advice, than to revenge his own mortification, by hindering those, whom their birth and tafte have fet above him, from the cojoyment of their superiority, and bringing them down to a level with himself.--Rambler.

NOTHING exceeds in ridicule, no doubt, A fool in fahion, Lut a fool that's cut;

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Fair of America.
His passion for absurdity's so strong,
He cannot bear a rival in the wrong.
Tho'

wrong the mode, comply. More sense is shewa
In wearing others' follies than your own.
If what is out of fashion most you prize,
Meihinks

you

should endeavor to be wise.Young.
BE not the first by whom the new is tried;
Be not the last, to lay the old aside.

FAIR OF AMERICA.
YE blooming daughters of the western world,
Whose graceful locks by artless hands are curl’d,
Whofe limbs of fymmetry, and snowy breaft,
Allure to. love, in fimple neatness drelt;
Beneath the veil of modesty, who hide
The boast of nature and of virgin pride-
(For beauty needs no meretricious art
To find a passage to the op’ning heart)
On make your charms ev'n in my song admir'd,
My song immortal by your charms inspir'd.

Though lavish nature sheds each various grace,
That forms the figure, or that decks the face-
Though health, with innocence, and glee, the while
Dance in their eye, and wanton in their smile
Tho'mid the lilly's white, unfolds the rose,
As on their check the bud of beauty blows,
Spontaneous bloffom of the transient fluth,
Which glows and reddens to a scarlet bluth,
What time the maid, unread in flames and darts,
First feels of love the palpitating starts,
Feels from the lieart, life's quicken'd currents glide,
Her bosom heaving with the bounding tide-
Though sweet their lips, their features more than fair-
Though curls luxuriant of antortw'd hair
Grow long, and add unutterable charms,
While ev'rý look enraptures and alarms;
Yet something still beyond th' exterior form,
With good neis fraught, with animation warm,
Inspires' their actions ; dignifies their mien;
Gilds ev'ry hour; and beautifies each scene,
'Tis those perfections of fuperior kind,
The moral beauties which acorn thu nind:

'Tis those enchanting founds, mellifluous, hung In words of truth and kindnefs on their tongue 'Tis delicacy gives their charms new worth, And calls the loveliness of beauty forth; 'Tis the mild influence beaming from their eyes, Like vernal sun-beams, round cærulian skies; Pright emanations of the sporless soul, Which warm, and cheer, and vivify the whole.--Humphreys.

FALSE ALARMS. THE proud supporters of tyranny, in which they hope to partake, have always ufed false alarms, false plots, cunningly. contrived nicknames, and watchwords, to set the unthinking people against those who were promoting their greatest good.

When Christ began to preach, we read, in the seventh chapter of St. Luke, that the multitude and the publicans Jieard him; but the scribes and the pharisees rejected the counsel of God towards them. They, like all persons of similar temper and rank, flourishing by abuses, could not bear innovation.

The most powerful argument they used against him was this question :---Have any of the rulers and the pharises believed in lim? In modern times, the question would have been, have any persons of fashion and distinction given countenance to him? Does my lord--or my lady-or Sir Harry go to hear him preach ?-Or is he fomebody whom nobody knows ?-Such is the language of the spirit of despotism, in all times and countries. - Spirit of Despotism.

GENTLENESS of ADDRESS. THE softest and gentlest address to the erroneous, is the best way to convince them of their mistake. Sometimes 'tis necefiary to represent to your opponent, that he is not far off from the truth, and that you would fain draw him a little nearer to it; commend and establish whatever he says that is juft and true, as our blessed Saviour treated the young fcribe, when he answered well concerning the two great commandbients ; " Thou art not far," says our Lord, “ from the “ kingdom of heaven," Mark xii. 34. Imitate the mildness and conduct of the blefled Jesus.

Come as rear to your opponent as you can in all your propositions, and yield to him as much as you dare, in a conlistence with truth and justice.

'Tis a very great and fatal mistake in persons who attempt to convince or reconcile others to their party, when they make Gentleness of Address.-Gallanlry.-Gentleman.-Glory. 115 the difference appear as wide as posible. This is shocking to any person who is to be convinced. He will choose rather to keep and maintain his own opinions, if he cannot come into yours without renouncing and abandoning every thing that he believed before. Human nature must be flattered a little, as well as reasoned with, that so the argument may be able to come at his understanding, which otherwise will be thrust off at a distance.

If you charge a man with nonsense and absurdities, with herefy and self-contradiction, you take a very wrong step towards convincing him.

Remember, that error is not to be rooted out of the mind of man by reproachings and railings, by flashes of wit and biting jests, by loud exclamations or sharp ridicule. Long declamations and triumphs over our neighbour's mistake, will not prove the way to convince him; these are signs either of a bad cause, or of want of arguments or capacity for the defence of a good one, -Watts.

GALLANTRY.

GALLANTRY, though a fashionable crime, is a very detestable one; and the wretch who pilfers from us in the hour of distress, is an innocent character compared to the pluoderer who wantonly robs us of happiness and reputation, Kelly.

GENTLEMAN,
NOR stand so much on your gentility,
Which is an airy, and mere borrow'd thing,
From dead men's dust and bones : and none of yours,
Except you make, or hold it.-B. Johnson.

GLORY.

-THERE's not a homely peasant,
If grac'd with innocence, tho' nurs’d in toil,
But boasts more glory than a tainted grandeur.–Savage.

REAL glory
Springs from the silent conquest of ourselves;
And, without that, the conqueror is pought
But the first flave.--I bomfon.

GOOD BREEDING IS not confined to externals, nuch less to any particular dress or attitude of the body; it is the art of plea fi 18: or contributing as much as poshble to the ease and happiness of those with whom we converse.-Fielding.

PERHAPS the summary of good breeding may be reduced to this rule, “ behave unto all men, as you would they should behave unto you."-- This will most certainly oblige us to treat all mankind with the utmost civility and respect, there being nothing which we desire more, than to be treated so by them. The ambitious, the covetous, the proud, the vain, the

angry, the debauchee, the glutton, are all lost in the character of the well bred man; or if nature should now and then venture to peep forth, she withdraws in an instant, and doth not shew enough of herself to become ridiculous.--Idem.

GOD.
IT is not so with him that all things knows
As 'tis with us, that square our guess by shews :
But most it is presumption in us, when
The help of Heav'n we count the act of men.-Shakespeare.

THO’all the doors are sure, and all our servants
As sure bound with their sleeps, yet there is one
That wakes above, whose eye no sleep can bind.
He fees thro' doors, and darkness, and our thoughts;
And therefore as we should avcid with fear,
To think amiss ourselves before his search,
So should we be as cautious to Muun
All cause, that others think not ill of us.--Chapman.

THAT mind must surely err, whose narrow scope
Confines religion to a place or clime;
A power unknown, that actuates the world,
Whole eye is jull, whole ev'ry thought is wisdom,
Regards alone the tribute of the heart;
Pride in his awful fight thrinks back appallid;
Humility is eldest born of Virtue,
And claims her birth right at the throne of Hear'n.-Murphy.
THOU didit, О mighty God! exist

Ere time began its race; Before the ample el ments

Fill'd the void of space : Before the pond'rous earthly glube

lo fluid air was fayd; Before the ocean's mighty fprings

Their liquid ftores display'd ;
Ere through the gloom of ancient night

1 he lircäks of light appeaid;

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