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Hypocrisy.Human Degradation. -Health.

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HYPOCRISY.

LOOK out of your door,--take notice of that man : fee what disquieting, intriguing and shifting, he is content to go through, merely to be thought a man of plain-dealing: three grains of honesty would save him all this trouble--alas ! he has them not. -Sterne.

A HYPOCRITE in society lives in the same apprehension with a thief, who lies concealed in the midst of the family he is to rob; for this fancies himself perceived when he is least fo; every motion alarms him ; he fears he is discovered, and is suspicious that every one who enters the room knows where he is hid, and is coming to seize him. And thus, as, nothing hates more violently than fear, many an innocent person, who sufpects no evil intended him, is detested by him who intends it. -Fielding.

THE hypocrite shews the excellency of virtue by the necessity he thinks himself under of feening to be virtuous.Rambler.

HUMAN DEGRADATION,

I SEE the noble nature of man fo cruelly debased, --I see the horse and the dog in so many instances raised to a rark far fuperior to beings whom I must acknowledge as my fellowcreatures, and whom my heart cannot but embrace with a fraternal affection which must increase with the insults I fee them suffer, -I see the pride of power and of rank mounted to so ungovernable a height in those whom accident has called to dire&t the affairs of nations,—I see the faculty of rcalon so conipletely dormant in both thcfe claffes, and morality, the indispensible bond of union among men, fo fecally banished by the unnatural combinations, which in Lurope are called society, that I have been almofi determined to reliquis the disagreeable task which I had preferibed to a fuf, and, returning to my country, endeavor in the new world to forget the miseries of the old.---Brow."

HEILT. -HOW sweet-is thy return, O health! the rosy cherub! -my foul leaps forward to meet thee, wiose true value ihy absence can only teach us !-- When thou coul, was being 01 thy wings; when every rart, ani nerne, ctcry, are obedient to their ofice; and when this com dicatud machine is so perfealy harmonized, that we perceive not that we have any part, or nerve, or artery, belonging to us, Row sweetly is the mind then attuned to receive pleasure from every inlet of sense! --God of

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life! who'numberest my days, teach me to meet with gratitude, or patience, the good or ill, which in the tide of time shall float down with them! but never withdraw from me those native spirits, which have been the cheering companions of my existence, and have spread a gilding upon every thing around me !--that I may continue to view with rapture, the inexhaustible volume of nature that is thrown open before me; on every page of which is charactered the impresion of thy omnipotent hand !--Keate.

HUMAN LIFE.
LIKE as a damask rose you see,
Or like the blossom on the tree;
Or like the dainty flower in May,
Or like the morning to the day;
Or like the sun, or like the shade,
Or like the gourd which Jonah had;
E’en fuch is man, whose thread is spun,
Drawn out, and cut, and fo is done.
Withers the rose; the bloffom blasts ;
The flower fades; the morning haftes;
The sun doth set; the shadows fly;
The gourd consumes; and mortals die.

Like to the grass that's newly sprung,
Or like a tale that's new begun;
Or like a bird that's here to-day,
Or like the pearled dew of May;
Or like an hour, or like a span,
Or like the finging of a swan :
E'en such is man, who lives by breath,
Is here, now there. in life and death:
The grass decays; the tale doth end;

The bird is flown; the dews afcend ;
The hour is short; the span not long;
The fwan's near death; man's life is done

Like to the bubble in the brook,
Or in a glass much like a look ;
Cr like the shutile in the hand,
Or like the writing in the fand;

Hiring Soldiers.-Hereditary Power.-Human Nature. 139 Or like a thought, or like a dream, Or like the gliding of the stream; E'en such is man, who lives by breath, Is here, now there, in life and death; The bubble's burst; the look’s forgot ; The shuttle's flung; the writing's blot; The thought is past; the dream is gone ; The water glides; man's life is done.

HIRING SOLDIERS. GOD, we read, made man in his own image ; and our Saviour taught us, that he was the heir of immortality. God made no distinction of persons; but behold a being, born to a sceptre, though a poor, puny, shivering mortal like the rest, presumes to sell

, and let out for hire, these images of God, to do the work of butchers, in any cause, and for any paymaster, on any number of unoffending fellow.creatures, who are standing up in defence of their hearthis, their altars, their wives, their children, and their liberty! Great numbers of men, trained to the trade of human butchery, are constantly ready to be let to hire, to carry on the work of despotism, and to support, by the money they earn in this hellith employment, the luxurious vices of the wretch who calls them his property. Can that state of human affairs be right and proper, which permits a miscreant, scarcely worthy the name of a man, funk in effeminacy, the slave of vice, often the most abominable kind of vice, ignorant and illiterate, debilitated with disease, weak in body as in mind, to have such dominion over hundreds of thousands, his fuperiors by nature, as to let them

pay, to murder the innocent stranger in cold blood ?Spirit of Defpotism.

HEREDITARY POWER. NO office or place whatsoever in government, shall be hereditary--the abilities and integrity requisite in all, not being transmisible to posterity or relations.-Conflitution of New Hampshire.

HUMAN NATURE. THERE is nothing which I contemplate with greater pleasure than the dignity of human cature, which often thews itself in all conditions of life : for notwithllaoding the degeneracy and meanness that is crept into it, there are a thousand

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occasions in which it breaks through its original corruptiort

, and thews what it once was, and what it will be hereafter. I consider the soul of man as a ruin of a glorious pile of building; where, amidst great heaps of rubbish, you meet with noble fragments of sculpture, broken pillars and obelisks, and a magnificence in confusion. Virtue and wisdom are continually employed in clearing the ruins, removing these disorderly heaps, recovering the noble pieces that lie buried under them, and adjusting them as well as possible according to their ancient symmetry and beauty. A happy education, conversation with the finest spirits, looking abroad into the works of nature, and observations upon mankind, are the great assistances to this necessary and glorious work. But even among those who have never had the happiness of any of these advantages, there are sometimes such exertions of the greatness that is natural to the mind of man, as shew capacities and abilities, which only want these accidental helps to fetch them outy and thew them in a proper light. ---Spectator.

IDLENESS.

WHAT is man,
If his chief good, and market of his time
* Be but to sleep and feed? A beast-no more.

Sure he that made us with fuch large discourse,
Looking before and after, gave us not
That capability and god-like reafon
To rust in us unused.-- Shakespeare.

IT is in vain to put wealth within the reach of him who will not stretch out his hand to take it. --- Johnson.

INDOLENCE is one of those vices from which thofe, whom it once in fects, are seldom reformed.--Rambler.

AS pride is sometimes hid under humility, idleriess is often covered by turbulence and hurry. He that neglecis his known duty, and real employment, naturally endeavors to croud his mind with something that may bar out the remembrance of his own folly; and does any thing but what he ought to do, with eager diligence, that he may keep himself in his own favor - Idler.

PERHAPS every man may date the predominance of those desires that disturb his life, and contaminate his conscience, froin forre unhappy hour when too much lilure exposed him to their incurfions; for be has lived with liule observation, either on himself, or others, who does not know, that to be idle is to be picious.--Rambler.

Improvement of our reasoning Faculty. 141 NO man is so much open to conviction as the idler; but there is none on whom it operates so little.--Idler.

IDLENESS can never secure tranquility; the call of reason and of conscience will pierce the closest pavilion of the Nuggard, and, though it may not have force to drive bim from his down, will be loud enough to hinder him from sleep. Those moments which he cannot resolve to make useful, by devoting them to the great business of his being, will still be ufurped by powers that will not leave them to his disposal ; remorse and vexation will feize upon them, and forbid him to enjoy what he is so desirous to appropriate --Rambler.

IMPROVEMENT OF OUR REASONING FACULTY. ACCUSTOM yourself to clear and distinct ideas, to evident propositions, to strong and convincing arguments. Converse much with those men, and those books, and those parts of learning, where you meet with the greatest clearnefs of thought, and force of reasoning. The mathematical sciences, and particularly arithmetic, geometry, and mechanics, abound with these advantages : and if there were nothing valuable in them for the uses of human life, yet the very fpeculative parts of this sort of learning are well worth our ftudy; for by perpetual examples they teach us to conceive with clearness, to connect our ideas and propositions in a train of dependence, to reason with strength and demonstration, and to distinguish between truth and falfhood. Some thing of these sciences should be studied by every man who pretends to learning, and that, as Mr. Locke expresses it, is not lo much to make us mathematicians, as to make us reasonable creatures._Watts.

INTERCOURSE with MANKIND. CONFINE not yourself always to one sort of company, or to persons of the same party or opinion, either in matters of learning, religion, or civil life, lelt, if you should happen to be nursed up or educated in early mistake, you should be confirmed and established in the same mistake, by conversing only with persons of the same sentiments. A free and general conversation with men of various countries, and of different parties, opinions, and practices (so far as may be done safely) is of excellent use to undeceive us in many wrong judgments which we may have framed, and to lead us into jufter thoughts. It is said, when the king of Siam, near China, first conversed

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