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The truly good man, sensible of his duty to God, his own soul, and his fellow-creatures, will never say, upon reflection, he has nothing to do.
It matters not what a man loses, if he saves his soul; but if he loses his soul, it matters not what he saves.
It is better to have a good conscience, and be poor, than a bad one, and be rich; for a guilty conscience, who can bear
We must attend to the warnings of conscience in time, or we shall feel the wounds of it eternally.
A hypocrite is a dangerous person to be in company with, because he neither is what he seems, nor seems what he is.
If a man lives and dies a mere professor of religion, it had been better for him if he had made no profession. Re: ligion consists not in profession, but practice.
The profession of godliness may be without the practice of it, but the practice cannot be without the profession; so in the same view morality may be without true Christianity; but true Christianity cannot be without morality.
The gate which leads to eternal life, is a strait gate, therefore we should fear ; but blessed be God, it is an open gate, therefore we may hope. If
you forget God in your youth, he may forget you when you are old, or remember only to punish you for your forgetfulness.
The reason why so many fall into hell, is because so few tbink on it.
The real Christian has Christ in his heart, heaven in his eye, and the world under his feet; God's Spirit is his guide, God's fear is bis guard, God's people are his companions, God's promises are his cordials, and God's presence bis eter
Take the candle of God's word, and search the corners of your heart; if your heart is not right with God, your soul must be in great danger.
He that wants to know whether he is going to heaven, should daily examine what road he is travelling in.
He that wishes to know whether he is a child of God, should enquire whether he loves and obeys his heavenly Father with all that he has and is.
As this world is but an inn, or a temporary lodging for the Christian in his way to glory, he should be contented and thankful, if he meet with decent (much more elegant) accommodations and refreshments, where there are continually so many travellers putting up.
That man shews himself to be a Christian, who chooses rather to suffer than sin.
If sin and folly are the modes of the times, we must be sure to be unfashionable, and in that respect appear nonconformists.
Riches are dust, honours are shadows, pleasure a bubble, and man a lump of vanity; but who believes all this? Alas! too few.
To have a portion in this world is a mercy, but to have this world for a portion is a misery: reader, what and where is thy portion?
A Christian, while he lives surrounded with spiritual enemies, should take care never to stir abroad without his guard.
As among wise men, he is often the wisest who thinks he knows the least, so ainong fools he is commonly the greatest who thinks be knows most.
To render good for evil is God-like, lo render evil for evil is man-like, to render evil for good is devil-like: which, reader, do you do?
To profess to be a Christian in words, and prove yourself a heathen by deeds, is to be an arrant liar, a talking hypocrite, and more fool than knave. • The profession of religion is evidenced by many, but the real possession of it experienced by very few: well may the caution be given to all, Beware of counterfeits.
He who thinks least about a future life, has most reason to fear his approaching death:
Howe'er the young and gay may vainly boast,
They fear death least, who think upon it most. The man of pleasure and the free-thinker, who deny the being of a God, and live as they list, under the notion that all things came into being by chance, will do well to consider, if the world was made by chance, whether there might not be also a hell made by chance, wbich they may also fall into by chance, and so by chance be miserable to all eternity.
Man, thoughtless man, whose moments quickly fly,
THE ATHEIST AND THE ACORN. IT was the fool who said in his heart “ There is no God," into the breast of a wise man such a thought could never have entered. One of those refined reasoners, commonly called minute philosophers, was sitting at his ease beneath the shade of a large oak, while at his side the weak branches of a pumpion trailed upon the ground. This threw our great logician into bis old track of reasoning against Pros vidence." Is it consistent with common sense,' said he," that infinite wisdom should create a large and stately tree, with branches of prodigious strength, only to bear so small and insignificant a fruit as an acorn? Or that so weak a stém as that of alpumpion should be loaded with so disproportioned a weight? A child may see the absurdity of it." In the midst of this curions speculation, down dropt an acorn from one of the highest branches of the oak, full upon his head. How small a trifle may overturn the systems of mighty philosophers! Struck with the accident, be could not help crying out, “How providential it is that this was nol a pumpion."
GENIUS, VIRTUE, AND REPUTATIOX. Genius, Virtue, and Reputation, three intimate friends, agreed to travel over the island of Great Britain, to see whatever might be worthy of observation. “But as some misfortune," said they," may happen to separate us, let us consider, before we set out, by what means we may find each other again.” “Should it be my ill fate," said Genius, 's to be severed from you, mny associates, which heaven forbid ! you muy find me kneeling in devotion before the tomb of Shakespeare: or rap! in some grove where Milton talked with angels, or mysing in ihe grotto where Pope caught inspiration." Virtue, with a sigh, acknowledged that her friends were not very numerous : But were I to lose you," she cried, “ with whom I am at present so happily united, I should choose to take sanctuary in the temples of religion, in the palaces of royalty, or in the stately domes of ministers of state : but as it may be my ill fortune to be there denied admittance, enquire for some cottage where contentment has a bower, and there you will certainly find me." "Ah, my dear companions,” said Reputation very earnestly, "you, I perceive, when missing, may possibly be recovered; but take care, I entreat you, always to keep sight of me, for if I am once lost, I ain never to be retrieved.”
THE EAGLE AND THE OWL, An eagle and an owl having entered into a league of mutual amity, one of the articles of their treaty was, that the former should not prey upon the younglings of the latter., "But lell me," said the owl,"should you know my little ones if you were to see them?” “ Indeed I should not,'' replied the eagle;." but if you describe them to me, it will be sufficient. "You are to observe then," returned the owl, " in tlie farst place, that the charining creatures are perfectly well shaped; in the next, that there is a remarkable sweetness and vivacity in their countenances; and then there is somethiog in their voices so peculiarly melodious"-“'Tis enough, interrupted the eagle; “ by these marks I cannot fail of disția-> guishing them: and you may depend upon their deyer res ceiving any injury from me." It happened not long after wards, as the eagle was upon the wing in quest of his preys that he discovered amidst the ruins of an old castle, a nest of grim-faced ugly birds, with gloomy countenances, and a voice like that of the furies. “These undoubtedly,” said he, "cannot be the offspring of my friend, and so I shall venture to make free with them.” He had scarce finished his repast and departed, when the owl returned; who finding nothing of her brood remaining but some fragments of the mangled éaréasses, broke out into the most bitter exclaniations against the cruel and perfidious anthor of her calamity. A neighbouring bat, who overheard her lamentations, and had been witness to what had passed between her and the eagle, very gravely told her, that she had nobody to blame for this misfortune but herself, whose blind prejudices in favour of her children, had prompted her to give such a description of them, as did not resemble them in any one single feature or quality.
Parents should very carefully guard against that weak partiality towards their children, which renders them blind to their failings and imperfections: as no disposition is inore likely to prove prejudicial to their future welfare.
THE TWO FOXES. Two foxes formed a stratagem to enter a hen-roost : which, having successfully executed, and killed the cock, the hens, and the chickens, they began to feed upon them with. singular satisfaction. One of the foxes, who was young and inconsiderate, was for devouring them all upon the spot : the other, who was old and covetous, proposed to reserve some of them for another time: “ For experience, child,” said he," has made me wise, and I have seen many unexpected events since I came into the world. Let us provide, therefore, against what may happen, and not consume all our store at one meal." “ All this is wondrous wise," replied the young fox;" but for my part, I am resolved not to stir till I have eaten as much as will serve me a whole week : for who would be mad enough to return hither ? when it is certain the owner of these fowls will watch for us, and if he should catch us, would certainly put us to death." After this short discourse, each pursued his own scheme: the young fox eat till he borst himself, and had scarcely strength to reach bis hole before he died. The old one, who thought it much better to deny his appetite for the present, and lay up provision for the future, returned the next day, and was killed by the farmer. Thus every age bas its peculiar vice: the young suffer by their insatiable thirst after pleasure; and the old, by their incorrigible and inordinate avarice.
THE CAT AND THE BAT. A cat having devoured her master's favourite bulfiach, overheard him
threatening to put her to death the moment he could find her. In this distress she preferred a prayer to Jupiter, vowing, if he would deliver her from her present danger, that never while she lived would she eat another bird. Not long afterwards, a bat most invitingly flew into. the room where puss was purring in the window. The question was, how to act upon şo tempting an occasion. Her appetite pressed hard on one side ; and her vow threw some scruples in her way on the other. At length she hit upon a most convenient distinction to remove all diffi culties, by determining that as a bird ipdeed it was an unlawful prize, but as a mouse she might very conscientiously eat it; and accordingly without further debate fell to the repast.