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Be discreet in your discourse,
A wide range
The first may be forgotten,
represented, as convey distinct religious, moral, or
The wise, terse, and pithy proverbial PRECEPTS
The latter endure for ever.
The BOOK OF GOOD DEVICES is offered to all
who interest themselves in the welfare of youth,
But more in your actions :
Let your example be the Son of man.
protect them from the many snares and temptations
In the words of Dr. Mather, who has been already
A wise man's heart is at his right hand;
But a fool's is at his left.
The Editor of “THE BOOK OF GOOD DEVICES" desires to thank SAMUEL SMILES, Esq., for permission, readily granted, to make use of passages from his admirable and valuable books for youth, “Character” and “SelfHelp ;” and Messrs. STRAHAN and Co., fo: the like favour from Principal TULLOCH'S “Beginning Life.”
See that ye refuse not Him that speaketh.
The tongue is an unruly member.
Apply thine heart to understanding.
delight to hear yourself speak. If you hear a wise
Let never oath be heard to come out of your
Above all things, tell no untruth, no, not in trifles. The custom of it is naughty ; and let it not satisfy you that, for a time, the hearers take it for a truth; for after, it will be known as it is to your shame ; for there cannot be a greater reproach to a gentleman than to be accounted a liar. Study and endeavour yourself to be virtuously occupied. So shall you make such an habit of well-doing in you, that you shall not know how to do evil, though you would.
SIR HENRY SIDNEY.
Trust in the Lord with all thy might.
All lies disgrace a gentleman.