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in them; and the Reafon why no Violence could caft them down, nor Perfecution deject them, was because their Strength was from above; for he that hath God in his Heart, has Fear before his Eyes; his Truth in his mouth, though he were killed, can never be overcome.
The divine Providence will guide in Safety, through the Midst of all Diftreffes and Afflictions, thofe that firmly truft in him; he cannot forget thofe for whom he has dy'd; yea, even as a Father pitieth his own Children, fo hath the Lord Compaffion on them that fear him. God difpofes of all the Affairs and Concerns of his own People, through an admirable Variety of happy and fad
ents; he afflicts them, left a continued and uninerrupted Courfe of Profperity fhould lift them up, and again he comforts them, that they might not be cast down under the Burthen of their Sufferings.
Let not the Righteous afflict themselves, but repose their strong Confidence in God, who will afTuredly accompany them in their Troubles, and give them Favour in the Eyes of all whom they have to deal with.
He that values himself upon Confcience, not Opinion, never heeds calumniating Reproaches; when I am ill spoken of, I take it thus, If I have not deferved it, I am never the worfe; if I have, I'll mend. If a Jewel be right, no matter who fays it's a Counterfeit. If my Confcience tells me that I am innocent, what do I care who tells the World that I am guilty? Calumny to a virtuous Perfon, is no more than as a Shower in the Sea.
Let your Difcourfe of others be fair, fpeak ill of no Body: To do it in his Abfence is the Property of a Coward, that ftabs a Man behind his Back; if to his Face, you add an Affront to the Scandal. He that praises beftows a Favour, but he that detracts commits a Robbery. If any Perfon hall speak ill of you, never difquiet yourself, but
endeavour to live fo virtuously, as the World shall not believe that to be true which is reported of you, and you must understand, that many speak ill, because they never learned to speak well.
Speech is a very noble Advantage and Benefit to Man, by which he excels the whole Creation; our Tongue is our Glory, the Index and Expreffor of our Mind and Thoughts, the Inftrument of our Creator's Praise; and there is no Subject so fublime and honourable for the Tongue of Man to be employed about, as the Word and Works of God. Contemn all evil Works in your Judgment, refolve against them in your Will, abhor them in your Affections, and, to the best of your Power, fhun them in your Practice.
Example works much more than Precept, for Words without Practice are but Counfels without Effect. When we do as we say, 'tis a Confirmation of the Rule; but when our Lives and Doctrines do not agree, it looks as if the Leffon were either too hard for us, or the Advice we give others not worth while to follow.
Your Tongue and your Heart ought to agree, and not to be divided; take heed that your Words and Actions correfpond, and let what you fay be what you mean, and let it be maintained by what you do.
He who lives under the Dominion of any one Vice, muft expect the common Effect of it; if lazy, to be poor; if intemperate, to be diseased; if luxurious, to dye betimes, &c.
Bleffings do always wait on virtuous Deeds,
Art has no Enemy but an ignorant Perfon. A guilty Confcience is a Worm that never ceaseth biting.
A Man's best Monument is his virtuous Actions. Account no Sin little, fince Death is the Wages of it.
Be courteous to all, but familiar with few.
Be fearful to act great Sins, and carefully avoid fmall ones.
Blot not thy holy Duties by an unholy Life. Beware of him who regards not his own Reputation. By an holy Converfation, maintain your Profeffion. Be content to hear other Men's Praises, and thy own Faults.
Bufinefs makes a Man, as well as tries him. Confcience and Covetoufnefs are not reconcilable. Conftraint makes an eafy Thing toilfome.
Continue not in Sin, upon Prefumption of Pardon.
Experience is a good Thing, if not bought too dear.
Every Man has his Turn of Sorrow.
Either turn from Iniquity, or talk not Chriftianity. Forfake not God 'till you can find a better Master. Friendship is best known by the Effects.
Forc'd Favours with noble Minds find no Ac
Good Intentions ufually prevent bad Actions.
He that would live pleasantly, muft live virtuously.
Ignorance and Impudence commonly go together.
Life is given to No body to employ it uselesly.
Let Virtue and Innocence accompany your Diverfions.
Learning gains Augmentation by Conversation. Love and Respect are rarely found in loft Fortunes. Labour proves Light, when attended with Delight. Manners, not Dreffes, are the Ornaments of Wo
Mens Merits have their Seafons, as well as their
Money may credit you, but Wisdom adorns you.
Many Men by ill Doings pave the Way to their Undoing.
Nothing dignifies Men fo much as Learning and Virtue.
No Man's Calling can call him from Godliness. One ought always to fide with Reason and Duty. Omit no Opportunity of doing Good.
One main Thing in Life, is to prepare for Death. Providence generally mingles bitter with fweet. Pride hides our own Faults and magnifies others. Pride is the Effect of Self-Ignorance.
Perfons of fiery Tempers are very ill Managers. Quarrels and Difputes about Religion dishonour it. Quiet Confciences never produce unquiet Conververíation.
Quantity is generally valued by the Ignorant and
Rebuke with foft. Words and ftrong Arguments.
Sin hath its Beginning in Pleafure and End in Mifery.
Such as would excel in Art muft excel in Industry.
That thou mayeft avoid Sin, avoid the Occafioni of it.
'Tis a Jeft for a Mifer to pretend to be honest. To reprehend may become Equals, not Inferiors. Time may be redeem'd, but not recall'd.
Tell nothing of another thou wouldst not have told him.
The next World is the good Man's Hope, the bad Man's Fear.
Take account of your Words, as well as your