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We should govern our Lives and Actions, as if the whole World were to see the former, and read the latter; for what doth it fignify, to make any thing a Secret to our Neighbours, when, to God, who is the Searcher of our Hearts, all our Privacies are open?
Swear not rafhly in your ordinary Discourse; for this will render the Truth of all you fay sufpected by wife Men: He that fwears vainly, ought not to be much credited when he speaks truly; because he that dreads not an Oath, will not tremble at a Lye.
Thefe Lines were wrote by a Gentleman who loft bis Watch in a Tavern.
Watch loft in a Tavern is a Crime;
See how by drinking Men do lose their Time! A Watch fhews Time, and Time it will away, Then why fhould I expect my Watch to stay? He that a Watch wou'd wear, this muft he do Pocket his Watch, and watch his Pocket too.
Thefe Lines were wrote by a Gentleman in the bard Froft in 1739, when the Lords Tullamore and Montjoy not only contributed greatly to the Relief of the Poor, but went to various Gentlemen in the City of Dublin to collect for them.
HO' nipping Froft doth chill our Ifle,
The Poor amidst its Rigour fmile,
All o'er its hofpitable Shore ;
For what th' inclement Frofts deny
The charitable Great fupply.
Wrote on a Head-Stone in the RoundChurch Yard.
RAIL Man and Woman, that doft by me.
Thou may'ft believe, as thou art, once I was;
Wrote on a Head-Stone in Carlow Church Yard.
Had my Part of worldly Care,
When I was living, as you are; But God from it hath fet me free, And to himself hath taken me.
Wrote on a Stone in Glafnevin Church
AMB's Wit and Humour can't decay,
UICKLY will my Glafs of Life be run,
Pleasure would court in vain, and Beauty fmile;
Earth's gawdy Shews, and Pomps of Courts, adieu,
H! that I once were in that City.
Where Love, and Joy, and Peace, abound,
The greatest Pleasure of Life is Love; the greatest Treasure, Contentment; the greatest Poffeffions, Health; the greatest Eafe is Sleep, and the greatest Medicine, a true Friend.
Let the Lord fave my Soul, and then, as to every Thing else, let him do with me and mine as feemeth good unto him, I will never find Fault with any thing that God doth. Not as I will, but as thou wilt. Patience must be our Staff, and Meekness our Guide, until we have pafs'd through all the Stages of our Pilgrimage, and arrived fafe at the Gates of the heavenly Jerufalem.
Never be lift up with the Applaudings, nor caft down by the Defpifings, of Men; neither Praife nor Reproach are much to be accounted of, while we are innocent and make God our Friend.
A Chriftian, that knows God is his Portion, can rejoice in Tribulation, and triumph in Affliction, and live happily, contemplating upon God, though all the Things of this World fail him.
Grace is of all Bleffings the richest, and Peace is bf all Comforts the sweetest: There can be no Peace without Grace, and where there is Grace there will be Peace.
Chufe the Glory of God for your End; his Word for your Rule; his Spirit for your Guide; his Son for your Lord and Saviour; his Ordinances for the Means of your Salvation, and his People for your Companions.
A YOUTH'S REQUEST.
May God preserve my Parents ev'ry Day,
Religion teaches me for to obey
E ach juft Command of theirs; and what they fay
B eftow on them and me thy heav'nly Grace
Praifes to thee, my God, I justly owe;
External Excellence! I will thee praise,
B leffings which can't be told thou doft impart,
WHEN all thy Mercies, O my God!
My rifing Soul furveys,
Tranfported with the View, I'm loft in Wonder, Love, and Praife.