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A good King

1787. KING-a good.

Cares for his People more than for himself. 1788.

Happy the King who by his peaceful Reign And Government deserves the name of Good. 1789. EXPERIENCE.

Give to Experience ear; she finds a tongue. 1790. FLATTERY.

They do abuse a King who flatter him.


Flattery as a Bellows blows up Sin.

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1792. KINGS-should be ready to hear unwelcome Reproof obedient and in order [Truths. Fits Kings as they are Men; for they can err. 1793, PLANTS-Allegorical Precept from them. Plants look to Heaven, whence

They have their nourishment.

1794. TYRANNY deceitful.

'Tis time to fear when Tyrants seem to kiss. 1795. WAR indiscriminately destructive.

War spares not Innocence.

1796. PROMISE of the Good equal to their Oath. § Take good Men's word for Faith; nor ask their Oath :

Who shun not to break one will sure break both. 1797. WANT extreme.

Who wanteth food and will not say he wanteth ; Or can conceal his hunger till he famish *?

1798. LUXURY-it's fatal Secureness.

Behold what Heaven can do! Oft comes a change,

And yet it is to be feared there are not wanting almost yearly in stances to the contrary in the Metropolis.

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When mouths whom but of late Earth, Sea, and
Were all too little to content and please,
Long for a little bread, and beg for it.
Let Men, let Cities, that of Plenty's cup
And her prosperity so largely taste,
With their superfluous riot think with fear
These miseries may be their's.

1799. MISFORTUNES seldom single.

One Sorrow seldom comes but brings an heir

That may succeed.


Who makes the fairest shew means most Deceit. 1801. VIRTUE-Balance infinite in it's favor. Whate'er the virtuous sustain,

They lose a mite, a mountain gain.

1802. IDLENESS-unjust and contemptible. Man should not eat of honey like a Drone From others' labours.

1803. SEA.

On the Seas

When once embarkt, seldom is ease.

1804, MAN-his Injustice and his Rapacity. Men live too much like Fish: the great devour the less*.

1805. BEGGING should be made unnecessary, and Industry encouraged.

It is bad policy when more is gotten by begging than by working.

1806. WANT-a Monitor. : ། Want teaches Man remembrance what Man is. 1807. APPEARANCES from Dress, &c. deceitful. § Opinion's but a Fool that makes us scan From outward habit what the inward Man. * A saying ascribed to one of the Seven Wise Men of Greece.

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1808. ARTISTS-their many Degrees of Excellence. Nature in framing Artists hath decreed

To make some good, but others to exceed. 1809. MUSIC-loud.

Loud Music long continued is too harsh. 1810. GREATNESS no security for the Wicked. Greatness is no guard

To bar Heaven's shaft: but Sin hath it's Reward*. 1811. WISDOM-her Authority.

To Wisdom he's a Fool that will not yield f. 1812. NOBILITY true.

The true Nobility

Is noble Actions and as noble Thoughts. 1813. VIRTUE and KNOWLEDGE

transcendant Superiority.


Virtue and Knowledge are endowments greater Than nobleness and riches.-Careless Heirs May the two latter darken and expend;

But Immortality attends the former,

Making a Man a God.


Useful Science, in itself,

Gives more content, in course of true delight,
Than to be thirsty after tottering Honor,
Or tie a treasure up in silken bags,

Spoil for an Heir and Death.


The Superstition of Sailors believes that a

* Ευρε Θεος 7ον αλιτρον


† Ούζος μεν Παναριοσ ς κ. τ. λ. ΗE9.

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storm will not cease while a dead body is on board*.

1816. ANIMATION-suspended.

Death may usurp on Nature many hours,
And yet the Fire of Life kindle again
The overpressed Spirits +.


+ Strive not 'gainst Heaven. We cannot but obey The Powers above us.


Those who have fed their Country from their Should in their Sons be thought on.

[own 1819. HONOR and VIRTUE have no need of Oaths to confirm them.

Honor and Goodness win a native credit

Without the aid of vows.


Who hath gain'd

In Music, Letters, Virtue, all the grace
Of Education, is most justly theme

Of general wonder.

1821. ENVY.

§ Envy is oft the wrack

Of well-earnt Praise.

1822. GOOD-Consolation on their early Death. The Good are fittest that the Heavens should have

1823. GRIEF.

Unprofitable woe

Changes the favor.


*This Superstition either existed not with regard to the Body of Admiral Lord Nelson, or gave way to higher thoughts and to noble sympathies, truly worthy of Sailors.


+ Dr. Hawes made great use of this passage in his Lectures, when the Humane Society was in it's infancy.

Parum vitalis ille quem DII diligunt,

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1824. THE DEITY omniscient.

No ear is quick, nor any eye like Heaven's.
1825. BENEVOLENCE-true-extends to all
* True Benevolence [Animals.

Will never harshly treat nor do ill turn
To any living creature. She abhors
To kill a Mouse, or hurt a harmless Fly;
Nor willingly she treads upon a Worm.

+ An Officer's commission, Where Crime is not commanded, or Dishonor, Is not to reason of the deed but do it.

1827. VIRTUE prefers Death to Dishonor. To Virtue Death is better than Dishonor. 1828. AMBITION.

§ The hypocrite Ambition, Which to betray doth wear an Angel's face, Seizes with Eagle's talons.


§ A borrowed Passion oft stands for true Woę. 1830.

No visor doth become black Villainy

So well as soft and tender Flattery.

1831. OFFICERS-PUBLIC-should maintain Respect by Conduct.

§ It is fit

Men plac'd in Honor make that judgment good That thought them worthy of it.

1832. CHASTITY—it's Influence. + E'en corrupted Minds

True Chastity can awe and change to better.


A Virgin or a Matron Sanctity


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