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How doth it believe! how doth it hope! How doth it excuse! how doth it cover over that which seemeth not to be excusable, and not fit to be covered! How kind is it even in its interpretations and charges concerning miscarriages! It never overchargeth; it never grates upon the spirit of him whom it reprehends; it never hardens; it never provokes; but carrieth a meltingness and power of conviction with it.
This is the nature of God. This, in the vessels, capacitated to receive and bring it forth in its glory, the power of enmity is not able to stand against, but falls before, and is overcome by.—PENNINGTON.
He is an accomptant who can cast up correctly the sum of his own errors.-DILLWYN.
Habitual reflection on the uncertainty of time, tends greatly to fortify the mind against the snares both of prosperity and adversity.—IBID.
Permanent rest is not to be expected on the road, but at the end of the journey.-IBID.
It is better to pass by an offence, than to invite its repetition by resentment.—IBID.
In marriage, mental accomplishments should be preferred to those which are exterior.-IBID.
Without a conflict there is no conquest, and without a conquest no crown.-IBID.
He who truly desires a blessing on his afflictions, is always the better for them.-IBID.
There is no condition of human life so high, as to be beyond the reach of the arrows of affliction.-IBID.
Promises made in time of affliction require a better memory than people commonly possess.-IBID.
It may afford some encouragement to a mind in distress to remember, that the narrowest part of a defile is often nearest the open field.-IBID.
Those who are careful to avoid offending others, are not apt to take offence themselves.-IBID.
A man can hardly do a greater service to his neighbour, than to instruct and encourage him in the performance of his duties. Those who delay setting out, merely because the road is difficult, or that they cannot see to the end of the journey, are in danger of being belated.-IBID.
A kind attention to strangers is very grateful to them, and generally commended; yet few who have not been in that situation themselves are sufficiently sensible of its difficulties; and of those who have been, too many, when at home, are negligent in that respect.-IBID.
A literary correspondence should be considered at the private conversation of the parties, in which many things pass which they would not choose to express,
if they were aware that those to whom their letters are often shown, were within hearing.—IBID.
We easily believe what we wish ; but we have a wonderful facility in raising doubts against those duties which thwart our inclinations.-IBID.
Those who are the most susceptible of sympathy for the afflictions of others, are not the most apt to complain of their own.—IBID.
He that can truly say, he knows not any one against whom he has the least degree of enmity, is a citizen of the world, and justly entitled to an universal passport.-IBID.
If thou observe any one in the habit of passing high encomiums on others, take especial care that thou dost not in any wise offend that person.-IBID.
A vessel at the commencement of its voyage may be in good condition, and full freighted: it may be navigated by skilful hands, and weather many storms: yet, for want of proper attention to the compass, quadrant, and plummet, be run aground, even at the mouth of the port.—IBID.
Can more be said of instrumental music than that, as an aid to devotion, it is alluring and enlivening to the affections? i. e. as long as they are excitable by outward means; but, as it has full as great an effect on the passions, and is quite as much employed in enticing and betraying the unwary into folly and
wretchedness, it seems most safe for beings travelling through the dangers and difficulties of a probationary state, rather to avoid it on account of its abuse, than to indulge in it for the sake of its suppositious advantages.-IBID.
The master of a vessel may make a pretty respectable figure on deck, with a leading gale and small sea; but the time for trying his courage and competency for command, is in violent head-winds and midnight storms, when one error in management or direction may be fatal to ship and cargo. The mere theory of navigation makes but a poor seaman.-IBID.
Those afflictions which have their proper effect on us, and humble us into true resignation, are like storms which drive rightly-directed vessels towards their designed ports. IBID.
It is wisely ordered, that neither nations nor individuals can deteriorate each other without injuring themselves, nor promote the welfare of others without partaking of the benefit conferred.-IBID.
One watch set right, will do to try many by; and on the other hand, one that goes wrong may be the means of misleading a whole neighbourhood.-IBID.
On the decease of beloved friends, how apt are we to ruminate rather on our loss than on their gain! and to mourn over their deserted bodies; (like school-boys seeking a bird's nest, and disappointed at finding it empty;) not considering the dangers their late inhabit
ants have escaped; and that, at the very instant we are indulging ourselves in unavailing lamentation on their account, they may be exercised in melodious responses, or feeding upon the most delicious fruits of the King's garden.-IBID.
If we believe, that in a future state, all the party distinctions by which we are known one from another here, will be obliterated, we may reasonably infer, that those who are best prepared for it, are most inclined to regard mankind as one family; and, on the contrary, that those who, in support of their several parties, employ themselves in devising or executing schemes by which the peace and harmony of the world are laid waste, are not in the way of being either prepared themselves, or instrumental in preparing others for future blessedness.-IBID.
If we were as patient in waiting for the instruction of wisdom, as we are earnest to take sure steps in the prosecution of our worldly affairs, we might soon become acquainted with her lore, and proficients in her school.-IBID.
The words of our Saviour, "If my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight," must signify, to every unprejudiced mind, the same as if he had said, "As my kingdom is not of this world, therefore my servants do not fight."—IBID.
The biographer of Bishop Usher says: "The year before this learned and holy primate and archbishop