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10 God never made an independent man;

"Twould jar the concord of his general plan.
See ev'ry part of that stupendous whole,
“ Whose body nature is, and God the soul ;"
To one great end, the general good, conspire,
From matter, brute, to man, to seraph, fire.
Should man through nature solitary roam,
Ilis will his sovereign, every where his home,
What force would guard him from the lion's jaw!
What swistness wing him from the panther's paw?
Or, should fate lead him to some safer shore,
Where panthers never prowl, nor lions roar,
Where liberal nature all her charms bestows,
Suns shine, birds sing, flowers bloom, and water flows ;
Fool, dost thou think he'd revel on the store,
Absolve the care of Heav'n, nor ask for more?
Though waters flow'd, flow'rs bloom'd, and Phoebus shonen

, He'd sigh, he'd murmur, that he was alone. For know, the Maker on the human breast,

A sense of kindred, country, man, impress’d.
11 Though nature's works the ruling mind declaro,

And well deserve inquiry's serious care,
The God, (whate'er misanthrophy may say,)
Shines, beams in man with most unclouded ray.
What boots it thee to fly from pole to pole?
Hang o'er the sun, and with the planets roll ?
What boots through space's farthest bourns to roam ?
If thou, O man, a stranger art at home.
Then know thyself, the human mind survey ;
The
use,

the pleasure, will the toil repay. 12 Nor study only, practice what you know;

Your life, your knowledge, to mankind you owe.
With Plato's olive wreath the bays entwine;
Those who in study, should in practice shine.
Say, does the learn'd lord of Hagley's shade,
Charm man so much by mossy fountains laid,
As when arousd, he stems corruption's course,
And shakes the senate with a Tully's force?
When freedom gasp'd beneath a Cæsar's feet,
Then public virtue might to shades retreat :
But where she breathes, the least may useful be,

And freedom, Britain, still belongs to thee.
13. Though man's ungrateful, or though fortune frown;

Ls the reward of worth a song, or crown?

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Nor yet unrecompens'd are virtue's pains ;
Good Allen lives, and bounteous Brunswick reigns
On each condition disappointinents wait,
Enter the bat, and force the guarded gate.
Nor dare repine, though early friendship bleed,
From love, the world, and all its cares, he's freed.
But know, adversity's the child of God:
Whom Heaven approves of most, must feel her rodo
When smooth old Ocean, and each storm's asleep,
Then ignorance may plough the watery deep;
But when the demons of the tempest rave,

Skill must conduct the vessel through the wave, 14 Sidney, what good man envies not thy blow?

Who would not wish Anytus*-for a foe?
Intrepid virtue triumphs over fate;
The good can never be unscrtunate.
And be this maxim graven in thy mind;
The height of virtue is, to serve mankind.
But when old age has silver'd o'er thy head,
When memory fails, and all thy vigour's fled,
Then may st thou seek the stillness of retreat,
Then hear aloof the human tempest beat;
Then will I greet thee to my woodland cave,
Allay the

pangs

of
age,
and smooth thy grave,

QRAINORI. • One of the accusers of Socrates

FINIS

PART I.
PIECES IN PROSE.

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CHAPTER I.
Select Sentences and Paragraphs,

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CHAPTER II.-Varrative Pieces.

1. No rank or possessions can make the guilly mind happy,

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2. Change of external condition often adverse to virtue,

29

3. Haman; or the misery of pride,

30

4. Lady Jane Gray,

31

5. Ortogrul; or the vanity of riches,

34

6. The bill of science,

36

7. The journey of a day; a picture of human life,

39

CHAPTER III.-Didactic Pieces.

1. The importance of a good education,

43

2. On gratitude, :

44

33. On forgiveness,

45

4. Motives to the practice of gentleness,

46

5. A suspicious teinper the source of misery to its possessor,

47

6. Comforts of religion,

7. Diffidence of our abilities a mark of wisdom,

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8. On the importance of order in the distribution of our time, 50

9. The dignity of virtue amidst corrupt examples,

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10. The mortiñcations of vice greater ihan those of virtue,

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11. On contentment,

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12. Rank and riches afford no ground for envy,

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13. Patience under provocations our interest as well as duty,

58

14. Moderation in our wishes recommended,

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15. Omniscience and omnipresence of the Deity, source of consolation, 69

CHAPTER IV. Argumentative Pieces.

1. Happiness is founded in rectitude of conduct,

65

2. Virtue man's highest interest,

ib.

3 The injustice of an uncharitable spirit,

67

2. The misfortunes of men mostly chargeable on themselves, 68

☆ On disinterested friendship,

70

6. On the immortality of the soul,

73

CHAPTER V. -Descriptive Pieces.

:. The seasons,

76

2. The cataract of Niagara, in Canada, North America,

77

3. Grotto of Antiparos,

78

. The grotto of Antiparos continued,

79

5. Earthquake at Catanea,

80

6. Creation,

81

7. Charity,

82

8. Prosperity is redoubled to a good man,

93

9. On the beauties of the Psalms

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10. Character of Alfred, king of England,

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11. Character of Queen Elizabeth,

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12. On the slavery of vice,

13. The man of integrity,

- 14. Gentleness,

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CHAPTER VI.-Pathetic Pieces.

!. Trial and execution of the earl of Strafford,
2. An eminent instance of true fortitude of minda
3. The good man's comfort in aftliction,

87

4. The close of life,

93
6. Exalted society and the renewal of virtuous connexions, &o.. 97
6. The clemency and aniable character of the patriarch Joseph, 98
7. Altamont,

100
CHAPTER VII.- Dialogues.

1. Democritus and Heraclitus,

102

2. Dionysius, Pythias, and Damon,

104

3. Locke and Bayle,

106

CHÁPTER V1.- Public Speeches.

1. Cicero against Verres,

111

2. Speech of Adherbal to the Roman Senate, imploring protection, 114
3. The Apostle Paul's noble defence before Festus and Agrippa,. 117
4. Lord Mansfield's speech in the House of Lords, 1770, on the bill
for preventing the delays of justice, &c.

119
123

6. An Address to young persons Promiscuous Pieces.

1. Earthquake at Calabria, in the year 1538,

126

2. Letter from Pliny lo Geminius,

3. Letter from Pliny to Marcellinus, on the death of an amiable

young womaa,

130

4. On Discretion,

131

5. On the government of our thoughts,

133

6. On the evils which flow from unrestrained passion, .

135

7. On the proper state of our temper, with respect to one another, 136

8. Excellence of the Holy Scriptures, .

138

9. Reflections occasioned by a review of the blessings pronounced

by Christ, on his disciples, in his sermon on the mount, 139

10. Schemes of life often illusory, .

140

11. The pleasures of virtuous sensibility,

142

12. On the true honour of man,

144

13. The influence of devotion on the happiness of life, .

145

14. The planetary and ierrestrial worlds comparatively considered, 147

15. On the power of custoin, and the uses to which it may be applied, 149

16. The pleasure resulting from a proper use of our faculties, . 150

17. Description of Candour, .

151

18. On the imperfection of that happiness which rests solely on

worldly pleasures, .

152

19. What are the reai and solid enjoyments of human life,

155

20. Scale of beings,

157

21. Trust in the care of Providence recommended,

159

22. Piety and gratitude enliven prosperity, ·

161

23. Virtue, deeply moted, is not subject to the influence of fortune, 103

24 The speech of Fabricius, to king Pyrrhus, who attempted to

bribe nini to his interests, by the offer of a large sum of money, 164

25. Character of James I. king of England,

165

26. Charles V. Emp. of Germany, resigns his dominions, &c. 166

27. The same subject continued,

168

PART II.
PIECES IN POETRY.

CHAPTER I. Select Sentences and Paragraphs.
1. Short and easy sentences,

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2. Verses in which the lines are of different length,

173

3. Verses containing exclamations, interrogations, parentheses, &c.-174

4. Verses in various forms,

176
$. Verses in which sound corresponds to signification,

178
6. Connubial Affection,

180
CHAPTER II.-Narrative Pieces

1. The bears and the bees

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2. Tho nightingalo and the glow-worm,
3. The trials of virtue,
4. The youth and the philosopher,
5. Discourse between Adam and Eve retiring to rest,
6. Religion and death,

CHAPTER III.-- Didactic Pieces.
1. The vanity of wealth,
2. Nothing forined in vain, -
3. On pride,
4. Cruelty to brutes censured,
6. A paraphrase on the latter part of the 6th chapter of Matthew,
6. The death of a good man a strong incentive to virtue,
7. Reflections on the future state, froin a review of winter,.
8. Adam's advice to Eve, to avoid temptation,
9. On procrastination,
10. That philosophy which stops at secondary causes, reproved,
11. Indignant sentiments on national prejudice, slavery, &c.

CHAPTER IV.--Descriptive Piciis. 1. The morning in suminer, 2. Rural sounds, as well as rural sights, delightful, 3. The Rose, 4. Care of birds for their young, 5. Liberty and slavery contrasted, 6. Charity. A paraphrase on the 13th chap. to the Corinthians, 7. Picture of a good man, 8. The pleasures of retirement, 9. The pleasures and benefit of an improved imagination, :

CHAPTER V.-Pathetic Pieces. 1. The Hermit, 2. The Beggar's Petition, 3. Unhappy close of life, 4. Elegy to Pity, . 5. Verses by Klex. Selkirk, in the island of Juan Fernandez.. 6. Gratitude, 7. A man perishing in the snow, with reflections, &c. &c. : 8. A morning hymn, CHAPTER VI.- Promiscuous Pieces

. 1. Ode to Content, 2. The Shepherd and the Philosopher, 3. The road to happiness open to all men, 4. The goodness of Providence, 5. The Creator's works atiest his greatness, 8. Address to the Deity, 7. The pursuit of happiness often ill-directed, 8. The fire-side, 9. Providence vindicated in the present state of man, 10. Selfishness reproved, 11. Human frailty, 12. Ode to peace, 13. Ode to adversity, 14. The creation required to praise its Author, 15. The universal prayer, 16. Conscience, 17. On an infant, . 18. The Cuckon, 19. Day. A pastoral, in three parts, 20. The order of nature, 21. Confidence in Divine protection, 23. Hymn on a review of the Seasons, 3. Od Solitude,

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ib. 234 235 237

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ib. 241 242 243

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