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11. For the wicked shall be cut off from the earth, and the transgressors sh ll be rooted out of it.
12. But the upright shall dwell in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it.
LESSON VI. Of Advice, &c.
1. My son, attend to my words, incline thine ear unte my savings,
2. Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thy heart.
3. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh..
4. Keep thy heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.
5. Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.
6. Turn not to the right hand, nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil.
7. For the ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord: and he pondereth all his goings.
8. These six things doth the Lord hate; yea, seven are an abomination unto him:
9. A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood;
10. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, and feet that be swift in running to do mischief;.
H. A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
12. My son, keep my words, and lay up my commandments with thee.
13. Bind them upon thy fingers; write them upon the table of thine heart.
14. The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.
15. There shall no evil happen to the just; but the wick ed shat be filled with mischief.
16. He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife; but he that putteth his trust in the Lord shall be made fat.
17. A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband; but she that makeh shame is as rottenness in his bones.
15. A prudent woman looks well to her household, and eats not the bread of idleness.
19. The ich and poor meet together; the Lord is the make of them all.
zo Remember that God will bring every work into judg, ment, with every secret thing, whether it be goed, or whether it be evil
21. My son, it thou hast sinned, do so no more; but pray for thy former sins, and they shall be forgiven thee.
22. Flee from sin as from a Serpent; for if thou comest too near it, it will bite thee the teeth thereof are as the teeth of a Lion, to slay the souls of men.
23 All iniquity is as a two-edged sword, the wounds whereof cannot be healed,
I have set the Figures to the Verses of these last Lessons, which Chilaren may very easily be taught to know, without any sensible pains to the teacher; or by turning them to Table XVII. (by way of digression) they will teach one another by degrees.
N. B. If the young learner cannot read these letters pretty perfectly, let him go over them once more; then I would advise the Master or Mistress to le him read some other Psalm, or in the Proverbs of Solomon, then in the first Chapter of St. John the Evangelist, or any such like easy places most suitable to his capacity for it is natural to Children to like that which they can perform with ease and bave praise for; and i am persuaded many Children have hated & th their School and the Bible, by being put to read hard and difficult Chapters too soon; and by being impraperly (nay, even unjustly) corrected, for not performing that, which they could not possibly do, even were they farther advanced. What some Children indeed may chance to do, is not to be accounted for; but I speak in pity to such as cannot; and to those that have the care of dull Children, i speak it purely that they may have the less trouble, and yet their end be answered much better.
CONTAINING SOME USEFUL FABLES.
FABLE I. Of the Boy that ftole Apples. An old Man found a rude Boy upon one of his Trees Rtealing Apples, and defired him to come down; but the young fauce-box told him plainly he would not. Won't you, fays the old Man, then I will fetch you down: fo he pulled up fome Turfs of Grafs, and threw at him; but this only made the Youngfter laugh, to think the old Man fhould pretend to beat him out of the Tree with Grafs only.
Well, well, fays the old Man, if neither Words nor Grafs will do, I muft try what virtue there is in Stones: fo the old Man pelted him heartily with stones, which foon made the young Chap haften down from the Tree, and beg the old Man's pardon.
If good Words and gentle Means will not reclaim the Wicked, they must be dealt with in a more fevere Manner.
FABLE II. Of the Lion and Moufe.
was a Lion that was once very kind to a Mouse, and saved his Life from the Claws of a Cat. Time after this the Lion was caught in a Net, in such a Manner, that he 'ay there struggling till he was half dead. was sorry t The Mouse coming by at that Time, was very sorry to find the L on in such a condition, and was resolved to use all the means he could to release him.
The Lion seeing the Mouse so busy, thanked him for his good wil, but told him, it was impossible for such a little Creature as a Mouse, to release him out of so strong a Net.
B easy, says the Mouse, what Strength canno do, Art and Resolution often effect; you saved my Life, and Gratis tude obliges ine to return the favour if I can.
The Mouse, therefore, though not capable of breaking the Net, yet set about to gnaw it asunder in several places, which, after great pains he completed, and set the Lion free.
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FABLE III, Of the Priest and the Jester.
MERRY jefting Fellow being half drunk, went to the Houfe of a Romih Priest, and afked him to give him a Guinea Give you a Guinea! fays the Preft: Why furely the Fellow is mad, to think I should give away my Money in fuch a Manner!
Then, faid the Jefter, please to give me a Crown, Sir: Not 1, indeed, fays the Pieft, pray be gone. So I will, fays the Fellow, if you give me a Shilling. I will give you no Shilling neither, faid the Prieft. Why then, faid the Jefter, pray give me one Farthing only. I will give you nothing at all, replied the Priest, fo be gone, I fay..
Pray, Reverend Father, be not angry, fays the Jefter, for the I asked you for Money, it was only to try you; for it is your Bleffing I want, and hope you will not deny it me. That I will give thee, my Son, faid the Prieft, with all my Heart Come, kneel down, and receive it with Humility.
I thank you, Reverend Father, fays the arch Wag, but, upon fecond Thoughts, I will not have thy cheap Bleffing; for I find, that if it were worth but one fingle Farthing, you would not beflow it upon me.
Some Men are willing to part with that which is good for nothing But cannot be prevailed upon to do a free and generous Ation to help the Needy, or inftruct the Ignorant.