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Application. Scre the days that are parte are some Behoveth ?
Behoveth? forever, and thote that are to come may not come to thee; it behoveth thee, O man, to employ the present time, without regretting. regreiting the loss of that which is past, or too much depending on that which is to come.
2. This initant is thine; the next is in the defer? womb of futurity, and thou knoweit not what it may bring forth. Whatsoever thou refolveit accomplis? to do, do it quickly : deter not until evening what the morning my accomplith.
3. Idleness is the parent of want and of diligence. pain; but the labour of virtue bringeth forth pleasure. The hand of diligence defcateth want; profperity and succels are the induf defeateth. trious maan's attendants.
4. Who is he that hath acquired wealth, that hath risen to power, that hath clothed rifen. himself with honor, that is spoken of in the city with praise, and that itandeth before the council king in his council? Even be that hath shut out idleness from his house; and hath said idleness. unto foth-thou art my enemy.
5. He riseth up early, and lieth down late; early, he exerciseth his mind with contemplation, and his dody with action; and preserveth the health. bealth of both.
6. The slothful man is a burden to himself; his hours hang heavy on his head; he loiter
loitereik eth about; and knoweth not what he would do. His days pass away like the fhadow of a cloud; he leaveth behind him no mark for leaveik. rememberance.
9. His body is diseased for want of exercile; he wisheth for action, but hath not wart,
power to move. His mind is in darkness his thoughts are confused; he longeth for knowledge, but hath no application. He would eat of the almond, but hateth the trouble of breaking the shell.
8. His house is in disorder; his servants are wastful and riotous; and he runneth ori towards ruin; he feeth it with his eyes; he heareth it with his ears; he shaketlı his liead, and wisheth; but hath no resolution; until ruin cometh upon him like a whirlwind; and shame and repentance descend with him to
Address to a Young Student.
OUR parents have watched over your
helpless infancy, and cor.ducted you, with many a pang, to an age at which your mind is capable of manly improvement.
2. Their folicitude ftill continues, and no trouble nor expense is-spared, in giving you all the instructions and accomplishments which may enable you to act your part in life, as a man of polished sense and confirmed virtue.
3. You have then, already contracted a great debtrof gratitude to them. pay it by no other method, but by using properly the advantages which their goodness has afforded you.
If your own endeavours are deficient, it is in vain that you have tutors, books, and all the external apparatus of literary purfuits. You must love learning, if you would pofLess it.
5. In order to love it, you must feel its de lights; in order to feel its delights, you must apply to it, however irksome at first, closely, constantly and for a considerable time,
6. If you have refolution enough to do this, Enough. you cannot but love learning; for the mind always loves that to which it has been long, voluntarily? Readily, and voluntarily attached. Habits are formed, which render what was at first attached? disagreeable, not only pleasant but necessary.
7. Pleasant, indeed, are all the paths which literature? lead to polite and elegant literature. Yours then, issurely a lot particularly happy. Your scope? education is of such a fort, that its principal scope is to prepare you to receive a refined principal. pleasure during your life.
8. Value duly the opportunities you enjoy, exemplary. and which are denied to thousands of your fellow creatures. Without exemplary dili. contemptible. gence you will make but a contemptible proficiency. You may, indeed, pass thro the proficiency? forms of schools and universities; but you will bring nothing away from them of real universities? value.
9. The proper for: and degree of diligence, efforts ? you cannot poffefs, but by the efforts of your own resolution. Your instructor may, indeed bours, confine you within the walls of a school, a certain number of hours. He may place compel. books before you, and compel you to fix your eyes upon them; bu: no authority can chain chain. down your mind.
10. Your thoughts will escape from every pursuits. external restraint, and, amidst the mostferious lectures, may be ranging in the wild pursuits trifics. of trifles or vice.
11. Rules, restraints, commands, and pun. diligence. vihments, may, indeed, alift in ftrengthening your resolution; but without your own vol- conduce ? untary choice your diligence will not often .conduce to your pleasure or advantage.
12. But the principal obitacle to your irr- obfacle? provement, at school, is a perverse ambition of being diflinguished as a boy of fpirit, in perverse ?
Mischievous. mischievous pranks, in neglecting the tasks
and lessons, and for every vice and irregupuerile?
larity which the puerile age can admit.
13 You will have sense enough, I hope, to gaiety.
discover, beneath the mask of gaiety and good
natu e, that malignant spirit of detradion, malignant?
which endeavors to render the boy who ap
pues to bcekstiet to all the duties and prodetraëiion ? per business rite fchool, ridiculous.
14. You wirke by the light of your reason, sidicule ? that the ridiculr is misapplied. You will
therefore efle&tually repel the attack, by a mifupplied. dauntless Ipirit, and unyielding perseverance.
Though numbers are against you, yet, with recourso?
truth and rectitude on your fide you may,
though alone, be equal to an army. tlegant. 15. By laying in a store of useful knowledge,
adorring your mind with elegant literature, principles. improving and establishing your conduct by
virtuous principles, you cannot fail of being fail,
a comfort to those friends who have support
ed you, of being happy with yourself, and of received. being well received by mankind.
16. Honour and success in life will probably Jouree?
attend you. Under all circumstances, you will sonfolation ? have an internal source of consolation and enfublunary?
tertainment, of which no fublunary viciffitude vicissitude ? can deprive you.
17. Time will show how much wiser bas cboire. been your choice than that of your idle com
panions, who would gladly have drawn you affociation into their association, or rather into their con
spiracy, as it has been called, against good conspiracy? manners, and against all that ishonorable and
18. While you appear in fociety, as a refacrificed?
pectable and valuable member of it, they will,
perhaps,have facrificed at the shrine of vanity, farine pride, and extravagance, and false pleasure
their health and their fense, their fortune and exiravagance, their characters.
Life is a flower. “THE blossoms are fallen, and the beds of flow. Scythe.
ers swept away by the scythe of the mower.” This is a scene to which we are accustomed at this season of the year. We see the grass jcene. fall by the mower's scythe, and the gay fowers that_adorn the meadows, unregarded, meadows. swept away.
2. The green, the yellow, the crimfon, the green. fucculent, fall undiftinguished before the fatal instrument that cuts them off. They are succulent? scattered on the ground, and withered by the intensi? intense heat of the day.
3. That blooming flower which stands the verdant ? pride of the verdant field, glowing in beautiful colours and thining with the dawn of the morn- ineridian? ing, ere the fun gains its meridian height, falls a sacrifice to the severing steel, and fades in height. the scorching rays of noon.
4. Thus it is with human life-The thread tomó. is cut and man falls into the silent tomb. No. thing can ward off the fatal stroke-Theaged, ward. old and infirm-manhood, in strength and vigor-youth, in bloom and beauty ---the infant, weak. weak and helpless,are without distinctionswept away by the scythe of the greateit destroyer, destroyer. Death. 5.
The active youth, who in the morning vivacity ? rises with health and vivacity, may at noon lie pale and motionless, at the feet of this great configned? victor; and at the setting of the morrow's fun, be consigned to the dark and lonesome man- Anansions. fions of the dead. Cities and nations are subject to the same fate.
6. How foon is a flourishing town depop- depopulatulated by a pestilential disease. How soon is a ed? nation cut off by the raging of a direful war. ' direful ?