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THE

REFUGE.

BY

THE AUTHOR OF

THE GUIDE TO DOMESTICK HAPPINESS.

When boist'rous winds and stormy billows roar,
Disturb the deep, and rend the rocky shore,
The foaming seas in swelling mountains rise,
Forsake their caverns, and attempt the skies:
Ere long succeeds the placid calm serene,
And stops the progress of the frightful scene:
The rolling waves in gentle currents glicie,
And softly murmur down the ebbing tide.

FIRST ANERICAN EDITION.

PHILADELPHIA:

AT THE LORENZO PRESS,
PRINTED FOR BRONSON & CHAUNCEY.

1804.

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PREFACE.

THE love of happiness is a passion predominant in the human breast, and for the enjoyment of which in. dividuals of every description are anxiously concerned.

To say in what this happiness consists, or how it may certainly be had, is an invidious task: because men of different tastes, dispositions, and capacities, not only view the subject in different lights, but adopt opposite means to obtain it. There can, however, it is presumed, be little risk of censure to him who shall assert, That whatever has a natural tendency to irradiate the mind, to regulate the affections, and to meliorate the conduct, must be friendly to happiness.

Such is the wisdom, and such the goodness of the great Pareni of the universe, that he has provided

sources of pleasure exactly suited to the compound - nature of man. But it is the indelible opfirobrium of

our species, that those enjoyments which are merely sensual, and of which, in subserviency to higher ends, we might lawfully partake, engro88 too frequently the whole of our attention ; while those of a refined and

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