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lor but humour, or to attend to aby pursuit except that of amusement; if you allow yourselves to float loose and careless on the tide of life, ready to receive any direction which the current of fashion may chance to give you; what can you expect to follow from such beginnings? While so many around you are undergoing tbe sad consequences of a like indiscretion, for what reason shall not those conséquences extend to you? Shall you attaio success without that preparation, aod escape dargers with out thatprecaution, which are re. quired of others? Shall happiness grow up to you, of its own accord, and solicit your acceptance, when, to the rest of mankiod, it is the fruit of long cultivation, and the acquisition of labour aod cares Dereive pot yourselves with those arrogant hopes. Whatever be your raak, Providence will not, for your sake, reverse its established order. The Author of your being hath enjoined you, to "ake heed to your ways, to ponder the paths of your feet; to remember your Creator in the days of your youth." He has decreed; that they only “ who seek after wisdom, shall find it; that fools shall be afflicted, because of their traosgressjons; and that whoever refuseth inscruction, shall destroy his own soul." By listening to these ad inonitions, and teinpering the vivacity of youth with a proper misture of serious thought, you may insure cheerfulness for the rest of life; but by delivering yourselves up at present to giddiness and levity,you lay the foundation of lasting heaviness of heart. Whon you look forward to those plans of life, which

circumstances have suggested, or your friends have proposed, you will not hesitate to ackoowledge, that in order to pursue them with advantage, some previous discipline 18 requisite. Be assured, that whatever is to be your profession, no education is more necessry to your success, than the acquirernent of virtuous dispositions and habits. This is the unia versal preparation for every character, and every sta. tion in life. Bad as the world is, respect is always paid to virtue. In the usual course of human affairs, it will be found, that a plain understanding, joined with acknowledged worth, contributes more to posper

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ity, than the brightest parts without probity or honour. Whether science, or business, or public life be. your aim, virtue still enters, for a principal share, into all those great departm.ots of society. It is con. nected with eminence, in every liberal art; with reputation, in every branch of fair and useful business; with distinction, in every public station. The vigour which it gives the mind, and the weight which it adds to character;the generous sentiments which it breathes; the undaunted spirit which it inspires ; the ardour of diligence which it quickens; the freedom which it pro-, cores from pernicious and dishonorable avocations; are the foundations of all that is highly honorable, or greatly successful among men.

Whatever ornamental or engaging endowmeots you dow possess, virtue is a necessary requisite, in order to their shining with proper lustre. Feeble are the attractions of the fairest form, if it be suspected that gothing within corresponds to the pleasing appearance without. Short are the triumphs of wit, when it is supposed to be the vehicle of malice. By whatever means you may at first attract the attention, you can hold the esteem, and secure the hearts of others, only by amiable dispositions, and the accomplishinents of the mind. These are the qualities whose influence wilt Jast, when the lustre of all that once sparkled and dazzled bas passed away.

Let oot then the season of youth be barren of improvements, so essential to your future felicity and bonour. Now is the seed-time of life: and according to " what you sow, you shall reap." Your character ig now, under Divine Assistance,of your own forming; your fate is in some measure,put into your own hands. Your nature is as yet pliant and soft.

Habits have not established their dominion. Prejudices have not pre-ocrupied your understanding. The world has not had time to contract and debase your affections. All pour powers are more vigorous, disembarrassed, and

Whatfree, than chey will be at any future period. ever impulse you now give to your desires and pas. sions, the direction is likely to continue. It will form the channel in which your life is to run; day, it may

determine its everlasting issue. Consider then the employment of this important period, as the highest trust which shall ever be committed to yon; as io a great measure decisive of your happines, in time, and in eternity.

As in the succession of the seasons, each, by the invariable laws of nature,affects the productions of what is next in course; so, in human life, every period of our age, according as it is well or ill spent, influences the happiness of that which is to follow. Virtuous youth gradually brings forward accomplished and flour. ishing madhood; and such manhood passes of itself, without uneasiness, into respectable and tranquil old age. But when nature is turned out of its regolar course, disorder takes place in the moral, just as in the vegitable world. If the spring put forth no blossoms, in summer there will be no beauty, and in autour, no fruit: so, if youth be trifled away without improvement manhood will probably be contemptible, and old age miserable. If the beginnings of lite have been "vaoi. ty,” its latter end can scarcely be any other than"ver. ation of spirit.”

I shall fioisb this address, with calling your atten. tion to that dependence on the blessing of Heaveo, which, amidst all your endeavours after improvement, you ought continually to preserve. It is too common wiili the young, even when they resolve to tread the path of virtue and honour, tu set out with presuinptu. ous confidence in themselves. Trusting to their own abilities for carrying the successfully through life, they are careless of applying to God, or of deriving any assistance from what they are apt to reckon the gloomy discipline of religion. Alas! how little do they know the dangers which await them? Neither human wisdom, nor human virtue, unsupported by religion, is equal to the trying situations which often occur in life. By the shock of temptation, how frequently have the

1 most virtuous intentions been overthrown? Under the, preasure of disaster, how often has the greatest con. stancy sunk! "Every good, and every perfect gift, is from above." Wisdom and virtue, as well as "riches and honour, come from God." Destitute of his favour

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you are in po better situation, with all your boasted abilities than orphans left to wander in a trackless de: sert, without any guide to conduct them, or any shelter to cover them from the gathering storm. Correct, then, this ill-founded arrogance. Expect not that your happiness can be independent of Him who made you. By faith and repentance, apply to the Redeemer of the world, By piety and prayer, seek the protection of the God of heaven. I conclude with the solemn words, in which a great prince delivered his dying charge to his son : words, which every young person ought to consider as addressed to himself, and to engrave deepJy on his heart : "Solomon, my son, know thou the God of thy fathers; and serve him with a perfect heart, and with a willing mind. For the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts. If thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.”

BLAIR,

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CHAPTER IX.

PROMISCUOUS PIECES.

SECTION 1.

Earthquake at Calabria, in the

year

1638. An account of this dreadful earthquake, is given by the celebrated father Kircher. It happened whilst he was on his journey to visit Mount Ætna, and the rest of the wonders that lie towards the South of Italy, Kircher is considered, by scholars, as one of the greatest prodigies of learning.

“Having hired a boat, in company with four more, (two friars of the order of St. Francis, and two secuJars,) we launched' from the harbour of Messina, in Sicily ; and arrived the same day, at the promontory of Pelurus. Our destination was for the city of Euphæmia, in Calabria; where we had some business to transact; and where we designed to tarry for some time. However, Providence seemed willing to cross our design; for we were obliged to contique three days at Pelorus, ou account of the weather; and though we of. ten put out to sea, yet we were as often driven back. At length; wearied with the delay, we resolved to prosecute our voyage; and, although the sea appeared to be uncommonly agitated, we ventured forward. The gulf of Charybdis, which we approached, see.ned whirled round in such a manner, as to foron a vast hollow, verging to a point in the centre. Proceeding onward, and turning my eyes to Ætna, I saw it cast forth large volumes of smoke, of nountainous sizes, which entirely covered the island, and blotted out the very shores from my view. This, together with the dreadful noise, anıl the sulphurous stench which was strong. Is perceived, filled, me with apprehension that some

re dreadful calamity was impending. The sea it

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