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4. The fairest productions of human wit, after a few nd com. perusals, like gathered flowers, wither in our hands, and

fose their fragrancy: but these unfading plants of Paradise ishicht become, as we are accustomed to them, still more and ch is ek more beautiful; their bloom appears to be daily heighten

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will desire to taste them again; and he who tastes them oftenest, will relish them best.

5. And now, could the author flatter himself, that any

one would take half the pleasure in reading his work, s, these which he has taken in writing it, he would not fear the

loss of his labour. The employment detached him from «nls, to the bustle and hurry of life, the din of politicks, and the

noise of folly. Vanity and vexation flew away for a sea

son; care and disquietude came not near his dwelling.liking , de He arose, fresh as the morning, to his task; the silence of

the night invited him to pursue it; and he can truly say that food and rest were not preferred before it.

6. Every psalm improved infinitely upon his acquaint

ance with it, and no one gave him uneasinesss but the last wreck hours than those which have been spent in these medita

world. Very pleasantly did they pass; they movea inte smoothly and swiftly along: for when thus engaged, he

counted no time. They are gone, but they have left a relishi and a fragrance upon the mind; and the remembrance of them is sweet.



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SECTION X. a Mon-arch, môu'-nårk, a king, af Flex-i-bil-i-ty, féks-e-bill-e-te. sovereign.

pliancy, compliance. b An-nåls, an'-nålz, histories digest- & Len-i-ty, lén'-e-te, mildness, mer ed in the order of time.

cy, tenderness. c De-nom-i-na-tion, dé-nôm-e-na- n De-port-ment, dé-port'-ment, conshứn, title, appellation.

duct, behaviour.
d De-lin-e-ate, dè-lin'-e-ate, to 2 Trans-mit, tråns-mit', to send from
paint, describe.

one place to another.
e Con-cil-iate, kón-sil'-yåte, to gain
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Character of ALFRED, king of England. P AD1. THE merit of this prince, both in private and public life, may, with advantage, be set in opposition to that of g Aday any monarch or citizen, which the annals of any age, o any nation, can present to us. He seems, indeed, to be 1.' the complete model of that perfect character, which, under the denomination of a sage or wise man, the philosophers of frie have been fond of delineating, rather as a fiction of their ang, imagination, than in hopes of ever seeing it reduced to 'th practice: so happily were all his virtues tempered toge- lengt

? ther; so justly were they blended; and so powerfully did chara each prevent the other from exceeding its proper bounds.

2. He knew how to conciliate the most enterprising ber at spirit with the coolest moderation; the most obstinate per- in spi severance, with the easiest flexibility;f the most severe justice, with the greatest lenity; the greatest rigour in 'ler ce command, with the greatest affability of deportment;i the highest capacity and inclination for science, with the most stati shining talents for action.

3. Nature also, as if desirous that so bright a production ang of her skill should be set in the fairest light, had bestowed on him all bodily accomplishments; vigour of limbs, dig- peopl nity of shape and air, and a pleasant, engaging, and open countenance. By living in that barbarous age,

he was deprived of historians worthy to transmit' his fame to posterity; and we wish to see him delineated in more lively colours, and with more particular strokes, that we might at least perceive some of those small specks and blemishes, bere from which, as a man, it is impossible he could be entirely, exempted.


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SECTION XI. a Cal-um-ny, kål’-im-né, slander, le Fru-gal-i-ty, fru-gåll-e-te, thrift, false charge.

good husbandry, savingness. 6 U-nan-1-mous, yů-nån'-e-mús, be-i Av-a-rice, åv--ris,,covetousness, ing of one mind.

niggardliness. c De-tract-or, de-tråkt'-år, one who k Sal-ly, sál'-le, quick egress, flight. calumniates.

12 Tol-er-a-tion, tôl-ir-d'-shủn, perd In-vec-tive, in-vêk'-tiv,, mission. satirical.

im Fac-tion, fåk'-shủn, a party in a e Pan-e-gyr-íck, pån-ne-jêr'-rik, an

eulogy, an encomiastick piece. n Pru-dence, prób'-dinse, wisdom f An-i-mos-i-ty, an-né-môs'-sé-te, applied to practice. vehemence of hatred.

lo Con-tro-ver-sy, kôn’-trð-vêr-se, 8 Te-mer-i-ty, té-mèr'-d-te, rash dispute, quarrel.

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entirel guarded not herself, with equal care, or equal success, from

Ø Ap-plause, åp-plåwze', approba-l the state of being advanced.
tion loudly expressed.

r. Sur-mount, súr-móůnt', to overthat di ( Ad-vance-ment, åd-vånse'-ment, come; surpass.

Character of QUEEN ELIZABETH. 1. There are few personages in history, who have been b, unde more exposed to the calumnya of enemies, and the adulation losopher of friends, than queen Elizabeth; and yet there scarcely is

of their any, whose reputation has been more certainly determined duced to by the unanimous consent of posterity. The unusual 'ed toge length of her administration, and the strong features of her fully dil character, were able to overcome all prejudices; and, oblig, bounds ing her detractors to abate much of their invectives, and

hér admirers somewhat of their panegyrics,o have, at last, matepe in spite of political factions, and what is more, of religious st servere animosities, produced a uniform judgment with regard to

2. Her vigour, her constancy, her magnanimity, her penthe more etration, vigilance, and address, are allowed to merit the

highest praises; and appear not to have been surpassed by pestores orous, less imperious, more sincere, more indulgent to her nbe, dis people, would have been requisite to form a perfect char.

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By the force of her mind, she controlled all her more active, and stronger qualities; and prevented them from running into excess.

8. Her heroism was exempted from all temerity; her mit frugalityfrom avarice;' her friendship from partiality; Smilan her enterprise from turbulency and a vain ambition. She

less infirmities; the rivalship of beauty, the desire of admiration, the jealousy of love, and the salliesk of anger.

4. Her singular talents for government were founded equally on her temper and on her capacity. Endowed with a great command over herself, she soon obtained an uncontrolled ascendency over the people. Few sovereigns of England succeeded to the throne in more difficult circumstances; and none ever conducted the government with so uniform success and felicity.

5. Though unacquainted with the practice of toleration,' the true secret for managing religious factions," she preserved her people, by her superiour prudence," from those confusions in which theological controversyo had involved all the neighbouring nations; and though her enemies were the most powerful princes of Europe, the most


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active, the most enterprising, the least scrupulous, she was able, by her vigour, to make deep impressions on their 1. state; her own greatness meanwhile remaining untouched and unimpaired.

6. The wise ministers and brave men who flourished during her reign, share the praise of her success; but, instead of lessening the applause due to her, they make great addition to it. They owed, all of them, their advancement" gards to her choice; they were supported by her constancy; and, ss hi with all their ability, they were never able to acquire an 'chase undue ascendancy over her, 7. In her family, in her court, in her kingdom, she re

2. F mained cqually mistress. The force of the tender passions pende was great over her, but the force of her mind was still superiour: and the combat which her victory visibly cost her, serves only to display the firmness of her resolution, and the lostiness of her ambitious sentiments. 8. The fame of this princess, though it has surmounted

no fui the prejudices both of faction and of bigotry, yet lies still exposed to another prejudice, which is more durable, ba cause more natural; and which, according to the different views in which we survey her, is capable either of exalting beyond measure, or diminishing, the lustre of her charac ter. This prejudice is founded on the consideration.of her

9. When we contemplate her as a woman, we are apt to be struck with the highest admiration of her qualities and extensive capacity; but we are also apt to require some more softness of disposition, some greater lenity of temper, some of those amiable weaknesses by which her sex is distinguished. But the true method of estimating her merit, is, to lay aside all these considerations, and to consider her Go merely as a rational being, placed in authority, and in trusted with the government of mankind.

hop SECTION II, a Def-er-ence, défi-er-ense, regard,lf De-tain, dè-táne', to withhold respect.

keep back. De-base, dė-base', to reduce, sink, s Drudge, drůdje, to labour in mean

offices. c Cringe, krinje, bow, servile civili-h Toil, toil, to labour, weary.

i Cas-u-al-ty, kâzh'-u-ål-té, acci d Ter-rour, têr'-růr,great fear,causo dent,

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1. The slavery produced by vice appears in the depenatouebet dence under which it brings the sinner, to circumstances

of external fortune. One of the favourite characters of hed du; liberty, is the independence it bestows. He who is truly

a freeman is above all servile compliances, and abject subTeat & jection. He is able to rest upon himself; and while he regards his superiours with proper

deference, a neither debacy; and ses himself by cringinge to them, nor is tempted to purzquire 2 - chase their favour by dishonourable means. But the

sinner has forfeited every privilege of this nature.

2. His passions and habits render him an absolute dependent on the world, and the world's favour; on the uncertain goods of fortune, and the fickle humours of

men. For it is by these he subsists, and among these his tion, happiness is sought; according as his passions determine him to pursue pleasures, riches, or preferments

. Having no fund within himself whence to draw enjoyment, his only resource is in things without. His hopes and fears

all hang upon the world. He partakes in all its vicissidifierai tudes; and is moved and shaken by cvery wind of for'exaltim tune.' This is to be, in the strictest sense, a slave to the r chara's world.

3. Religion and virtue, on the other hand, confer on
the mind principles of noble independence.
right man is satisfied from himself.” He despises' not
the advantages of fortune, but he centres not his happi-
ness in them. With a moderate share of them he can be
contented; and contentment is felicity Happy in his
own integrity, conscious of the esteem of good men, re-
posing firm trust in the providence, and the promises of
God, he is exempted from servile dependence on other

4. He can wrap himself up in a good conscience, and
look forward, without terrour, to the change of the world.
Let all things shift around him as they please, he believes
that, by the Divine ordination, they shall be made to work
together in the issue for his good: and therefore, having
much to hope from God, and little to fear from the world,
he can be easy in every state. One who possesses within
himself such an establishment of mind, is truly free..

5. But shall I call that man free, who has nothing thaf is his own, no property assured; whose very heart is not his own, but rendered the appendage of external things

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