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Shade. And in their Return home, the Moon gave them Light.
19. Such was his Conversation, he was never uneasy, but gave himself up to his Companions: he closed will) their Hu.nours, thwarted no one, nor set himself up above them: and surely this is the Way to get Reputation and Friends without Envy.
2. Restoring, or Returning.
I. It is barbarous to return Injuries to those, from whom we have received a Kmdness: mid quite unnatural to return Evil to him, from whom we have received nothing but Good.
•2. I returned my Master the Book he lent me: tJiougH Books delight me very much, I ought to nstore them to the Owner.
3. When we die, the Body is retiirned to the Earth, and the Soul ascends into Heaven.
4. Remember to give me this again, when I shall demand it.
5. 1 am forced to take these Affronts, whilst I am endeavouring to help you to the Treasure you had lost, and to restore it to you.
6. I have not slept one Wink this Night, while I was considering how to restore your Son to you.
7. It is an easy Thing to return a Favor to your Benefactor, if you are covetous, without Expence; if lazy, without Trouble. He that accepts a Benefit willingly and thankfully, at the very Time he is obliged, hath returned it.
&. Should not I have returned him the Money? No: nor should you have bought any Thing of him, or sold any Thing to him, thereby to encourage his Profuseness.
9. They who honor an unworthy Person, seem foolish; hut they who return not the like to those who have deserved well erf'them, incur the Suspicion of a bad Heart.
10. I beg you will not ask me, why 1 undertook his Defence, lest hereafter I should retort the Question upon you.
IV. Verba promittendi, &c.
VERBS signifying to promise, fas promitto, polliceor, spondeo, &c.) or to pay, (as solvo, exsolvo, pendo, numero, &c.) require a Dative Case of the Person, with an Accusative of the Thing promised, fyc.
1. I cannot promise you Success in your Design, hut I promise you my Help towards the Accomplishment of it.
2. They promise themselves many Things in vain, who are led by Hope.
8. Who can promise the Sower a Crop? the Sailor his Haven? or the Soldier Victory? The Event of all Things is uncertain r we go, however, where Probability leads us, and herein follow Reason, not Certainty.
4. These are what Philosophy promisethher Pupils,—Common Sense, Humanity, and the social Virtues. •
5. How ridiculous is it to promise ourselves a long. Life, when we are not certain of to-morrow! How great Folly is it, to stretch out and enlarge our distant Hopes, saying, 1 will buy, I will build! Believe me, all Things arc doubtful and uncertain to the most happy: No one ought to promise himself any Thing to come.
0'. Before my Arrival, he was very liberal in his Promises to all your Dependents.
",. This / promise you, and for this / answer to my Country; that, provided I myself have given Satisfaction to the State, his Conduct shall never be different from mine.
8. What 1 before promised you, that I again avow, and take upon me to make good, when Opportunity shall serve.
9. If Fortune dees not deceive me, I promise you speedily to terminate this Business to your Satisfaction.
1. It is agreeable to Prudence, as well as Nature, to pay that Honor to your Parents, that you expect your Children should pay to you.
2. It is very ungenerous, and the worst of Usury, in a Man of Affluence, to force a poor Man, when be hath discharged the whole Debt, to pay him an extravagant Interest.
3. He paid as much to the Tything-Man as he was ordered to pay.
4. Such was the Tax they paid the King.
5. For three Years he paid his Soldiers their Wages from Contributions raised in the Cities of his Enemy.
V. .yerba imperandi, 8tc.
VERBS signifying to command, (as impero, prcecipio, dominor, edico, &c.) or to tell, shew, or signify^ (as nuncio, dico, narro, declaro, explico. monstro, significo, &c.) govern a Dative Case of the Person, and an Accusative of the Thing, if they be transitive.
1. We must take care that Reason governs that Part of the Mind which ought to obey. But how, you will say, must it govern it? Why, as a Master governs /lis Servant, a General his Soldiers, a Parent his Son.
2. He best knows how to rule over his Inferiors, who hath first learned to obey his Superiors..
3. A vile Slave is intolerably insolent, when he can wantonly domineer over the greatest Persons.
4. He is a Slave, who cannot command his own Desires.
5. It is easier for a Man to govern all other Crea~ tures, than to govern Men.
6. When we are charged to command ourselves, we are charged to take care that Reason may restrain Temerity.
7. How blind and mistaken are they, who desire to extend their Dominion beyond the Seas, and by the Help of their Soldiers to add Provinces to Provinces! being ignorant at the same Time, that to command themselves, is the greatest Empire in the World.
8. When Men arc united in the Bonds of Affection, they will be first the Masters of Oiose Passions to which others are Slaves j and then they feel a Joy in the Practice of Justice and Honesty.
9. Temperance is a Virtue, which commands the affections in regard to Pleasures: some she utterly detests and drives from her ; others she dispenses with ; and never pursues them for Pleasure's sake only.
10. According to my Abilities, I give my FellowServants Instructions after the same Manner.
11. At that Time Home was Mistress of the whole World.
12. I shall go in myself, and strictly charge the Servants, that they suffer no one to carry the Child; away.
2. Shewing, or Telling.
1. Tradesmen will not shew their faulty Wares to Men of Skill.
2. Philosophy prompts us to relieve the Prisoner, the Infirm, the Necessitous; to shew the Ignorant their Errors, and rectify their Affections.
8. Nothing can be more just, than to shew the Way to the wandering Traveller.
4. He explained to me all the difficult Passages of that Author.
5. I think it proper not only to intimate to you, but to declare positively, that nothing can be more grateful to me than your Letters.
6. Flatterers find no Acceptance with good Princes: he is more acceptable to them, who deals sincerely and tells them the Truth.