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*. / will say to myself, "What is it that I labor and am so solicitous for? when it is but very little that I want, and it will not be long that I shall need any Thing."
8. Say not to thy Neighbour, "Go, and come again to-morrow;" when it is in your power to serve him to-day.
9. A Farmer, be he ever so old, will readily answer one, that asks him "for whose sake he plants?" for the sake of the immortal Gods: that as I received these Blessings from my Ancestors, I may transmit them to Posterity.
10. He saluted me in your Name.
11. He that reminds a Man of a Benefit, demands it again: nor must we tell others of it: he that hath conferred a Benefit, must be silent; let him speak of it, who hath received it.
12. Such is my Advice j and if you tell it to the Wise and Good, I doubt not but they will approve of it.
13. Be sure you tell him the whole Story, from the Beginning to the End.
14. Having so long professed a Friendship for you, I cannot but acquaint you with my Sentiments concerning your Affairs.
15. He gives himself a Denial, who asks an Impossibility.
Excipe rego, guberno, &c.
EXCEPT rego and guberno, which have an Accusative Case after them; abo moderor and tempero; which Verbs, as in the Examples given in the Syntax, have either an Accusative, or a Dative Case, of the Person or Thing governed.
I. Rego, Guberno.
1. Happy are the People, whom their King governs with Justice and Moderation.
2. I return you my most humble Thanks, that amidst so many important Affairs, you have been pleased to direct me in such Things as were offered to your Consideration.
3. You are. not apt to mistake) but if you do, I can set you right.
4. I exhort you, that you would direct and govern all Tilings by your own Wisdom, and not suffer yourself to be led away by the Advice of others.
5. Providence tvill order every Thing for the best.
II. Moderor, Tempero.
\. It requires no mean Capacity, tho' it be not perfect Wisdom, to be able to govern your Mind and Voice, when you are provoked.
2. Wine is not wont to govern Men, but Men Wine; such indeed as are of a good Disposition: but such as are of a bad one, would be the same, were they to drink nothing but Water.
3. We cannot pay too much Respect to those who seasonably correct our Age.
4. I cannot command myself so as not to exhibit one Example of Antiquity.
5. He was so passionate, he had no Command over his Tongue.
2. With an Accusative Case.
1. I will govern my Life and my Thoughts, as if all Men were to read the one, and see the other.
2. It is an idle Thing to pretend that we cannot govern .our Anger.
3. They who, in the general Course of their Lives, govern themselves by no Rule, are ridiculous when they pretend Conscience in any Thing.
i. None find it more difficult than a King, especially in the Heat of his Youth, to bridle his Wrath..
5. In every Thing, rule but thyself, and thou shalt be at ease.
C. The Wind and the Weather direct all rural Affairs.
7. As no Animal, be it wild or tame, obeys Reason, (for it is the Nature of them to be deaf to Persuasion,) so the Passions, unless you can govern them thoroughly, will not be persuaded: they will not hear you, however weak they are in Degree.
8. The Access and Recess of the Sun order the' Measure of Heat and Cold.
!). He is a good Governor, who moderates his Power with Clemency.
VI. Verba fldendi Dativum, &c.
VERBS signifying to trust or believe, (as fido, confido, committo, mando, credo, &c.) govern a Dative Case of the Person, and an Accusative of the Thing trusted, tyc. • • • >•
1. He is happy, and generally prospers in his Designs, who confides more in Providence, than in his own Skill and Industry.
2. Nothing is carried on in the Affairs of Mortals without the Providence of God : we must trust therefore more to the Divine Favor, than to the Counsels or Strength of Man.
3. Have you supplied the young Man, who was trusted to your Cure, with Money? Then you have ruined him: it is no less than giving him a Sword to destroy himself.
4. You have obliged me by your Reproaches to trust that to you, which was committed to my Faithfulness and Taciturnity } and to disclose that to you, which I was forbid to tell to any one.
5. A prudent Man scarce trusts himself, much less another.
6. Notwithstanding his Adversaries were so powerful, he trusted to himself and his own Virtues.
7- Our Confidence in honest and good Men arises from this: that we have not the least Suspicion of Fraud ahd Injury, and therefore we think our Persons, our Fortunes, and Families, are safely and properly to he trusted to them.
8. 'Tis more adviseable not to commit yourself to Danger, than When in Danger to study how to extricate yourself.
9. Do you think I will trust my Fortunes to a worthless Servant?
10. Commit nothing but what you can trust an Enemy with. ,
11. When once Fortune has prevailed with Men to commit themselves entirely to her, she generally makes them more greedy of Power than capable of it.
J 2. If you would have any Thing done as it should be, trust it to this Man.
13. J recommend the whole of this Affair to your Sagacity.
14. From all my Distresses this Good has arisen, that I have reduced into Writing Matters which were not sufficiently known to our Times, and yet are most worthy our Attention.
15. Do not much believe them that seem to despise Riches: for when they despair of them, they despise them; and none are more close-fisted when they get them.
16. It is dangerous for a Man too suddenly or too easily to believe himself: therefore let us examine, watch, and inspect our own Hearts; for we ourselves are our greatest Flatterers.
17- He that easily credits an ill Rejwrt of his Neighbour, is almost as faulty as the first Inventor of it. , j
18. It is equally a Fault to believe all Men, and to believe none: but the former I would call a more generous Fault, the' latter a more safe one.
19. It is ridiculous to give more credit to one 'who hath heard a Thing, than to him who saw it.
20. If a Man hath ,but once perjured himself, let him afterwards swear by as many Gods as he will, we ought not to believe him.
21. I could not reflect upon the Treatment we have both received, without thinking it proper to exhort you, well to consider for the future whom you trust, and whom to beware of.
22. Nothing can be more base, than to deceive the Man, who hath entrusted you with both his Fortune and Reputation.