Page images
PDF
EPUB

hath said or done; but only tlmt what lie doelh himself shall be just and right.

16. We must not spend too much Time upon Recreations, but remember, that the End of Recreation is to fit us for Business, not to be itself a Business to us.

17- He is an improvident Husbandman, who, to save a little seed, sows so thin, as at Harvesttime, to have little or no Crop.

18. As full Ears load and lay the Corn, so doth loo much good Fortune bend and break the Mind.

ID. The less Art and Eloquence is used in telling a Story, the more likely it is to gain Belief.

20. From a numerous Attendance there is more Trouble and Danger, than useful Service.

21. He that thinks very highly of himself, expects much Submission and Observance from others; and is therefore angry when he thinks it is not sufficiently paid him.

22. It is great Folly to be proud of the Gifts of Fortune, for certainly they add no true Worth to the Man : somewhat of outward Pomp and Respect they may help him to, but that makes no Change in the Person.

23. We should often turn our Thoughts upon ourselves, and look into that Part of the Wallet, which men commonly sling behind their Backs, that they may not see their own Faults.

24. Death has this Good in it, that it puts an End to old Age.

Ponitur interdum Genitivus, &c.

Sometimes a Genitive Case stands alone by itself; the former Substantive, of which it is governed, being understood by the Figure Ellipsis.

1. Where lives your Bookseller? At the Lamb, not far from St. Paul's.

2. When you went last to Windsor, where did you dine? At the White Hart.

3. Yesterday my Father preached at St. Mary's, and on Sunday he will preach at the Temple.

4. No Possession is better than Friendship.

Duo Substantiva rei ejusdem, &c.

WHEN two Substantives come together, respecting the same Thing, or when the latter explains the Nature of the former, they are both put in the same Case, by what is called Apposition: a* in the Example given, (Opes irritamenta malorum.) Irritamenta is put in Apposition with Opes, and shews the Nature of Riches, as an Instigation to all manner of Vice.

Note. Apposition is used alike in all Cases, where the Sign being may be put between the two Substantives

1. Forecast, an indisputable Good in human Life, h often by unnecessary Fears turned into Evil.

2. In the Conduct of Life, three Things are principally to be avoided; Hatred,Envy, and Contempt: and how this may be done, Wisdom alone can shew.

3. But by one Thing is the Mind perfected, the immutable Knowledge of Good and Evil, which belongs to Philosophy alone: no o'.her Art concerns itself with it.

A. There are certain Inclinations within us, which will make us slow and lazy in some Affairs, and bold and rash in others: nor can this Rashness be restrained, nor this Sluggishness quickened, unless the Causes of them are extirpated, false Admiration and false Fear.

5. Frugality comprehends these three Virtues! Fortitude, Justice, and Prudence.

(>. Brave Men are contented with Glory, the Reward of Virtue.

7. He is not to be reckoned among the Poor, who hath acquired to himself the good Arts, and honest Friends; the surest Provision for old Age.

8. Be not idle, but diligent in Business: the industrious Bees drive the Drone, a sluggish Creature, from their Hives.

9: Nature has bestowed upon Man FriendxMp, an Assistant to his Virtues, not the Companion of his Vices: that as Virtue when unmatcd cannot arrive at Excellency, she may attain to it when paired and matched with another.

10. Obsequiousness must be attended with Politeness, but let Flattery, the Promoter of Vice, be far removed.

11. Envy an Attendant on Virtue, generally rails at good Men.

12. There are two Things which chiefly drive Men to villainous Actions ; Luxury and Avarice.

13. Pleasure, the Mother of all Evil, yet pretends to what is good.

14. Justice, that most excellent Virtue, can do much without Prudence; but Prudence without Justice, nothing.

15. When we oblige time that can never pay us again, as a Stranger upon his last Farewell, or a necessitous Person upon his Death-Bed, we make Providence our Debtor, and rejoice in the Conscience even of a fruitless Benefit.

1G. Anger is certainly a mean Thing, and below the Dignity of Man: This appears by considering those Persons in whom it reigns, who are generally of the weaker Sort, Children, Women, old and sick Persom.

Laus et Vituperium, &c.

WHEN two Substantives come together, and the latter is spoken in Praise or Dispraise of a Thing, shewing the Nciture, Quality, or Character of such a Thing, it shall be put in the Genitive or Ablative Case.

1. In the Genitive.

J. What can be so clear and manifest, when we behold the Heavens, and contemplate Heavenly Things, as that there is a Deity of infinite Wisdom, who governs the Universe?

2. A Man of true Piety will bear whatever happens to him with Equanimity: for he will know that it proceeds from the Divine Law, that governs the Universe.

3. Shame, as it hinders many from doing what is right, so it sometimes keeps Men of a wicked Disposition from base Actions.

4. Some Men are of such a tyrannous Humour, that upon the least Pretence, they take a Pleasure in tormenting those who are in their Power.

5. He was neither for Stature big, nor to the View strong, but a Man of admirable Wisdom.

. 6. He that is of a servile Nature, is not to be amended by Reason and Persuasion, but by Stripes.

,7- There is no Man of so choleric a Temper, but if he heartily endeavoured, he would find it possible to subdue it.

8. Flies disquiet us not by their Strength, but by their Numbers: so great Affairs do not vex us su much as many Things of little Value.

9. A Man of a mean Estate may give less than one of a great, and yet be the more liberal Person: for Liberality is to be measured not so much by what is given, as by the Ability of the Giver.

2. In the Ablaiice.

1. Such as are of a malevolent Disposition, are the worse for being asked a Favor.

2. Young Men of great Genius are rather to be checked, than spurred on to Glory.

8. He that can take Delight to hear his Neighbour defamed, may well be presumed to be of so malevolent an Humour, that it is not^ likely he should stick at spreading the Slander.

4. To be of a free and cheerful Mind at Hours of Meat and Exercise, is one of the best Precepts foi long Life.

5. Health is more sweet to those who are recovered from a sore Disease, than to those tfrho were always of a sound and healthj'ul Body.

« PreviousContinue »