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THE royal author of this book has been much and justly celebrated for his wise aphorisms and precepts on the conduct of human life. Among others of this sort, the text may deserve to be had in reverênce ; which, though simply. and familiarly expressed, could only be the reflexion of a man who hrad great

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experience of the world, and had studied with care the secret workings of his own mind.

. The purpose of it is, to disgrace and discountenance that ANXIOUS CURIOSITY (the result of our vanity, and a misguided self-love) which prompts us to inquire into the sentiments and opinions of other persons concerning us, and to give ourselves no rest till we understand what, in their private and casual conversations, they say of user 21

SONR “ This curious disposition, says the preacher, is by all means to be repressed, as the indulgence of it is both FOOLISH) and UNJUST. 1 as it not only serves to embitter your own lives by the unwelcome discoveries ye are most likely to make; but at the same time to convict your own consciences of much iniquity; since, upon, reflexion, ye will find that ye have, yourselves; been guilty at some unguarded hour or other, of the same malignity or flippancy towards other men." 24vnat si Ifi combat x: 11 23 YAN:73. TL'T 10

In these TWO considerations is comprised whatever can be said to discredit this vides the ape, you see, taken from the preacher's knowledge of human life; the other, from his intimate acquaintance with the secret depravity and corruption of the huipan heart,

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out provocation, without malice, without so much as intentional ill-will, it echoes the voice, of the present company ; vibrates with the prevailing tone of conversation; or takes occasion from the slightest occurrence, from some idle conceit that strikes the fancy, from the impulse of a sudden and half-formed suggestion, that stirs within us, to exercise its. activity in a careless censure of other men.

Nay, what is more to be lamented, the sagacious observer of mankind will find reason to conclude, that no zeal for our interests, no kindness for our persons, shall at all times reg strain this unruly member, the tongue, from taking unwelcome freedoms with us, The dearest friend we have, shall at some unlucky moment be seduced by an affectation of wit, by a start of humour, by a flow of spirits, by a sudden surmise, or indisposition, by any thing, in short, to let fall such things of us, as have some degree of sharpness in them, and would give us pain, if they were officiously reported to us.

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to have been the sentiment of the wise preacher in the text. Avoid, says he, this impertinent curiosity, lest thou hear thy servant curse thee ; lest the very persons that

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