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Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth. For the same reason, despair not of to-morrow; it may bring forth good as well as evil. Vex not thyself with imaginary fears. The impending black cloud, which is regarded with so much dread, may pass by harmless; or though it should discharge the storm, yet before it breaks, thou mayest be lodged in that lowly mansion which no storms ever touch.


Grammar, p. 296 Exercises, p. 158. Disappointments will often happen to the best and wisest men; sometimes to the wisest and best concerted plans. They may happen too, not through any imprudence of those who have devised the plan, nor even through the malice or ill design of others; but merely in consequence of some of those cross incidents of life, which could not be foreseen.

Without some degree of patience exercised under injuries, human life would be rendered a state of perpetual hostility: offences and retaliations would succeed to one another in endless train.

Never delay till to-morrow, what reason and conscience tell you ought to be performed to-day. To-morrow is not yours; and though you should live to enjoy it, you must not overload it with a burden not its own.

We must not imagine that there is, in true religion, any thing which overcasts the mind with sullen gloom and melancholy austerity; or which derogates from that esteem, which men are generally disposed to yield to exemplary virtues. False ideas may be entertained of religion, as false and imperfect conceptions of virtue have often prevailed in the world.


Corrections of the errors which respect the
Strength of a sentence.

Grammar, p. 297. Exercises, p. 159.

It is six months since I paid a visit to my relations.

Suspend your censure, till your judgment on the subject can be wisely formed.

The reason of his having acted in the manner he did, was not fully explained.

If I were to give a reason for their looking so well, it would be, that they rise early.

If I mistake not, he is improved both in knowledge and behaviour. Or-I think he is improved both in knowledge and behaviour.

Those two boys appear to be equal in capacity. Whenever he sees me, he inquires concerning his friends.

The reason of his conduct will appear in the conclusion of this narrative. Or-His conduct will be accounted for in the, &c.

I hope this is the last time of my acting so imprudently.

The reason of his sudden departure, was, that the case did not admit of delay.

The people gained nothing farther by this step, than to suspend their misery. Or nothing by this step, but the suspension of their misery.

I have here supposed that the reader is acquainted with that great modern discovery, which is, at present, universally acknowledged by the inquirers into natural philosophy.

Few words in the English language, are employed in a more loose and uncircumscribed sense, than fancy and imaginaion.

I intend to make use of these words in my following speculations, that the reader may rightly conceive the subject upon which I proceed.

Commend me to an argument like a flail, against which there is no fence.

How many are there, by whom these good tidings were never heard!

These points have been illustrated in so plain a manner, that the perusal of the book has given me satisfaction.

However clear the conduct which he ought to have pursued, he had not resolution to set about it. I was much moved on this occasion, and left the place full of serious reflections.

They are of those that rebel against the light; they know not its ways, nor abide in its paths. This measure may afford some profit, and some amusement. Or-both profit and amusement.

By a multiplicity of words, the sentiments are not set off and accommodated; but, like David equipped in Saul's armour, they are encumbered and oppressed.

Though closely occupied with the affairs of the nation, he did not neglect the concerns of his friends.

If, on the contrary, secrecy had been enjoyed, his conduct was very culpable.

Less capacity, but more time, is required for this business.

He did not mention Leonora, nor her father's death.

The combatants encountered with such rage, that, eager only to assail, and thoughtless of defence, they fell dead upon the field together.

I shall begin with remarking the defects, and shall then proceed to describe the excellencies, of this plan of education.

Numberless orders of beings, to us unknown, people the wide extent of the universe.

His extraordinary beauty struck observers with admiration, Or-His beauty was so extraordinary that it struck, &c.

Thought and language act and re-act upon each other, Oract upon each other mutually. Their interests were inseparably connected.

Employing all the circumspection which reason can suggest, let your prayers, at the same time, continually ascend to heaven for support. Or While you employ all the circumspection which reason can suggest, let your prayers continually ascend to heaven for support,


Grammar, p. 300. Exercises, p. 161.

THE enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil.

While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night, shall not cease,

A man should endeavour to make the sphere of his innocent pleasures as wide as possible, that he may retire to them with safety, and find in them such a satisfaction as a wise man would not blush to take. This advantage we gain by means of the pleasures of imagination. Or This satisfaction we enjoy by means of, &c.

The army was composed of Grecians, and Carians, and Lycians, and Pamphylians, and Phrygians.

The body of this animal was strong, proportionable, and beautiful.

Nothing promotes knowledge more than steady application, and a habit of observation.

Though virtue borrows no assistance from the advantages of fortune, yet it may often be accompanied by them.'

The knowledge which he has acquired, and the habits of application which he possesses, will probably render him very useful.

Their idleness, their luxury and pleasures, their criminal deeds, their immoderate passions, their timidity and baseness of mind, have dejected them to such degree, as to make them weary of life.

I was greatly affected, so that I was oblibed to leave the place, though my assistance had been pressingly solicited,

I strenuously opposed those measures, but it was not in my power to prevent them.

I yielded to his solicitation, for I perceived the necessity of doing so.

For the wisest purposes, Providence has designed our state to be checkered with pleasure and pain. As such let us receive it, and make the best of what is appointed to be our lot.

In the time of prosperity, he had stored his mind with useful knowledge, with good principles, and virtuous dispositions: and these resources remain entire, when the days of trouble come.

He had made considerable advances in knowledge, though he was very young, and laboured under several disadvantages.


Grammar, p. 303. Exercises, p. 163.

I HAVE, with a good deal of attention, considered the subject upon which I was desired to communicate my thoughts.

Whether, in any country, a choice altogether unexceptionable has been made, seems doubtful.

Let us endeavour to establish to ourselves an interest in him, who in his hands holds the reins of the whole creation.

Virgil, who, in the sixth book of his Eneid, has cast the whole system of platonic philosophy,

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