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Containing corrections of the false SYNTAX, arranged under the Rules.
Grammar, p. 139. Exercises, p. 48.
DISAPPOINTMENTS sink the heart of man; but the renewal of hope gives consolation.
The smiles that encourage severity of judgment, hide malice and insincerity.
He dares not act contrary to his instructions. Fifty pounds of wheat contain forty pounds of flour.
The mechanism of clocks and watches was totally unknown a few centuries ago.
The number of the inhabitants of Great Britain and Ireland, does not exceed sixteen millions. Nothing but vain and foolish pursuits delights some persons.
A variety of pleasing objects charms the eye. So much ability and merit is seldom found. In the conduct of Parmenio, a mixture of wisdom and folly was very conspicuous.
He is an author of more credit than Plutarch, or any other, that writes lives too hastily.
The inquisitive and curious are generally talkative.
Great pains have been taken to reconcile the parties.
I am sorry to say it, but there were more equivocators than one.
The sincere are always esteemed.
Have the goods been sold to advantage? and didst thou embrace the proper season?
There are many occasions in life, in which silence and simplicity are true wisdom.
The generous never recount minutely the actions they have done; nor the prudent, those they will do.
He needs not proceed in such haste.
The business that related to ecclesiastical meetings, matters, and persons, was to be ordered according to the king's direction.
In him was happily blended true dignity with softness of manners.
The support of so many of his relations, was a heavy tax upon his industry; but thou knowest, he paid it cheerfully.
What avail the best sentiments, if persons do not live suitably to them?
Reconciliation was offered, on conditions as moderate as were consistent with a permanent union. Not one of them whom thou seest clothed in purple, is completely happy.
And the fame of this person, and of his wonderful actions, was diffused throughout the country. The variety of the productions of genius, like that of the operations of nature, is without limit. In vain our flocks and fields increase our store, When our abundance makes us wish for more.
Thou shouldst love thy neighbor as sincerely as thou lovest thyself.
Hast thou no better reason for censuring thy friend and companion?
Thou, who art the Author and Bestower of life, eanst doubtless restore it also: but whether thou
wilt please to restore it, or not, that thou only knowest.
"O thou my voice inspire,
Who touch'd Isaiah's hallowed lips with fire.
Accept these grateful tears: for thee they flow;
Just to thy word, in ev'ry thought sincere;
The following examples are adapted to the notes and observations under RULE 1.
Grammar, p. 139. Exercises, p. 50.
1. To do unto all men, as we would that they, in similar circumstances, should do unto us, constitutes the great principle of virtue.
From a fear of the world's censure, to be ashamed of the practice of precepts which the heart approves and embraces, marks a feeble and imperfect character.
The erroneous opinions which we form concerning happiness and misery, give rise to all the mistaken and dangerous passions that embroil our life. To live soberly, righteously, and piously, is required of all men.
That it is our duty to promote the purity of our minds and bodies, to be just and kind to our fellow-creatures, and to be pious and faithful to Him that made us, admits not of any doubt in a rational and well-informed mind.
To be of a pure and humble mind, to exercise benevolence towards others, to cultivate piety towards God, are the sure means of becoming peaceful and happy.
It is an important truth, that religion, vital religion, the religion of the heart, is the most powerful
auxialiary of reason, in waging war with the passions, and promoting that sweet composure which constitutes the peace of God.
The possession of our senses entire, of our limbs uninjured, of a sound understanding, of friends and companions, is often overlooked; though it would be the ultimate wish of many, who, as far as we can judge, deserve it as much as ourselves.
All that makes a figure on the great theatre of the world, the employments of the busy, the enterprises of the ambitious, and the exploits of the warlike; the virtues which form the happiness, and the crimes which occasion the misery of mankind; originate in that silent and secret recess of thought, which is hidden from every human eye.
2. If the privileges to which he has an undoubted right, and which he has long enjoyed, should now be wrested from him, it would be flagrant injustice.
These curiosities we have imported from China, and they are similar to those which were some time ago brought from Africa.
Will martial flames for ever fire thy mind,
And wilt thou never be to heav'n resign'd?
3. When two substantives come together, and do not signify the same thing, the first of them must be in the genitive case.
Such is the constitution of men, that virtue, however it may be neglected for a time, will ultimately be acknowledged and respected.
4. The crown of virtue are peace and honour. His chief occupation and enjoyment was contro
Or won to what may work his utter loss,
All this will soon follow.
-Whose gray top
Shall tremble, he descending.
Grammar page 143. Exercises, page 52. Idleness and ignorance are the parents of many vices.
Wisdom, virtue, happiness, dwell with the golden mediocrity.
In unity consist the welfare and security of every society.
Time and tide wait for no man.
His politeness and good disposition were, on failure of their effect, entirely changed.
Patience and diligence, like faith, remove mountains.
Humility and knowledge, with poor apparel, excel pride and ignorance under costly attire.
The planetary system, boundless space, and the immense ocean, affect the mind with sensations of astonishment.
Humility and love, whatever obscurities may involve religious tenets, constitute the essence of true religion.
Religion and virtue, our best support and highest honour, confer on the mind principles of noble independence.
What signify the counsel and care of preceptors, when youth think they have no need of assistance?
The examples which follow are suited to the notes and observations under RULE II.
Grammar, p. 144. Exercises, p. 53.
1. Much do human pride and self-complacency require correction.
Luxurious living, and high pleasures, beget a languor and satiety that destroy all enjoyment.
Pride and self-sufficiency stifle sentiments of dependence on our Creator: levity and attachment