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for such a Part, yet upon Alteration of Wind and Weather, seem to change their Course; but fill in the Midst of the Tempeft, they mind the Prosecution of their Voyage, and Prefervation of the Vefiel.
3128 At the Day of Judgment thou shalt not be asked what Proficiency thou hast made in Logic, Metaphyfic, Astronomy, or any other Science: But whether thou hast lived according to thy Nature, as a Man endued with Reason and Morality. In that Hour it will more avail thee that thou hast thrown a handful of Flour or Chaff in Charity to a Neit.of contemptible Pifmires; than that thou couldest mufter all the Hofts of Heaven, and call every Star by its proper Name, for then the Constellations themselves shall disappear: The Sun and Moon fhall give no more Light, and all the Frame of Nature shall fall in pieces and vanish; but thy good and bad Works shall remain for ever recorded in the Archives of Eternity.
3129 Thou canst not for thy Life but sometimes light into bad Company: If thou continuest. Society with them thou endangerest thyfelf, either by participating in their evil Actions, or elfe by conniving at them. If thou labourest to avoid such Affociates, or being unhappily fallen among them feekeft for a present Escape, they will dislike and fing at thee, and impute thy Departure to Pride, Singularity, Precifeness, and Hypocrisy; but let not Shame, or Fear of Reproach from ill Men cause thee to endanger thyself: Thou wert better fly from them, and be ill spoken of, than stay to be like them, and hurt thyself.
3130. If thou carefleft indifferently all the World, and promisest all those who make any Address to thee, to serve them without any such Intention: Deceive not thyself; thou wilt by these Means never make thyself many Friends, nor get a Reputation of being civil and obliging: On the contrary, tho' thou blindest them at present by such Procedure, it will not be long before they be disabused; and then so far will they be from building upon what thou sayest, that they will scarce ever give Ear to thee after; regarding thee only as a Comedian, who says what he thinks not, and whose only Care is to acquit himself well of the Part he hath undertaken to act.
3131 If thou usest Vigour and Resolution in Business, thou canst never miscarry thyself, tho' sometimes thy Designs may. Thou can'st never be a Loser in Reputation, but generally wilt appear a considerable Man among unfortunate Accidents, and wilt make even ill Success itself attest thy Sufficiency; but commonly Difficulties give way to Diligence and Resolution, and if to day will not, to Morrow will smile upon Enterprizes. There are lucky Minutes in Businefs, when what before had Wind and Tide against it, now moves with the Stream ; and then wilt thou carry thy Point if thou lettest not slip the lucky Minute thro' Negligence, or failest not thro' Faint-heartedness, or Laziness, to urge and push on thy Success.
3132 Thou art to aim at the strengthening the Authority of thy Mind, and the weakening the Force and Power of thy carnal Appetites : By Consequence thou oughtest to examine thy
self by what Arts, by what Practices the Light of thy Understanding comes to be obscured, the Authority of thy Reason weakened, the Tenderness of thy Conscience to be fo much bluntest, and worn off: And when thou hast discovered this, thou must avoid all those Things as Temptations and Snares; thou must fhun thofe Paths, as those that lead to Danger and Death; and whatever thou findest to have a contrary Tendency, those are the Things thou must do and follow. How happy wouldest thou be? how perfect wouldeft thou soon grow, if thou didit Conduct thyself thus?
3133 In this thy Age, while thou art young and raw, and soft natur’d, thou art apt to think it an eafy Thing to gain Love, and reckonest thy own Friendship a fure Price for another Man's : But when Experience shall have once opened thy Eyes, and shewn thee the Hardness of most Hearts, and the Hollowness of others, and the Bafeness and Ingratitude of almost all, then wilt thou find, that a Friend is the Gift of God, and that he 'only' who made Hearts can unite them : For it is he only who creates these Sympathies and Suitablenefies of Nature that are the Foundation of all true Friendship; and then by his Providence brings Persons fo affected together : Still it is the invisible Hard from Heaven that ties the Knot, and mingles Hearts and Souls by secret and unaccountable Conjunctions.
3134 Suffer not a fine Face to bewitch thee. Scarce any Marriage has been on both sides happy, that had no other Foundation than what comes from the Charms of an outfide Beauty;
which is far more fit to increase a Man's Appetite, than to settle any true Liking; and will fooner procure Fondness than real Love, the fatal Effects of which is Jealousy, that cursed Bane to all the pleasures of the Marriage Bed ; which makes their best Delights a raging Torment, and turns the greatest Bleffings into the greatest Plagues ; so that to have this without Virtue, is a Thing that none but stupid and sensless Persons would endure; for then it's like a hot burning Coal, whose bright and sparkling Looks many may gaze upon with Admiration enough, but none but Fools and Madmen are willing or daring enough to touch.
3135 Every one is for denying, extenuating, or throwing the Blame on others, and never will confess a Fault, and take it upon himself; but this, instead of getting it excused and pardoned aggravates it, and makes it worse, and angers the Party concerned, and so it doth Mifchief instead of Good. I advise therefore (unless it be a furious, unforgiving Person, and the Thing be a Crime that must not be owned:) frankly to own it, to fhew how. thou wart brought into it, and wish thou hadst not done it. It's likely this ingenuous dealing and throwing thyself upon his Kindness, may work upon his good Nature, and so the Storm may pass off without more Mischief; but this must be managed artfully in a middle Way between Sneaking and Arrogancy.
3136 Admire not those Persons whom thou seest Tavishing away their Life and Estate in exceslive Hospitality, and perpetual Entertainments : And put not any Trust in them, for it's com
monly Pride and Defire of Popularity, not a Redundance of good Nature and Philanthropy, that prompts them to be so over bountiful. An undeniable Argument of this is, that when their Fortunes are spent, and they are ashamed the World should defpise them for the Alteration, nothing is more frequent than for them to fall to any base, dishonest Shifts, and private Couzenage to cheat their Creditors, and maintain their former Grandeur ; for Pride will practise any Thing rather than let her Port decline.
3737 It's certainly a most generous and enlivening Pleasure, which Results from a season able Liberality, when thou feest a Man struggling with Want ; his very Spirit, as well as Body stooping under the Pressure : If thou therr relievest him, the humane Nature within thee, which is common to you both, does by a Kind of sympathetick Notion, exult and raise up itfelf, but if thou hast any Piety, that must do it much more ; for as the former shewed thee thy own Image in thy poor Brother, fo this thews thee God's. And how transcendent a Satisfaction must it be, to have paid fome Part of Gratitude to thy Creator for thy own Being, by making thyself in thy low Sphere the Giver or Preserver of that Life which he first breathed into another.
3138 None can be constrained to relinquith his own Opinion, nor is it equal for thee to make thy Apprehension the Measure of Anothers ; and thou differest from him as much as he doth from thee; and whether thou art in the Right or wrong is not to be determined by thy partial Self. And if thou but feriously con