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in my mother's womb was fashioned I think what the will of the LORD is ? to be flesh in the time of ten months, For the thoughts of mortal men are being compacted in blood, of the seed miserable, and our devices are but unof man, and the pleasure that came certain. For the corruptible body with sleep. And when I was born, I presseth down the soul, and the earthy drew in the common air, and fell tabernacle weigheth down the mind upon the earth, which is of like that museth upon many things. And nature, and the first voice which I hardly do we guess aright at things uttered was crying, as all others do. that are upon earth, and with labour I was nursed in swaddling clothes, do we find the things that are before and that with cares. For there is no us: but the things that are in heaven king that had any other beginning of who hath searched out ?

And thy birth. For all men have one entrance counsel who hath known, except thou into life, and the like going out. give wisdom, and send thy Holy R. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv. Spirit from above ? For so the ways Lesson II.

of them which lived on the earth were

reformed, and men were taught the WHEREFORE I prayed, and on things that are

pleasing unto thee, derstanding was given me: I and were saved through wisdona. called upon God, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her

Ry. The LORD. p. lxxii. before sceptres and thrones, and

Lesson IT. esteemed riches nothing in comparison of her. Neither compared I unto

her She preserved the first formed

father of the world, that was any precious stone, because all gold in created alone, and brought him out of respect of her is as a little sand, and his fall, and gave him power to rule silver shall be counted as clay before all things. But when the unrighteous her. I loved her above health and went away from her in his anger, he beauty, and chose to have her instead perished also in the fury wherewith of light: for the light that cometh from he murdered his brother. For whose her never goeth out.

cause the earth being drowned with R. Great are. p. lxxiv.

the flood, wisdom again preserved it, Lesson III.

and directed the course of the rightALL good things together came to eous in a piece of wood of smal

value. me with her, and innumerable Moreover, the nations in their wicked riches in her hands ; and I rejoiced conspiracy being confounded, she in them all, because wisdom goeth found out the righteous, and preserved before them: and I knew not that she him blameless unto God, and kept was the mother of them. I learned him strong against his tender com. diligently, and do communicate her passion toward his son. liberally: I do not hide her riches.

Rz. I alone, p. lxxiii. For she is a treasure unto men that never faileth : which they that use

Lesson III. become the friends of God, being WHEN the ungodly perished, she commended for the gifts that come from learning.

who fled from the fire which fell down Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv.

upon the five cities. Of whose THURSDAY.

wickedness even to this day the waste

land that smoketh is & testimony, Of the Book of Wisdom.

and plants bearing fruits that never Lesson I. Chap. ix.

come to ripeness: and a standing FOR what man is he that can know pillar of salt is a monument of an

the counsel of God? or who can (unbelieving soul. For regarding not


wisdom, they got not only this hurt, , is their hope, who called them gods, that they knew not the things which which are the works of men's hands, were good ; but also left behind them gold and silver, to shew art in, and to the world a memorial of their resemblances of beasts, or a stone foolishness: 80 that in the things good for nothing, the work of an wherein they offended they could not s ancient hand. 80 much as be hid. But wisdom Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv. delivered from pain those that at

SATURDAY. tended upon ber.

Of the Book of Wisdom.
Ry. Send, O LORD. p. lxxiii.

Lesson I. Chap. XV,
Of the Book of Wisdom.

UT thou, O GOD, art gracious and

true, long-suffering, and in mercy Lesson I. Chap xiii.

ordering all things. For if we sin, we SURELY yain

all men by are thine, knowing thy power : but we nature, who are ignorant of God, will not sin, knowing that we are and could not out of the good things counted thine. For to know thee is that are seen know him that is : perfect righteousness : yea, to know neither by considering the works did thy power is the root of immortality. they acknowledge the workmaster; RZ. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv. but deemed either fire, or wind, or

Lesson II. the swift air, or the circle of the stars, or the violent water, or the lights of FOR neither did the mischievons heaven, to be the gods which govern

invention of men deceive us, nor the world. With whose beauty if an image spotted with divers colours, they being delighted took them to be the painter's fruitless labour; the gods; let them know how much better sight whereof enticeth fools to lust the LORD of them is : for the first after it, and so they desire the form of author of beauty hath created them.

dead image, that hath no breath. Ry. Give me. p. lxxiii.

Both they that make them, they that

desire them, and they that worship Lesson II.

them, are lovers of evil things, and are BUT if they were astonished at their worthy to have such things to trust

power and virtue, let them under- upon. stand by them, how much mightier he Ry. Great are. p. lxxiv. is that made them. For by the

Lesson III. greatness and beauty of the creatures proportionably the maker of them is FOR the potter, tempering soft But yet for this they are the much labour for our service : yea, of

earth, fashioneth every vessel with less to be blamed: for they perad- the same clay he maketh both the venture err, seeking God, and desirous vessels that serve for clean uses, and to find him. For being conversant in likewise also all such as serve to the his works they search him diligently, contrary: but what is the use of and believe their sight: because the either sort, the potter himself is the things are beautiful that are seen.

judge. And employing his labours Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii.

lewdly, he maketh a' vain god of the Lesson III.

same clay, even he which a little HOWBEIT neither are they to be before was made

of earth himself, and pardoned. For if they were able within a little while after returneth to know so much, that they could aim to the same, out of the which he was at the world; how did they not sooner taken, when his life which was lent find out the LORD thereof? But him shall be demanded. miserable are they, and in dead things! Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv.





From the Book of the Morals of S. Here beginneth the Book of

Gregory the Pope.

Lesson IV.
Lesson I. Chap. i.

Book 1. Chap. 10 on Job.
LL wisdom cometh from the LORD, THERE are some, who neglect their

and is with him for ever. Who life, and whilst they desire fleeting can number the sand of the sea, and things, either do not understand things the drops of rain, and the days of eternal, or else despise them, though eternity? Who can find out the they understand them ; neither do height of heaven, and the breadth of they feel pain, nor know how to take the earth, and the deep, and wisdom ? thought; and whereas they heed not Wisdom hath been created before all the heavenly things they have lost, things, and the understanding of they (alas, poor wretches !) count prudence from everlasting. The word themselves happy in their goods. of God most high is the fountain of They by no means lift up their wisdom; and her ways are everlasting mind's eyes to that light of truth, for commandments.

which they were created; they in no Ry. The LORD possessed. p. lxxii.

wise strain their longing gaze to

behold the eternal country; but, Lesson II.

being false to themselves in the very Το. whom hath the root of wisdom things for which they were designed,

been revealed ? or who hath they love their exile, which they known her wise counsels ? Unto suffer, instead of their country, and whom hath the knowledge of wisdom exult in the blindness which they been made manifest ? and who hath endure, as if it were the full splendour understood her great experience ?

of light. There is one wise and greatly to be Ry. Give me. p. lxxiii. feared, the LORD sitting upon his

Lesson V. throne. He created her, and saw her, and numbered her, and poured her BUT on the other hand, the minds out upon all his works. She is with

of the elect, while they see that all flesh according to his gift, and all fleeting things are of no account, he hath given her to them that love aspire to that, for which they were him.

created ; and since nothing can be

sufficient to satisfy them, save God Ry. I alone. p. lxxiii.

Himself, their thought, wearied out

with the very toil of search, rests in Lesson III.

light, and, contemplating their Maker, THE fear of the Lord is honour, desires to be enrolled among the

and glory, and gladness, and a heavenly citizens; and each of them, crown of rejoicing. The fear of the while still, so far as his body is conLORD maketh a merry heart, and cerned, in the world, yet rises in giveth joy, and gladness, and a long thought above the world, and deplores life. Whoso feareth the LORD, it shall the burden of this exile which he go well with him at the last, and endures, and excites himself with he shall find favour in the day constant goads of love, to reach his of his death. To fear the LORD is country upon high. When he sees, the beginning of wisdom : and it therefore, with grief, how that which he was created with the faithful in the bath lost is eternal, he finds it wholewomb.

some counsel to despise this temporal Ry. Send, O LORD.


lxxiii. state, through which he is hurrying;

and the more his intimate knowledge

Lesson II. of the fact that he is carrying perish: THE fear of the LORD driveth away him

it , it his sorrow increases, that he has not turneth away wrath. A furious man yet attained those things which will cannot be justified; for the sway of abide.

his fury shall be his destruction. A Ry. The fear of the LORD. p. lxxiii. patient man will bear for a time, and

afterward joy shall spring up unto Lesson VI.

him. He will hide his words for a WE ought to notice that there is time, and the lips of many shall

no mental pain in headlong declare his wisdom. The parables of action. For those who live without knowledge are in the treasures of forethought, and fling themselves wisdom : but godliness is an abominheadlong into the course of events, ation to a sinner. If thou desire are not wearied by the pain of think- wisdom, keep the commandments, ing in the meantime. For the man and the LORD shall give her unto who gives judicious attention to a thee. plan of life, ponders every action

Ry. Great are. p. lxxiv. circumspectly with himself; and lest

Lesson III. some unexpected and mischievous result should come upon him, from FOR the fear of the Lord is wisdom the matter in hand, he tests it and instruction: and faith and first by gently planting his foot meekness are his delight. Distrust in thought upon it;

he delibe- not the fear of the LORD when thou rates, lest panic should hinder him art poor : and come not unto him in doing what must be done; lest with a double heart. Be not an haste should hurry him into action hypocrite in the sight of men, and which ought to be delayed ; lest take good heed what thou speakest. evil things should overcome him Exalt not thyself, lest thou fall, and in open war through his desires ; bring dishonour upon thy soul, and so lest good things should cause him to God discover thy secrets, and cast stumble, by tripping him up with thee down in the midst of the congrevain glory.

gation, because thou camest not in Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv.

truth to the fear of the LORD, but thy Ry. vii. O LORD. p. lxxiv.

heart is full of deceit. Rz. viii. Two Seraphim. p. xxviii. Ry. Thine eyes. p. lxxiv. MONDAY.

TUESDAY. Of the Book of Ecclesiasticus.

Of the Book of Ecclesiasticus. Lesson I. Chap. i.

Lesson I. Chap. ii. THE fear of the LORD is a crown of My son, if thou come to serve the wisdom, making peace and perfect

LORD, prepare thy soul for health to fourish; both which are temptation. Set thy heart aright, and the gifts of God: and it enlargeth constantly endure, and make not their rejoicing that love him. Wisdom haste in time trouble. Cleave unto raineth down skill and knowledge of him, and depart not away, that thou understanding, and exalteth them mayest be increased at thy last to honour that hold her fast. The end. root of wisdom is to fear the LORD, Ry. My son. p. lxxv. and the branches thereof are long

Lesson II. life. Ry. Leave me not. p. lxxiv.

WHATSOEVER is brought upon

thee take cheerfully, and be patient when thou art changed to a blessing may come upon thee from low estate. For gold is tried in the them. For the blessing of the father fire, and acceptable men in the establisheth the houses of children; furnace of adversity. Believe in him, but the curse of the mother rooteth and he will help thee ; order thy way out foundations. Glory not in the disaright, and trust in him.

honour of thy father ; for thy father's Ry. The fear. p. lxxiii.

dishonour is no glory unto thee. For Lesson III.

the glory of a man is from the honour

of his father; and a mother in disYE that fear the LORD, wait

, fost

buys honour is a reproach to the children. fall. Ye that fear the LORD, believe him; and your reward shall not

THURSDAY. fail. Ye that fear the LORD, hope for Of the Book of Ecclesiasticus. good, and for everlasting joy and

Lesson I. Chap. iii. mercy. Look at the generations of old, and see ; did any ever trust in SEEK not out the things that are too the LORD, and was confounded ? or

hard for thee, neither search the did any abide in his fear, and was things that are above thy strength. forsaken? or whom did he ever de. But what is commanded thee, think spise, that called upon him ?

thereupon with reverence ; for it is

not needful for thee to see with thine Ry. Remove. p. lxxiv.

eyes the things that are in secret. Be WEDNESDAY.

not curious in unnecessary matters : Of the Book of Ecclesiasticus.

for more things are showed unto thee

than men understand. For many are Lesson I. Chap. iii.

deceived by their own vain opinion ; HEAR me your father, of children and an evil suspicion hath overthrown safe. For the LORD hath given the father honour over the children, and

Ry. The LORD possessed. p. lxxii. hath confirmed the authority of the

Lesson II. mother over the sons. oureth his father maketh an atonement A STUBBORN heart shall fare

evil at the last; and he that for his sins.

loveth danger shall perish therein. Ry. O LORD, Father. p. lxxiv. An obstinate heart shall be laden with Lesson II.

sorrows; and the wicked man shall AND he that honoureth his

mother heap sin upon sin, In the punishis as one that layeth up treasure. ment of the proud there is no remedy: Whoso honoureth his father shall for the plant of wickedness hath taken

root in him. have joy of his own children; and when he maketh his prayer, he shall

Ry. I alone. p. lxxiii. be heard. He that honoureth his

Lesson III. father shall have a long life; and he that is obedient unto the Lord shall THE heart of the prudent will unbe a comfort to his mother. He tbat

derstand a parable; and an feareth the LORD will honour his attentive ear is the desire of a wise father, and will do service unto his

Water will quench a flaming

fire; and alms maketh an atonement parents, as to his masters.

for sins. And he that requiteth good · Ry. Great are. p. lxxiv.

turns is mindful of that which may Lesson III.

come hereafter; and when he falleth, HONOUR thy father and mother he shall find a stay.

both in word and deed, that a Ry. Send, O LORD. p. lxxiii.


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