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1 This discipline is preparatory to another which shall be exempt from affliction.
1. The Scriptures assert the existence of such a place called heaven, Kingdom of God, Paradise, New Jerusalem, &c. It is implied in the doctrine of immortality.
2. It is consistent with all rational supposition. — Analogy between this world and other planets. - 3. All causes of sorrow shall cease there. – 4. It is everlasting in its duration.
Do I address the mourner who has lost friends, estate, health ? - the aged ? - youth declining in early life ? &c.
3. Gal. iii. 18, “But it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing."
Christianity is designed to call into activity the noblest sentiments of the heart, - firm resolve,- intrepid daring and undaunted perseverance, zeal. — The Christian's life is a holy warfare,- - a holy chivalry. - The Apostle lays down the proposition, that if anything is good, it is good to be zealously affected in that good cause, Christianity is good considered.
1. In respect to its orign, - divine, - bears its marks, -- it is interesting to contemplate nature, — but much more revelation, the noblest gift of God to man.
II. In its nature, - its theory of doctrines, - its code of moral rules was never equalled by 1. Philosophy, - 2. Education, - all improvement has failed without it. Its nature renders it efficient in its effects, - its preser vation, - triumph over infidelity.
III. Its effects, - individual effects. — 1. Benevolence, - 2. Death. - 3. Peacs of conscience.
2. General effects, — 1. It prevents crime. -2. Elevates society. – 3. Sustains good government. – 4. War.
We should be zealous, 1. Because God commands us to be so. 2. The wants of the world call for it. 3. Our happiness hereafter will be propor tioped to our zeal, - a philosophical as well as Scriptural fact, - We have to examples to copy, — the apostles, martyrs, and reformers, Wesley kihitfield, &c.
SUBJECTS FOR COMPOSITIONS OF ALL SORTS
10. Ruins of Rome. 2 Rural happiness.
Greeco. 3 Our native land.
11. Twilight. 4. Description of a storm.
12. A winter evening. 3. Scene at a summer's roon. 13. Moonlight at sea. 0. A winter landscape.
14. Spring. 7. A market day.
15. Summer. 3. An evening walk.
16. Autumn. 9. The entrance of Christ into Je- 17. Winter. rusalem.
18. The equator.
19. The tropics.
69. Ingenuity. 20. Mid-summer.
70. Eloquence. 21. Rural scenery.
71. Fancy. 22. Review of the seasons.
72. Imagination. 23. Solitude.
73. Classical learnir g. 24. The love of order,
74. Taste for simple pleasures. 25. Evils of obstinacy.
75. Scepticism. 26. Firmness.
76. Amusements. 27. Delicacy of feeling.
77. Efficacy of moral instruction. 28. Delicacy of taste.
78. A cultivated mind necessary for 29. Novels.
the enjoyment of retirement. 30. Tales of fiction.
79. Want of personal beauty as 31. Contemplation.
affecting virtue and happi 32. Correspondence between true
ness. politeness and religion.
80. Happiness of domestic life. 33. Sympathy.
81. Evils of public life. 34. The advantages of a good educa- 82. Modesty a sign of merit. tion.
83. Equanimity the best support 35. The effects of learning on the under affliction. countenance.
84. Ill effects of ridicule. 36. Power of habit.
85. Necessity of temperance to the 37. The art of pleasing.
health of the mind. 38. Comparison of history and biog 86. Moral effects of painting &uu raphy.
sculpture. 39. The passions.
87. The choice of a profession. 40. The difference between beauty 88. Selfishness. and fashion.
89. Literary genius. 41. Enterprise.
90. Necessity of attention to things 42. Exertion.
as well as to books. 43. Importance of a good character. 91. Fear of growing old. 44. Criticism.
92. The butterfly and its changes 45. Religious education.
93. Freedom. 46. Monumental inscriptions.
94. The rose. 47. On forming connexions.
95. The lily. 48. Qualifications for the enjoyment 96. Remorse. of friendship:
97. The voice. 49. Duties of hospitality.
98. Grace. 50. Moral principles.
99. Gesture. 51. Moral duties.
100. Woman. 52. Civility.
101. Man. 53. Family quarrels, their causes, 102. Youth and manhood.
and mode of preventing them. 103. The sacred Scriptures 54. Early attachments.
104. The press. 55. Taste for the cultivation of 105. The pulpit. flowers.
106. The human frame. 56. Government of temper.
107. Travelling 57. Comedy.
108. Language. 58. Tragedy.
109. Liberty 59. Uses of adversity.
110. Infidelity. 60. Poetical taste.
111. Atheism. 61. Manners.
112. Independence. 62. Modesty of merit.
113. The existence of God. 63. Method.
114. Light. 64. Parental indulgence.
115. Darkness. 65. Parental severity.
116. Heat. 66. Profligacy.
117. Cold. 67. The study of the Latin language. 118. The rainbow. 68. The study of the French lan- 119. The wife. guage.
120. The husband.
121. Influence of Christianity. 122. Stability of character. 123. Instability of character *124. Peevishness. 125. Art of pleasing. 126. Local associations. 127. Influence of female character 128. Discretion. 129. New England. 130. Paternal influence. 131. Maternal influence. 132. Intemperance. 133. Fashionable Follies. 134. Emigration. 135. Intellectual dissipation. 136. Intellectual discipline. 137 The warrior. 138. The statesman. 139. The legislator. 140. The judge. 141. A field of battle. 142. A naval engagement. 143. Immortality. 144. Decision of character 145. Romance. 146. Flattery. 147. Industry 148. Temperance. 149. Resentment. 150. Lying. 251. Piety. 152. Anger. 153. Poetry. 154. Envy. 155. Virtue. 156. Justice. 157. Adversity. 158. Pride. 159. Compassion. 160. Avarice 161. Slander. 162. Mercy. 163. Wealth.
164. Prudence. • 165. Gratitude.
180. Virtue and vice. 181. Parsimony and prodigality. 182. Hope and fear. 183. Reward and punishment. 184. Beauty and deformity. 185. Affection and hatred. 186. Arrogance and humility. 187. Order and Confusion. 188. Carelessness and caution 189. Contentment and dissatisface
tion. 190. Emulation and sloth." 191. Cleanliness. 192. Religious intolerance 193. Charity. 194. Contentment. 195. Courage. 196. Hope. 197. Perseverance. 198. Conscience. 199. Death. 200. Life. 201. Sickness. 202. Health. 203. Good humor. 204. Omniscience of God. 205. Omnipresence of God. 206. Truth. 207. Sincerity. 208. Procrastination 209. Trust in God. 210. Pleasures resulting from,
proper use of our faculties 211. Modesty. 212. Application. 213. Discretion. 214. Christianity. 215. Suspicion. 216. Fortitude. 217. Forgiveness. 218. The seasons. 219. Filial affection. 220. Harmony of nature. 221. Adversity. 222. Distribution of time. 223. Sources of knowledge. 224. Conjugal affection. 225. Filial piety. 226. Generosity. 227. Heroism. 228. Despair. 229. Government. 230. Dramatic entertainment 231. Fables and allegories. 232. Figurative language. 233. Commerce. 234. Chivalry. 235. Philosophy 236. Natural history.
337. Astronomy: 238. The invention of the mariners' compass. 239. The invention of the telescope. 240. The application of steam. 241. The invention of the steam engine. 242. The mathematics. 243. Astrology: 244. Modern discoveries. 245. Arcuitecture. 246. The law. 247. The learned professicns. 248. Curiosity. 249. Nature. 250. Art. 251. The influence and importance of the female character. 252. Is the expectation of reward or the fear of punishment the greater in
centive to exertion ? 253. The value of time, and the uses to which it should be applied. 254. The character of the Roman Emperor Nero, - of Caligula, -of Augus
tus, -of Julius Cæsar, -of Numa Pompilius. 255. The duties we owe to our parents, and the consequences of a neglec
of them. 256. How blessings brighten as they take their flight. 257. How dear are all the ties that bind our race in gentleness together. 258. The advantages of early rising; and the arguments which may be ad
duced to prove it a duty. 259. Misery is wed to guilt. 260. A soul without reflection, like a pile
Without inhabitant, to ruin runs. 261. Still where rosy pleasure leads
See a kindred grief pursue,
Approaching comforts view. 262. 'Tis Providence alone secures,
In every change, both mine and yours. 263. Know then this truth, enough for man to know,
Virtue alone is happiness below. 264. Prayer ardent opens heaven.
Whatever is, is right. 265. Knowledge and plenty vie with each other. 266. When beggars die there are no comets seen;.
The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of prinoss. 267. Friendship is constant in all other things
Save in the office and affairs of love. 268.
Man, proud man,
Most ignorant of what he's most assured. 269. No might nor greatness in mortality
Can censure 'scape; back-wounding calumny
The whitest virtue strikes.
Whiles we enjoy it; but being lacked and lost,
Whiles it was ours.
Which, with pain purchased, doth inherit pain. 273 Light, seeking light, doth light of light beguile.
274 Too much to know is to know nought but fame. 275 Where is any author in the world
Teaches such beauty as a woman's eye? 276. The hind that would be mated by the lion
Must die for love. 277. Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie
Which we ascribe to heaven.
Good and ill together: our virtues would be
Cherished by our virtues.
For we are old, and on our quickest decrees
Steals ere we can effect them. 280. They lose the world that do buy it with much care 281. I can easier teach twenty what were
Good to be done, than be one of the twenty to
Follow mine own teaching. 282.
All things that are,
Are with more spirit chased than enjoyed. 283. Love is blind, and lovers cannot see
The petty follies that themselves commit. 284. The world is still deceived with ornament. 285.
The man that hath no music in himself,
Is fit for treason, stratagems and spoils.
When every goose is cackling, would be thought
To their right praise and true perfection. 287. This our life exempt from public haunt,
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooke,
Sermons in stones, and good in every thing. 288. Oftentimes, to win us to our harm,
The instruments of darkness tell us truths,
In deepest consequence.
Who dares do more is none. 290. If it were done, when 't is done, then 't were well
It were done quickly. 291. Memory, the warder of the brain. 292. Noughts' had, all's spent
Where our desire is got without content. 293. Things without remedy Should
be without regard. 294. When our actions do not,
Our fears do make us traitors. 295. Angels are bright still, though the brightest fell. 296. The grief that does not speak
Whispers the o'erfraught heart, and bids it break. 297. Courage monnteth with occasion. 298. When fortune means to men most good,
She looks upon them with a threatening eye. 2009 He that stands upon a slippery place
Makes nice of no vile hold to stay him up.