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Be examples to one another in every thing that is good; for as Homer says:
• Example is a living law, whose sway Men more than all the written laws obey.' . And:« The wise new prudence from the wise acquire, As one brave Hero fans another's fire.' So let your zealous examples encourage each other to follow them; who through, faith and patience inherit the promises,
There are two instances in Lavater's Journal, of the advantages a good husband reaps from the affectionate counsel of an amiable wife, which are so much to the purpose, that I shall transcribe them for your use. He had made it a rule, to fix upon some passage out of the chapter he read in the morning, upon which to meditate occasionally during the day.
• My wife (says he) asked me, during dinner, what sentiment I had chosen for the present day.---Henceforth, my dear, answered I, we will pray and read together in the morning, and chuse a common sentiment for the day; I have been angry with myself to day for having neglected it so long. The sentiment which I have chosen for this day is : · Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would bor. row of thee, turn not thou away.'
· Pray, how is that to be understood ? said she. Literally replied I. Literally ! very strange indeed !---We, at least, must take it so, my dear, as we would if we had heard Jesus Christ himself pronounce these words. No doubt we must take these words so, as if he himself had spoken them to us, since he has caused them to be committed to writing; for whatever is written, canhave no other meaning than the word simply. The gospel contains, as I think, answers, either general or particular ones; yet they are always easy to be comprehended by our conscience;. they are unequivocal to him who reads them with a plain simple sense of truth; they are, in every respect, divine answers to all moral questions, solutions of all problems whichever can be stated. However, only hearts which are plain, and sincere unto the voice of truth, can comprehend these answers and solutions. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would bor. 1ow of thee, turn not thou away; says he whose property all my possessions are, I am the steward and not the proprietor of my fortune. The proprietor commandeth me to give to him that asketh of me, and not to refuse the prayer of him who wants to borrow of me, while it shall be in my power to give and to lend; I must, of course, give to him who has nothing; or, to use other words : If I have two coats, I must give one to him who has none; and if I have meat, I must do likewise, though I should not be asked. How much more will it be incumbent upon me if that should be the case?--This was so clear to me, that I spoke it rather with warinth. My wife made no reply, except that she would take it into consideration.
I was just risen from dinner, when a widow desired to speak with me; I ordered her to be shown into my study. • You will excuse me dear Sir! (said she,) I entreat you to excuse me! my rent must be paid to morrow. I and my children have been ill, I have worked hard. I am nevertheless, six dollars too short, and I must have them to day, or to morrow; pray hear me, dear Sir.' Here she took a small parcel out of her pocket, untied it, and said, “There, Sir, is a book enchased with silver; my late husband gave it me when we were betrothed. It is all I can spare; I assure you I part with it with reluctance; yet I know it will not be sufficient; and I also do not know how I shall redeem it. Oh! dear Sir! can't you assist me?' Indeed, my good woman,
I cannot assist you! So saying, I put my hand (accidentally or from habit) into my pocket, touching my money, whicla consisted of about two dollars and a haif. That will not be sufficient said I to myself, she must have the whole sum; and if it would do, I want it myselt Have you no friend, no patron said I, who would give you that trifle? “No! not a living soul; and I do not like to go from house to house; I rather will work whole nights.— I have been told that you are a good natured gentleman.. Well! my dear Sir, if you cannot assist me, you wiil I hope excuse me for giving you so much trouble. I will try how I can extricate myself; God has never forsaken me; and I hope he will not begin to turn his back on me in my seventy-sixth year.' The same moment my wife entered the room.
I was-0 thou traitorous heart! I was angry, ashamed, and should have been glad, if I could have sent her away under some pretext or other; because my conscience whispered to me, Give to him who asketh thee, and do not turn away from him who would borrow of thee. My wife too whispered irresistably in my ear: 'She is a pious, honest woman; she has certainly been ill, assist her if you can.' Shame,
joy, avarice, and the desire of assisting her, struggled, alternately in my heart. I have no more than two dollars by me, answered I in a whisper, and she wants six; how therefore can I answer her de. mand; I will give her something and send her away. My wife squeezed my hand tenderly; smiling and beseeching me by her looks. She then said aloud, what my conscience had whispered to me: Give to him that asketh thee, and do not turn away from him who would borrow of thee: I smiled, asking her archly, whether she would give her ring in order to enable me to do it. With great pleasure! said she, pulling off her ring, The good old woman, was either too simple to observe this, or too modest to take advantage of it; however, when she was going my wife told her to wait a little in the passage. Were you in earnest, my dear, when you offered your ring? said I, as soon as we were in private. Indeed I was I am surprized that you can ask that question. Do you think I sport with charity? Remember what you said a quarter of an hour ago: I entreat you not to make an ostentation of the gospel. You have always been so benevolent; and now you are so backward to assist that poor wo