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he was at last enabled to enter into business on his own account. Having established himself in a court in Fleet Street, his success speedily began to justify the expectations which had been entertained of him. Meanwhile his literary tastes, and even some indications he had given of his talents as a writer, had become known among his acquaintance, and he was employed on various occasions by the booksellers, in the composition of prefaces and dedications for works which they were bringing out. When he commenced the composition of his “ Pamela," the first production by which he obtained any distinction as an author, he was in his fifty-second year. The book met with the most extraordinary success, having gone through five editions in the course of a year.
Robert DoDSLEY was born in 1703, at Mansfield, in the county of Nottingham, England. His parents were very poor, and his education, consequently, of the scantiest description. He was, in the first instance, bound apprentice to a stocking-weaver ; but, after some time, he abandoned this employment, and, having gone into service, became eventually footman in a noble family. In this situation, a copy of verses, which he addressed to Pope, obtained for him the notice and encouragement of that celebrated writer. At length he established himself as a bookseller in Pall Mall.
His difficulties were now over, and the way to independence was before him. By his prudence and steadiness, he made his business, in course of time, an extremely valuable one, and he became at last one of the most eminent London publishers of his day. Of his “Economy of Human Life” there are about twelve different translations in the French language alone.
John Metcalf, a native of Manchester, in England, became entirely blind at a very early age. He passed the younger part of his life as a waganer, and occasionally as a guide in intricate roads during the night, or when the tracks were covered with snow. He afterwards became a projector and surveyor of highways in difficult and mountainous regions. Most of the roads over the Peak in Derbyshire were altered by his direction.
HENRY Wild, who was born in 1684, at Norwich, in England, worked in a tailor's shop for fourteen years. In the course of seven years afterwards, chiefly by his own unassisted efforts, he made himself master of the Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Arabic and Persian languages. At Oxford he was called the “ Arabian tailor.”
Select Sentences in Prose.-THOMAS ADAM.
Liking and esteeming others merely for their agreement with us in religion, opinion, and manner of living, is only a less offensive kind of self-adoration.
Let me direct all my studies chiefly to the great end of serving others in love, and not merely with a view to the pleasure of knowing ; much less to self-applause, or the good opinion of the world.
How glorious and happy to say truly, in case of injury, * The author of it only hurts me by hurting himself.' Before you resent a thing, take time, a twelvemonth at least, to consider whether there be any real cause for it; and if you find there is, do not deliberate a moment whether you should forgive.
Submission to the will of God, with experience of his support in pain, sickness, affliction, is a more joyous and happy state than any degree of health or worldly prosperity.
The soul is like the earth, sometimes green and springing, at other times dry and withering ; both powerless in
themselves, and neither of them fruitful without a proper cultivation on the part of man.
If there was but one person in the world whom I knew to be the creature and workmanship of God, and all the rest made by chance, how greatly should I think of that person's nature and original, and how ready should I be to help him in all his necessities, for the sake of the divine impression he bears, and the great dignity of his relation ! Behold, O man, thou art placed in a world of such beings; all the offspring of God, dear to him as his children, thy brethren by the same high birth, and every one of them demanding thy love, esteem and utmost compassion.
Our future existence will be the same kind of life, or state of being, continued, which we are fixed in here. Death makes no alteration in our condition; it only clears up our mistakes about it.
Thankfulness and happiness imply each other. We must be thankful to be happy, and happy to be thankful. God's house is an hospital at one end, and a palace at the other. In the hospital end are Christ's members upon earth, conflicting with various diseases, and confined to a strict regimen of his appointing. What sort of a patient must he be, who would be sorry to be told that the hour is come for his dismission from the hospital, and to see the doors thrown wide open for his admission into the king's presence ?
It is our duty to bear the disorders of the mind as well as those of the body; feeling both, applying proper remedies, and submitting quietly to the will of God.
A tender conscience is an inestimable blessing ; that is, a conscience not only quick to discern what is evil, but instantly to shun it, as the eye-lid closes itself against a mote.
He is the greatest saint upon earth, who feels his poverty most in the want of perfect holiness, and longs with the greatest earnestness for the time when he shall be put in full possession of it.
Christian morals, or rather renovation, is a glorious idea, and it fills one with rapture to think it is promised, and aattinable, though not fully in this life.
Pride is seeing the defects of others, and overlooking our own: humility is seeing, feeling, and lamenting sin in ourselves, not only past but present sin.
The Christian's hope of heaven is the sweetness of prosperity, and the support of adversity, and cures us at once of all attachment to the world, or expectation of rest in it.
One great mistake of-life is looking to the clouds for happiness, instead of looking above them.
When time is devoted to God, we shall have enough for all other uses.
Instead of stretching our thoughts to the mystery of creation, and soaring above the stars, when we think of God, which, for the most part, is setting Him at a distance from us ;
may be of great use to consider Him as present in the room or little spot where we are, and as it were circumscribed within it, in all his glory, majesty, and purity.
Selections in Poetry, from various Authors.
Love to God.
With all thy heart, with all thy soul and mind,
Thou must him love, and his commands embrace; All other loves, with which the world doth blind
Weak fancies, and stir up affections base,
Thou must renounce and utterly displace, And give thyself unto Him full and free, That full and freely gave himself to thee.
WOULDst thou from sorrow find a sweet relief?
Or is thy heart oppressed with woes untold ? Balm wouldst thou gather for corroding grief?
Pour blessings round thee like a shower of gold.
'Tis when the rose is wrapped in many a fold Close to its heart, the worm is wasting there
Its life and beauty ; not when, all unrolled, Leaf after leaf, its bosom, rich and fair, Breathes freely its perfumes throughout the ambient air.
Rouse to some work of high and holy love,
And thou an angel's happiness shalt know; Shalt bless the earth while in the world above :
The good begun by thee shall onward flow
In many a branching stream, and wider grow; The seed, that, in these few and fleeting hours,
Thy hands, unsparing and unwearied, sow, Shall deck thy grave with amaranthine flowers, And yield thee fruits divine in heaven's immortal bowers.
Then the deliverance comes ! the crimson scroll,
Writ with the madness of six thousand years, Shall be like snow; from heaven the clouds shall roll,
The earth no longer be the vale of tears.
Speed on your swiftest wheels, ye golden spheres, To bring the splendors of that morning nigh.
Already the forgiven desert bears
lifts the adoring eye ;
Ancient of Days! that, high above all height,
Sitt'st on the circle of eternity! The hour shall come when all shall know thy might,
And earth be heayen, for it shall look on Thee!