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ness, with a noble fimplicity, which shows him to be far above any little dengn of catching applause, and that he only conplies with the necessity of the case. Let it be remembered by the way, that the same things which, in talking of himself before general company on ordinary oc'cafions, would be justly pronounced the egotisms of vanity, will, in the privacy of friendfhip, and amidst the play of humour, be nothing more than the communications of honeft confidence, or the effusions of a heart at eafe.
1. Does he at any time hear himself apa proved ? Another trial of Humility! How will he behave under it? He will accept and improve such approbation, if his heart tells him it is not updeferved, with complacence in the candour that beftows it, and with zeal to deferve it yet more. If; on the other hand, he is conscious of not poffeffing the particular kind or degree of merit ascribed to him, he will honestly
disavow it, and either acknowledge that it is beyond his reach, or, regretting a deficiency for which he finds himself to blame, will from that moment resolve to supply it.
But figure him to be accused or suspected without cause. In what manner will he then comport himself? Unless the accus, sation be of a scandalous nature, or the suspicion such as to affect his character materially, he will feel very little anxiety, to answer the one, or obviate the other ; but will rather adopt the admirable fenti-, ment of Plato, who, on being informed that certain persons had spoken ill of him, answered with coolness, “ We will lead « such a life that none lball believe them,”. And, even in the cases now put, he will. calmly consider, before he takes any step. for his own vindication, whether the ata tack on his good name comes from a quar-, ter worth his notice, or is likely to hurt him with those, about whose opinion he
ought to be solicitous. It is neither Hua' mility nor rectitude; it is Pride, or consciousness, or both, that occasion many to plague the world, and tease every creature they know, with laborious and endless jurtifications of themselves, from the charges which happen to be brought against them. Like foolish and fiery düellifts, they fancy their reputation, forsooth, to be of such prodigious moment in the opinion of the public, that they must necessarily fight every man from whom they suppose, or would have others believe, they have received an affront. The arrogant, the jealous, and the pragmatical, are constantly asserting their imaginary importance, conftantly claiming I know not what attention and respect, constantly bespattering and belying those who dispute their demands, or disappoint their expectations. Have any of you, Gentlemen, suffered abuse from such unhappy beings! The beft conduct you can hold is to pity their unhappiness, and forgive their offence,
while you abhor the malignity that could prompi it; to avoid all connexion with them for the future, to treat their machinations with honest contempt, not to think unkindly of those they may have milled, to persevere peaceably in your duty, and to enjoy the serenity of a good confcience.
But let us return to the humble youth, whose picture we have engaged to draw: you cannot be at a loss to judge of his dispositions in general, towards those who may have wronged him in whatever shape. · Who has not observed, that while Pride
aggravates real injuries, as well as apprehends a thousand which are merely ideal, Humility is accompanied with Candour, Patience, Meekness, and the whole train of gentle Graces? You can readily conceive, that he will neither have leisure nor inclination to indulge resentment against others, who duely reflects how often he has wanted forgiveness himself, if not at the hand of man, yet certainly at the hand of God, and who is diligently employed in correcting his own errors, regulating his own practice, and pursuing objects of which no injustice or malice can deprive him.
The same Humility, which thus preserves him from rancour and animosity, will also prevent on his part those little rivalships, ungenerous suspicions, and pitiful terrors, by which Pride is contipually harassed on every article relative to fortune, condition, appearance, or what may be called the Figure of life. Whoever is poflefled with this evil spirit is always fearful, left others fhould stand in his way to fame, or attract that notice and admiration which he strives to engrofs. Hence perpetual peevishness and ill hu. mour; as he will be perpetually obstructed in his schemes, by multitudes whom the same demon impels to the same pursuit. From a ftate of mind fo unamiable, as