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ally near it; once more, he that traces whatever is good in himself, or in his lot, to its Source, and aims at a nearer union with Infinite Perfection, or he who is destitute of those glorious ideas and tendencies, and whose contracted soul creeps along the shallow streams which he is proud of appropriating, while his fancy swells them to mighty rivers ? "You perceive at once the difference.
“ It may be laid down,” says a writer : of distinguished insight into the hearts of men, “ as an unfailing and universal “ axiom, that all Pride is abject and mean. “ It is always an ignorant, lazy, or cow6 ardly acquiescence in a false appearance « of excellence, and proceeds not from 16 consciousness of our attainments, but « infenfibility of our wants.” How respectable then must be that virtue, which is the reverse of so ignoble a quality!
On this subject much remains to be Taid, but must now be waved. Indeed
we shall never be able to do it justice, It is as comprehenfive as it is beautiful,
Inestimable Humility! thou daughter of Religion, thou fister of Charity, thou mother of Wisdom, thou nurse of KnowJedge, thou watchful guardian and tender tutoress of all the Virtues, thou darling theme of the “ meek and lowly." Master! who can fufficiently extoll thee? How lit." tle are they acquainted with their Creator, or themselves, to whom thou art a stranger !: Surely they understand not what belongs to real improvement, elevation, or peace, who hope to derive such advantages from Pride. On her the sweet irradiations of Heaven never descended : against her its vengeance is peculiarly levelled. Whatever else we forget, may we always remember, that the best, the greatest, and the happiest men are those who follow most faithfully thy direction, blessed Humility!
STATE OF THE TIMES,
A MOTIVE TO EARLY PIETY,
T Entreat you to hear me candidly,"
I said the Roman Orator, on a particular occasion; and then added, " I will “ make you to hear me attentively." We would now adopt his entreaty: the boaft which follows it, could be excusable from none but a master of eloquence. We only presume to say, that if you will listen with your usual candour, we will endeavour to deserve the attention with which you have formerly honoured us. The subject we propose is certainly interesting: it refers to important facts, which lie immediately be'fore you; and, instead of leading into fields