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truly that is wealth; and more than simony all is lost that is saved; but enough to live, is a snare attended let it be useful knowledge, such as with many sorrows. I need not bid is consistent with truth and godlithee be humble, for thou art so; nor ness, not cherishing a vain convermeek and patient, for it is much of sation or idle mind; but ingenuity thy natural disposition: but I pray mixed with industry is good for the thee be oft in retirement with the body and mind too. I recommend Lord, and guard against encroach- the useful parts of mathematicks, ing friendships. Keep them at arm's as building houses or ships, meaend; for it is giving away our power, suring, surveying, dialling, navigaaye and self too, into the possession tion, &c. but aggriculture is epecialof another; and that which might ly in my eye: let my children be seem engaging in the beginning husbandmen and house wives: 'tis may prove a yoke and burthen, too industrious, healthy, honest, and of hard and heavy in the end. Where- good example: like Abraham, and fore keep dominion over thyself, and the holy ancients, who pleased God, let thy children, good meetings, and and obtained a good report. This friends, be the pleasure of thy life. leads to consider the works of God
4thly, And now, my dearest, let and nature, of things that are good, me recommend to thy care my dear and diverts the mind from being children; abundantly beloved of me taken up with the vain arts and inas the Lord's blessings, and the ventions of a luxurious world. "Tis sweet pledges of our mutual and commendable in the princes of Gerendeared affection.
many and nobles of that empire that Above all, thing's, endeavour to they have all their children instructbreed them up in the love of virtue, ed in some useful occupation. Raand that holy plain way of it which ther keep an ingenious person in we have lived in, that the world, in the house to teach them than send no part of it, get into my family. I them to schools; too many evil imhad rather they were homely than pressions being commonly received finely bred, as to outward behaviour; there. Be sure to observe their geyet I love sweetness mixed with nius, and don't cross it as to learngravity, and cheerfulness tempered ing: let them not dwell too long on with sobriety. Religion in the heart one thing, but let their change be leads into this true civility, teaching agreeable, and all their diversions men and women to be mild and have some little bodily labour in courteous in their behaviour; an them. When grown big have most accomplishment worthy indeed of care for them; for then there are praise.
more snares both within and with5thly, Next breed them up in a out. When marriageable, see that love one of another; tell them 'tis they have worthy persons in their the charge I left behind me; and eye, of good life and good fame for that 'tis the way to have the love and piety and understanding. I need no blessing of God upon them: also wealth but sufficiency: and be sure what his portion is who hates or their love be dear, fervent, and mucalls his brother fool. Sometimes tual, that it may be happy for them. separate them, but not long; and al. I chuse not they should be married low them to send and give each into earthly covetous kindred; and other small things, to endear one of cities and towns of concourse beanother with. Once more, I say, tell ware; the world is apt to stick close them it was my counsel, they should to those who have lived and got be tender and affectionate one to wealth there: 'a country life and another. For their learning be libe- estate I like best for my children. I ral; spare no cost; for, by such par. prefer a decent mansion of an hun.
dred pounds per annum, before ten love and cleave to that in your hearts thousand pounds in London, or such that shows you evil from good, and like place in a way of trade. In fine, tells
do amiss, and remy dear, endeavour to breed them
proves you for it. It is the light of dutiful to the Lord, and his blessed Christ, that he has given you for light, truth, and grace in their your salvation; if you do this, and hearts, who is their Creator; and his follow my counsel, God will bless fear will grow up with them. Teach you in this world, and give you an a child (says the Wise Man) the inheritance in that which shall never way thou wilt have him to walk, and have an end. For the light of Jesus when he is old he will not forget it. is of a purifying nature: Next, obedience to thee their dear those, who love it, and take heed to mother; and that not for wrath, but it; and never leaves such till it has for conscience sake: liberal to the brought them to the city of God, poor, pitiful to the miserable, hum- that has foundations. O! that ye may ble and kind to all. And may my be seasoned with the gracious naGod make thee a blessing, and give ture of it; hide it in your hearts, thee comfort in our dear children; and flee, my dear children, from all and in age gather thee to the joy and youthful lusts; the vain sports, pasblessedness of the just (where no times, and pleasures of the world; death shall separate us) for ever. redeeming the time, because the
And now my dear children, that days are evil. You are now beginare the gifts and mercies of the God ning to live: what would some give of fyour
tender father; hear my coun- for your time! Oh, I could have sel, and lay it up in your hearts; lived better, were I, as you, in the love it more than treasure, and fol- flower of youth. Therefore, love and low it, and you shall be blessed here fear the Lord, keep close to meetings, and happy hereafter. In the first and delight to wait upon the Lord place, remember your Creator in the God of your father and mother, days of your youth: it was the glory among his despised people, as we of Israel in the 2d of Jeremiah: and have done, and count it your honour how did God bless Josiah, because to be members of that society, and he feared him in his youth; and so heirs of that living fellowship which he did Jacob, Joseph, and Moses. is enjoyed among them, for the exOh, my dear children! remember, perience of which, your father's and fear, and serve him who made soul blesseth the Lord for ever. you, and gave you to me and your Next, be obedient to your dear dear mother: and that you may live mother, a woman whose virtues and to him, and glorify him in your gene- good name is an honour to you; for rations. To do this, in your youthful she has been exceeded by none in days seek after the Lord, that you her time for her plainness, integrimay find him; remembering his ty, industry, humility, virtue, and great love in creating you; that you good understanding: qualities not are not beasts, plants, or stones; but usual among women of her worldly that he has kept you, and given his condition and quality. Therefore, grace within and substance without, honour and obey her, my dear chiland provided plentifully for you. dren, as your mother, and your faThis remember in your youth, that ther's love and delight: nay, love her you may be kept from the evil of too, for she loved your father with a the world: for in age it will bc deep and upright love, chusing him harder to overcome the temptations before all her many suitors; and of it. Wherefore, my dear children, though she be of a delicate constitueschew the appearance of evil, and tion and noble spirit, yet she de
scended to the utmost tenderness of help to them; it may be your case: and care for you; performing the and as you mete to others, God will painfullest acts of service to you mete to you again. Be humble and in your infancy, as a mother and gentle in your coversation, of few nurse too. I charge you, before the words, I charge you, but always Lord, honour and obey, love and pertinent when you speak; hearing cherish, your dear mother.
out before you attempt to answer; Next, betake yourselves, to some and then speaking as if you would honest, industrious course of life; persuade, not impose. Affront none, and that not of sordid covetuous. neither revenge the affronts that are ness, but for example, and to avoid done to you; but forgive, and you idleness. And if you change your shall be forgiven of your Heavenly condition and marry, chuse with the Father. In making friends, consider knowledge and consent of your mo- well first; and when you are fixed, ther, if living, guardians, or those be true, not wavering by reports, that have the charge of you: mind nor deserting in affliction; for that neither beauty nor riches, but the becomes not the good and virtuous, fear of the Lord, and a sweet and Watch against anger, neither speak amiable disposition; such as you can nor act in it; for, like drunkenness, love above all this world: and that it makes man a beast, and throws may make your habitations pleasant people into desperate inconvenienand desirable to you. And being ces. Avoid flatterers, for they are married, be tender, affectionate, and thieves in disguise; their praise is patient, and meek. Live in the fear costly, designing to get byt hose they of the Lord, and he will bless you bespeak; they are the worst of creaand your offsprings. Be sure to live tures; they lie to flatter, and flatter within compass; borrow not, neither to cheat; and, which is worse, if you be beholden to any: ruin not your believe them, you cheat yourselves selves by kindness to others, for that most dangerously. But the virtuous, exceeds the due bounds of friend: though poor, love, cherish, and preship, neither will a true friend ex. fer. Remember David, who, asking pect it. Small matters I heed not. the Lord, Who shall abide in thy Let industry and parsimony go no tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy farther than for a sufficiency for life; holy hill?" answers, 6 He that and to make a provision for your valketh uprightly, worketh rightechildren (and that in moderation, if ousness, and speaketh the truth in the Lord gives you any). I charge his heart: in whose eyes the vile peryou to help the poor and the needy; son is contemned, but honoureth let'the Lord have a voluntary share thein who feareth the Lord.” Next, of your income, for the good of the my children, be temperate in all poor, both in our society and others: things; in your diet, for that is phyfor we are all his creatures, l'emem- sick by prevention; it keeps, nay it bering that “he that giveth to the makes people healthy, and their ge poor lendeth to the Lord.” Know neration sound. This is exclusive of well your incomings, and your out- the spiritual advantage it brings, goings may be better regulated. Be also plain in your apparel; keep Love not money nor the world; use out that lust which reigns too much them only, and they will serve you; over some; let your virtues be your but if you love them, you serve ornaments; remembering, life is them; which will debase your spi- more than food, and the body than rits, as well as offend the Lord. Pity raimant. Let your furniture be simthe distressed, and hold out a hand ple and cheap; avoid pride, avarice,
and luxury. Read my ** No Cross, gressor. Keep upon the square, for No Crown!” There is instruction. God sees you: therefore do your Make your conversation with the duty: and be sure you see with your most eminent for wisdom and piety, own eyes, and hear with your own and shun all wicked men, as you ears. Entertain no lurchers; cherish hope for the blessing of God, and no informers for gain or revenge; ; the comfort of your father's living use no tricks, fly to no devices, to and dying prayers. Be sure you support or cover injustice; but let speak no evil of any, no not of the your hearts be upright before the meanest; much less of your superi- Lord, trusting in him above the ours; as magistrates, guardians, tu- contrivances of men, and none shall tors, teachers, and elders in Christ. be able to hurt or supplant.
Be no busy bodies; meddle not Oh! the Lord is a strong God, and with other folks matters, but when he can do whatsoever he pleases; in conscience and duty prest: for it and, though men consider it not, it procures trouble, and is ill manners, is the Lord that rules and over. and very unseemly to wise men. In rules in the kingdom of men; and your families, remember Abraham, he builds up and pulls down. I, Moses, and Joshua; their integrity your father, am the man that can to the Lord; and do as you have say, he that trusts in the Lord shall them for your examples. Let the not be confounded. But God, in due fear and service of the living God be time, will make his enemies be at encouraged in your houses, and that peace with him. If you thus beplainness, sobriety, and moderation have yourselves, and so become a in all things, as becometh God's terrour to evil doers, and a praise chosen people: and, as I advise you, to them that do well, God, my God, my beloved children, do you counsel will be with you, in wisdom and a yours, if God should give you any. sound mind; and make you blessed Yea, I counsel and command them, instruments in his hand, for the setas my posterity, that they love and tlement of some of those desolate serve the Lord God with an up. parts of the world, which my soul right heart; that he may bless you desires above all worldly honours and yours, from generation to gene. and riches; both for
you that go,
and ration. And, as for you, who are you that stay; you that govern, and likely to be concerned in the govern- you who are governed; that in the ment of Pennsylvania, and my parts end you may be gathered with me of East Jersey, especially the first, to the rest of God. Finally, my chilI do charge you, before the Lord dren, love one another with a true God and his holy angels, that you and endeared love, and your dear be lowly, diligent, and tender; fear relations on both sides; and take ing God, loving the people, and care to preserve tender affection in hating covetuousness. Let justice your children to each other: often have its impartial course, and the marrying within themselves, so as law free passage; though to your it be without the bounds forbidden loss, protect no man against it; for in God's law. That so they may not, you are not above the law, but the like the forgetting and unnatural Jaw-above you. Live, therefore, the world, grow out of kindred, and as lives yourselves you would have the cold as strangers; but as becomes people live; and then you have right a truly natural and Christian stock, and boldness to punish the trans- you, and yours
youi, may live
* The title of a book of bis, in which his religious sentiments are recorded in a style easy, concise, and nervous: bis reflections interesting; his arguments, for the nioet part, jast; and generally enforced by illustrations from Scripture.
in the pure and fervent love of God ing him the God 'and Father of it; towards one another, as becometh for ever and ever. For there is no brethren in the spiritual and natural God like unto him, the God of relation. So my God, that has bless- Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob; ed me with his abundant mercies, the God of the Prophets, the Apoboth of this and the other and bet- stles, and martyts of Jesus; in whom ter life, be with you all, guide you I live for ever. -So farewell to by his counsel, bless you, and bring my thrice dearly beloved wife and you to his eternal glory; that you children. Yours, as God pleaseth in may shine, my dear children, in the that which no waters can quench, firmament of God's power, with the no time forget, nor distance wear blessed spirits of the just: that ce- away, but remains for ever. lestial family, praising and admir
But, like those shadowy forms untrue
That on the musing eye decay, ON THE DEATH OF A FAIR AND UN.
She too has been and pass'd away! FORTUNATE LADY.
Has pass’d away—but in my mind [ Original.]
A living trace is left behind,
The image of her being fair, Alas, how changed ! what sudden horrours That finds not an oblivion there. rise!
Sad is her story, sad her fate IN dreams of fancy's wildest power, The sorrowing muse would now relate. Oft has my kindling eye surveyed
As sad the verse shall flow. The image of some radient maid Oh! cast in beauty's heavenly mould, Descending to my summer bower:
Though meek of temper, mild of mien, And I have gazed the fleeting hour Thou could'st not 'scape the venomed Upon the soul entrancing shade,
smart Till e'en reality would seem
That eager anguish gives the heart; As like the gilding of a dream;
Thou could'st not shun the form of wo, As if, indeed, from breathing air, The deadning touch of sorrow cold, Was formed the life-blood goddess Nor shield thee from her arrow keen. there.
Swift o'er thy head the moments rolled But when the latest beams of e'en
That found thee with unruffled breast. Illumed no more the face of heaven, Ah! hope's bright sunshine soon was And chill across my brow has past
o'er! The melancholy boding blast,
And holy peace, a smiling quest, At once the spirit, all would fade;
Fled from the bosom it had blest. Nor leave behind one trace, to tell
That holy peace retained no more. Remembrance of the vanished maid, Or the beguiling spell.
Yet let me, ere the fatal hour,
That saw her victim to its power, Not so of her, whom once these eyes, Came, like the frost in opening spring In no delusive dream, beheld,
That nips the unsuspecting flower Cbild of the earth---now of the skies. Of zephyr’s nourishingA beauteous tree, untimely felled, While yet upon her lips were seen, That flourished in the lonely glade. Dimpling, the wreathed smiles serene,
While in mortal view she dwelled. Let ine, with mournful memory, trace
Fair as the forms that fancy drew, The beauties of her matchless face, In native loveliness arrayed,
and bid the touching form appear In native loveliness she grew:
Arrayed in all all its graces here.