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plication. Discretion is not the most splendid quality of the human mind ;--learning, wit, generosity, and courage, surpass it in this respect ;- but without dis. cretion, learning is but pedantry, wit impertinence, generosity profusion, courage fool-hardiness, and even virtue itself looks like weakness; the best parts only qualify a man to be more sprightly in his errors, and active only to his own prejudice. Discretion is the wisdom of governing ourselves ; it is the ability of directing all other qualifications, of setting them at work in their proper times and places, and of turning them to due advantage. In short, it is that which gives a value to every thing else which a man possesses. If we look into particular societies and divisions of men, we shall see that it is not the most witty, learned, or brave, who guide the conversation, and give measures to the society. A man with great talents, but void of discretion, is like POLYPHEMUS in the fable, strong and blind, endued indeed with irresistible force, but which, for want of sight, is of no use to him. Though a man have all other perfections, and wants discretion, he will be of no great consequence in society; but if he have this single talent in perfection, and but a common share of others, he may do almost what he pleases in his particular station of life. Thus discretion not only makes a man master of his own parts, but of other men's; for the discreet man finds out the talents of those he converses with, and knows how to apply them to proper uses. Let us, however, distinguish between Discretion and Cunning, for they are not the same. The latter is the accomplishment only of little, mean, ungenerous minds; but the former has an enlarged and generous soul for its seat. Discretion points out to us the noblest ends, and pursues the most proper and laudable means for attaining them : Cunning has only private selfish aims, and stops at nothing which may make them succeed. A wellformed eye takes in the whole horizon ; such is Dis. cretion to the mind; it has full and extended views : Cunning is a kind of short-sightedness, that discovers only the minute objects that are near at hand, but is ATTACHMENT TO THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
not capable of a full view of any extended subject; much less can it discern things that are afar off. Discretion, the more it is discovered, gives the greater authority to the person who exercises it ; for every one approves of it, even if he does not possess it : Cunning, when it is once detected, loses its force, and incapacitates a man for bringing about even those events which he might have done, had he passed only for a plain man. Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life : Cunning is a kind of instinct, that only looks out after immediate interest and welfare. Discretion is a proof of strong sense and good understanding : Cunning is often to be met with in brutes themselves; but is particularly the character of those persons who are in the lowest degrees removed from them. In short, Cunning is only the mimic of Discretion, and may pass upon weak men, in the same manner as vivacity is often mistaken for wit, gravity for wisdom, and a sour temper and sanctimonious appearance for religion.
EXAMPLES OF ATTACHMENT TO THE HOLY
SCRIPTURES. “TAE excellent and learned LADY JANE GREY, though executed at the age of sixteen, the night before she died, bequeathed to her sister a Greek Testament, on one of the blank leaves of which she wrote :-- I have sent you, my dear sister, a book, which although it be not outwardly trimmed with gold, yet inwardly it is more worth than all the precious mines of which the vast world can boast. It is the book, my only, best, and best-beloved sister, of the law of the LORD. It is the Testament, and last Will, which he bequeathed unto us, wretched sinners, which shall lead you to the path of eternal joy. It will teach you how to live, and likewise how to die. If you apply yourself diligently to this book, seeking to direct your life according to the rule of the same, it shall win you more, and endow you with greater felicity, than the possession of all your father's lands; and you
shall be an inheritor of such riches as neither the covetous shall withdraw from you, nor the thief shall steal, nor yet the moths corrupt.'
“SIR CHRISTOPHER HATTON, a celebrated states. man, a little before his death, advised his relations to be serious in searching after the will of God in his Holy Word ; "for,' said he, it is deservedly accounted a piece of excellent knowledge to understand the law of the land, and the customs of a man's country; how much more to know the statutes of Heaven, and the laws of eternity, those eternal and immutable laws of justice and righteousness ;-to know the will and pleasure of the Great Monarch and universal King. I have seen an end of all perfection, but the commandments of God are exceeding broad.
" The famous Sir Philip SYDNEY, taking leave of his brother Robert, when he died of the wound he had received in the field of battle, said, 'Love my memory;. cherish my friends; but, above all, govern your will and affections by the will and word of your CREATOR ; in me beholding the end of this world, with all her vanities.'
“ The learned JOSHUA BARNARD is said to have read a small pocket Bible, which he usually carried about him, a hundred and twenty times over at leisure hours.
“ LORD CROMWELL, Earl of Essex, in a journey to and from Rome, learned the whole of the New Testament by heart.
“Sir HENRY Wotton, after his customary public devotions, used to retire to his study, and there to spend some hours in reading the Bible and authors in divinity, closing up his meditations with private prayer.
“Lady FRANCIS HOBART read the Psalms over twelve times every year, the New Testament thrice, and the other parts of the Old Testament once.
“ SUSANNAH, Countess of Suffolk, for the last seven years of her life, read the whole Bible over three times annually.
666 I would desire,' says ERASMUS, that all women
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should read the Gospel and the Epistles of St. Paul; I would to God, the ploughman would sing a text of Scripture at his plough; and that the weaver, at his loom, with this should drive away the tediousness of time. I would the wayfaring man with this pastime should expel the weariness of his journey; and in short, I would that all the communications of the Christian should be of the Scripture.”
These various testimonies to the value and excellency of the Holy Scriptures have been selected from “ SIMPSON's Plea for Religion and the Sacred Writings ;” and to these testimonies we may subjoin his own words. "Were I therefore," says MR. SIMPSON, “ permitted to give my last dying advice to the dearest friend I have in the world, it would be the same which DR. JOHNSON gave to his friend SIR JOSHUA REYNOLDS, Read your Bible :' I should only add, Read it daily upon your knees, with fervent prayer for divine illumination ; and rest not, till you have imbibed the spirit of it into the very frame and constitution of your soul, and transcribed the precepts and examples of Jesus into every part of your daily deportment.” Durlington.
MEMOIR OF JOHN PHILLIPS,
OF LEWES, IN Sussex. Joun PHILLIPS was for several years a scholar in the Methodist Sunday-School, at Lewes, in which institution, and under the ministry of God's Word at the Methodist chapel, he received that spiritual good which terminated in his conversion. When about eighteen years of age, he became a member of the Methodist Society; being, at that period, deeply convinced of the depravity of his nature, and of his need of the mercy and regenerating grace of God. Amidst many discouraging fears, he sought the salvation of his soul with great earnestness; and while he was one day employed in meditating on the love of Christ to perishing sinners, the LORD was pleased to assure him of his interest in the SAVIOUR's atoning blood. His conduct, from that time, was consistent with his. religious profession; and evinced, in a striking manner, the sincerity and genuineness of his piety. That he had well counted the cost, was evident in his steady perseverance amidst the most trying oppositions and persecutions. A recital of the sufferings which he experienced from the little less than diabolical proceedings of his fellow-apprentices, and of his conduct under them, would afford, on the one hand, an awful proof of the natural wickedness of the human heart, and, on the other, the brightest evidences of his christian character. May they seriously reflect on their profane and shameful conduct towards this youthful servant of God; and may the earnest prayers which he offered on his death-bed, in their behalf, be answered in their repentance and salvation ! He loved the people and the house of God. He was regular in his attendance on all the means of grace, and conscientious in his observance of the sabbath.
The affliction which brought him to his grave was a rapid consumption. From its first attack, he was perfectly resigned to the will of God, as to its issue, but sometimes expressed 6 a desire to depart and be with CHRIST, which is far better.” When his pain was most severe, the language of submission, and even of joy, invariably proceeded from his lips. At one time, when in great agony, he said to his mother, “My pain is great, but it is nothing to what my SAVIOUR suffered for me.” On another occasion, his mother, on entering the room, found him in tears, and said, 66 Why do you weep?" "O mother," he replied, “I weep for joy: I am so happy in God.” When a friend asked him the state of his mind, with a smile on his countenance he answered, “Bless the Lord, Jesus is precious.” A friend who often saw him, observes, that his mouth was filled with prayer and praise ; and that, when through weakness or other circumstances he could not give utterance to his feelings, his hands and eyes were always turned towards heaven. On one