The Counsels of a Father: In Four Letters of Sir Matthew Hale to His Children. To which is Added, The Practical Life of a True Christian, in the Account of the Good Steward at the Great Audit

Taylor and Hessey, 1816 - 207 pages
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Page 73 - I have found, by a strict and diligent observation, that a due observation of the duty of this day hath ever had joined to it a blessing upon the rest of my time, and the week that hath been so begun hath been blessed and prosperous to me; and, on the other side, when I have been negligent of the duties of this day, the rest of the week...
Page 31 - The grandees of the time, tost to and fro By censures or applause ; but let my age Slide gently by ; not overthwart the stage Of public action, unheard, unseen, And unconcern'd, as if I ne'er had been. And thus, while I shall pass my silent days In shady privacy, free from the noise And bustles of the mad world, then shall I A good old innocent plebeian die. Death is a mere surprise, a very snare To him that makes it his life's greatest care To be a public pageant, known to all, But unacquainted...
Page 85 - If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, From doing thy pleasure on my holy day ; And call the sabbath a delight, The holy of the Lord, honourable; And shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, Nor finding thine own pleasure, nor speaking thine own words: Then shalt thou delight thyself in the Lord ; And I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, And feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.
Page 30 - Let him that will ascend the tottering seat Of courtly grandeur, and become as great As are his mounting wishes : As for me, Let sweet repose and rest my portion be.
Page 39 - Almighty God in Prayer, begging his mercy to pardon your sins, his grace to direct you, his providence to protect you ; returning him humble thanks for all his dispensations towards you, yea, even for his very corrections and afflictions...
Page 25 - Not to be solicitous what men will say or think, so long as I keep myself exactly according to the rule of justice. 13. If in criminals it be a measuring cast, to incline to mercy and acquittal.
Page 21 - Our ordinary calling, to serve God in it. It is a service to Christ, though never so mean.
Page 28 - And, as it is an act of obedience unto his will, it carries with it some things of religious duty ; and I may, and do, take comfort in it, and expect a reward of my obedience to him, and the good that I do to mankind therein, from the bounty, and beneficence, and promise, of Almighty God. And it is true, also, that, without such employments, civil societies cannot be supported, and great good redounds to mankind from them ; and, in these respects, the conscience of my own industry, fidelity, and...
Page 51 - When you are in company with light, vain, impertinent persons, let the observing of their failings make you the more cautious both in your conversation with them and in your general behaviour, that you may avoid their errors. If any one whom you do not know to be a person of truth...
Page 24 - That I suffer not myself to be prepossessed with any judgment at all, till the whole business and both parties be heard.

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