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ching to subdue his passions, than to the house of feasting, where the joy and gaity of the place is likely to excite them That whereas the entertainments and caresses of the one place, expose his heart and lay it open to temptations -- the forFOWs of the other defend it, and as naturally shut them from it. So ftrange and unaccountable a creature is man! he is fo framed, that he cannot but pursue happiness and yet unless he is made fometimes miferable,' how apt is he to mistake the way which can only lead him to the accomplishment of his own wishes!
This is the full force of the wise man's declaration. — But to do further justice to his words, I would endeavour to bring the subject still nearer.- For which purpose, it will be necessary to stop here,
and take 'a transient view of the two places here referred to, the house of mourning, and the house of feasting. Give me leave therefore, I befeech you, to recall both of them for a moment, to your imaginations, that from thence I may appeal to your hearts, how faithfully, and upon what good grounds, the effects and natural operations of each upon our minds are intimated in the text.
And first, let us look into the house of feasting
And here, to be as fair and candid as possible in the description of this, we will not take it from the worst originals, such as are opened merely for the sale of virtue, and fo calculated for the end, that the disguise each is under not only
gives power safely to drive on the bargain, but fafely to carry it into execu- ?
This,' we will not suppose to be the cafe--nor let us even imagine, the house of feasting, to be such a scene of intemperance and excess, as the house of feaft. ing does often exhibit ;— but let us take it from one, as little exceptionable as we
where there is, or at least appears nothing really criminal,
but where every thing seems to be kept within the visible bounds of moderation and sobriety.
Imagine then, such a house of feasting, where either by consent or invitation a number of each sex is drawn together for no other purpose but the enjoyment and mutual entertainment of each other, which we will suppose shall arise
from no other pleasures but what custom authorises, and religion does not abfolutely forbid.
Before we enter let us examines what must be the sentiments of each in dividual previous to his arrival, and we shall find that however, they may differ from one another in tempers and opinions, that every one seems to agree in this that as he is going to a house dedicated to joy and mirth, it was fit he should divest himself of whatever was likely to contradict that intention, or be inconsistent with it. That for this purpose, he had left his cates --- his ferious thoughts
and his moral reflections behind him, and was come forth from home with only such difpofitions and gaiety of heart as suited the occafionj. and promoted the intended mirth and
jollity of the place. With this preparation of mind, which is as little as can be supposed, since it will amount to no more than a desire in each to render himself an acceptable guest, — let us conceive them entering into the house of feasting, with hearts set loose from grave restraints, and open to the expectations of receiving pleasure. It is not necefsary, as I premised, to bring intemperance into this scene - or to suppose such an excess in the gratification of the appetites as shall ferment the blood and set the desires in a fame : Let us admit no more of it therefore, than will gently stir them, and fit them for the impressions which so benevolent a commerce will naturally excite. In this disposition thus wrought upon beforehand and already.improved to this purpose, - take notice, how mechanically the thoughts