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choose a set of opinions for himself!!Ibid. p. 370.

"WHEN youth made me sanguine," says HORACE WALPOLE, "I hoped mankind might be set right. Now that I am very old, I sit down with this lazy maxim, that unless one could cure men of being fools, it is to no purpose to cure them of any folly; as it is only making room for some other."-PINKERTON's Correspondence, vol. 1, p. 91.

"SELF-INTEREST is thought to govern every man; yet is it possible to be less governed by self-interest than men are in the aggregate."-H. W. ibid.

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AKE heed, therefore, how hear." -LUKE viii. 18. "Behold, the kingdom of God is within you."-Ibid. xvii. 21.

"YE that fear the Lord, wait for his mercy; and go not aside, lest ye fall."Ecclesiasticus, ii. 7.

"Ye that fear the Lord, believe him, and your reward shall not fail.”—Ibid. 8.

"Ye that fear the Lord, hope for good, and for everlasting joy and mercy."-Ibid. 9. "Thy sins also shall melt away, as the ice in the fair warm weather."-Ibid. iii. 15.

"Bind not one sin upon another; for in one thou shalt not be unpunished."—Ibid. vii. 8.

These texts for sermons, most of them, were written very early, they occur at the end of a Note Book for 1799. The last text of all is in dark fresh ink, and evidently shows the consolation derived by the lamented SOUTHEY from his every day study of the Bible.-J. W. W.

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"My son, glorify thy soul in meekness." -Ibid. x. 28.

"Before man is life and death, and whether him liketh, shall be given him."—Ibid. xv. 17.

"BE not wise in thine own eyes fear the Lord, and depart from evil."-Proverbs iii. 7.

"In every good work, trust thy own soul: for this is the keeping of the commandments."-Ecclesiasticus xxxii. 22.

"Whoso feareth the Lord, shall not fear nor be afraid, for He is his hope."—Ibid. χχχίν. 14.

"BRETHREN, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you; which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand."— 1 Cor. xv. 1.

"By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain."-Ibid. 2.

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"For froward thoughts separate from sceptres, O ye kings of the people, honour God."-Ibid. 3.

"Seek not death in the error of your life; and pull not upon yourselves destruction with the works of your hands.

"For God made not death; neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living.

"For he created all things that they might have their being; and the generations of the world were healthful, and there is no poison of destruction in them.

"But ungodly men with their words and works called it to them."-Ibid. xii. 6.

"Wisdom is easily seen of them that love her: whoso seeketh her early shall have no great travail; for he shall find her sitting at his doors."-Ibid. vi. 12-14.

"She goeth about seeking such as are worthy of her. Sheweth herself favourably unto them in the ways, and meeteth them in every thought.

"For the very true beginning of her is the desire of discipline, and the care of discipline is love:

"And love is the keeping of her laws; and the giving heed unto her laws is the assurance of incorruption :

wisdom, that ye may reign for evermore.” - Ibid. 16.

"WORSHIP the Lord in the beauty of holiness."-Psalm xxix. 2.

"He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.” — Ibid. xxxii. 10.

"Let thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we hope in thee."-Ibid. xxxiii. 22.

"O taste, and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in Him." —Ibid. xxxiv. 8.

"WHEREWITHAL a man sinneth, by the same also shall he be punished."-Wisdom xi. 16.

"For Thou lovest all the things that are, and abhorrest nothing which Thou hast made; for never wouldest Thou have made any thing, if Thou hadst hated it.

"And how could any thing have endured, if it had not been Thy will? or been preserved, if not called by Thee?

"But Thou sparest all: for they are

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"BUT executing Thy judgments upon them by little and little, Thou gavest them place for repentance."-Wisdom xii. 10.

"Wherefore, whereas men have lived dissolutely and unrighteously, Thou hast tormented them with their own abominations."-Ibid. 23.

"If any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know."-1 Corinthians viii. 2.

"Now the end of the commandment is

charity; out of a pure heart, and of a good
conscience, and of faith unfeigned.".
1 Timothy i. 5.

"FOR we which have believed, do enter into rest."-Hebrews iv. 3.

"THE kingdom of God cometh not with observation. Neither shall they say, Lo

"Yea, to know Thy power is the root of here! or Lo there! for behold the kingdom immortality."-Ibid. xiv. 3. of God is within you."—Luke xvii. 21-2. Into that kingdom he who will, may enter; and begin his Heaven on earth.

"His heart is ashes; his hope is more vile than earth, and his life of less value than clay :

"Forasmuch as he knew not his Maker, and Him that inspired into him an active soul, and breathed in a living spirit."—Ibid.

10-11.

"But they counted our life a pastime, and our time here a market for gain; for, say they, we must be getting every way, though it be by evil means."—Ibid. 12. ·

"MYSTERIES are revealed unto the meek." -Ecclesiasticus iii. 19.

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thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul.

"To keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes which I command thee this

"Seek not out the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that day, for thy good?"—Deuteronomy x. 12-13.

are above thy strength.

"But what is commanded thee, think thereupon with reverence."-Ibid. 21.

"A stubborn heart shall fare evil at the

last, and he that loveth danger shall perish

therein."-Ibid. 26.

“In the punishment of the proud there is no remedy for the plant of wickedness hath taken root in him."-Ibid. 28.

"He that keepeth the law of the Lord getteth the understanding thereof: and the perfection of the fear of the Lord is wisdom."-Ibid. xxi. 11.

"LET not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck: write them upon the table of thine heart."-Proverbs iii. 3.

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"YE fools, be ye of an understanding JUDGEMENTS, O LORD, AND RECEIVED COMheart."-Proverbs viii. 5. FORT."-Psalm cxix. 52.

L'Envoy.

"DUM RELEGO, SCRIPSISSE PUDET, QUIA PLURIMA CERNO,

ME QUOQUE, QUI FECI, JUDICE, DIGNA LINI.”

COURTEOUS READER! No man living can quote those lines with a fuller sense of their reality than myself!-Though I have lived amongst men sharp as Mechi's razors, or a January frost, or the spikes of English bayonets,-yet cognizant as I am with every day life, and practical in my habits and my ways, I am a "Clerke of Oxenforde" withal, and a scholar,-such as the puny scholars of these days are ! And, therefore, I lament to find that many errors in these volumes have escaped my notice, even after close and hard labour, and thick thinking too! But, when I state this, I think it right to add, that no research, no looking into libraries, no correspondence with learned men, no labour on my own part, has been spared. Every sheet has taken up more hours in a day than are easily found, and the making good a single reference has often made night and morning closer acquaintances than is good either for sight or health! Therefore, COURTEOUS READER, look gently upon confessed errors, and, of thy candour, LEARNED CRITIC, correct them for me, and thou shalt have thanks, the truest, the most unreserved! Ye will not have half the pleasure in correcting, I shall have in learning!

One word more, at parting, on the excellently learned Collector of these Volumes. William Chamberlayne, in the Epistle Dedicatory to his Pharonnida, speaks, in his own quaint language, of "eternizing a name, more from the lasting liniaments of learning, than those vain Phainomena of Pleasure, which are the delight of more vulgar spirits;" and such was the continued onsight of SOUTHEY. He held his learning as a gift, and as a talent to be accounted for, and he laboured for the benefit of others, their moral and religious benefit,-as long as the day lasted, and before

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