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M DCC LXXII.
F all the virtues which adorn the dismal consequences of prodigality and
human mind, that of universal dissipation. In the exercise then of evebenevolence seems to excite the adıni. sy virtue recommended by moralifts, ration and applauses of the world, benevolence excepted, we see the prinmore than any other. A man may be ciple of self-love predominant. In pious, fober, honest, virtuous, and just, the emanarions of a liberal mind, we in all his concerns with his fellow can scarce discern this common motive, mortals, and yet pa?s through life, little allowed indeed to be a very proper itinoticed, or at most, only a cold eltrein mulative to laudable defigns. He who for a reputable character will distin- risks his perfon, liis fortune, his credit, guith him from the profligate and dil. or his fair fame, for the benefit of his honeit; but the benevolent man, whole neighbour, cannot, properly speaking, virtue bias its source in humanity, is be supposed to have self-love fir his almoit adored by his relations, his motive. As the generous, benevolent friends, his neighbours, and, in ge character undoubtedly exalts us above neral, by all whom farne brings ac the level of the human species, and quainted with his character.
assimulates us more than any other One act of genuine benevolence can virtue, to beings of a celestial nature, tels a thoutand faults; or, in other besides gaining us the universal apwords, “ covers a multiiude of sins.” plause of all around us; it is no wonIn fact, the exercise of all other vir- der that this character is aimed at by tues appear to spring fro! fome selfth the majority of mankind, and that the inotive, which depreciates the most greatell errors arise from the pursuit of meritorious conduct: But benevolence it upon falle principles. has jis fource in pliilanthropy, and If I mistake not, there is an elegant those who practice it, ale so far from paffage in some part of that old. deriving anj teinporary advantage from fathioned book, the Bible, which in a it, that they tre;uently expose trein very few words, points out the distincfeives to a variety of inconveniences, tion hetween the man whoin the world from following the dictates of huma would c:1! a man of strict honour, of nity and convallion.
unsullied reputation, and the beneMen may be prous and just from the volent character the Censor has in view. fear of schoent; they may be sober It would be formal and uncourtly to or clialie, becarile intemperance and cite chapter and verse, and, perhaps, debauchery are ili vtid io their con by avoiding this exploded cultum, i titutions, and ill bring on disease and may induce some, who want such einanguin; they inay be frugal and aco ployment, to turn over the book till nomic, from the apprehenfions of the they find it-The tenor of the fenVOL. VIII.