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mind, and the sensitive faculty of the human heart,

so inexaustible are the sources of delight that here • stand open. Here no good word that is uttered

falls to the ground; here no effect is without its reciprocal consequence; no sentiment that is not conceived, no testimony of affection that is not returned, no civility that is not repaid, no fatisfaction that is not enjoyed by all, no emotion that is not transfused into


heart. Here the recollection of the past and the prospect of the future are intimately combined in the enjoyment of the present ; all together form but one highly interesting whole; all take a lively part in all: and how much must not the agreeable employment and the pleasures of each by this means be multiplied! How much more than there, where only certain kinds of pleasures or amusements are to be found, which always wear the same aspect, and always return with the same restrictions; where a man is so feldom thoroughly understood; must so often give his words to the wind; fo often exhibits thoughts and feelings, wherein none coincide either in sentiment or sensation; so often excitas envy by his contentedness, and dark looks by his chearful mien ; and where commonly the most separate, and not unfrequently the most opposite interests actuate all the individuals, of the society! No wonder then, if pleasure often fails, and its dull monotony renders it still oftener infipid !


The happiness of domestic life compensates the want of any other; but no other can compensate the want of that. Let the world, let thy countrymen withhold from thee the justice, the respect, and esteem that are dụe to thy merits; repay thy services with indifference and ingratitude: how speedily wilt thou forget these flights, or these injuries, on return. ing to the bosom of thy family, on being received by them with open arms and open hearts, and in passing among them for what thou really art, obtaining the approbation which is truly thy desert, and in feeling the whole worth of their attachment and love! Has all the glittering tinfel of the great world, all the magnificence of the court, all the triumph of eminence and power, left thy heart empty and cold; has the farce of dissimulation, of artifice, of fallhood, of childish vanity that was there performed, wearied and disgusted thee: how soon does thy deadened heart expand itself as thou enterest the doors of thy house; how soon does it feel a mild and genial warmth in the circle of thy wife and thy children and friends; how soon do the fincerity, the frankness, the affability, the innocence which there prevail, restore thy foul, and reconcile thee to the human race ! On the other hand, be as full as thou wilt of the bounties of fortune ; be the darling of the great; be the idol of the people; be the oracle of the politest companies; be even great and rich thyself; preside over as many others as thou canst ;


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but if thy habitation be the seat of discord and jealousy, and thy domestic life deny thee the


the satisfaction, the pleasure it yields to the wife and good : how little will every outward and dazzling circumstance of fortune make thee amends for this effential inward defect! How much will this one defect embitter the enjoyment of every species of fuccefs! How hard and intolerable will the burden of it be!

Hence it is, that the enjoyment of domestic happiness is always not less edifying and useful than pleasant. It is here a man learns the true ends of his being; here he is taught rightly to appreciate the value of all the goods of life; here he is convinced of the emptiness of grandeur, of pomp, of rank and station. Here he is taught to think, and feel, and act like a reasonable creature ; learns to forget his outward distinctions, and to see them in their proper light, more as toys and baubles, or even incumbrances, than as things in themselves covet. able. Here all hearts are united, and ever uniting clofer; the one becomes still dearer to the other, each is ever more ready and willing to affift and serve the rest; all collect new avidity and new powers to fulfil the duties of their calling, more and more to deserve the esteem and applause of the others, and thereby to promote the welfare of the whole community, which is but one heart and one foul. With what zeal must nof the father and the mother of the family be animated in their affairs, of


what perseverance will they not be capable, while they taste the fruit of their industry in the enjoyment of domestic happiness, in jocund converse with their children, and provide themselves daily, by continued industry, with successive pleasures and renewed delights! What an incitement must not this be to the faithful discharge of their duties! And must not those pleasures be of extraordinary value, which instruct and improve whosoever enjoys them? Still more.

To the enjoyment of domestic happiness, no troublesome, no expensive preparations and arrangements are needful. It inay be enjoyed at all seasons, in every moment of life. No sooner does the hour of focial recreation, the hour of meeting again, the moment of finished labour arrive, but with them enter chearfulness and mirth into this happy cirele. No sooner does the want of this pleasure make itself felt, but the means of satisfying it are ready at hand. Selfishness and ill-humour, and a thousand pretended or real obstructions and restraints, which defeat the schemes of pleasure among people of fashion, have little influence here. The inclination of one is the inclination of the other. This chearfully bestows what he has, and as chear. fully and gratefully accepts what another gives him. Wheni one is glad, gladness inspires them all; when one of them enters to the rest with a brightened af pect, joy beams from the faces of all. When one has done some good or obtained fome success, and imparts it to the objects of his affection, it is as if all as well as he had done or enjoyed it. What advantages have not such pleasures and joys above those that often require whole weeks to be spent in planning, arranging, and expecting them; then by caprice or accident are still longer postponed ; and at last, in a few hours, are over and gone, and very feldom produce what they promised !

To the enjoyment of domestic happiness as little of art and dexterity is requisite as of preparation and arrangement. It is entirely the work of nature and sincerity ; not the effect of preconcerted devices, of studied parts, of a troublesome observance of the rules of behaviour, and the modes that prevail for the day.' A sound mind, and a good affectionate heart, is all, my dear brother, that is required to the enjoyment of this felicity. The less constraint 'thou here puttest on thy mind and thy heart; the more freely thou allowest them both to act: so much the more purely and perfectly wilt thou enjoy this happiness. Though, in the great world, both of them muft crouch under the yoke of fashion, and the mind can seldom venture to think aloud, and the heart feldom dares resign itself to its feelings; yet here they may both follow their bent unimpeded and free, and exert their powers and qualities, in such manner and degree as is suitable to the inward impulse and the present occasion.

This also, my pious hearers, gives the happiness of domestic life a great advantage, that the enjoyment of it is never attended by surfeit or disgust, by


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