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sorrow or remorse. It is real enjoyment; and the fincerity of it constantly maintains its worth. It is innocent énjoyment; and innocence fears no reproach. It is social, affectionate enjoyment, which excites no jealousy, and attracts no envy; by which no one is injured, with which none are unsatisfied, from which none are fent empty away, and all are contented with each other. It is an enjoyment that is grateful to our Father in heaven, which is not disturbed but exalted by reflecting on his presence, and which often consists in pious joyfulness for his bounty, in the heart-felt worship and praise of the Supreme eternal source of being. After this pure enjoyment, these lofty pleasures, you have nothing to fear in calling yourself to account; you need not be ashamed of what you have spoken or done ; you will have no cause to think of appeasing those you have affronted, or of repairing the injury you have done to your brother; will chearfully think on God, on your immortality, and on the world to come: Rest and sleep will not shun your embraces ; but you will the more completely relish the comforts of them both, and delightful visions of the innocent pleasures
you have enjoyed will frequently even there be floating in your mind. And can you boast of this,
your solace and happiness principally in great and shining companies, in loud tumultuous pleasures, in places of thronged refort? Have ye never lamented the preparatives, the expence, the time, the pains you have bestowed upon them?
you that feek
Are ye not frequently far more languid and heavy on returning from them than when you went to them? Have not often perturbation and concern about the consequences of what has passed, or reproaches for your indiscretions, accompanied you to your dwelling? Have they not often, for a longer or a shorter time, destroyed your peace? Have they not often incapacitated you for prayer, or rendered it irksome to you? And if you have experienced this, and do fo ftill, then confess the advantages which the quiet, innocent joys of domestic life possess over yours.
Lastly, the happiness of domestic life is restricted to no class of men. It is attached neither to ftation, nor to opulence, nor to elevation and power ; confined neither to the palace nor to the cottage. It may be enjoyed by all mankind, by persons of every rank, of every age, in every place. The sources of it stand open to all; to the poor no less than to the rich, to the low as well as to the high, to youth and age alike; every one may draw from thefe wells, and every one draw pleasure to his heart's desire. And which is that external boon that in this respect may be compared to the happiness of domestic life? How few persons are able to acquire an afcendency over others ! How few to shine in the fplendours of exalted station! How few to obtain wealth and opulence! How few to raise themselves above others by personal distinctions, or by arts and erudition, or by great and heroic exploits, and folace themselves
with the applause and admiration of their contemporaries! But all intelligent and good persons, the servant as well as his lord, the countryman as well as the citizen, the unlearned as well as the scholar, all may enjoy the happiness of domestic life, and
may enjoy it in its full perfection. It is human sentiment, it is human happiness, which every creature that is human has an equal right to enjoy, and the same means to obtain. And what a great, what an eminently great value must not this confer upon it!
Now lay all this together. Consider what an agreeable relaxation from labour, and requital for it, what a silent and serene self-enjoyment, what a free delightful communication of our inmost thoughts and feelings, the enjoyment of domestic happiness is ; consider that it is as diversified as inexhaustible; that it makes up for the want of every other happiness, but can never be itself supplied by any; that while it is so pleasant, it is also instructive and useful; that to the enjoyment of it neither great preparations nor peculiar dexterity and address are required; that it draws after it neither disgust nor remorse; and that, in fine, it is peculiar to no condition of men, but is capable of being enjoyed by all; and say, after all this, whether you
know of any other external that has a greater worth than this, or even a worth so great ? No, my dear brethren, if you
would enjoy pleasure, innocent, pure, daily-renewing, never disgrac
ing ing, never cloying; delights worthy of the man and the christian : then seek them not at a distance from you, since they lie at home; seek them not in things which are not in your power, but in what is more your own; seek them in the happiness of domestic life. If you may venture to expect them any where, it is certainly there they must be found !
The Value of Friendship.
O GOD, the eternal, inexhaustible source of all
affection and happiness, what joys, what felicities halt thou not prepared for us, by making us capable of affection towards each other, and of elevating that affection to pure and generous friendship! What a counterbalance to all the troubles and burdens of life haft thou not given us therein! Affording us a genial light through the roughest and gloomiest paths of it! Yes, all the dispositions, all the energies, all the propensities and instincts which thou hast planted in our nature, are good; they all testify that thou lovest us with parental tenderness, that thou hast not ordained us to grief, but to joy; not to misery, but to happiness! Might only all these dispositions be unfolded, these energies be so exerted, these propensities acquire such a direction, and these