Religious Courtship: Being Historical Discourses, on the Necessity of Marrying Religious Husbands and Wives Only. As Also of Husbands and Wives Being of the Same Opinions in Religion with One Another. With an Appendix Shewing the Necessity of Taking None But Religious Servants and a Proposal for the Better Managing of Servants
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Page 307 - I AND my house will serve the Lord : But first obedient to His word I must myself appear ; By actions, words, and tempers show, That I my heavenly Master know, And serve with heart sincere. 2 I must the fair example set ; From those that on my pleasure wait The stumbling-block remove ; Their duty by my life explain ; And still, in all my works, maintain The dignity of love. 3 Easy to be entreated, mild, Quickly...
Page 307 - A saint indeed, I long to be, And lead my faithful family In the celestial road. 4 Lord, if thou didst the wish infuse, A vessel fitted for thy use Into thy hands receive ! Work in me both to will and do ; And show them how believers true And real Christians live.
Page 66 - Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled...
Page 57 - ... a little haste homeward. In his way he necessarily went by a poor labouring man's door, who, with a wife and four children, lived in a small cottage on the waste, where he, the gentleman, was lord of the manor. As he passed by, he thought he heard the man's voice, and stepping up close to the door, he perceived that the poor, good old man was praying to God with his family. As he said afterwards, his heart sprang in his breast for joy at the occasion, and he listened eagerly to hear what he said.
Page 63 - I find it so, indeed, William, and I find myself at a dreadful loss in this very thing; I am convinced the happiness of man does not consist in the estate, pleasures, and enjoyments of life ; if so, the poor alone would be miserable, and the rich men only be blessed; but there is something beyond...
Page 57 - Nothing could be more affecting to him : he came away (for he had stayed as long as his heart could hold), and walked to some distance, and there he stopped, looked up and round him, as he said, to see if he was awake, or if it was a dream. At last he got some vent to his thoughts, and throwing out his arms, Merciful God ! says he, is this to be a Christian ! What then have I been all my days? What is this man thus thankful for? Why, my dogs live better than he does in some respects, and he is on...
Page 64 - I hope you will not discourage yourself neither ; for God has not chosen the poor only ; rich men have temptations from the world, and hindrances very many, and it is hard for them to enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but they are not shut out ; the gate is not barred upon them because they are rich.
Page 84 - Who can be a gentleman without these ? Col. iv. 8. Whatsoever things are honest, just, pure, lovely, and of good report, think of these things.
Page 63 - I have heard his father take him, when he was a child, and make him speak lewd words, and sing immodest songs, when the poor child did not so much as know the meaning of what he said, or that the words were not fit for him to speak. And you talk of my lady! why she will swear and curse as fast as her coachmen. How should the child learn any better ? Will.
Page 63 - Why his case, William, is my case, and the case of half the gentlemen in England. What God may do, as you say, by His invisible grace, I know not, nor scarce know what you mean by that word; we are, from our infancy, given up to the devil, almost as directly as if we were put out to nurse to him.