I Hope and Fear
II Joy and Grief
V Desire and Love
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Nevertheless, let not Hope allure, nor Fear deter thee from doing that which is right; so shalt thou be prepared to meet all events with an equal mind.
The terrors even of death are no terrors to the good; he that committeth no evil hath nothing to fear.
In all thine undertakings, let a reasonable assurance animate thine endeavours; if thou despairest of success, thou shalt not succeed.
Terrify not thy Soul with vain fears, neither let thine heart sink within thee from the phantoms of imagination.
From Fear proceedeth misfortune, but he that hopeth helpeth himself.
As the ostrich when pursued hideth his head, but forgetteth his body, so the fears of a coward expose him to danger.
If thou believest a thing impossible, thy despondency shall make it so; but he that persevereth shall overcome all difficulties.
A vain hope flattereth the heart of a fool, but he that is wise pursueth it not.
In all thy desires, let reason go along with thee, and fix not thine hopes beyond the bounds of probability; so shall success attend thine undertakings and thine heart shall not be vexed with disappointments.
Lo! yonder standeth the house of Joy. It is painted on the outside, and looketh gay; thou mayest know it from the continual noise of mirth and exultation that issueth from it.
The mistress standeth at the door, and calleth aloud to all that pass by; she singeth and shouteth, and laugheth without ceasing.
She inviteth them to go in and taste the pleasures of life, which she telleth them are nowhere to be found but beneath her roof.
But enter not thou into her gate without care; neither associate thyself with those who frequent her house unduly and immorally.
They call themselves the sons of Joy, they laugh and seem delighted; but madness and folly are in all their doings.
They are linked with mischief hand in hand, and their steps lead down to evil. Dangers beset them round about, and the pit of destruction yawneth beneath their feet.
Look now on the other side, and behold, in that vale overshadowed with trees, and hid from the sight of men, the habitation of Sorrow.
Her bosom heaveth with sighs, her mouth is filled with lamentation, she delighteth to dwell on the subject of human misery.
She looks on the common accidents of life, and weepeth; the weakness and wickedness of man is the theme upon her lips.
All nature to her teemeth with evil, every object she seeth is tinged with the gloom of her own mind, and the voice of complaint saddeneth her dwelling day and night.
Come not near her cell; her breath is contagious; she will blast the fruits and wither the flowers that adorn and sweeten the garden of life.
In avoiding the house of Joy, let not thy feet betray thee to the borders of this dismal mansion; but pursue with care the middle path, which shall lead thee by a gentle ascent to the bower of Tranquility.
With her dwelleth peace, with her dwelleth safety and contentment. She is cheerful, but not gay; she is serious, but not grave; she vieweth the joys and the sorrows of life with an equal and steady eye.
From hence, as from an eminence, shalt thou behold the folly and the misery of those who, led by the gaiety of their hearts, take up their abode with the companions of jollity and riotous mirth; or, infected by gloominess and melancholy, spend all their days in complaining of the woes and calamities of human life.
Thou shalt view them both with understanding, and the error of their ways shall keep thy feet from straying.
But consider, and forget not thine own weakness; so shalt thou pardon the failings of others.
Indulge not thyself in the passion of Anger; it is whetting a sword to wound thine own breast, or murder thy friend.
If thou bearest slight provocations with patience, it shall be imputed unto thee for wisdom; and if thou wipest them from thy remembrance, thine heart shall not reproach thee.
Seest thou not that the angry man loseth his understanding? Whilst thou art yet in thy senses, let the wrath on another be a lesson to thyself.
Do nothing in a passion. Why wilt thou put to sea in the violence of a storm?
If it be difficult to rule thine anger, it is wise to prevent it; avoid therefore all occasions of falling into wrath, or guard thyself against them whenever they occur.
A fool is provoked with insolent speeches, but a wise man laugheth them to scorn.
Harbour not revenge in thy breast; it will torment thine heart and discolour its best inclinations.
Be always more ready to forgive than to return an injury; he that watches for an opportunity of revenge lieth in wait against himself, and draweth down mischief on his own head.
A mild answer to an angry man, like water cast upon the fire, abateth his heat, and from an enemy he shall become thy friend.
Consider how few things are worthy of anger, and thou wilt wonder that any but fools should be wroth.
In folly or weakness it always beginneth, but remember and be well assured that it seldom concludeth without repentance.
On the heels of folly treadeth shame; at the back of anger standeth remorse.
He who pitieth another recommendeth himself; but he who is without compassion deserveth it not.
The butcher relenteth not at the bleating of the lamb, neither is the heart of the cruel moved with distress.
But the tears of the compassionate are sweeter than dew-drops falling from roses on the bosom of spring.
Shut not thine ear therefore against the cries of the poor, neither harden thine heart against the calamities of the innocent.
When the fatherless call upon thee, when the widow's heart is sunk and she imploreth thine assistance with tears of sorrow: O pity her affliction and extend thine hand to those who have none to help them.
When thou seest the naked wanderer of the streets, shivering with cold and destitute of habitation, let bounty open thine heart, let the wings of charity shelter him from death, that thine own Soul may live.
Whilst the poor man groaneth on the bed of sickness, whilst the unfortunate languish in the horrors of a dungeon, or the hoary head of age lifts up a feeble eye to thee for pity: O how canst thou riot in superfluous enjoyments, regardless of their wants, unfeeling of their woes?
The madness of desire shall defeat its own pursuits; from the blindness of its rage thou shalt rush upon destruction.
Therefore give not up thine heart to her sweet enticements, neither suffer thine heart to be enslaved by her enchanting delusions.
The fountain of health, which must supply the stream of pleasure, shall quickly be dried up, and every spring of joy shall be exhausted.
In the prime of thy life, old age shall overtake thee; thy sun shall decline in the morning of thy days.
But when virtue and modesty enlighten her charms, the lustre of a beautiful woman is brighter than the stars of heaven, and the influence of her power it is in vain to resist.
The whiteness of her bosom transcendeth the lily; her smile is more delicious than a garden of roses.
The innocence of her eyes is like that of the turtle; simplicity and truth dwell in her heart.
The kisses of her mouth are sweeter than honey; the perfumes of Arabia breathe from her lips.
Shut not thy bosom to the tenderness of love; the purity of its flame shall ennoble thine heart and soften it to receive the fairest impressions.