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became so sprightly, and his language so animated, that it was almost a query with farmer Littleworth, Thomas Newman, and many others, whether he was not nearly as great a minister as Mr. Lovegood himself : however, the reader may depend upon it, that Mr. Slapdash became a great favourite at Brookfield, and that his visit was attended with an abundance of good, though it was the opinion of Mr. Spiteful and Mr. Dolittle that he was one of the maddest fellows that ever entered a pulpit; while he was followed with the cold pity of Mr. Wisehead, that he was sorry he was not more rational in his religion, though he believed him to be a good-hearted man, though so extravagantly wild,
Were the whole life and conversation of Mr. Lovegood to be drawn out at full length, so holy and active was he in all manner of conversation, that these little volumes might soon be swollen into volumes much too bulky for the public use : on this account, many pleasant and profitable occurrences must be omitted, while the copy of the hymn, mentioned above, shall conclude the dialogue.
“ Believers, the temples of the Holy Ghost.”
1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.
Produc'd at first, by pow'r divine,
Man as a creature stood,
A dwelling place for God.
Well fitted for its use ;
And glory fill'd the house.
God smil'd in friendly visits there,
And thus his dwelling bless'd; While solemn acts of praise, and prayer,
The creature's love express'd. But sin defac'd its form, and broke
The stately structure down; His ruin'd temple God forsook,
And left it with a frown.
The house in ruins lay,
His glory to display.
Cemented by his blood;
And fitted up for God.
To beautify the place;
And sheds forth life and grace.
Within each sinful heart :
And never more depart.
Thus shall we prove thy grace:
And chaunt thine endless praise.
MR. CONSIDERATE, MR. TRAFFIC, FARMER LITTLEWORTH, AND
NO GOOD MARRIAGES FROM BAD MATCHES.
SOME time after Mr. Merryman set the example of
marriage, in his union with Miss Worthy, which is said to have been so honourable in itself, and was so honourably conducted by them, that other matches were thought of; Henry Littleworth had the happiness to be united to Mr. Considerate's daughter; and Billy Traffic was determined to make himself happy with Miss Nancy Littleworth ; and about the same time Miss Patty Littleworth was married to Will Frolic, mentioned in Dialogue the sixth.
Previously to the final settlement of these marriages, it was thought necessary for the old people to meet together, to arrange the family concerns of each party. As it would, on the one hand, be very wrong in me to divulge these family secrets, so, on the other, it would by no means prove an interesting subject to the reader. Suffice it to say, the meeting took place at Mr. Considerate's ; Mr. Lovegood, for the sake of his wise advice, being one of the party; and in the evening of the day, the conversation took the following turn.
Far. Well, Mr. Considerate, I tells my son Harry, be is in high luck to have your daughter : the Lord keep him humble !
Consid. A difference of a few pounds, as it respects money matters, is of very little consequence, either one way, or the other, where the best principle of happiness is solidly established by the blessings of the grace of God upon
the heart. Loveg. All our happiness between each other, independent of the grace of God, rests upon very slippery ground. Even the common social, and relative duties of life, which so plainly recommend themselves to every man's judgment and conscience, will be ill practised where this divine principle is wanting.
Far. Aye, aye, so we found it in our house, till we found the grace of God in our hearts. And if dear Harry makes as good a husband, as he has been dutiful and loving to me as a son, since he has been blessed with this precious grace, I have no doubt, though he is .but a farmer's son, that they will be main happy with each other.
Consid. Why, Mr. Littleworth, your son has his share of good sense, and you gave him a good education, and God has given him the blessing of his grace; and my daughter is an excellent child; therefore I have no doubt, if God preserve their lives, but that they will be a happy pair.
Far. Ah! my poor daughter Patty! She will never be so happy with that wild young blade, Will Frolic, and she is quite bent upon having him !-Poor girl ! I cannot help it; if she will please her fancy, I fear she will plague her heart.
Loveg: Why, Mr. Littleworth, under these circumstances, things must be permitted to take their course. When children are grown beyond our restraint, opposition oftentimes answers no other end, than to rivet them in their purposes.
You can go no further than to act a parent's part, and commit them to God.
Fur. Yes, yes, Sir, I shan't mind giving her a child's portion ; I can afford it without injuring the rest of my children, for the Lord has wonderfully blessed me of
late; but I am afraid that spark is more fond of the money, than of my daughter, though at times, he appears desperate loving. He took it as a hard gripe upon him, when I would have the money settled upon my daughter, and her children, especially, when I did not think it necessary to bind up Billy Traffic in the same way, in his marriage with my daughter Nancy. But why should I ? for Billy is a very sober, regular, good young man; but as for Will Frolic, if I had not bound him up pretty tight, he would soon have made ducks and drakes of all the money.
Consid. Your determination had almost been the cause of breaking the match.
Far. Why, that was the upshot of the design. Karry, dear child, said, that would be the best way to settle matters, though he was once so wicked liimself; but when his old miserly uncle, Mr. Stingey, the tallowchandler, happened to be overtaken by a generous fit, he offered first to give him fisty pounds out and out, provided I would give as much towards furuishing the house ; and then he said he would give a bond to his nephew of two hundred pounds more to be paid after his death, provided it was all secured to my daughter and her children, and that brought on the match again ; and though they now appear so loving, I am sadly afraid they will soon live like cat and dog.
Loveg. I should not wonder at it; for there is no real foundation for love, but in the love of God. That foolish fondness, which some people discover towards each other, very frequently degenerates into complete
Far. It is to admiration how I used to remark, what a differeut way of courting my Harry, and Billy Traffic, had to Will Frolic. Whenever Billy came to my house to see Nancy, he would behave so decent, and orderly, that it was quite a comfort to see them together. And