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    HABIT with him has all the test of truth; “It must be right — I’ve done it from my youth.” This stands for argument with many. What they have done they will do; as if continuance in evil produced an excuse for it, whereas it aggravates the wrong exceedingly. Is a Thug justified in murder because he, has always done so?

    Habits are soon assumed! but when we strive To strip them off, ‘tis being flayed alive.

    At first, a bad habit is a spider’s web, then a net of thread, next a bond of rope, and soon a fetter of steel. Cease from an evil habit before it hold you like an octopus.

    Hair By hair old heads grow bare.

    Decline is gradual, and therefore sometimes it is unnoticed. It may be thus with us spiritually: “Grey hairs are here and there upon him, yet he knoweth not.” — Hosea 7:9.

    Half an acre is better than no land.

    Especially half an acre in the City of London.

    Half an hour’s hanging is quite long enough.

    One could be content; with much less than that.

    Half doing is many a man’s undoing.

    Those fellows who newer really finish anything are regarded as being only half-baked themselves, and no man cares to hire them.

    Half-heart is no heart.

    To be half inclined is to be disinclined; to be half persuaded is to be unpersuaded; to be half-hearted in a matter is to have no heart at all for it.

    Half the world’s mischief, folly, and woe, Comes from a “Yes,” which ought to be “No.”

    One of the first words a young man should learn to say is “No.” It ought to be as easy to say “No” to a man as to say “Boo” to a goose, but it is not; and so the young fellow is left by the nose, and to ruin he goes.

    Handle your tools without mittens.

    Dainty gentility spoils people for labor. Preachers in gloves remind us of the saying, “Cats in gloves catch no mice.”

    Hands are many, but heads are few.

    The thinkers are still in the minority. Plenty of bellows, but where are the brains? Pimples everywhere, but few capacious sense-boxes.

    Handsome apples arc, sometimes sour.

    Pretty women may have very bad tempers.

    Handsome is that handsome does. “Now, my pretty gentleman!” as the gipsy says, mind you behave handsomely.

    Happy is he that is happy in his children.

    John wrote, “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children ‘walk in truth.” It is a choice mercy, a crowning mercy.

    Hard of feeling is worse than hard o:~ hearing.

    We can buy the deaf man a horn, but the unfeeling man has a horny heart already. None are so deaf as those who refuse to hear in the heart. Hard rocks need hard hammers. Hence the heavy blows which God deals with his law and with afflictions, so as to break stubborn hearts.

    Hard with hard ‘builds no houses; soft binds hard.

    Mortar is wanted as well as stone, and love must be mixed with our firmness. Two strong-minded persons will have need of a great deal of love to keep them together.

    Hard words often come from soft heads.

    Very generally this is time; and yet; certain very hard-headed men can speak bullets.

    Hard work wins soft rest: sweat earns sweet.

    He that has earned rest shall have it: but he who never works does not know what rest means.

    No restful age shall come to me Unless in youth I’ve industry.

    Hares and cares start up unawares.

    But if the cares run away as fast as the hares we need not mind them.

    Hares are not caught with drums.

    It remains to be seen whether men will be won to religion by brass bands. In other matters, timid people are rather repelled. than won over by ]out] argument.

    Harm watch, harm catch.

    Look for evil, and it comes; and the same with good.

    Harry Heartless will make a bad husband.

    Better let him remain a bachelor.

    Hast thou a soft heart? It is of God’s breaking.

    Hast thou a sweet wife? She is of God’s making.

    Haste trips up its own heels.

    Hasty climbers have sudden fails. “Up like a rocket, and down like a stick,” is often verified. It is a good thing for , man to endure difficulty and opposition when rising in life, for such an experience gives permanence to character.

    Hasty questions should have slow answers.

    Perhaps no reply at all would be better. Two hasty persons going at it, hammer and tongs, make great mirth for the devil.

    Hat in hand goes through the land.

    Politeness, courtesy, obligingness clear many a man’s path.

    Haughty looks are naughty looks.

    Have a deaf ear for hasty words.

    It will serve your turn better than quick hearing, for that might provoke you. Let rash and foolish language go in at one ear and out at the other, and let; nothing wrong remain on the memory.

    Have a hand to give, and a heart to forgive.

    Have a mind before you speak your mind.

    Some blunder out whatever comes first, and then they fool bound to stick to it through thick and thin. If they only thought wisely at the first, they might save themselves and others a world of trouble.

    Have an open ear and a closed mouth.

    Hear, see, and say nothing, and live in peace.

    Have four and spend five; Be poor and never thrive.

    Have more than thou showest, Speak less than thou knowest, Spend less than thou owest.

    Have no faith in a man who has no faith.

    If he does not believe in God, do not believe in him .

    Have not a mouth for every matter.

    Leave things alone which are no business of yours, and which you do not understand.

    Have not thou such friends abroad Thou couldst not welcome to thy board.

    If a man ought not to be introduced to your wife and daughters, he is not likely to be of much benefit to you or your reputation.

    Have not thy cloak to make when it begins to rain.

    Have peace with men, but war with sin.

    A good distinction; hate the sin, bat love the sinner.

    Have the potatoes and bacon done, And nice white cloth as the clock strikes one.

    The meals nicely cooked keep the husband in humor, and prevent his seeking the public-house and its temptations.

    Have thy distaff ready, and God will send thee flax.

    Be prepared to do your work, and work will come sooner or later.

    Don’t so much look for a position as for fitness to fill it.

    Have you a good master?

    Stick to him the faster.

    Don’t impose on his good nature; but the more kind he is, the more be you worthy of such kindness. Alas! the British workman is too much like the man in the story, who said, “My master is so good, that I cannot do too much for him; and I don’t mean to try.”

    He begins to grow bad who thinks himself good.

    Pride is growing up in his heart; and what is worse than that?

    He boiled four eggs for himself, and gave the poor the broth.

    It is wonderful what worthless rubbish some people will give away.

    The man in our proverb is like that other benefactor in the epigram — “Ancho is charitable, all must own, He steals a ham, and gives the poor the bone.” He cannot speak well who cannot hold his tongue.

    He lacks power over himself; and. this is fatal to the success of an orator. No man can be called a good driver, who cannot hold his horse in when the time comes.

    He deserves to sweets who will taste no sours.

    We must take things as they come. He ought not to eat who must needs have all the fat, or all the lean. In no country can a man hare all fine weather. In no form of life will all things happen to our mind.

    He does much who does a little well.

    He doeth much who loveth much.

    Love to God is the mainspring of activity, and sets a man doing much. Even when the good work is apparently little, the abun dance of love which is in it makes it. much in the sight of God. “He doeth well who doeth good To those of his own brotherhood; He doeth better who cloth bless The stranger in his wretchedness:

    Yet best, yea, best of all, doth. he Who helps a fallen enemy!”

    He drinketh wine; his nose will shine.

    He enjoys much who is thankful for a little, He fawned on me, and then bit my heel.

    It is the nature of cur’s to curry, favor with you, and then curse you. Curs occur to most men.

    He fishes on who catches one.

    The smallest success keeps him at his sport. We have seen anglers who have gone on day after day, though they caught nothing. One of them said he had been by the water three days, and had only one bite. To the remark, “How can you keep on?” he answered, “You get to like it, and fool as if you must keep on even when you get nothing.” It would be well if fishers of men had always the same, constraining love for their work.

    He has a nose of noses, And sniffs more things than roses.

    Some are great discerners of spirits, and live by finding out what nobody else suspected., They have no nose for virtue, lavender, and other sweet things; but at Stinker’s Reach they fool at home, for there they are able to enjoy the sensation of shouting — “Horrible!

    Abominable! Enough to poison a fox!” Never at ease till they cannot bear it any longer; their superior nose of discernment is the organ of misery to them.

    He has bad food who feeds on others’ faults.

    Yet to some the faults of others are a sweetmeat. A dish of scandal is very savory to gossips. Only a foul bird will feast on carrion; but such foul birds go in flocks.

    He has found a mare’s nest, and is laughing at the eggs.

    Spoken of one who has found something very ludicrous where he expected a great discovery. The case often occurs.

    He has most who wants least, He has much to do who would please everybody.

    Yes: he has more to do than he will over accomplish. Who can serve a hundred in masters? “Suit every one? You never will!

    That’s settled any minute; The task is far beyond[your skill, So never you begin it.

    Whate’er the world says, Never mind! Go on.. your duty doing; On every sidle there’s some fresh kind Of gossip ever brewing.” He has not a penny, but yet he boasts his pedigree.

    He talks about Lord Donomore and Lady All-spent. If his gentility were put up to auction, it would not bring him in a pennyworth of cabbages, Yet see how high he holds his head. He is a horse of pedigree with three game legs, and broken wind.

    He has not five farthings, but he gives himself fifty airs.

    The poorer the prouder. There is no repressing “His Emptiness.”

    He spreads himself over all things and questions; and yet he cannot manage a shop where the stock-in trade is a herring and a half.

    He hath little joy of life Who hath found a scolding wife.

    He hath peace who holds his peace.

    He is a bad gardener who roots up the plants.

    He is a bad minister who drives away the congregation, scatters his church, alienates his friends, and destroys all the useful societies.

    He is a fool who fools other people.

    Nothing is more ridiculous than the hoax or practical joke; and yet it passes for wit among those who are short of wit.

    He is a good speaker who makes his hearers good.

    Whatever his style may be, he has spoken well if he has lea his hearers to the Lord Jesus, who makes all good who come to him.

    He is a good wagoner who can turn in a little space To manage comfortably and economically with a very small income is the height of wisdom. We know women who can do more on £100 a year, than others will with three times the amount.

    He is a great coward who is afraid to do good.

    He is a great thief who would steal the ten commandments.

    Much more he that would steal from us the whole Bible!

    He is a man who acts like a man.

    He is a poor fiddler who has only one tune.

    Monotony is wearisome: but some speakers, preachers, and talkers harp for ever on one string. There are more subjects in the world than one. “Always partridge,” as the French say, is very wearisome: what would “always frog ” be? Ding, dong; ding, dong, and that without end, is a thing of horror, and a woe for ever.

    He is a poor smith who cannot bear smoke.

    In all pursuits there are inconveniences which we must put up with; and it is so in every form of holy service.

    He is a stupid who loses patience with a stupid. “Ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise? — 2 Corinthians 11:12.

    We find out how foolish we are when a great stupid brushes our fur the wrong, way., and raises our dander.

    He is a weak friend who cannot bear with his friend’s weakness.

    He is best who Las done best.

    With few exceptions this is the rule. “By their fruits shall ye know them.” — Matthew 7:20.

    He is blind who thinks he sees everything.

    The observant, man recognizes many mysteries into which he cannot pretend to see, and he remembers that the world is too wide for the eye of any one man. But modern sophists are cock-sure of everything, especially if it contradicts the Bible.

    He is free who dares to be In the right with two or three.

    This liberty has to be paid for; but there is a sweetness in it which those only know who have tasted it.

    He is kind to himself who is kind to his wife.

    Is she not bone of your bone? Does not your happiness interweave itself with hers?

    He is no one’s friend who is his own enemy He is not the best carpenter who makes the most chips.

    But the reverse. He who does his work in a masterly manner is usually very neat and clean in it. The proverb, however, means that the best workers make no fuss, and create no disorder.

    He is right sure, who is surely right.

    He is very absent-minded who searches for the ass on which he is riding.

    He must be brother to the other Celestial, who cried out, “Here’s my bundle, here’s my umbrella; but where am I?”

    He is very blind who cannot see the sun.

    How blind must he be who cannot see the God who made the sun! He that is blind will nothing see, What light soe’er about him be.

    He is wise who follows the wise.

    He is wise who knows his own business.

    He may not be a university man, but he knows enough to get through the universe.

    He knows the water best who has waded through There is nothing like personal experience.

    He laughs at sears who never felt a wound.

    The power to sympathize can only come by personal suffering.

    He laughs Best who laughs last, Because he will be surest of his laugh, and will probably laugh at those who laughed at him. If he can laugh when the whole thing is ended, he has the best cause for his merriment.

    He likes mutton too well who eats the wool.

    We are not; bound to follow a man, faults and all.

    He lives longest who is awake most hours.

    That is to say, if he is not kept awake by sickness, or care, or excessive labor; for these may shorten life though they add to the waking hours. Doubtless early rising is a great addition to our opportunities for work.

    He liveth long who liveth well.

    Indeed the way to measure life is not by its years, but by its deeds.

    He looks as if butter would not melt in his mouth.

    This is the sort of man whom you must never trust.

    He loses indeed who loses at last.

    He loses least in a quarrel who has had least to say in it.

    He may well swim who has his head held up.

    Just so! We are able to swim the seas of temptation only because grace keeps us from sinking.

    He may wisely run who finds he cannot stand his ground, He means to buy, for he finds fault with the goods. “It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer.” Just because he means to be a buyer.

    He must be a wise man himself who can distinguish one.

    So said Diogenes, and we will not contradict him.

    He pares his apple that would cleanly feed.

    Well said, Mr. Herbert. Tell the story, if worth telling, but not with the oath or the smut: that can be left out with great advantage.

    He preaches well who lives well.

    Even if he does not open his mouth his example is a sermon.

    He promiseth to turn your iron into gold, but he will turn your gold into iron.

    True of the gentleman who presents you with a prospectus of a Company which is to pay a quite impossible dividend. No doubt the concern will pay those who get it up.

    He put his finger in the pie, and burned his nail off.

    He rides well who never stumbles.

    Where is that man? Where is his horse?

    He runs far who never turns.

    Unless he breaks his neck. He will run too far, if his way be not the right one.

    He shuts his eyes, and thinks none see.

    He talks much who has least to say. “How would you wish your hair to be cut?” asked the barber one day of Arckelaus, King of Macedon, and the King made answer, “Silently.” Alas! this is to rare a method anywhere, in anything.

    It was said of one man, He argued with the greatest zest, ‘Twas very hard to put him out; And strange to say, he talked the best Of what he knew the least about.

    He that a watch would wear, just this must do, Pocket his watch, and watch his pocket too.

    We have heard, of one who covered his watch with fish-hooks; but the wets’; of it was that he only remembered what he had done when he put his own lingers into his watch-pocket.

    He that asks too much is likely to get nothing.

    He that burns most, shines most.

    There must be a self-consumption to produce light. John was a burning and a shining light, and the burning is not to be separated from the shining.

    He that by the plough would thrive, Himself must either hold or drive.

    A living can be made by one who works himself, even where a gentleman farmer is a heavy loser. So we have heard. At any rate, if the farmer cannot live who drives the plough, how can he live who drives a fast-trotting mare?

    He that can be won with a feather will be lost with a straw.

    Easily persuaded persons are no great earth, for no reliance can be placed upon them: they are soon led to the opposite side.

    He that cuts himself wilfully deserves no salve.

    He that deals in dirt will not keep clean hands.

    He that delights to plant and set Puts coming ages in his debt.

    This, after all is only justice; for we also eat of many trees which our fathers planted.

    He that deserves nothing should[be content with anything.

    He that doth jest must take a jest; Or else to let talent were best.

    He that dwells in a city where there is a synagogue, and comes not to prayer there, is the person that deserves the name of a bad neighbor.

    This is a saying of the Jews. But how many bad neighbors do we live among who are seldom seen in the public assemblies of the saints from year to year!

    He that eats least will live to eat most.

    Reform is as reach needed in eating as in drinking. We want a Moderate Eating Society. Basil Montague tells us: — “In one of the annuals there is the following anecdote: A traveler, who had ‘bean much distressed by a terrible nightmare, thus accounted for it: ‘If you will believe me, sir, my supper had been nothing particular; it was but one blood-pudding, a trifle of pickled salmon, a beefsteak and rations, and some Derbyshire toasted cheese, which I relished exceedingly; and not one drop did I drink but a jug of egg-flip. It must have been all owing to the bread!”

    He that fears pricking must not be picking roses.

    Squeamishness and extreme delicacy unfit people for ordinary life.

    Roses will have thrums, and fingers will get pricked, unless we all go to the Fool’s Paradise, where all is pap and sugar.

    He that gets money before he gets wit Will be but a short time master of it.

    Certain unscrupulous folks who have no cash, but plenty of spare brains, will devise a pretty scheme for relieving simpletons of their surplus, and before they are aware of it they will be plundered.

    These clever people are not called thieves, but they are conveyancers, and they execute a transfer of property in an ingenious manner. Mr. Shortwit takes shares in their company limited, and his gains are more limited still.

    He that gives his heart will give his money.

    Yet some who profess great love to ‘the cause are very slow in their gifts. One said, “If you want to reach my purse, you must touch my heart.” “That’s true,” said a discerning friend, “for that is where his purse lies.”

    He that has nothing is frightened at nothing. The man that is poor may be void of all care, If there’s nothing to hope, there’s nothing to fear:

    Whether stocks rise or fall, or whate’er be the news, He is sure not to win, and has nothing in lose.

    He that has the worst cause makes the most noise.

    He that hath a ‘big nose thinks that all are looking at it.

    He that hath a trade hath an estate.

    He that hath but one eye should take great care of it.

    He that hath guineas shall soon have cousins.

    There is a great disposition to claim relationship with a wealthy man, for the honor and glory of it, if not with an indistinct hope that a trifle may in some way trickle clown to the distant relative.

    He that hath it, and will not keep it, He that wants it, and will not seek it, He that drinks, and is not dry, Shall want money as well as I.

    He that hath love in his heart hath spurs on his heels. “Tis love that makes our willing feet In swift obedience move.” He that hath much corn may bear with a few thistles.

    We may put up with trifling trials considering our many mercies.

    He that hath rent, his trousers had better sit still.

    A person whose character will not bear examination should be quiet, and not put himself forward.

    He that hath tin shall soon have kin.

    Unless he is very distant to them he will be eaten up by the crowds who are distantly related.

    He that hunts another has no rest himself.

    Thus malice and revenge are a man’s own loss. Ill-will chews its own heart, and heats its own blood.

    He that is bored of works will soon try thefts.

    He must have a lining, and if he does not care to work for it, he will get it by some other means, specially by ill means He that is down needs fear no fall, He that is low no pride; He that is humble, ever shall Have God to be his guide.

    This is a verse by Honest John; and if the poetry be not brilliant, the expression is pastoral and the sense most truthful. The valley of Humiliation is a lovely place.

    He that is down, the world cries, “Down with him!”

    It is a cruel world, and treats men as beasts are said to treat each other, namely kill the weaker sort.

    He that is full of himself is very’ empty.

    He that is in love with himself needs fear no rival.

    He may have himself all to himself: no one will ever think more of Number One than he does.

    He that is not humble shall be humbled. Thomas Adams, speaking of pride, says, “It thrust proud Nebuchadnezzar out of men’s society, proud Saul out of his kingdom, proud Adam out of Court, proud Adam out of. Paradise, proud Lucifer out of heaven.”

    He that is out in sea must either sail or sink.

    Now that you are in this world, and in the midst of its cares, you must, either do your best, and struggle manfully, or you will sink for certain. Oh for a good pilot on board’ He that is out of will, will soon be out of work.

    He will and nothing to do, because he has no will to do it. The Creoles say, “Lazy folks ask for work with their lips, but their hearts pray God that they may not and it.”

    He that is religious ‘by proxy will be lost in person.

    There is no truth in religious sponsorship: there can be none. All forms of representative piety are empty, and vain, and void. “By proxy I pray, and by proxy I vote,” Said a graceless peer to a churchman of note, Who answered, “My lord then I’ll venture to say, You’ll to heaven ascend in a similar way.” He that is slow in seeking is afraid of finding.

    He that is thy friend indeed, He will help thee in thy need.

    He that is not thy friend will help himself when he sees thee in difficulties. When thine estate is breaking he will pick up the pieces.

    The crow is a great friend to the sheep, and picks out his eyes when he finds him dead.

    He that knows not, and knows not that he knows not, is stupid. Shun him.

    He that knows not, and knows that he knows not, is good. Teach him.

    He that knows, and knows not that he knows, is asleep. Arouse him.

    He that knows, and knows that he knows, is wise. Follow him.

    These are four Arabian proverbs worth preserving, and practicing.

    He that leaves certainty for chance, When fools pipe, he may dance.

    He that lives with cripples/earns to limp.

    Such is the force of example.

    He that marries for money sells himself.

    Put into rhyme we have the same sense — He who for money takes a wife Has made himself a slave for life.

    He that meddles with all things may go and shoe the goslings.

    He may do any silly thing he likes.

    Re that on earthly things doth trust, Dependeth upon smoke and dust.

    He that spendeth much, And getteth nought; He that oweth much, And hath nought; He that looketh in his purse And findeth nought, He may be sorry, And say nought.

    He has come in his estate very near to nothing, which Patrick describes as “ a footless stocking without a leg,” and Jonathan calls ‘the ashes of gunpowder.” Some .people rise from nothing, but this gentleman has gone down to nothing, and does not like the situation. The more quiet he is, the better.

    He that pours water hastily into a bottle spills more than goes in.

    So he who tries to teach a child too much at once loses most of his pains. You cannot put a quartern loaf into a child’s head; you must break it up, and give him the crumb in warm milk.

    He that sponges upon a friend wipes out his love.

    Friendship stands a good deal, but when at last it discovers that it is made a beast of burden to carry a lazy lubber it throws off the office in disgust.

    He that stumbles, but does not fall, He mends his pace, and that is all.

    Many a traveler to heaven has grown more cautious and earnest by observing that his steps had well-nigh slipped.

    He that sweareth Till no man trust him; He that lieth Till no man believe him; He that borroweth Till no man will lend him, Let him go where No man knoweth him.

    But Dr. Johnson says wisely, “Let him not go to the devil, for there he is known. ” It were better far that he should repent, and Ix, made a new creature, and see what he can do in a new world.

    He that takes the raven for a guide Shall light upon carrion.

    If we surrender our minds to dirty men we shall soon be amid rottenness ourselves.

    He that talketh much sinneth much.

    He that thinks time long enough will and it short enough.

    He that wants looking after is not worth looking after.

    We ought to be able to trust a servant who has come to years of discretion, and if we cannot, we have not yet been happy in our selection.

    He that will not when he may, When he will he shall have nay.

    He that will not be ruled by the rudder will be wrecked on the rock.

    Thousands are unhappy witnesses to this solemn truth. Without prudence and godliness to conduct the. in they have come to ruin.

    He that will not work shall want.

    He that works on wins honor, if he keeps honest.

    It is said of a lawyer that he began his practice to get on, continued at it to get honor, and then left it to become honest. Rather hard! It reminds us of one who gave up the law, and built himself a villa, which he called “Dunrobin.”

    He that would be sure must never be surety.

    He that would catch birds must not throw stones at them.

    No unkindness or anger must be shown by those who would win their fellow men to better things.

    He that would, have a loaf from his wheat must wait the grinding.

    They say, “The king himself must wait while his beer is being drawn, and the queen cannot eat honey till the bees have made it. “Reasonable patience must be exercised by all.

    He that would have his secrets kept must keep his secrets.

    When Charles II. was entreated to communicate something of a private nature, the subtle monarch said, “Can you keep a secret?” “Most faithfully,” returned the nobleman. “So can I,” was the laconic and severe answer of the king.

    He that would thrive must rise at five.

    No doubt this is quite correct; but some wag has improved upon it thus: — “He who would thrive must rise at five; Who would thrive more must rise at four; He who would still more thriving be!

    Must leave his bed at turn of three; And who the latter would outdo, Will rouse him at the stroke of two; And he who would not be outdone Should always rise as soon as one; But he who’d flourish best of all Should never go to bed at all.” He that would keep a clean face should often look in the glass. ‘He who would be holy should examine himself by the word of God, that he may know wherein he transgresses. “Commune with your own heart, and be still.” — Psalm 4:4.

    He uses different levers, but he is always rolling his own log Always bent on his personal ends, he makes all things contribute towards that which he has in hand. This is laudable persistence, or sheer selfishness, as the case may be.

    He who basely runs away Will not fight another day.

    Of course he will not. There is no fight in him. In him prudence is the only form of valor; and it runs into his feet.

    He who beats a donkey is worse than a donkey.

    Cruelty to animals is utterly senseless.

    He who begins many things finishes few.

    He who blabs about others will blab about me.

    Those who fetch will carry. He who finds fault with my neighbors to me will in turn find fault with me to my neighbors.

    He who blows in the dust will hurt his own eyes.

    Get prying into dirty matters, and you will cause yourself trouble.

    Meddle with deep mysteries, and you will hurt the eye of your understanding.

    He who boils his pot at the fire should bring a stick to it.

    If we share the benefits we should contribute to the expense.

    He who builds by the roadside will have many surveyors.

    Everyone will favor him ‘with an opinion; and if he be so unwise as to take note of all that he hears, he will build a fool’s castle, or nothing at all. Some of us have had quite enough advice to have ruined us ten times over if we had hearkened to it.

    He who buys by pennyworths pays double price.

    Our poor thus put themselves to a great disadvantage. If they could but save a little and take a quantity, they could buy better.

    He who buys bargains is often sold.

    Remember Hodge with the razors made to sell, and Moses with the green spectacles. Eagerness to get too much for little money is a sort of greed which deserves to be punished. People who are to sharp cut their own fingers.

    He who buys fancies may have to sell necessaries.

    He who buys hath need of four eyes.

    Unless he goes to a good shop, and pays a fair price. Bargaining certainly does need a, man’s eyes to be sharp as needles.

    He who buys what he don’t want will soon sell what be does want.

    He who can conceal his poverty is almost rich.

    When its only the shoes that know of the stockings having holes in them, half of the worry caused by the dilapidated garments is gone.

    What some people suffer to hide their need! These are often the worthiest of people.

    He who can dig ought not to beg.

    And if he will not; dig for a living he ought to be allowed to try the medical virtues of a protracted fast. Able-bodied idlers are the pest of society. “The wretch who works not for his daily bread Sighs and complains, but, ought not to be fed.

    Think, when you see stoat beggars on the stand, ‘The lazy are the locusts of the land.’” He who cannot mind his own business is not to be trusted with mine.

    He who cannot obey is not fit to command.

    The spirit of discipline is not in him.

    He who cannot say “No” Will soon be in woe.

    Above all things we advise young people to learn to say “No.” It will save them from a thousand ills if they can dearly and distinctly pronounce that monosyllable.

    He who cannot stand should not boast of his running.

    He who cannot do the less should not brag of doing the greater; for it is self-evident that he is not speaking the truth.

    He who cannot swim should never dive.

    Keep out of matters with which you are not practically acquainted.

    In business do not run risks to which you are not equal. In theology do not get into speculations which carry you away.

    He who ceases to pray ceases to prosper.

    That is to say, hi the truest and highest sense.

    He who considers all lets the wine-cup fall.

    It is expensive it is perilous, it sets a bad example; to take it is a mere self-indulgence, to abjure it may help a brother. It may let me fall if I do lot let it fall.

    He who courts in sport may be caught in earnest.

    First he courts, and then he gets into court through an action for breach of promise. Or else he is caught in a marriage which he never intended, which turns out a life-long bondage.

    He who dances on the brink may soon be dashed on the bottom.

    Keep as far from danger as you can.. The verge of temptation is perilous ground.

    He who deals with the devil will make small profits.

    He may be infinitely and eternally a loser: and even if he can escape this greatest ill, he will be robbed of his comfort, and his purity.

    Never sup with Satan, even if He says grace, or asks you to do it.

    Do not even exchange the time of day with this archenemy of souls.

    He who depends on another dines ill and sups worse.

    His patron’s gifts decline as time passes, although he is never too well provided for.

    He who does nothing is the man to find fault.

    Out of imbeciles men make critics. They can only do the magpie’s part, and pull things to pieces. For every other art men are prepared by education, bat fault-finders are born fully equipped.

    He who does me good teaches me to be good.

    He who falls in. the dirt, the longer he lies the dirtier he is.

    Quick repentance comes none too soon. This is the mark of a child of God, that he may fall into the mire, but he will not He there. The sheep slips, and is up again; the sow lies down and wallows.

    He who fears to suffer suffers from fear.

    Usually suffering more from the fear, than the evil itself would have brought upon him. Emerson gives a translation of an old French verse, which is much to the point: — “Some of your griefs you have cured, And the sharpest you still have survived; But what torments of pain you endured From evils that never arrived!” He who feeds on charity eats cold victuals.

    People get weary of him, and, after being known as a regular cadger, he is by no means sure of a warm welcome. Cold is the hand of charity, and this chills the victuals it hands out. Often that hand has been made cold by the frost of ingratitude.

    He who rights and runs away, May live to run another day.

    We have had this before in rather a different shape. Certainly, running has this advantage over being killed, that there can be a repetition of it. But when one, is killed, it is like the dog, who, when a brutal wretch cut off his tail, barked at him this challenge, “You can’t do that again.”

    He who flattereth bespattereth.

    Instead of being honored by false praise we are likely to be disgraced by it. Judicious persons will think all the less of us because of the ill-judged praises of our silly friends. The world always takes a discount from friendly opinions, and sometimes this reduces a man below his fair value.

    He who follows Christ for his bag is a Judas.

    And of thence creatures the apostolical succession has never failed.

    To make religion a stalking-horse for personal ambitions is to act like a true son of perdition.

    He who gambles picks his own pocket.

    And he is virtually guilty of picking other people’s pockets, for he would do so if he could, and does do so when he can. -Crime, suicide, murder, track the footsteps of gaming. Here indeed we have rouge et noir, red murder and black villainy.

    He who goes a-borrowing goes a-sorrowing.

    Except some brazen-faced creatures who borrow with great delight, because they never mean to pay.

    He who goes to bed mellow, gets up a rotten fellow.

    Oh those night-caps He who governs himself can govern others.

    He who greases the wheels helps the horses.

    Some little word of encouragement may help a work as much as a great effort.

    He who has a goose can get a goose.

    He has capital to work with, to sustain his credit. Moreover, geese and guineas like to go where there are some already.

    He who has high spirits wears himself, and he who has low spirits wears others.

    He who has least sense is least sensible of it.

    He who has most pride has least sense.

    He who has no appetite has no appreciation.

    He quarrels with every diet, and is pleased with nothing. What a blessing it is to have food, and to be able to enjoy it! Here is a grace which may suit those who are in that happy case: — Some have meat and cannot eat, Some can eat and have no meat; We have appetite and food, Bless the Giver of all good.

    He who has no wife is only half a man.

    Let him look out for his other half:, and mind that she proves his better half.

    He who hath no wife hath no house.

    He is a sort of lodger in the universe till some one has pity upon him. “Housekeeping without a wife is a lantern Without a light.”

    He who hath scalded himself once blows the next time.

    He who hides truth is as bad as another who spreads falsehood.

    Augustine has a sentence to that effect, and there is truth in it; but we doubt the equality of the guilt. Concealment of truth is I,. sort of negative lying, and. tends to the same result as telling a falsehood.

    He who holds the sack is as bad as he who fills it.

    The receiver is always reckoned to be as bad as the thief.

    He who hunts with cats will catch mice.

    He will take nothing better than such small deer. When we work with mean men of small ability, what can we accomplish?

    He who is above his business is beneath contempt.

    Young lads are apt to look down on their trade as unfit for young gentlemen. This is despicable vanity, such as only fools would indulge in.

    He who is always full does not fool for the hungry.

    He who is always resting will soon be rusting.

    He who is at the bottom will fall no lower.

    There is some sort of comfort in this. When it is pitch dark, and you cannot see your hand, it can’t be darker. Things must turn when they can go no further.

    He who is doing nothing is seldom without helpers. “What are you doing, Joe?” said I. “Nothing, sir,” was his reply. “ And you there, Tom, pray let me know?” “I’m busy, sir — I’m helping Joe.” “Is nothing, then, so hard to do, That thus it takes the time of two?” “No,” said the other with a smile, And grinned and chuckled all the while; “But ‘we’re such clever folks, d’ye see, That nothing’s hard to Joe and me.” He who is fit to die is fit to live.

    The converse is true: — He who is fit to live is fit to die.

    He who is full of care is like a hare.

    He rests not anywhere, but starts at every footstep.

    He who is giddy thinks the world turns round.

    Every drunken, man agrees with astronomers as to the rotation of the globe.

    He who is his own tutor has a fool for a scholar.

    If he knows nothing, why does he go to school to himself?

    He who is ill to this own is ill to himself.

    He is depriving himself of domestic comfort, and preparing a rod which will sooner later make his own back sore.

    He, who is least excited is least exhausted.

    He who is not happy at home is not safe abroad.

    He who is not his own friend is nobody’s friend. “Be friend to others; but thine own friend first; The kind fool of all kinds of fools is worst.” Sir Richard Baker.

    He who is rusty is sure to be crusty.

    He has no fitness for anything else but growling at other people.

    He who is short of grace thinks sermons long.

    He takes no interest in rite subject, and therefore, the less said the more to his taste. The proverb reminds us of the story that a German gentleman was in the habit of attending a Unitarian chapel at Manchester, fox this reason: “The people do go in late, and do come out early, and there is no devil.”

    He who is sick of the lazies cannot work.

    A divine was once asked by a man to help ]aim, because he was suffering from a disease too terrible to be mentioned. The good man promised him relief if he would tell him what his malady was, which the beggar promised to do, as soon as he had the money.

    Then. he replied, “Sir, I. ant incurably lazy.” I heard of a boy in Wiltshire, who was afflicted with a strange disease. Describing his symptoms, he said that he could eat well, and sleep well, and had no particular pain, but; when they told him to go to work, he began to tremble all ewer.

    He who is too wise becomes a fool.

    Here again that quaint old knight, Sir Richard Baker, comes in with his couplet — “In stinting wisdom, greatest wisdom lies; No man is ever wise that’s over wise.” He who is weighty is willing to be weighed.

    The base pretender, being short in weight, dreads the scales.

    Testing is what he abhors. He cannot endure a creed for his faith, nor a law for his practice. But the man who is sound at heart comes to the light and to the scale.

    He who is well lathered is half shaved.

    When well flattered, he is ready to be robbed.

    He who is willing to work finds it hard to wait. Oh, while ye fool ‘tis hard to toil, And sweat the long day through, Remember it is harder still To have no work to do.

    He who is wise is strong.

    Knowledge is power, but wisdom is far more truly so.

    He who is wrong in the tens will be wrong in the hundreds.

    Evidently he calmer be trusted, for honesty is seen in little things.

    He who is your flatterer cannot be your friend.

    He who keeps off the ice will not slip through.

    If we avoid the temptation we shall not far into the sin. It is good never to go into the company which leads into evil.

    He who know everything knows nothing well.

    His knowledge is spread over too wide a surface to be deep. There is some truth in the couplet: — “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring; For shallow draughts intoxicate the brain, But drinking largely sobers us again.” He who knows himself best esteems himself least.

    He who knows least is generally most positive.

    He who knows little soon tells it, He who lays oat for God lays up for himself. “He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord; and that which he hath given, will he pay him again.” — Proverbs 19:17. Dean Swift said, “If you like the security, down with the dust.”

    He who lied before will He again.

    Usually he is forced to do so to keep his former lies in countenance.

    Moreover, the force of habit is upon him, and he cannot put on the brakes exactly when he pleases, He can leave off lying when he pleases, but he cannot please to leave off lying.

    He who lies with dogs will rise with fleas.

    And fleas which take very kindly to human flesh. Go into bad society, and you will bring a good deal away which you will wish away.

    He who likes borrowing dislikes paying.

    Honest men cannot bear loans, and it is great relief to them to clear them off: but those ‘who borrow with a light heart are not the men to pay. One even spoke of the folly of frittering away money in paying debts. The rascal!

    He who little sweats but little gets.

    Unless he gets up a company, or marries a rich wife.

    He who lives by his wit needs a good stock of it.

    And as he usually runs short, he is very apt to take what is not his own, and then the convicts’ distich comes true: — “He that takes what isn’t his’n, When he’s cotched will go to prison.” He who lives fast cannot live long.

    Life has only ~, certain quantity of fuel; and if we burn it away in a roaring blaze, we shall soon have nothing left with which to feed the flame.

    He who lives idly does not, live honestly.

    A lazy man does not live’ by his own exertions, and therefore he must be taking from others what he has no right to.

    He who lives longest will see most.

    Spoken of things which we fool sure will happen in due time, and will clear up much that is now a mystery.

    He who lives not ‘wise and sober Falls with the leaf in dull October.

    The fall of the year is reputed to be an unhealthy season, and peculiarly trying to those who have injured their constitutions with drunken follies.

    He who lives on his beer will soon He on his bier.

    Men of great bulk and vast strength are seen in breweries; but it is said that if they scratch their legs it is very hard to cure them, and they are soon gone. Life basal on malt and hops has a poor foundation.

    He who lives too fast may live to fast.

    How he will remember his lavish luxuries, and wish for the portions which he threw away in waste!

    He who lives without fear shall die without hope.

    He who lives without prayer dies without hope.

    He who looks not before will soon be behind.

    If he makes no provision for old age, he will come to poverty. A little foresight will prevent a world of trouble.

    He who loves nobody is nobody.

    For a man is as he loves.

    He who loves right hates wrong.

    His integrity moves him to indignation when he sees injustice. He is “a good hater.” A man who has convictions is never looked upon as “a moderate man;” nor need he desire the doubtful compliment, He who makes a fool of himself has many to help him.

    Persons who would not or could not help you to grow wise will be indefatigable in developing your rally.

    He who makes constant complaint gets little compassion.

    People know him as Mr. Petty-Grievous, and listen to his murmurs as they would to the hum of a water-wheel; but it is so much a matter of course that nobody thinks it matters.

    He who marries a fool is a fool.

    He did not use sufficient discretion and discernment. However, fool or not fool:, he is in for it, and must bear the consequences.

    He who marries a good wife has prospered in life.

    Even if he be poor as a church-mouse he has found a great treasure.

    So says the old-fashioned love-song“Richer than rubies, Dearer than gold, Woman, true woman, Glad we behold!

    Thus said the wise King, In the old times, And thus re-echo These idle rhymes.” He who masters himself can rule others.

    All his passions being under due control, he will be of equable temper and impartial judgment, and so will win the esteem and confidence of those trader him: thus his rule will be easy. “We best shall quiet clamorous throngs When we ourselves can rule our tongues.” He who minds need never mind.

    As he is careful, he will be saved from many a care.

    He who mounts before he has put on the saddle loses his time.

    Time is well spent in preparing for action. Hasten slowly, that you may hasten surely.

    He who never begins will never finish.

    He who never rides never falls off the horse.

    If therefore we are, not expert riders our safety lies in keeping off the horse. The same is true of every questionable practice. He who does not bet will not lose. He who does not brag will not make himself ridiculous. He who does not frequent debatable amusements will not be defiled by the evils which come of them.

    He who never turns will one day wish he had.

    He will sorrow to think that he obstinately persevered when wisdom would have suggested retracing his steps, — Of all sad words of tongue and pen, The saddest are these, “It might have been. He who never was ill is the first to die.

    How often do we notice that strong men yield to their first illness, while the sick live on!

    He who often hugs the pewter, Sure his thirst becomes neuter.

    He who once hits the mark keeps on shooting.

    Many, having enjoyed one success in a certain pursuit, are induced to persevere it. it, in hope of a continuance of prosperity. When we are once heard in prayer, should we not pray on?

    He who owns the cow may milk her.

    If a privilege is really ours let us avail ourselves of it. This applies both to temporals and spirituals.

    He who peeps through the keyhole may lose his eye.

    This proverb dissuades from caves-dropping and prying.

    He who pelts every barking cur must pick up many stones.

    He who answers every slander will have work cut out for him which will leave little time for anything else.

    He who plants a walnut tree expects not to eat the fruit.

    It is usually so; yet it fell to my lot to plant two or three and eat of their produce. Our fathers planted many trees for their posterity, and we may be well content to do the same. Our institutions should be carefully considered in the light of their influence upon future generations. One of our senators of a former period is reported to have said that posterity had never done anything for him. Posterity has made up for its fault, for it has laughed at him.

    He who pleased everybody died before he was born.

    That is to say, there never was any such person, and never will be.

    He who praises himself bespatters himself.

    People consider that he must be very short of repute to be obliged to extol himself, and they take his self-praise to be the reverse of a recommendation. They say that his trumpeter is dead, or has resigned the office in disgust.

    He who pries will vex his eyes.

    He will see what he had better not, have seen if he had consulted his own comfort.

    He who promises too much means nothing.

    He who receives a good turn should never forget it; he who does one should never mention it.

    He who resolves suddenly will repent sorrowfully.

    He who rides between two camels is kicked by both.

    Jack-o'-both-sides is, before long, trusted by nobody, and abused by both parties.

    He who says nothing tells no lie.

    He who says what he likes will hear what he don't like.

    Of course others will take the same liberty with him which he takes with them, and then he will hear truth more plain than pleasant. Boswell said to Dr. Johnson , "Every man has a right to say what he likes." "Yes, sir, " said the Doctor, and everybody has a right to knock him down for saying it."

    He who scrubs every pig he sees will not long be clean himself.

    Entering into every squabble, and trying to set everybody right, a man usually ends in implicating himself in some way or other. If he would scrub his own pig, and have done, it would be all very well.

    He who seeks trouble will have no trouble in finding it.

    There's plenty of it, and it comes readily to the ill-humoured.

    He who sells truth buys sorrow.

    Yet for the time being' he may save his skin and win popularity. It is a very risky business.

    He who sends mouths will send meat.

    The God of providence will provide for those who trust in him. But we all remember the story of the poor man with ten children who thought that the Lord had sent all the mouths to him and all the meat to the parson, and so applied for a little of that which had been delivered at the wrong house.

    He who sharpens a knife may cut his own fingers with it.

    Haman's gallows were used for his hanging. Many are lifted by their own crane, or bloom up with their own dynamite.

    He who shoots often hits the mark at last. "If at first you don't succeed, Try, try, try again." He who sows brambles will reap thorn He who sows thorns should not go barefoot.

    Those who do mischief should look out and be abundantly careful that it does not wound themselves.

    He who speaks ill of others is none too good himself.

    He who stands may fall.

    Therefore let none presume or become censorious.

    He who stays in the valley will never cross the mountain.

    Like the old man who lived at the foot of Snowdon. "Have you ever been up the mountain ?" asked a visitor. " No, but I have intended going up all my life."

    He who steals eggs would steal hens if he could.

    He who steers our vessel sends the storm.

    The Great Pilot of the universe, even the Lord of all, is with us; and, as Herbert says : — "Though winds and waves assault my keel, He doth preserve it, he doth steer, Even when the barque seems most to reel." He who sups with the devil will need a long spoon.

    And even then the steam of the broth will injure him.

    He who swells in prosperity will shrink in adversity.

    The wood he is made of is green, and yields to the weather. His conduct in the first case proved the weakness which is seen more clearly under the opposite circumstances. If we are lifted up by praise, we are east down by censure.

    He who swims in sin will sink in sorrow.

    He who takes a partner takes a master.

    Of course he yields a part of the control of his business. The proverb, we fear. alludes to a certain sleeping partner, who too often aims at mastery.

    He who the squalling cannot bear Should take no piggy by the ear.

    In attacking abuses we must look for abuse, and stand prepared for it. Interested persons will be sure to defend the source of their gains. Pigs will squeal if you pull their ears.

    He who thinks he was always good was never good.

    He was all along a proud man, and a proud man is not good.

    He who thinks himself cunning is sure to be deceived.

    They that know most are the most often cheated. This is a very curious and edifying fact.

    He who thinks himself nothing is something.

    Humility is evidence of virtue; it is the hall-mark of excellence. John Newton says: "Young Christians think themselves little; growing Christians think themselves nothing; full-grown Christians think themselves less than nothing."

    He who thinks it's too soon may find it's too late. Luther said: "How soon not now becomes never!" He who throws fire-brands will burn his fingers.

    He who tries to stand in two boats at once runs great risk of drowning.

    To have two grounds of dependence will lead to disappointment. A man of two trades stands two chances of liquidation.

    He who waits to do a great deal at once will do nothing.

    Ladders must be climbed by taking one step at a time, and he who would put his foot upon the highest round at first will wait at the bottom all his life.

    He who walks too fast is likely to stumble.

    He who wants to dig will find a spade somewhere.

    Where there's a will there's a tool.

    He who wastes pence may one day want them.

    And then, what regretful remembrance of the former waste!

    He who will have his will, will have plenty of ill.

    Obstinacy leads to folly, and folly has to be paid for; sometimes the price is minted from the eyes.

    He who will not hear must feel.

    Afflictions, if not the pains of hell, will come to him who refuses to take warning.

    He who will not live in love will never live in heaven.

    The very clement of heaven is love; for God is love. The best preparation for life in heaven is to be filled with the heavenly life on earth, and this will cause us to live in love to God and man.

    He who will not mend shall have an evil end.

    He who will not save in youth will have his nose to the grindstone all his life.

    If he eats all at breakfast he will be hard-up for dinner, and in worse case for supper. For lack of the capital, which in youth he might have saved, he must be a workman for another all his days.

    He who will not save pence shall never save pounds.

    Thrift must begin with little savings. The Post Office does good service in allowing children to put in their stamps. The reckless expenditure of many is a sad cause of national poverty. If people will not keep an old stocking they will have to go barefoot.

    He who works best must sometimes rest.

    He who would be rich in a year, begs in six months.

    Because he makes a desperate plunge, sustains a great loss, and gets his name into the Gazette.

    He who would be young in age, Let him in his youth be sage.

    He who would carry the cow must every day shoulder the calf.

    Then he will grow used to the load, which will increase so insensibly that he will hardly perceive it.

    He who would catch fish must not mind a wetting.

    He who would catch fish should mend his nets.

    Those fishermen whom Jesus called were either fishing or mending their nets. Ministers should be either preaching or studying.

    He who would eat long, let him eat little.

    This will prolong his life; for he will digest what he eats, and will not clog the organs of the body by excess.

    He who would eat the kernel must crack the nut.

    Study a truth till you get to the essence of it, or you will not enjoy it. We must overcome difficulties to get at the prize.

    He who would escape the punishment must leave the sin.

    He who would die single must beware of widows.

    There is a general belief that widows are very insinuating. Perhaps they know the helplessness of men without wives, and are moved with compassion for them. Still, "Beware of the widows Sammy," has passed into a proverb.

    He who would go to sea should learn to pray.

    He who would learn to pray should go to sea.

    Both proverbs are true. The dangers of the sea call for prayer, and the wonders of the sea lead to prayer, if there be any religion in the sea-goer. Storms bring many to their knees, and make atheism a hard matter. When certain sailors heard that a passenger was an "atheist" they wondered what queer fish he might be; and when a storm came on, and they heard him cry to God, they wanted to put him overboard while he was in a good frame of mind.

    He who would please all, and please himself too, Has taken more in hand than he can do.

    He who would reap must sow.

    He who would rest must work.

    He cannot enjoy rest if he does not work, neither is he likely to get much chance of resting. And, on the other hand, he who would work long and well must take a fair measure of rest, or he will run down.

    He who would rise in life must rise in the morning.

    The morning hour has gold in its mouth. Early rising, in many cases, shows an energy which will enable a man to fight his way up.

    He who would save should begin at his mouth.

    It is wonderful what a saving it is when the beer jug no longer goes to and fro. The mouth makes all the difference between poverty and plenty in a working man's house.

    He who would sleep soundly, let him borrow the bed of a bankrupt.

    It is said that a Roman emperor who could not sleep desired the couch of a debtor, for he thought it wonderful that a man should deep while in debt.

    He who would speed must take good heed.

    He who would stop everybody's mouth needs plenty of cakes.

    Indeed, if he gave away cakes, mouths would open to receive them, if for nothing else.

    He who would thrive must look alive.

    In these times, especially, one must not be asleep, or we shall have our teeth drawn while we are dreaming.

    He who wronged you will hate you.

    It is so, that, when a man has done you an ill turn, he takes a dislike to you.

    He whom God steers sails safely.

    But keep your own hand off the Filler, saying "Not as I will, but as thou wilt."

    He whose worth speaks will not speak his own worth.

    Chinese shop-keepers write on their doors, "No cheating here."

    This suggests that there is need for such an assertion. "You can trust me," said one, " I am beyond temptation." He who heard this boast suspected him at once, and not without justification.

    He will not drink too much who never drinks at all.

    This is the simple fact which justifies total abstinence from all intoxicating liquors. Is it not a sure cure if followed out? A little drinking is a dangerous thing.

    He winneth that waiteth.

    He wins all things who waits upon the Lord of all.

    He works hard who has nothing to do.

    There is no fatigue so wearisome as that which comes from want of work.

    He's a man who dares to be Firm for truth when others flee.

    Where are such men? Nowadays compromise and indifference rule supreme, and instead of solid grit we have putty or wax.

    He's a mouse who feeds on other people's cheese.

    Shame on able-bodied men, who live upon their wives, or pick up the doles of charity! We libel a mouse in likening such a wretch to it. Such fellows want the old Dutch system tried on them: — to be put in a cell, into which the water comes so fast that they can only save their lives by pumping as hard as they can. What a picture it would be to see them taking to the pump when the water was nearly up to their necks !

    He's a whole team, a horse extra, and a dog under the wagon.

    That is to say, he is fully efficient; nay more, he could accomplish a far more difficult work. He fulfills the saying, "He is all there when the bell rings."

    Health is not valued till sickness comes.

    Hear both sides or none.

    Hear first, speak afterwards. Trapp says, "We read oft, 'He that hath an ear to hear, let him hear; ' but never, he that hath a tongue to speak, let him speak; for this we can do fast enough, without bidding."

    Hear for yourself, and hear for eternity. Mr. Philip Henry notes in his diary the saying of a pious hearer of his own that much affected him : — " I find it is easier," said the good man, "to go six miles to hear a sermon than to spend one quarter of an hour in meditating and praying over it in secret, as I should when I come home."

    Hear God, and God will hear you.

    Hear the other side before you quite decide.

    Aristides, they tell us, would lend but one ear to any one who accused an absent party, and used to hold his hand on the other; intimating, that he reserved an ear for the absentee accused.

    Hear with patience, that you may answer with prudence.

    The Danes say, "Hear one man before you answer, several before you decide."

    Hearsay' is more than half false.

    Heart of gunpowder, shun the candle of temptation. Whitefield used to say when any one praised him, "Take care of fire; I carry powder about with me."

    Hearts may agree though heads differ.

    But it is a sounder agreement when heads and hearts go together, so that we are one in belief as weir as in feeling.

    Heartsease bloweth for the true; For the false there groweth rue.

    Heartsease is a flower that groweth only in the garden of grace. "There is a little flower that's found In almost every garden ground; 'Tis lowly, but 'tis sweet; And if its name express its power, A more invaluable flower You'll never, never meet." Heaven is as near by' sea as by land.

    What multitudes will find it so when the sea gives up her dead ! The ocean is even now a cemetery where bodies of saints are awaiting the sound of the trumpet : — "The sea's abyss is one large grave, A churchyard is its face, A tombstone is each rising wave, To mark the burial place." Hedges between keep friendship green.

    By a proper separation persons do not grow weary of each other, quarrels do not arise, and rights are secured. This is wise.

    Hedges have eyes, and wails have ears. As you walk along roads and garden paths be cautious what you say; for you can never tell who is listening.

    Help, hands ! for I have no lands.

    Help those who help themselves, and those who cannot help themselves.

    These two classes of persons are evidently most fit objects for charity.

    Help which is long on the road is no help.

    The man is drowned while his friend is pulling off his coat to rescue him.

    Help yourself, and God will help you.

    Help yourself, and your friends will love you.

    But not if you help yourself to the wine and to the meat, as some do. Every man admires a relative who pays his own charges by his own honest endeavors.

    Hens that lay should not be put in the pot.

    Don't spend the capital which brings in your living.

    Here my master bias me stand, And mark the time with faithful hand; What is his will is my delight, To tell the hours by day, by night.

    Master, be wise, and learn of me To serve thy God as I serve thee.

    This was the verso which John Berridge placed on his Clock.

    A Hindoo who had become a Christian, first had a Bible given him, and afterwards a clock. "The clock will tell me how time goes, and the Bible will teach me how to spend it," said the old man.

    High birth is a cold did, for a poor man.

    Many a poor man tries to get a taste of it. The Creoles say, "When a mulatto gets mule, he will not own his mother was a negress."

    Pride of birth is ridiculous anywhere, but most in the man whose only coat of arms is out at the elbows.

    High learnt niggers ain't much at rolling logs.

    No doubt some people are spoiled for hard work by their superfine education.

    High looks are not good looks.

    Pride is uncomely His mother's duck turns out to be his father's goose.

    He gets so spoiled when young, that he grows up a simpleton.

    His mouth never keeps Sunday.

    Said of a man who is always talking or eating.

    Hit the nail on the head.

    When you aim at a thing, don't miss it. In dealing with an evil be plain, pointed and direct. Fail not to make your words tell upon the evil you aim at.

    Hobby-horses are as dear as race-horses.

    Men will spend anything on their fancies. Often they are boobies with their hobbies.

    Hoe your own garden, but owe not a farthing.

    Cut up your debts, for they are a nasty kind of weed.

    Hoist your sail when the wind :is fair. "Hoist up the sail while gale doth last — Tide and wind stay no man's pleasure !

    Seek not time, when time is past — Sober speed is wisdom's leisure !

    After-wits are dearly bought:

    Let thy fore-wit guide thy thought."— Southwell.

    Hold the ear, and the head will follow.

    Constantly teach the truth, and we may hope to win the mind to it.

    Hold your tongue, and hold your friend.

    There are times when a few words will part you. Bite your tongue rather than let it bite your friendship in pieces.

    Holy things are for holy men.

    The promises, the doctrines, and the ordinances would be polluted if grasped by wicked hands.

    Home is home, be it ever so homely.

    Is there any word concerning things human which has more sweetness in it than the word "home "? Is not the Christian home one of the fruits of Christianity, which prove the goodness of the tree ? A man can build a mansion, And furnish it throughout; A man can build a palace, With lofty walls and stout; A man can build a temple, With high and spacious dome:

    But no man in the world can build That precious thing called Home.

    Honest toil is no disgrace; Pride is always out of place.

    Honesty in little things is not a little thing.

    On the contrary, it is the great point in life.

    Honesty is exact to a penny.

    It is in such little matters that genuine integrity is seen Honesty is the best policy.

    But he who is honest out of policy is not an honest man.

    Honey is sweet, but bees sting.

    Honor and fame from no condition rise:

    Act well your part — there all the honor lies.

    Honor your parents, and your children will honor you.

    Hope and strive is the way to thrive. hope is sweet music.

    It is the music of the future, with an undertone of heavenly song.

    Hope may be drenched, but it cannot be drowned.

    Hope well, and have well.

    Horse-racing is a galloping consumption.

    That is to say, for the pocket, the reputation, the morals, and the soul. Racing is supposed to improve the breed of horses, but it sadly deteriorates the breed of men.

    Horses will do more for a whistle than for a whip.

    That is to say, as a regular thing. Of course the whip may do wonders for a moment, but the constant use of it is infamous. When kindly used the horse becomes intelligent, and performs marvels without requiring so much as a harsh word.

    Hot heads make their brains bubble over.

    They take up with wild. notions, and then nothing will do but, they must run after them like wild horses. They are so hot that they scald other people, and at length they themselves evaporate in steam. It is a good rule to keep the head cool and the heart warm.

    How can a slut be a saint ?

    This is a hard question; and white it is being answered, the slut had better wash, and be clean. Godliness ought not to be lodged in a pig-sty.

    How can he be godly who is not cleanly ?

    Time was when filth produced "the odor of sanctity "; but nasty saints are now held very cheap.

    How easily a hair gets into the butter!

    How readily do we err even in our best things ! "How not to do it" you shall see, Just leave it to a committee.

    Resolutions will be passed, and the business will be past too; or else the committee as a whole will do what no man among them would be bad enough to do by himself.

    How oft the fear of ill to ill betrays!

    The fear is father to the fact: the dread brings on the calamity. Or, men do evil from fear of evil, and so ensure evil.

    How will it look by daylight?

    A very proper question to ask. Every secret thing must be revealed in the light of the day of judgment, if not before. Act as if all men saw you. Live as in the light of day:

    Nothing have to hide away.

    However blind a man may be, Another's faults he's sure to see.

    However small a bush, it casts its shadow.

    Everybody has some influence. Everyone can render a little help in the hour of need.

    Humility is better than gentility.

    A lowly deportment is the backbone of gentlemanly behavior, Hunger is fine sauce for plain dishes.

    Hungry dogs will eat dirty puddings.

    So, we suppose, will hungry men; but that is no reason for making them dirty. It is said that "we must all eat a peek of dirt before we die"; but we don't want it all at once. The proverb also means that men who are hungry for place and office will do very dirty things.

    Notice members of Parliament, and you will soon have proofs enough.

    Hungry horses make clean mangers.

    None are more ready to receive all the truth of God than those who feel and know their own spiritual need. There would not be so much picking and choosing of Scripture if the Lord had wrought a holy hunger in the soul.

    Husbands can earn money, but only wives can save it.

    Hypocrites will serve God while God serves them.

    Yes, and they will just as soon servo the devil if it answers their purpose better. They are mere traders in the market, and they will buy or sell as the price may happen to go.

    SAYINGS OF A MORE SPIRITUAL SORT.

    Halfway to Christ is a dreadful place.

    A dreadful place to stop in; for it tempts to presumption, and yet it is no better than being far off.

    Have a good memory. Remember the Sabbath-day to keep it holy.

    A minister, one Sunday, was accosted by a man, who said, "Sir, have you seen a family going along here traveling ?" "What sort of family were they?" said the good man. "Oh, they had a cart." "Yes," said the minister. "Were they a family with short memories ?" "I don't know much about that," said the young man. "What do you mean ?" "Why," replied the divine, "I thought they must be, for it is written, 'Remember the Sabbath-day, to keep it holy,' and they seem to have forgotten it." There are many families with short memories nowadays.

    He alone lives who lives to God alone.

    The rest is death. Paul saith, "She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth." — 1 Timothy 5:6.

    He gains a loss who shuns the cross.

    He is no man who needs no mending.

    He is safe who is where God puts him, He is right who is what God makes him.

    He knows God who imitates him.

    Certainly imitation is the truest form of praise. It can only be carried out so far as the great Original is known to us.

    He loseth nothing that keepeth God for his friend.

    He only is a Christian indeed who is a Christian in deeds.

    He pleases God best who trusts him most. "Without faith it is impossible to please God"; but with much of it we can delight him.

    He prizes grace too little who prizes gifts too much.

    He shall have hell as a debt who will not have heaven as a gift.

    He shall never want mercy that does not wanton with mercy.

    And even he that has so wantoned with mercy shall obtain it if he turn and repent; for the Lord is not only merciful, but he is mercy full He that believes God for the event must believe him for the means also.

    If the harvest is sure you must be sure to make sure the sowing.

    He that can repel a temptation to gain, gains by the temptation.

    He that contemns a small sin commits a great one.

    He that doth not fear God continually has cause for continual fear.

    He that doth not hear the Word of God to his renovation, shall hear it to his condemnation.

    He that falls into sin is a man, He that boasts of sin is a devil; He that grieves over sin is a Christian, He that forgives sin is God.

    He that forsakes the truth of God, forsakes the God of truth.

    He that good thinketh good may do, And God will bless him thereunto:

    For no good work was ever wrought Without beginning in good thought.

    Want of thought is a far more pernicious want than it may seem to be. “I thought upon my ways, said the Psalmist, and turned unto thy statutes."

    He that hath Jesus Christ for his daily bread, may (wit/lout sin) fare sumptuously every day.

    He that is graceless in the day ot grace will be speechless in the day of judgment.

    He that is rotten within will soon be specked without.

    Before long evil principles display themselves in unhallowed actions.

    He that is most full of God is most empty of himself; and he that is most full of himself is most empty of God.

    He that makes earth his heaven shall have no other heaven.

    He that will make God's will his will, will have his will.

    He that will not be saved needs no sermon.

    He that wills to serve God for nought, will find that he does not serve God for nought.

    Our motive must be :tree from selfishness, but in the end the Lord will reward all the faithful. Satan asked, "Doth Job serve God for nought ?" But we might answer, "Dost thou think that God is such a Master that he would let a man serve him for nought ?"

    He that would and Christ must seek him.

    He that would have his sins covered by God must uncover them before God.

    He that would never die must die daily.

    He walks uprightly who leans on God.

    None else will long do so. The leaning of faith balances the natural leaning to our own understanding.

    He who brings good tidings may knock boldly.

    How bold may he be who brings the gospel — "glad tidings of great joy" !

    He who can wrestle with God can conquer man.

    Or put it in these words, "He that overcomes heaven can overcome earth." We shall have power with men for God in proportion as we have power with God for men.

    He who closely clings to God Oft escapes the chastening rod.

    The further off the heavier the blow when a man is striking. By running into God's arms we escape the full force of the stroke.

    Complete submission renders affliction light.

    He who covers his sin, discovers himself to be a sinner.

    He who creates his image in us, will love his image in us.

    He who dwells in high heaven fever dwells in a haughty heart.

    He who gives before we ask will give when we ask.

    The spontaneous bounty of God should be a great incentive to believing prayer.

    He who gives thee Christ will not deny thee a crust. "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ?"

    He who grieves for his sin may be glad of his grief.

    Indeed, it is such blessed sorrow that one holy man was wont to regret that the tear of repentance would not wet his eye in heaven.

    He who has God has all.

    Therefore, let him not fret though he should seem to lose all.

    He who is angry with sin does not sin in his anger.

    He who is good to the saints for God's sake, shall find God good to him for the saints' sake.

    He who is heaven-bound must first be heaven-born.

    He who is of the religion of the time, will in time have no religion.

    He who is only half God's is wholly the devil's.

    The more surely so because of his half-hearted religion.

    He who is the friend of God is the enemy of priests.

    For they are the enemies of the one Great High Priest. Their pretentions are in direct opposition to the way of salvation by faith.

    He who learns Christ unlearns sin.

    He who leaves the saints of God will not cleave to the God of saints.

    He who lifts clean hands in prayer, God will have him in his care.

    He who lives in God will never be weary of living.

    He who lives most in sin, and in most sin, is most; dead in sin.

    He who loses Christ is lost himself.

    He who loves Christ sincerely, loves him superlatively.

    A second place in the heart our Lord will never occupy; the very idea is a dishonor to him.

    He who made man was made man.

    He who made the smallest flower Regulates the tempest's power.

    He who makes the world his god, worships the god of this world.

    He who serves God serves a good Master.

    He who sins for profit, will not profit by his sins.

    He who would find Christ must lose self.

    For self-confidence and confidence in Christ will no more agree than Dagon and Jehovah.

    He who would have a clean life, must have a clean heart.

    Only from a pure fountain can there flow pure streams, and the heart is to be kept with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

    He will never go to heaven who is content to go alone.

    Hear to believe, and believe to do.

    This is the hearing which is saving; faith comes by it, and works meet for repentance come of the faith.

    Heaven alone has all roses, and no thorns. No traveler ever reached that blest abode, Who found not thorns and briars on the road.

    Heaven is a prepared place for a prepared people.

    Our Lord carne to earth to prepare the people, and he is gone to glory to prepare the place.

    Heaven is never deaf but, when our hearts are dumb.

    Heaven must be in thee, ere thou canst be in heaven.

    At the bottom of a portrait of Sibbes 'we find this Couplet :— Of this blest marl let this just praise be given:

    Heaven was in him, before he was in heaven.

    Heirs of blessing should also bless their heirs.

    Holy training should be given to all the sons of the sons of God, that then the grace of God may abide upon the family from generation to generation.

    Hell is truth seen too late.

    Note this definition. May none of us learn its truth by practical experience !

    Hem your blessings with praise, last they unravel.

    A notable piece of advice. Doubtless our enjoyments become a danger unless we humbly trace them to the hand of God, and gratefully praise his name for them.

    Here we are to labor for rest; hereafter we shall rest from our labors.

    We are to "labor to enter into that rest" (Hebrews 4:11). This is a singular expression, and reminds us of our Savior's words "Labor not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life" (John 6:27). Here he utters a paradox. He bids us not to labor for that which we cannot get without labor, and commands us to labor for that which we cannot earn by labor.

    Blessed is he that understandeth !

    His heart cannot be pure whose tongue is not clean.

    His voice is most eloquent whose life is most innocent, Hold forth the truth, and hold fast the truth.

    Hold on, hold fast, hold out.

    Three things which must be attended to by all who would reach the eternal rest.

    Hold the truth, because it Bolds you.

    No one else will continue to hold the gospel in times when it is unpopular; but if it has full possession of the soul, there is no fear of its being given up. A cross with the mottoET TENEO,ET TENEOR — I hold, and am held — is a fine coat-of-arms for a Christian.

    Holiness is not the way to Christ; but Christ is the way to holiness.

    Holiness is the best Sabbath dress.

    But it is equally suitable for every-day wear.

    Holiness is the wholeness of the soul.

    It is our spiritual health, even as sin is the soul's disease..

    Holy hearts make holy tongues.

    The Holy Spirit, both in his miraculous and in his common gifts delights to work upon tongues. The tongue is the glory of the man, and when grace purifies it, it sets forth the glory of God.

    Honor the Lord with thy substance, and there will be substance in it.

    God's blessing makes consecrated possessions to be real goods, whereas, without his blessing, they are a vain show.

    Hope is a good anchor, but it needs something to grip.

    Hope is never ill when faith is 'well. That hope flourishes Which true faith nourishes.

    Hope on, hope ever.

    How shall the blind see when the seers are blind ?

    When the pastors err, where will the sheep go ?

    Hunger breaks through stone walls.

    Nothing can keep back the man who hungers after Christ: he will force his way to the bread of heaven.

    Humble we must be if to heaven we go:

    High is its roof of light, but yet its gate is low.

    Humility is to have a just idea of yourself.

    To sham humility by a fictitious depreciation of one's self is sickening hypocrisy. We are not without ability, nor without some measure of moral virtue: and we ,should not profess that we think we are. It cannot be necessary to modesty that we should deny the truth; still, if any man's opinion of himself is very high, he may depend upon it that he has made a :mistake in the adding up.

    Hypocrites love the gold of the altar better than the God of the altar.

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