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get his years and grow amorous. Wine makes the religious man wicked, and the wicked-inclined man a devil! fo that men, when drunk, differ as much in their temper as in their faces. Some dance, others fing or roar loudly, spout or quarrel; fome are lulled to fleep, and fnore like hogs; others become mad for girls-reeling bucks of fun! and ftagger to brothels, or other dens of iniquity, where they not only become dupes to diftempered harlots, by contracting diseases which may be long and lafting, and loose their money, watches, &c. but get frequently battered, bruised and kicked by their bullies, in the frolic. "Whoredom and wine, and new wine, take away the heart and foul and reafon of a man."
No man can, with the finalleft degree of propriety, attempt to apologize and expect pardon for the offences he committed when intoxicated: tell me not, "I was drunk -wine fets me mad and makes me quarrelfome-fo that I beg you will forgive me for the affault and battery I committed last night, or for my abufing you so grossly with fuch coarse and virulent words." A pretty joke! if fuch were admiffable every nefareous villain would evade the gallows.
Alexander, in a drunken fit, murdered one of his best officers, Clitus; he was a great favourite, and a man of ftrict integrity; notwithstanding all the fame that conquering hero gained
by his numerous armies and victorious battles, this rafh and horrid deed leffened him in the eyes of the world, and wrecked his own peace of mind ever after. Solomon fays, most beautifully," It is not for Kings, O! Lemuel, it is not for Kings to drink wine, nor for Princes strong drink."
Gluttony is a kindred vice nearly allied to drunkenness; it unfits a man for action, and changes him into a beaft. No man fhould eat or drink as much as he could fwallow;-what he could bear without rendering himself unwieldy or affecting his head, would be fufficient nourishment. The Epicurean's fole delight is pampering his nafty carcafe; his belly is his god; to gratify the infatiable cravings of which, he facrifices all the duties of a man and a Chriftian,
"For the drunkard and the glutton fhall come to poverty,
"And drowsiness shall clothe a man in rags."
The great men, as they are called, to their shame, guttle and guzzle to excess ;-those lofty fwine-those mighty great beafts! "great in their crimes, and glorious in their fhame," forget their low origin, and make no allowance for the frailties of others, but condemn them for the very darling vices which they themselves. practice.
How mortifying muft it be to a fine young woman in the bloom of virgin innocence, exquifitely inticing,-eyes glowing with love and fondness, rofy pouting lips, fweeter far than the precious balm of Hybla; how provoking muft it be to fuch a charming creature, when fhe finds herself woefully deceived, through her own fond credulity, or parental authority, buried alive with a drunken confort: After having adorned her mind and body with every refinement fufficient to make a virtuous man happy, after having reftrained all her longing defires, from the age of twelve to eighteen or twenty-to find herself caft away with one who adores his throat and his belly more than all her refulgent charms. It must be mortifying, indeed, to her, poor thing! After waiting the live long day, with longing expectation of receiving fome matrimonial comfort at nightcapable of yielding and receiving pure and innocent blifs!-eyes fparkling with vigorous paffion, and fmiling compliance, to fee him who should realize all her imaginary joys, and that too with all the endearing fondnefs of a good husband, or amorous lover, ftagger home, fo much debafed that his limbs will hardly do their office to bear him to his bed! and when he lies by his fide, how difgufting must he be to her! he rolls, he tumbles, he coughs, he fpits; whilft the stench, or favor of his putrid lungs, more offenfive than ordure, is poisonous
poisonous to her delicate fenfations. Inftead of warm, rapturous kiffes, fhe often receives the difgorgings of his frail paunch on her lovely, fwelling bofom, exuberantly inticing-fair and fmooth as ivory, wax, or alabaster.
It is just as impoffible for an amiable woman to love a drunken husband, as it is for a drunken husband to please an amiable woman: fo that drunkards fhould never marry. I am not at all furprized at women's infidelity to their drunken conforts; and I think it cruel, narrow-minded and illiberal to cenfure them for granting favors to fober men. Bacchus is painted with horns, an emblem of a beast, to fignify that all his beastial votaries fhould wear them. Silenus, the fofter-father of Bacchus, and king and emperor of drunkards, is supposed to be always reeling drunk, riding upon an afs, which is the most cross-grained, ftubborn and ungovernable animal; to fhew that drunken men are fupported and led by cross-grained, ftubborn and ungovernable paffions.
Generous refreshment is neceffary for all men ; particularly in warm climates, to fupport Nature, which is commonly relaxed; yet all kinds of nourishment should be taken moderately and difcretionally, according to a man's health, exercife, or labour: He who works, or walks about from day-light until noon, expofed to the weather, will relifh a glafs of fomething tronger than the pure element, and it will re
vive and cherish him when faint and languid; nor do I think it would be fafe for him to drink cold water, especially if he be in a heat; -but he who does nothing but amufe himself in a house or piazza, or writing in an office, fhould not, by any means, accuftom himself to drink any thing ftronger than water before dinner; nor fhould fuch a perfon tipple at grog, or other liquors, in the evening or at night, leaft he, in procefs of time, becomes a fot. The temperate man is always ready for action;-he goes to bed at regular hours;-if he has a favourite bofom companion, he can render himself agreeable to hear;-he gets up in the morning at gun-fire, i. e. five quite clear and found. How pleasing must the morning's lonely rural excurfion be to fuch a man! the vernal beauty of the fields, the grandieur of the trees and shrubs, vocal with the melody of feathered fongfters innumerable, fill his mind with delightful fenfations! he joins the warbling chorifters of Heaven, in grateful ftrains of adoration and thanks to his Creator, for his unbounded goodness and loving kindness to him and to all men; and returns, with pleafing fatisfaction, attentive to his bufinefs, and fo purfues a regular courfe of life.
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All over the West-Indies, gambling is practiced to a great and ridiculous extreme, and that too on Sabbath's: in every Tavern you'll find card, billiard, backgammon, and various