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get his years and grow amorous. Wine makes the religious man wicked, and the wicked-inclined man a devil! so that men, when drunk, differ as much in their temper as in their faces. Some dance, others fing or roar loudly, spout or quarrel; some are lulled to sleep, and snore like hogs; others become mad for girls—reeling bucks of sun I and stagger to brothels, or other dens of iniquity, where they not only become dupes to distempered harlots, by contracting diseases which may be long and lasting* 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 soul and reason of a man."
No man can, with the smallest degree of propriety, attempt to apologize and expect pardon for the offences he committed when intoxicated: tell me not, "I was drunk —wine sets me mad and makes me quarrelsome—so that I beg you will forgive me for the assault and battery I committed last night, or for my abusing you so grossly with such coarse and virulent words." A pretty joke! if such were admissable 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 strict integrity; notwithstanding all the fame that conquering hero gained
by by his numerous armies and victorious battles, this rash and horrid deed lessened him in the eyes of the world, and wrecked his own peace of mind ever after. Solomon fays, most beautisully, " It is not for Kings, O! Lemuel, ic 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 beast. No man should eat or drink as much as he could swallow;—what he could bear without rendering himself unwieldy or affecting his head, would be sufficient nourishment. The Epicurean's sole delight is pampering his nasty carcase; his belly is his god; to gratify the infatiable cravings of which, he facrifices all the duties of a man and a Christian,
"For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty,
M 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 swine—those mighty great beasts ! "great in their crimes, and glorious in their shame," forget their low origin, and make no allowance for the frailties of others, but condemn them for the very darling vices which they themselves
How mortifying must it be to a fine young woman in the bloom of virgin innocence, exquisitely inticing,—eyes glowing with love and fondness, rosy pouting lips, sweeter far than the precious balm of Hybla; how provoking must it be to such a charming creature, when she finds herself woesully deceived, through her own fond credulity, or parental authority, buried alive with a drunken consort: After having adorned her mind and body with every refinement sufficient to make a virtuous man happy, after having restrained ali her longing desires, from the age of twelve to eighteen or twenty—to find herself cast away with one who adores h's throat and his belly more than all her resulgent charms. It must be mortifying, indeed, to her, poor thing! After waiting the live long day, with longing expectation of rer ceiving some matrimonial comfort at nightcapable of yielding and receiving pure and innocent bliss !—eyes sparkling with vigorous passion, and smiling compliance, to see him who fliould realize all her imaginary joys, and that too with all the endearing fondness of a good husband, or amorous lover, stagger home, so much debased that his limbs will hardly do their office to bear him to his bed! and when she lies by his side, how disgusting must he be to her! he rolls, he tumbles, he coughs, he spits; whilst the stench, or favor of his putrid lungs, more offensive than ordure, is
poisonous . poisonous to her delicate senfations. Instead of warm, rapturous kisses, (he often receives the disgorgings of his frail paunch on her lovely, swelling bosom, exuberantly inticing—fair and smooth as ivory, wax, or alabaster.
It is just as impossible for an amiable woman to love a drunken husband, as it is for a drunken husband to please an amiable woman: so that drunkards should never marry. I am not at all surprized at women's infidelity to their drunken consorts; and I think it cruel, narrow-minded and illiberal to censure them for granting favors to sober men. Bacchus is painted with horns, an emblem of a beast, to signify that all his beastial votaries should wear them. Silenus, the foster-father of Bacchus, and king and emperor of drunkards, is supposed to be always reeling drunk, riding upon an ass, which is the most cross-grained, stubborn and ungovernable animal; to shew that drunken men are supported and led by cross-grained, stubborn and ungovernable passions.
Generous refreshment is necessary for all men; particularly in warm climates, to support Nature, which is commonly relaxed; yet all kinds of nourishment should be taken moderately and discretionally, according to a man's health, exercise, or labour; He who works, or walks about from day-light until noon, exposed to the weather, will relish a glass of soiru-thing stronger than the pure element, and it will re
M 3 vive 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 amuse himself in a house or piazza, or writing in an office, should not, by any means, accustom himself to drink any thing stronger than water before dinner; nor should such a person tipple at grog, or other liquors, in the evening or at night, least he, in process of time, becomes a sot. The temperate man is always ready for action;—he goes to bed at regular hours;—if he has a favourite bosom companion, he can render himself agreeable to hear;—he gets up in the morning at gun-fire, /'. e. five o'clock, with a head quite clear and sound. How pleasing must the morning's lonely rural excursion be to such a man! the vernal beauty of the fields, the grandieur of the trees and shrubs, vocal with the melody of feathered songsters innumerable, fill his mind with delightful senfations! he joins the warbling choristers of Heaven, in gratesul strains of adoration and thanks to his Creacor, for his unbounded goodness and loving kindness to him and to all men; and returns, with pleasing satisfaction, attentive to his business, and so pursues a regular course of life.