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MORALS.
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apostle Paul was an illustrious example of every thing that is noble, heroic, generous, and benevolent in human conduct. His soul was inspired with a holy ardor in promoting the best interests of mankind. To accomplish this object, he parted with friends and relatives, re­linquished his native country, and every thing that was dear to him either as a Jew or as a Roman citizen, and exposed himself to perse­cutions and dangers of every description. Dur­ing the prosecution of his benevolent career, he was 'in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by his own coun­trymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in wea­riness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in stripes above measure, in cold and nakedness.' Yet none of these things moved him, nor did he count his life dear to him. provided he might finish his course with joy, and be instrumental in accomplishing the present and eternal happi­ness of his fellow-men. In every period of the Christian era, similar characters have arisen to demonstrate the power of virtue and to bless mankind. Our own age and country have pro­duced numerous philanthropic characters, who
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