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not catched, thinks it no crime, not confidering that God fees whatfoever he does. He is frequently out of humour, and fullen and obftinate, fo that he will neither do what he is bid, nor anfwer any queftion that is afked him.
In fhort, he neglects every thing that he fhould learn, and minds nothing but play and mifchief; by which means be becomes as he grows up a confirmed blockhead, incapable of any thing but wickednefs or folly, defpifed by all men of fenfe and virtue, and generally dies a beggar.
He that giveth to the poor, lendeth to the Lord,
There was a poor man who was charitable to excefs; for he gave away all that he had to relieve the neceffities of others ; chufing rather to throw himfelf upon Providence, than to deny an alms to any one who afked him, fo long as he had any thing to beftow.
Being at length, by his conftant liberalities, reduced to a very indigent condition, he was forced to betake himfelf to digging for a livelihood. Yet notwithftanding he gained his own bread by hard labour, he ceafed not to fhew his wonted kindneffes to the poor; giving them whatever he could pof-fibly fpare from his own neceffities.
One day as he was digging in the field, he found feveral earthen pots of gold, fupposed to be buried there in the time of the wars. The good man carried this huge treasure home to his houfe, with all imaginable privacy.
And having diftributed the greateft part of it in charity, he was going with the laft referve to the houfe of a diftreffed widow, to whom he gave a fuflicient fum to relieve her wants, being all he had left: When as he was returning home he found a jewel in the high-way, which being fold, yielded him ten thoufand crowns.
This was a noble bank for new liberalities, and a convincing argument, that there was fomething more than mere