Extracts for the Cherokee Phoenix.
From an old book entitled-'The non such professor'---
1. The harp sounds sweetly; but it hears not its melody.
2. As the shadow of sun is largest when his beams are lowest; so, we are always least when we make ourselves the greatest.
3. Saints should resemble a spire steeple which is smallest where it is highest. The deep rivers pay a tribute to the sea than shallow brooks, yet empty themselves with less noise.
4. Believers resemble the moon which emerges through the eclipse by keeping her motion and ceases not to shine because the dogs bark at her.
Paul who turned the world upside down could not be turned upside down by the world.
The higher the flood swells on earth the nearer the ark mounts to heaven.
5. For saints to set their hearts upon that whence hearts set their feet, is as if a man should desert a golden mine to dig a pit of gravel.
6. There is a proverb, but none of Solomon's 'Every man for himself and God for us all' but where every man is not for himself the devil will have all.
7. A religious man in the company of the wicked is like a green branch among dry burning brands. They can sooner kindle him than he can quench them. Christians are not always like the rose which preserves its sweetness among the most noisome weeds, or like the sun which shines throughout an impure world and yet knows no impurity.
8. Some too much resemble sponges; which greedily suck up the waters, but will not yield a return of them till they are squeezed. Though the son of charity rise at home, it should always set aborad, showers that fall upon the highest mountains, should glide in the lowest valleys.
Your benevolence should seek the poor, before the poor seek your benevolence.
9. A believer is like a vessel cast into the sea, the more it fills, the more it sinks. It is the night-owl of ignorance that hatches the peacock of pride.
10. Those trees bend the most freely that bear most fully.
11. Small fishes bites the fastest. Oh how few great men do we find so much as nibbling at the gospel book.
12. The dial of our faces does not infallibly show the time of day in our hearts, unclean spirits may while at the chamber when they look not out at the window,
The skin of an apple may be fair while it is rotten at the core.
13, It is dangerous to smite those with our tongue whom God has smitten with his hand. His right to correct is not ours.
14. He that takes fire to cast at an adversary is in danger of burning his own fingers.- He that blows into a heap of dust is in danger of putting out his own eyes.
15. Those who profess to forgive but cannot forget injuries are like persons who sweep the chamber, but leave the dust behind the door.
16 A word will do more with others. A Venice glass is not to be rubbed so hard as a brazen kettle.
Dashing stones do but destroy the seed while gentle showers nourish it.
Some are very angry in reproving anger.
17. Sin is like a nettle which stings when it is gently (word is unclear) but heres not when it is roughly handled.
18. He that hates reproof is like a vicious horse, that strikes the grove while he is rubbing off the dirt.
19. Believers should be like sheep, which change their pastures at the will of their shepherd.
20 Our worldly pleasures would be a sea to drown us, were not on crosses a plank to save us.
21. Worldlings love religion not for the beauty existing in it, but for the dowry annexed to it. They are like the fox that follows the lion, for the prey that is falling from him.
22. When the snow drops of youth appear in the garden of the church, it evinces that there is a glorious summer approaching.
If youth be sick of the will-nots; old age is in danger of dying of the shall-nots. An old sinner is nearer to the second death than he is to the second birth. O how amiable are the golden apples of grace in the silver pictures of blooming youth.
23. Those trees that are unsound at their roots, cease from putting forth leaves in their season.- Those that are inwardly corrupt will be outwardly profane. The wool of a sheep's back, if A be shaven will grow again; but the wool on the sheep's skin, clip that and there will come no more in its room. Hypocrites the fiery meteors, fall to the earth. Fixed stars remain in the heavens.
24. The Devil could never come off a conqueror, were he not joined by our forces. The fire is his but the tinder is ours.
24. The firmament is made more glorious by the sun than by all the stars that steed the heavens. Thus Jesus Christ hath more glory given to him by one saint than from all the world beside.
26. By how much the higher the morning larks are in their flight, by so much the sweeter are their notes.
The higher a Christian is raised above this world, the more he is ravished with the joys of heaven.
27. The world is but a looking glass, there is a face presented in it, but there is no face seated in it.
28. Good works are so indigent that no man ca be saved by them, and yet so excellent that no man can go to heaven without them.
[To be continued.]