This historic book may have numerous typos or missing text. Not
indexed. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the
original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1819. Not
illustrated. Excerpt: ... OF INDUSTRY IN GENERAL. Eccles. ix. 10.
Whatsoever thy hand Jindeth to do, do it with all thy might. In St.
Paul's Epistle to the Romans, among divers excellent rules of life
prescribed by that great master, this is one, "Be not slothful in
business," or to business; and in the second Epistle to the
Corinthians, among other principal virtues, or worthy
accomplishments, for abounding wherein the Apostle commendeth those
Christians, he ranketh all diligence or industry exercised in all
affairs and duties incumbent on them: this is that virtue, the
practice whereof B in this moral precept or advice the royal
Preacher doth recommend unto us; being indeed an eminent virtue, of
very general use, and powerful influence upon the management of all
our affairs, or in the conduct of our whole life. Industry, I say,
in general, touching all matters incident, which "our hand findeth
to do," that is, which dispensation of Providence doth offer, or
which choice of reason embraceth, for employing our active powers
of soul and body, the wise man doth recommend; and to pressing the
observance of his advice (waving all curious remarks either
critical or logical upon the words) I shall presently apply my
discourse, proposing divers considerations apt to excite us
thereto; only first, let me briefly describe it, for our better
apprehension of its true notion and nature. By industry we
understand a serious and steady application of mind, joined with a
vigorous exercise of our active faculties, in prosecution of any
reasonable, honest, useful design, in order to the accomplishment
or attainment of some considerable good; as for instance, a
merchant is industrious, who continueth intent and active in
driving on his trade for acquiring wealth; a soldier is
industrious, who is watc...
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