30 PEACE IN CHRIST. [SER. II.
give loose rein to the indulgence of his
carnal and corrupt appetites and passions.
He views the sober class of society with
a degree of pain and disgust. To their
quiet and sedate movements he finds
nothing in himself congenial. If he at
all admits the wisdom and propriety of
their course, he is sure to do it in such a
way as to shield himself from conviction.
A strict regard to the serious affairs of
religion, is proper only, as he will have it,
for the aged, the sick and dying. But as
it regards the young and sprightly, let
them eat, drink and be merry—let them
mingle in the circle where counte¬
nances brighten, and the heart leaps up
at the sound of the timbrel and dance;
where their ears are saluted with the loud
laugh and the merry song. This, is their
proper element, here alone can the soul's
native thirst for happiness be gratified.
Thus reasons the votary of pleasure.
But we would in all kindness beseech
him to ponder his steps. Consider, if