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unanimous conspiring to promote and carry on the Publick Good, are evident Demonstrations of His Sovereign Wisdom.'

Lastly, T hey serve to stir up and increase in us the Affe£tions and Habits of Admiration, = mility, and Gratitude. Pfal. viii. 3. When I considered the Heavens the Work of Thy Fingers, the Moon and the Stars which Thou haft ordained: What is Man thar'. Thou art mindful of him, or the Son of Man that Thou visitest him. And to these purposes the Holy Pfalinist is very frequent in the Eruineration and Consideration of these Works, which may warrant ire doing the like, and justify the denominating such a Discourse as this, rather Theological than Philosophical.

Note, That by the Works of the Creation, in the Title, I mean the Works created by God at first, and by Him conserved to this Day. in the same State and Condition in which they were at first made ; for Conservation, according to the Judgment both of Philosophers and Dis vines, is a continued Creation.



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SHE Multitude of Creatures an Argument of
2 the Wisdom and Power of God Pag. 18 and 26

Tbat the fix'd Stars are innumerable, agreed
T on all sides, as well by such as embrace the
Tel New Hypothesis,

That they are a's so many Suns placed at
siguen unequal Distances, and each having its Pla-

nets moving about it, furnished with their In-

babitants, like the Earth ; ms by those that adhere to the old,

That they are all fituate in the fame Spherical Superficies 18,19,20

Guess at the Number of Terrestrial Bodies, 1. Inanimate, as
Stone, Earths, concrete and inconcrete Juices, Metals, and Mic
nerals. 2. Animals, Birds, Beafts, Fijbes; and Infe&ts." 3. Plants,
Herbs, and Trees

21, 22, 23, 24
Working the same Effe&t by diver's Means and Instruments, an Ar-

gument of Wisdom. And that God doth this in the Works of the
Creation, proved by several Examples

25, 26, 27, 28

That the material Works of God are wisely contrived and adapted

to Ends both general and particular

Pag. 29, 39

The Ariftotelean Hypothefis, That the World was Co-eternal with
God, condemned

30, 31
The Epicurean Hypothesis, That the World was made by a casual

Concurrence, and Cohesion of Atoms, reje&ted 31, 32, 33. Their
Declination of Atoms justly derided, and their whole Hypothelis
ingeniously confuted by Cicero

34, 35, 36, 37
The Cartesian Hypothésis, That supposing God bad only created

::Matter, divided it into a certain Number of Parts, and put it

i into Motion, according to a few Laws, it would of itself bauc

produced the World without any more ado, confuted in Dr. Cud-

worth's Words

37, &c. to 46

Des Cartes bis Affertion, That the Ends of God in any of bis
Works are equally undiscovered by us, censured and reproved

38, 39, 40, 41
His Opinion concerning the Cause of the Motion of the Heart

45, 46, 47
The Honourable Mr. Boyle's Hypothesis considered, and pleaded a-

48, 49, 50
The Author's Miftake concerning the Hypothesis of Mr. Boyle, ac-


The Parts of the Body formed, and situated contrary to the Laws

of Specifick Gravity


A Plastick Nature under God, Superintending and effecting natural

Tb:ir Opinion that hold the Souls of Brutes to be material, and

the whole Animal Body and Soul to be a meer Machine, not an
greeable to the general Sense of Mankind

54, 55, 56
Of the visible Works of God, and their Division 57, 58. The Ato-
inick Hypothesis approved


The Works of Nature far more exquisitively formed than the Works

of Art

de 59,60

The various Species of inanimate Bodies to be attributed to the di-

ders Figures of their Principles, or minute component Particles 60

That these Principles are naturally indivisible, proved ibid. They
are not very numerous

Of the heavenly Bodie's 61. That the whole Universe is divided

into two forts of Bedie's, viz. thin and fluid ; dense and con-

ftp.ent, ibid. That this last fort are endued with a twofold.

Power i

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Power: 1. Of Gravity, 2. Of Circular Motion; and whý zi

'. The heavenly Bodies moved in the most regular, facile, and con-

venient manner


Of the Sun, his Uses, and the Convenience of bis Situation and




Of the rest of the Planets, and Fix'd Stars ; the Regularity and

Conftancy of their Motions ; whence Cicero rationally inferes,

that they are governed by Reason


Eclipses useful to settlé Chronology, and determine Longitudes

Of terreftrici inanimate simple Bodies, as Elements commonly so

-called. 1. Fire, its various Uses 69, 70.. Of Air, its Use and

Necessity for Breathing, to all sorts of Animals, Aquatick as

well as Terrestrial ; nay, in a fort to Plants themselves 71, 72,

73. The Effects and Uses of its Gravity and Elastick Qua-



That the Fætus in the Womb hath a kind of Refpiration, and

whence it receives the Air

· 73, 74, 75

That the Air infinuates itself into the Water for the Refpiration of

Fishes 76, and even into subterraneous Waters, wbence it clears

the Mines of Damps 76, 77. A Plaftick Nature necessary for

putting the Diaphragm and Muscles for Respiration into Motion

at first


Of Water, its Uses 78. Of the Sea, and its Tides 79. An Ob-

je&tion concerning the Needlesnefs of so much Sea of no Use to
Mankind, answered. And the Wisdom of God in thus unequally

dividing Sea and Land, manifefted and asserted 80, 81. The

: Use of Flouds

. . : 82, 83

That the Winds bring up more Vapours from the Sea, than they

carry down thither

.84, 85

That the Motion of the Water levels the Buttom of the Sea 85. "The

Reason why the Sea-Plants grow, for the most part, flat, like a

Fan, and none in the Great Depths


Of Springs and Rivers, Baths and Mineral Waters. Simple Wa-

si ter nourisheth not

.. 87

Of the Earth, its Uses and Differences in mi

. 87

of Meteors, or Bodies imperfe&tly mix'd. And; 1. Of Rain 88.

2. Of Wind, and its various Uses que forma

of inanimate mix'd Bodies. I. Stones, their Qualities and Uses

91, 92, 93. Particularly of the Loadstone, its admirable Pha-

pomena, Effeets, and Uses 95. 2. Metals, their various Uses,
of great Importance to Mankind, as Iron, without which we

could bave had nothing of Culture, or Civility : Gold and Sil-

· ver for the coining of Money, which bow many ways useful is

-Secün out of Dr. Cockburn's Elays i L '96, 97


That the Minute compotent Particles of Bodies are naturally in-

divisible, proved


of Vegetables, or Plants, their Stature and Magnitude, Figure,

Share, and Site of Leaves, Flowers, and Fruits, and their

Parts all determined, a's also their Age and Duration 100, 101.

The admirable Complication of the Seminal Plant 101, 1oz.
The Ufes of the several Parts of Plants, Routs, Fibres, Vesels, .

Barks, and Leaves 103, 104. The Beauty and Elegancy of
.. the Leaves, Flowers, and Fruits of Plants 109. That there

is fuck a thing as Beauty and Comeliness of Proportion, proved
The Uses of Flowers 107. Of Seeds, and their Teguments, and

Observations concerning them 108, 109. Their lasting Vitalia
ty, or Fæcundity 110. The Pappous Plumage of Seeds Ho.

Ihe. Tendrels and Prickles of Plants, of what Use : III

That Wheat, the best of all Grains, is patient both of Heat and

Cold, and scarce refuseth any Climate, and that scarce any

Grain is more fruitful

of the Signatures of Plants


of Animals, the provision that is made for the Continuance of Spe-

cies 114. That Females have within them from the Beginning,

the Seeds of all the Young they shall ever bring forth 115. An

Observation of Cicero's about Multiparous Creatures 116. Why

Birds lay Eggs, ibid. Of what Use the Tolk of the Egg is to the



Birds that cannot number, yet omit not any one of their Young in

feeding of them 117. Though they cannot number, yet that they

can distinguish many from few, proved 118. The speedy Growth

of the young Birds in the Nest 119. The Process of building

their Nefts, and Incubation 120. Feeding, breeding, and de

fending their Young, and the admirable Etopy, ibid. The

due numerical Proportion between Males and Femalesy in alt

kinds of Animals, kept up constantly 121. The Convenienty of

the Time of the Tear, when the several sorts of Animals are

brought forth: 122. Why Birds Swallow Pebble Stones 130.

The Provision of Nature for keeping of Birds-Nefts clean 132,

133. Various strange Instincts of Animals 125, 126, 127, &c.

As; that Animals should know where their natural Weapons

are situate, and how to make use of them. That the Weak

and Timorous Mould be made swift of Footi or Wing, fcg Flight.

That they should naturally know their Enemies, and such as

prey upon them, though they had never seen them before. That
as soon as they are brought forth, they should know their proper

Food. That Ducklings, though led by a Hen, so soon as they see
· Water, should venture into it, thé Hen in vain endeavenring

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