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SOLOMON considers man through the several stages

and conditions of life ; and concludes in generals

that we are all miserable. He reflects more partie .. cularly upon the trouble and uncertainty of great

ness and power ; gives some instances thereof from ADAM down to himself; and fill-concludes that all is VANITY. He reasons again upon life, death, and a future being ; finds human wisdom- too imperfect. to resolve his doubts ; has recourse to religion ; is informed by an angel, what fall happen to himselfi his family, and his kingdom, till the redemption of ISRAEL : and, upon the whole, refolves to submit. his inquiries and anxieties to the will of his Criar tor.


TEXTS chiefly alluded to in this BOOK. Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the

pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern,

Ecclefiaftes, Chap, XII. ver. 6. The sun-ariseth, and the Tun goeth down, and halteth to his place

where he arose. Chap. I, ver. s. The wind goeth towards the South, and turneth about uato the North.

It whirleth about continually; and the wind returnch again, accordo

ing to his circuits, ver. 6. All the rivers sun into the sea, yet the fea is not folt. Unto the place

from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. ver. 7. Then fall che dust return to the earth, as it was ; and the fpirit hall

return unto God who gave it. Chap XII ver, 7. Now when Solomon bad made an end of praying, the arc came dowo

from heaven, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the sacrifices ; and the glory of the Lord filled the house, Jl. Chronicles, Chap. VII,

ver. 1, By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down : yes, we wept, when we

remembered Sion, &c, Pfalm CXXXVII, ver. J. I laid of laughter, it is mad; and of mirth, what doeth it ? Ecclefiaftesı

Chap. II. ver. 20 No man can find out the work that God maketh, from the beginning

to the end, Chap. III, ver. 11. Whatsoever God docth, it shall be for ever; nothing can be put to

it, nor any thing taken from it ; and God docth it, that men should

fear before him. ver, 14 Let us hear the concludon of the whole matter;, fear God, and keep

his commandments ; for this is the whole duty of man. Chap. XII.. ver. 130



NOME then, my foul: I call thee by that name,

, Thou busy thing from whence I know I am
For knowing that I am, I know thou art :
Since that must needs exift, which can impart,
But how thou cam'ft to be, or whence thy spring ::.
For various of thee priests and poets fing.

Hear'lt thou submissive, but a lowly birth,
Some sep'rate particles of finer earth,
A plain effect which nature must beget,
As motion orders, and as atoms meet ;
Companion of the body's good or ill;
From force of instinct more than choice of will;
Conscious of fear or valour, joy or pain,
As the wild courfes of the blood ordain ;
Who as degrees of heat and cold prevail,
In youth doft flourish, and with age doft fail ;
'Till mingid with thy partner's latest breath
Thou Alg'it diffolv'd in air, and lost in death.

Or if thy great existence would aspire
To causes more sublime ; of heav'nly fore,
Wert thou a spark truck off, a sep'rate tay,
Ordain'd to mingle with terrestrial days

With it condemn'd for certain years to dwell,
To grieve its frailties, and its pains to feel ;
To teach it good and ill, difgrace or fame ;
Pale it with rage, or redden it with shame :
To guide its actions with informing care,
In peace to judge; to conquer in the war :
Render it agile, witty, valiant, fage,
As fits the various course of human age;
'Till as the earthly part decays and falls,
'The captive breaks her prison's mould’ring walls ;
Hovers a while upon the sad remains,
Which now the pile, or fepulchre contains ;
And thence with liberty unbounded flies,
Impatient to regain her native skies.

Whate'er thou art, where e'er ordain'd to go
(Points which we rather may dispute, than know)
Come on, thou little inmate of this breast,
Which for thy fake from pasions I diveft:
For these, thou say'st, raise all the stormy strife,
Which hinder thy repofe, and trouble life.
Be the fair level of thy actions laid,
As temp’rance wills, and prudence may persuade :
Be thy affections undisturbid and clear,
Guided to what may great or good appear ;
And try if life be worth the liver's care.
Amass'd in man there justly is beheld
What thro' the whole creation has excell'd:.
The life and growth of plants, of beasts the sense, . "
The angel's forecast and intelligence :
Say from these glorious seeds, what harvest flows:, ;
Recount our blessings, and compare our woes...

In its true light let clearest reason fee The man dragg'd out to act, and forc'd to be ; Helplels and naked on a woman's knees To be expos'd or rear'd as she may please ; Feel her neglect, and pine from her disease. His.tender eye by too direct a ray Wounded, and Aying from unpractis'd day ;. His heart assaulted by invading air, And beating fervent to the vital war; To his sense how various forms appear : That strike his wonder and excite his fear?: By his distortions he reveals his pains ; He-by his tears, and by his lighs complains ;,' 'Till time and use aslist the infant wretch, By broken words, and rudiments of speech, His wants in plainer characters to thow, And paint more perfect figures of his woe, Condemn'd to sacrifice his childish years To babling ign'rance, and to empty fears ; . To pass the riper period of his age, A Ating his part upon a crowded stage; To lasting toils expos'd, and endless cares,. To open dangers, and to secret snares; To malice which the vengeful foe intends, And the more dangerous love of seeming friends. His deeds examin'd by the people's will, Prone to forget the good, and blame the ill : Or fadly.censur’d in their curst debate, Who in the scomer's or the judge's seat Dare to condemn the virtue which they hate. Or would he raiher have this frantic scene; And trees and beasts prefer to courts and men

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