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Or ever the filver 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. verf. 6.
The fun ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and
hafteth to his place where he arose. Ecclesiastes, chap. I. verf. 5.
The wind goeth towards the fouth, and turneth
about unto the north. It whirleth about continually; and the wind returneth again, according to his circuit. Verf. 6.
All the rivers run into the sea: yet the sea is not
full. Unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. Verf. 7.
Then shall the dust return to the earth, as it was :
and the spirt shall return unto God who gave it. Ecclefiaftes, chap. xii. vers. 7.
Now when Solomon had made an end of praying,
the fire came down from Heaven, and consumed the burnt-offering, and the facrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. II. Chronicles, chap. vii. verf. 1.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down; yea
we wept, when we remembered Sion, &c. Psalm cxxxvii. verf. 1.
I said of laughter, it is mad; and of mirth, what
doth it? Ecclefiaftes, chap. ii. verfe 2.
No man can find out the work that God maketh,
from the beginning to the end. Ecclefiaftes, chap. iii. verf. 11.
Whatsoever God doth, it shall be for ever; nothing
can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him. Vers. 14.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter;
Fear God and keep his Commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclesiastes, chap.
xii. Vers. 13
Τ Η Ε Α R G U Μ Ε Ν Τ.
and conditions of life; and concludes in general,
Come then, my soul : I call thee by that name,
E then, my
But how cam’lt thou to be, or whence thy spring? For various of thee priests and poets fing.
Hear'st thou submisive: but a lowly birth, Some separate 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 courses of the blood ordain; Who as degrees of heat and cold prevail, In youth doft Aourish, and with age shalt fail; 'Till mingled with thy partner's latest breath Thou Ay'st dissolv'd in air, and loft in death.
Or if thy great existence would aspire To causes more sublime; of heavenly fire Wer't thou a spark ftruck off, a separate ray, Ordain'd to mingle with terrestrial clay? With it condemn’d for certain years to dwell, To grieve its frailties, and its pains to feel; To teach it good and ill, disgrace 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 mouldering walls;
Hovers a-while upon the sad remains,
Whate'er thou art, where-e'er ordain’d to go
if life be worth the liver's care. Amass’d in man, there juftly 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 feeds 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; Helpless 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 flying from unpractis'd day; His heart assaulted by invading air, And beating fervent to the vital war;