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Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from Heaven, and confumed the burnt-offering, and the facrifices ; and the glory of the Lord filled the houfe. II. Chronicles, chap. vii. verf. I.

By the rivers of Babylon, there we fat down; yea we wept, when we remembered Sion, &c. Pfalm cxxxvii. verf. I.

I faid of laughter, it is mad; and of mirth, what doth it ? Ecclefiafles, chap. ii. verfe 2.

No man can find out the work that God maketh, from the beginning to the end. , Ecclefiaftes, chap. iii. verf. I I.

Whatfoever God doth, it fhall be for ever; nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men fhould fear before him. Verf. 14.

Let us hear the conclufion of the whole matter; Fear God and keep his Commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. Ecclefiaftes, chap. xii. Verf. 1 3.

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Solomon confiders man through the feveral ftages and conditions of life ; and concludes in general, that we are all miferable. He refle&is more particularly upon the trouble and uncertainty of greatnefs Amd power; gives fome inftances thereof from Adam down to himfelf; and ftill concludes that all is Vanity. He reafons again upon life, death, and a future being; finds human wifdom too imperfe&t to refolve his doubts ; has recourfe to religion ; is informed by an Angel, what fhall happen to himfelf, his family, and his kingdom, 'till the redemption of Ifrael: and, upon the whole, refolves to fubmit his enquiries and anxieties to the will of his Creator.

C O M E then, my foul: I call thee by that name,
Thou bufy thing, from whence I know I am :
For, knowing what Iam, I know thou art;
Since that muft needs exift, which can impart.

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But how cam'ft thou to be, or whence thy fpring?
For various of thee priefts and poets fing.
Hear'ft thou fubmiffive : but a lowly birth,
Some feparate particles of finer earth,
A plain effeét which nature muft beget,
As motion orders, and as atoms meet;
Companion of the body's gocd or ill;
JFrom force of inftin&t more than choice of will ;
Confcious of fear or valour, joy or pain,
As the wild courfes of the olood ordain ;
Who as degrees of heat and cold prevail,
In youth doft flourifh, and with age fhalt fail;
*Till mingled with thy partner's lateft breath
Thou fiy'ft difTolv'd in air, and loft in death.
Or if thy great exiftence would afpire
To caufes more fublime; of heavenly fire
Wer't thou a fpark ftruck off, a feparate ray,
Ordain'd to mingle with terreftrial 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, difgrace or fame ;
Pale it with rage, or redden it with fhame :
To guide its a&tions with informing care,
In peace to judge, to conquer in the war ;
Render it agile, witty, valiant, fage,
As fits the various courfe of human age ;
*Till, as the earthly part decays and falls,

The captive breaks her prifon's mouldering walls; . Hoyers

Hovers a-while upon the fad remains,
Which now the pile, or fepulchre contains ;
And thence with liberty unbounded flies,
Impatient to regain her native fkies.
Whate'er thou art, where-e'er ordain'd to go
(Points which we rather may difpute, than know)
Come on, thou little inmate of this breaft,
Which for thy fake from paffions I diveft:
For thefe, thou fay'ft, raife all the ftormy ftrife,
Which hinder thy repofe, and trouble life.

' Be the fair level of thy a&ions laid,

As temperance wills, and prudence may perfuade:
Be thy affe&tions undifturb'd and clear,
Guided to what may great or good appear; }
And try if life be worth the liver's care.
Amaf$'d in man, there juftly is beheld
What thro' the whole creation has excell'd:
The life and growth of plants, ofbeafts the fenfe,
The angel's forecaft and intelligence:
Say from thefe glorious feeds what harveft fiows:
Recount our bleffings, and compare our woes.
In its trie light let cleareft reafon fee
The man dragg'd out to a&t, and forc'd to be;
Helplefs and naked on a woman's knees
To be expos'd or rear'd as fhe may pleafe ; 3
Feel her negle&t, and pine from her difeafe.
His tender eye by too dire& a ray -
Wounded, and fying from unpra&is'd day;
His heart affaufted by invading air,
And beating fervent to the vital war;

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To his young fenfe how various forms appear,
That ftrike his wonder, and excite his fear.
By his diftortions he reveals his pains;
He by his tears, and by his fighs complains ;
*Ti11 time and ufe affift the infant wretch,
By broken words, and rudiments of fpeech,
His wants in plainer chara&ters to fhow,
And paint more perfe&t figures of his woe ;
Condemn'd to facrifice his childifh years
To babling ignorance, and to empty fears ;
To pafs the riper period of his age,
A&ting his part upon a crowded ftage;
.To lafting toils expos'd, and endlefs cares,
To open dangers, and to fecret fnares;
To malice which the vengeful foe intends,
And the more dangerous love of feeming friends.
His deeds examin'd by the people's will,
Prone to forget the good, and blame the il1:
Or fadly cenfur'd in their curs'd debate,
-Who, in the fcorner's, or the judge's feat }
Dare to condemn the virtue which they hate.

Or would he rather leave this frantic fcene ;

And trees and beafts prefer to courts and men ;
In the remoteft wood and lonely grot
Certain to meet that worft of evils, thought ; {
-Different Ideas to his memory brought:
Some intricate, as are the pathlefs woods ;
Impetuous fome, as the defcending foods:
With anxièus doubts, with raging paffions torn,
No fweet companion near, with whom to mourn ;

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