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My earnest request to you, is, that you will give them a fair . and dispasionate hearing, and seek truth, at least, with as much warmth and assiduity, as we usually employ in our secular pursuits. No man ever succeeded greatly in life, who did not embark zealously in its concerns. ever became a good scholar, without much time and application. And no man ever made any considerable proficiency in things divine, till all the leading powers of his foul were engaged therein. Permit me then to exhort you to be in carnest in your religious enquiries. Apply your minds with zeal and impartiality to the investigation of facred wisdom. This is the concern, the duty, the privilege, the glory of every human being. The most ancient and sublime author in the world hath exhausted all the trea. sures of nature to express its intrinsic value: Where shall Wisdom be found? and where is the place of UNDERSTANDING? Man knoweth not the price thereof; neither is it found in the land of the living. The depth saith, It is not in me: and the sea saith, It is not with me.

It cannot be gotten for gold, neither shall silver be weighed for the price thereof. It cannot be valued with the gold of Opbir, with the precious onyx, or the sapphire. The gold and the cbrystal cannot equal it: and the exchange of it shall not be for jewels of fine gold. No mention shall be made of coral, or of pearls; for the price of Wisdom is above rubies. The topas of Ethiopia fhall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold. Whence then cometh WISDOM? and where is the place of UNDERSTANDING ?-Behold, the FEAR of the LORD, that is W1s

and to depert from evil is UNDERSTANDING. If such is the value of Wisdom, the search will undoubte edly repay the labour. But, have we any assurance that the ineltimable treasure may be found? The Wiseft of men will answer to our satisfaction: My Son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; so that thou incline thy ear unto Wisdom, and apply thine beart to UNDERSTANDING: yea, if thou criest after KnowLEDGE, and liftest up thy voice for UNDERSTANDING: if thou seekest ber as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of GoDthou shalt understand



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righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path. All this implies the greatest possible attention to our religious concerns.

With these fine sentiments I take my leave, commending you to God, and to the Word of his grace, which is able to build you up, if you will submit to its authority, and to give you an inheritance among all them that are fanctified. If are right, in your prefent state of mind, may you continue in the right way to the end of your days, and increase and abound therein more and more. I think, however, you should be extremely cautious how you contradict and blarpheme what so many wise and good men esteem the truth of God, left that come upon you, which is spoken of in the Prophets-Behold, ye despisers, and wonder, and perifk! -Speaking modestly, your fituation is not altogether without danger. It is impollible you should be perfectly satisfied all is as you could wish*.

“ Since then we die but once, and after death
“ Our ftate no alteration knows,
• But when we have resign'd our breath
or Th’immortal spirit goes
• To endless joys, or everlasting woes;
« Wise is the man, who labours to secure
« That mighty and important stake,
« And by all methods itrives to make
« His passage fafe, and his reception sure."

As to myself, I am thoroughly satisfied with that GOD, that Redeemer, and that SANCTIFIER which the Christian Scriptures hold out to the view and acceptance of mankind, I am perfectly pleased with those Scripturest, and with


* He was no inconsiderable man who faid, “ To doubt of the Gogel is folly: to reject it is madness.”

JORTIN'S Sermons, vol. 4. p. II. Let the sceptical reader consult Dr. ROBERTSON, the Historian's very sensible Discourse on the Situation of the World at the Time of Christ's Appearance, and its Conne&tion with the Success of his Religion. A conscientious reader cannot fail of being edified by such a discourse.

+ When I have spoken above in such strong terms of the volume of Revelation, it is by no means intended to cast any slight upon the volume of Nature. While we daily Itudy the former, we fall do well to pay all due attention to the latter, according to our opportunities of investiga


all the divine dispensations therein recorded. Our God bath done, is doing, and will do all things well. It is al


tion. To an enlightened observer, they both carry indubitable marks of their great original. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the earth és full of his riches. The most perfect catalogue of stars, before the prefent ingenious and indefatigable Dr. HERSCHEL appeared, did not contain quite 5,000; but, by the vaft fuperiority of his glatles, he hath discovered 44,000 stars in a few degrees of the heavens* ; and by the same propor. tion, it is supposed, that 75,000,000 are exposed in the expanse to human investigationt. All these stars are of a fiery nature, and conjectared to be to many fans with their systems of planets moving round them. We know the fun to be the centre of our system. It is accompanied with 19 planets, besides about 450 comets. What an amazing idea does this give us of the works of God! And if such is the Work, what must the WORKMAN be!

Every part of nature, moreover, with which we are acquainted, is full of living creatures, with stores of every kind to supply their necefli. ties. This little globe of ours is known to contain within its bowels a great variety of valuable minerals, and to be covered with about 20,000 different species of vegetables, 3,000 species of worms, 12,000 species of insects, 200 fpecies of amphibious animals, 550 species of birds, 2,500 species of hh, and 200 species of quadrupeds. How immense then must be the number of individuals! One Ay is found to bring forth 2000 at a time, and a single cod-filh to produce confiderably more than three millions and a half of young. Nay, Leewenhoek tells us, that there are more animals in the milt of a single cod filh, than there are men upon the whole earth. Over all these creatures preside upwards of 730 millions of human beings. Such is the family of the GRBAT Father here upon earth! And when it is confidered, that the earth itself, with all its furniture, is no more, when compared with the whole system of things, than a single grain of sand, when compared with a huge mountain, we are lost in the immensity of God's works, and constrained to cry out, LORD, what is man, that thou art mindful of him, or the son of man that thou vifiteft bim! And if to this immensity of the works of creation, we add the admirable structure of the whole, and the exquisitive perfe&tion of every part, we shall not fail of being exceedingly affected with the ineffable wisdom of the Divine Architect. To bring this consideration more within the grasp of human coinprehension, let us take, as it were, to pieces, and examine the several parts of any ona creature which God hath made ; and we shall find a perfection among its several powers, and an adaption to its fituation in the grand scale of

* See the Differtation of Dr. HerSCNBL, relative to this brilliant portion of the Beavens, in the Pbilosophical Transactions.

+ JEROME DE LALANDE, Director of the French Observatory, supposes that a glass of HERSCHEL's powers may discover 90 milions of Itars in the whole surface of the heavens, and that even, this number is but Iinal, in comparison of what muiite

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together fit he should govern his own world, and bow the rebellious nations to his sway. The present degenerate state of Christendom is too disgraceful to his government, to be permitted to continue beyond the predicted period. He will, therefore, arise and plead his own cause, and all the wickedness of men, and the convulsions and distress of nations, shall wind up to his eternal credit. The Lord is King, be the people never so impatient; he fitte:b between the Cherubim, be the earth never so unquiet. His Gospel is no other than the plan devised by infinite wisdom for the melioration of mankind. The immortal feed is sown; the principle of life has vegetated; the little leaven is diffusing itself far and wide. Much has been done; much is doing; much shall be done. Millions of reasonable creatures have already found eternal rest in consequence of the REDEEMER's dying love: multitudes of souls at this moment are happy in their own bofoms under a sense of the divine favour; and innumerable myriads of men shall arise, believing in his name, trusting in his me,

existence, far surpassing human kill. Let the most perfect anatomist, that ever existed, make his observations upon the human frame; let him examine with the greatest pollible attention the toute ensemble of the structure ; then let him proceed to the several parts, of which the microcosm is composed; firft, the powers of the mind; the understanding, the will, the memory, the conscience, and the various affections: next the five senses; the touch, the tastę, the smell, the hearing, and the sight: after, wards let him proceed to the several fluids of the body; and then to the 300 bones, the 40 different sorts of glands, the 466 muscles, the 40 pair of nerves, the fibres, the membranes, the arteries, the veins, the lymphæducts, the excretory vessels, the tendons, the ligaments, the cartilages; and let him explore the whole and every part with the greatest degree

of accuracy, knowledge, and judgment, that ever centered in man; and then let him honestly say, whether he could suggest the smallest improvement in any one respect. If he were an Atheist before such invesigation, like the celebrated Galen he would be converted to the beli:f of the Divine ExisTENCE, would compose an hymn in praise of the CREATOR of the world, and sing with the great Progenitor of mankind:

" These are thy glorious works, Parent of good;
• Almighty, thine this universal frame,
« Thus wondrous fair; Thyself how wondrous then !
ll! Unspeakable! who fitt'st above these heav'ns,
“ To us invisible, or dimly seen
© In these thy lowest works; yet these declare
Thy goodness beyond thought

, and pow'r divine."


diation, and rejoicing in his falvation, maugre all the opposition of fallen Christians and apoftate fpirits. Wise and gracious is the Divine Being in all his ways, and I rejoice that he is the GOVERNOUR among the people. To his service 1 avowedly devote my feeble powers, as long as he shall vouchsafe me the exercise of them; nor will I cease to speak the honours of his MAJESTY, while che breath continues to actuate this mortal frame. And,

“ When even at last the solemn hour shall come,
“ And wing my myftic flight to future worlds,
“ I cheerful will obey; there, with new powers,
“ Will rising wonders sing : I cannot go

Where UNIVERSAL Love not smiles around,
“ Sustaining all yon orbs, and all their fons,
From seeming Evil ftill educing Good,
“ And Better thence again, and Better still,
“ In infinite progression.-But I lose
« Myself in HIM, in LIGHT INEFFABLE!
" Come then, expresive filence, muse Hus praise.”

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