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choly thought, of our being overlooked by our Maker, in the multiplicity of his works, and the infinity of those ob„ects among which he seems to be incessantly employed, if we consider, in the first place, that he is omnipresentand in the second, that he is omniscient,9
13. If we consider him in his omnipresence, his being passes through, actuates, and supports the whole frame of nature. His creation, in every part of it, is full of him. There is nothing he has made, which is either so distant, so little, or so inconsiderable, that he does not essentially ... reside in it. His substance is within the substance of every
knew being, whether material or immaterial, and as intimately present to it, as that being is to itself.
14. It would be an imperfection in him, were he able to move out of one place into another; or to withdraw him and self from any thing that he has created, or from any part ) thick of that space which he diffused and spread abroad to infini 2. ty. In short, to speak of him in the language of the old sekiphilosophers, he is a being whose centre is every where, and his circumference no where.
15. In the second place, he is omniscient as well as om nipresent. His omniscience, indeed, necessarily and naturally flows from his omnipresence. He cannot but be conscious of every motion that arises in the whole material 3. world, which he thus essentially pervades; and of every
of the thought that is stirring in the intellectual world, to every por part of which he is thus intimately united.
thed 16. Were the soul separated from the body, and should it with one glance of thought start beyond the bounds of the creation; should it for millions of years, continue its progress through infinite space, with the same activity, it would still find itself within the embrace of its Creator,
and encompassed by the immensity of the Godhead.
17. In this consideration of the Almighty's omnipresence and omniscience, every uncomfortable thought van
shes. He cannot but regard' every thing that has being, CS especially such of his creatures who fear they are not re
di garded by him. He is privy to all their thoughts, and to that anxiety of heart in particular, which is apt to trouble them on this occasion;" for, as it is impossible he should overlook any of his creatures, so we may be confident that he regards with an eye of mercy, w those who endeavour to recommend themselves to his notice; and in unfeigned humility of heart, think themselves unworthy that he should be mindful of them.
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CHAPTER IV. Maker, i
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SECTION I. a In-qui-ry, in-kwl-re, interroga-1" to and fro, lo be uncertain, to tion, search.
change. framed 6 Fluc-tu-ate, flåk'-tshủ-ate, to roll c Es-sence, és'-sênse, existence, perEl of him
fume, odour. Huppiness is founded in rectitude of conduct. 1. All men pursue good, and would be happy; if they
knew how; not happy for minutes, and miserable for hours; antimately but happy, if possible, through every part of their existence.
Either, therefore, there is a good of this steady, durable kind, e able to or there is not. if not, then all good must be transient aw him and uncertain; and if so, an object of the lowest value,
which can little deserve our attention or inquiry.”
2. But if there be a better good, such a good as we are the oli seeking, like every other thing, it must be derived from
some cause; and that cause must either be external, internal, or mixed; in as much as, except these three, there is no other possible. Now a steady, durable good, cannot be derived from an external cause; since all derived from externals must fluctuate as they fluctuate.b
3. By the same rule, it cannot be derived from a mixture of ever
of the two; because the part which is external, will proportionably destroy its essence. What then remains but the cause internal? the very cause which we have supposed when we place the sovereign good in mind,-in rectitude of conduct.
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SECTION II. a Ex-pan-sion, eks-pån’-shủn, ex-lg Herd, hêrd, to run in droves, a tent, pure space.
drove or company. b An-noy, ån-nde', to incommode, h Dis-perse, dis-pérse', to scatter,
to dissipate. c Sub-ser-vi-ent, sůb-sér-vé-ént,sub-li Par-tic-i-pate, pår-tis'-sé-påte, to ordinate, useful.
partake, to have part of somed De-tach, de-tåtsh', to separate, thing common with another, disengage.
k Ge-ni-al, jèr-ne-al, natural, nae Chi-mer-i-cal, ke-mêr'-re-kål, im tive, contributing to mirth. aginary, fantastick.
1 Stu-pen-dous, stu-pin'-dås, won. f Ab-sur-di-ty, åb-sûr-de-te, the derful, amazing. quality of being absurd. m Ad-o-ra-tion, àd-dd-r&'-shủn, di
vine worship 8 *
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Virtue and piety man's highest interest.
the t I FIND myself existing upon a little spot, surrounded 7. every way by an immense unknown expansion. _Whereby am I? What sort of a place do I inhabit? Is it exactly accommodated in every instance to my convenience? Is there to en no excess of cold, none of heat to offend me? Am I never
and annoyedb by animals either of my own, or a different kind? aqui Is every thing subservient to me, as though I had ordered great all myself? No-nothing like it—the farthest from it possible.
2. The world appears not, then, originally made for the private convenience of me alone?-It does not. But is it not possible so to accommodate it, by my own particular industry? If to accommodate man and beast, heaven and Rom earth, if this be beyond me, it is not possible. What conse quence then follows, or can there be any other than this If I seek an interest of my own detached from that of others I seek an interest which is chimerical, and which can never have existence.
3. How then must I determine? Have I no interest at all? If I have not, I am stationed here to no purpose. But why
1. no interest? Can I be contented with none but one séparate and detached? Is a social interest, joined with others, such an absurdityf as not to be admitted? The bee, the beaver, and the tribes of herdings animals, are sufficient to convince me, that the thing is somewhere at least possible
4. How, then, am I assured that it is not equally true of man? Admit it; and what follows? If so, then honour and justice are my interest; then the whole train of moral virtues are my interest; without some portion of which, not even thieves can maintain society.
5. But, farther still-I stop not here-I pursue this social interest as far as I can trace my several relations. I pass le from my own stock, my own neighbourhood, my own nation, to the whole race of mankind, as dispersed throughout the earth. Am I not related to them all, by the mutual aids of commerce, by the general intercourse of arts and letters, by that common nature of which we all participate?
6. Again-I must have food and clothing. Without a proper genialk warmth, I instantly perish. Am I not relais ed, in this view, to the very earth itself; to the distant sun from whose beams I derive vigour? To that stupendous
course and order of the infinite host of heaven, by which the times and seasons ever uniformly pass on?
7. Were this order once confounded, I could not probaWhere bly survive a moment; so absolutely do I depend on this
common general welfare. What, then, have I to do, but Is there to enlarge virtue into piety? Not only honour and justice I never and what I owe to man, is my interest; but gratitude also, nt kind acquiescence, resignation, adoration, and all I owe to this
ordered great polity, and its great Governour our common Parent. mit pos
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SECTION III. a Friv-o-lous, frivl-8-1ůs, slight, tri- f Mer-it, mer'-it, desert, to claim fling.
right, to be entitled to. aven alud b Ru-mour, rồ8'-mür, flying report. 8 As-cribe, ås-kribe', to attribute,
c De-ci-sive, de-si'-sív, conclusive, to impute.
| h Prompt, prômt, to incite, remind, Sys-tem, sis'-tēm, a scheme, quick, ready.
method, body of any art or science. i In-ad-ver-ten-cy, in-åd-vêr'-těn-se e De-ter-mine, dè-têr'-min, to fix, negligence, carelessness. limit, end.
The injustice of an uncharitable spirit. 1. A SUSPICIOUS, uncharitable spirit is not only incon, sistent with all social virtue and happiness, but it is also, in itself, unreasonable and unjust. In order to form sound
opinions concerning characters and actions, two things are Sciento especially requisite, information and impartiality. But
such as are most forward to decide unfavourably, are commonly destitute of both. Instead of possessing, or even requiring, full information, the grounds on which they proceed are frequently the most slight and frivolous.a
2. A tale, perhaps, which the idle have invented, the inquisitive have listened to, and the credulous have propagated; or a real incident which rumour, in carrying it along, has exaggerated and disguised, supplies them with materials of confident assertion, and decisive judgment. From an action they presently look into the heart, and infer the motive. This supposed motive they conclude to be the ruling principle; and pronounce at once concerning the whole character.
3. Nothing can be more contrary both to equity and to sound reason, than this precipitate judgment. Any man who attends to what passes within himself, may easily discern what a complicated systemd the human character is; and what a variety of circumstances must be taken into the
of moral f which
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account, in order to estimate it truly. No single instance
means 4. As from one worthy 'action, it were credulity, not
sonetine charity, to conclude a person to be free from all vice; so in their froin one which is censurable, it is perfectly unjust to infer that the author of it is without conscience, and without merit. If we knew all 'the attending circumstances, it might appear in an excusable light; nay, perhaps, under a commendable form. The motives of the actor
have been entirely different from those which we ascribe to him; and where we suppose him impelled by bad design, he may have been prompted by conscience and mistaken principle.
5. Admitting the action to have been in every view criminal, he may have been hurried into it through inadvertency and surprise. He may have sincerely repented; 6 of and the virtuous principle may have now regained its full vigour. Perhaps this was the corner of frailty; the
quarter on which he lay open to the incursions of temptation; en con while the other avenues of his heart were firmly guarded by conscience. 6. It is therefore evident, that no part of the
government of temper deserves attention more, than to keep our minds pure from uncharitable prejudices, and open to candour and humanity in judging of others. The worst consequences, both to ourselves and to society, follow from the opposite spirit
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disperse any humour or swelling. cute, to follow as an example.
k In-volve, in-voli, to inwrap, com-
12 De-vi-ate, de'-vé-uie, to wander d So-bri-e-ty, so-bri'-e-te, temper
from the right way.
m In-tes-tine, in-tés-tin, internal,
in Ar-ray, år-rå?, dress, order of bat-
the state to which one is destined. of battle.