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the World, in order to reach our everlasting Reft- . and of the mighty Difference between the turbulent, the frothy, the precipitate Gratifications of Vice, and the calm, the substantial, the permanent * Delights of Religion. : Or else, with careless Step, We have rambled along the Fields. Sometimes, prying into the secret Shade, or hiding Ourselves in the sequestred Vale. Sometimes, We have roved again on the upland Plains; with eager Views surveying the universal Prospect; and even devouring the Beauties of Nature, or, as the Scripture speaks, taking them with our Eyes *. Never weary of admiring the Magnificence and Glory of the Creation. An end-less Variety of graceful Objects, and delightful Scenes ! Each foliciting our chief Regard; every one worthy of our whole Attention ; all conspiring to touch the Heart with a mingled Transport of Wonder, of Gratitude, and of Joy.-So that we have returned from our rural Expedition, not as the Spendthrift from the Gaming-table, cursing his Stars, and raving at his ill Luck; gulled of his Money, and the derided Dupe of Sharpers. Not as the Libertine from the House of Wantonness t, sur
feited * Job xl. 24. of Solomon, in order to deter unwary Youth from those Sinks of Uncleanness, represents the Harlot under the Character of a pestilent Hag, or baleful Sorceress. Her Feet go down to Death; Prov. v. 5. Her House is the high Road to Hell; Prov. vii. 27. yea, her Guests are in the Depths of Hell; Prov. ix. 18.--The second Clause seems to be emphatical. The original Expression is in the plural Number 1777. I choose therefore to render it, not fimply The Road, but more largely The high Road: from which many other Ways of Guilt branch out, in which many other Paths of Ruin coincide. There, Murder is
feited with the rank Debauch, dogged by Shame, goaded by Remorse, with a thousand recent Poisons tingling in his Veins. But we returned, as Ships of Commerce from the golden Continent, or the spicy Islands, with new Accessions of sublime Improve
tion for the Almighty CREATOR; with a warmer Sense of his unspeakable Favours; and with
" Faith, and after this Life to have the Fruition ss of his glorious GODHEAD.”
Sometimes, with an agreeable Relaxation, we have transferred our Cares, from the Welfare of the Nation, to the Flourishing of the Farm; and, instead of enacting Regulations for the civil Community, we have planned Schemes for the Cultivation of our Ground, and the Prosperity of our Cattle.-Instead of attending to the Course of Fleets, and the Destination of Arinies, We have directed the Plough, where to rend the graffy Turf; or taught the Honeysuckle to wind round the Arbour, and the Jessamine
to climb upon the Wall.-Instead of interposing our · friendly Offices, to reconcile contending Kingdoms; We have formed a Treaty of Coalition, between the
stranger often known, to drench her Dagger in Blood; and Robbery forms the rash Resolve, which ends in the ignominious Halter. There, Intemperance daily brews the Bowl, which enervates the Constitution, and transforms the Man into a Beast. While Disease, pale cadaverous noisome Disease, anticipates the Putrefaction of the Grave,
and causes the wretched Martyrs of Vice to rot even above : Ground. --Well may every one, who loves Life, and would fain fee good Days, cry out with a Mixture of Detestation and Dread; “ O my Soul, come not thou : « into their horrid Haunts !" · Dii meliora Piis, Erroremque Hoftibus illum! VIRG,
stranger Cyon, and the adopting Tree; and, by the remarkable Melioration of the ensuing Fruit, demonstrated (would contending Empires regard the Precedent) what Advantages flow from pacific Measures, and an amicable Union. Instead of unraveling the Labyrinths of State, and tracing the Finesses of foreign Courts; We have made ourselves acquainted with the Politics of Nature, and observed, how wonderfully, how mysteriously, that great Projectress acts. In this Place she rears a vast Trunk, and unfolds a Multiplicity of Branches, from one small Berry. She qualifies, by her amazing Operations, a few contemptible Acorns, that were formerly carried in a Child's Lap, to bear the British Thunder round the Globe, and secure to our Ifand the Sovereignty of the Ocean. In another Place, the produces from a dry Grain, first the green Blade ; then the turgid Ear; afterwards the full-grown and ripened Corn in the Ear *. Repaying, with exact Punctuality, and with lavish Usury, the Husbandman's Toil, and the Husbandman's Loan: causing, by a most surprising Resurrection, the Death of one Seed, to be fruitful in the Birth of Hundreds.
But I forget your Caution, Aspaso; forget, how kindly you have checked me, when I have been haranguing upon, I know not what, Powers and Works of Nature. Whereas, it is GOD who worketh hitherto †: who to this Day exerts, and to the End of Time will exert, that secret but unremitted Energy, which is the Life of this majestic Sys
tem, and the Cause of all its stupendous Operations, .--Let this shew you, how much I want my Guide, my Philosopher, and Friend. Without his prompt
* Mark iv, 28.
+ John v. 17.
ing Aid, my Genius is dull; my Reflections are aukward; and my religious Improvements jejune; somewhat like the bungling Imitations of the Tool, compared with the masterly Effects of Vegetation. However, I will proceed. Yet, not from any View of informing my Afpaso, but only to draw a Bill upon his Pen; and lay him under an Obligation to enrich me with another Letter, upon the grand and excellent Subject of his last.
Art is dim-fighted in her Plans, and defective even in her most elaborate Essays. But Nature, or rather Nature's fublime AUTHOR, is indeed a Designer and a Workman * that need not be ashamed t. His Eye strikes out ten thousand elegant Models, and his Touch executes all with inimitable Perfection.---What an admirable Specimen is Here, of the divine Skill, and of the divine Goodness! This terraqueous Globe is intended, not only for a Place of Habitation, but for a Storehouse of Conveniencies. If We examine the several Apartments of our great Abode; if We take a general Inventory of our common Goods; We shall find Reason to be charmed with the Displays, both of nice Oeconomy, and of boundless Profusion.
Observe the Surface of this universal Messuage. The Ground, coarse as it may seem, and trodden ·by every Foot, is nevertheless the Laboratory, where the most exquisite Operations are performed; the Shop, if I may so speak, where the finest Manufac
. tures * A Designer and a Workman; this seems to be the precise Meaning of the Apostle's Words, Tequilins nas muie pas. Heb. xi. 10. Builder and Maker, are too similar. Projeztor And Architect, would be more distinct.
+ 2 Tim. ii. 15.
tures are wrought. Though all Generations have, each in their Order, been accommodated by its Productions; though all Nations under Heaven are, to this very Day, supplied by its Liberalities, it still continues inexhausted. Is a Resource, always new; a Magazine, never to be drained.
As this is a Property very remarkable, and unspeakably valuable, it deserves our more particular Regard. Was it reversed, what would become of the World, .both rational, animal, and vegetable ? -In commercial Affairs, Usury is looked upon as the Canker of an Eftate. A corroding Worm, which eats into the Heart, and consumes the very Vitals, of our Substance. The Earth borrows immense Sums yearly. These She repays with an Interest prodigiously large, almost incredible. Yet is She never impoverished. Or if impoverished in fome Degree, the Repose of a single Year, with a little Cultivation from the Owner, is sufficient for the Reparation of all her Lofses.-Old Age weakens the most vigorous Animals. Even the hardiest Oaks are impaired by Time. A State of Barrenness and Decay awaits them all; and admits neither of Prevention, nor of Remedy. But the Earth, which is the Mother and the Nurse of Us all, is subject to none of these Infirmities. She is now almoft fix thousand Years old, yet discovers no Sign of a broken Constitution, nor any one Symptom of exhausted Strength. In Spring, She blooms like a Virgin; in Summer, she sparkles like a Bride; in Autumn, she teems like a Matron, If grey Hairs seem to be upon Her, during the wintry Months ; She is sure to drop them, when the Frosts are gone, and the Sun approaches. She never fails, at that