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tial views of things, muft then be confidered as falfe and abfurd.-Rejecting the fureft guides of human reason, he wanders through the labyrinths of History as chance directs, refting only in those places - which appear to favour his fyftem; and, like the fly upon the beautiful Corinthian pillar, fees nothing but diforder and confufion. The Chriftian, on the contrary, fteadily following the clue which Religion offers, observes the connexion of the parts, and their relation to the vaft, the wonderful Plan, which reaches from the creation of the World, to its final deftruction

-from Earth to Heaven! Raised to the lofty ftation to which Revelation only can conduct him, he furveys as in a widely extended profpect, the past and present hiftory of the world" His eyes are opened," and his conceptions are elevated and enlarged by admiration, gratitude, and hope, while he beholds the Nations of the earth that have carried on, and are now fulfilling the great defigns of God with respect to his chofen people and the Rcligion of Christ. He fees the most apparently trivial as well as the most fignal events made fubfervient to the triumph of true Religion, and the eternal welfare of

of mankind; and the viciffitudes of hu man life—the vice, the folly, and the mifery of man-as tending to one glorious object under the conduct of Infinite wifdom, goodness, and power. He furveys the tranfitory glory of antient and of modern states, the boafted monuments of art, the attainments of learning, the powers of genius, the light of fcience, and the various employments of human life, not as fubjects of ufelefs fpeculation, but with a reference to that particular end, which, whether they are collectively or separately confidered, gives an unspeakable importance to them all:-Collectively, as they form one fublime fyftem of order in the Divine appointments—one long feries of difpenfations-of which we may obtain fufficient knowledge to enlarge our capacitý, to excite our wonder and ado❤ ration, to quicken our fense of dependence upon a wife and gracious Providence, and to warm and purify our hearts with fentiments of piety, and of zeal to promote the honour of God by labouring for the real interefts of his creatures, and by walking in all his commandments blamelefs:"And Separately, as they influence the fate of rational and accountable

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able beings, fallen from their first estate of innocence and immortality-restored to hope of future happiness by the marvellous work which has accomplished their Redemption; and urged to the performance of duty in this short probationary life by the affurance of Divine affiftance, and by the promise of that Eternal reward which is held out to every man for his rejection or acceptance, without any refpect to his rank or fituation-his great or little sphere of action;-fince the final allotment of happinefs and glory is made to depend wholly (through the merits of our Redeemer) upon his performance of the part affigned to him upon the theatre of life, whether he be a hero or a ferving man," a Sovereign or a Slave.


Let ALL, then, who bear the name of CHRISTIANS, confider the real dignity of the character, and "walk as children of the light amidst a crooked and perverse generation, looking for the glorious appearing of their Lord." Let those who remain unconvinced of the truth of Revelation by the evidence derived from PROPHECY, remember, that many other unanfwerable proofs may be drawn from




other fources. Let them examine the various arguments prefented by the INTERNAL EVIDENCE of the SCRIPTURES. Let them pursue the opening path of ORIENTAL LITERATURE, and confider with particular attention the Chaldean fphere, recording, as it were, the earliest annals of the world first written in the HEAVENS'. Then let them fearch the EARTH for teftimony, for the earth itself bears constant witness to the truth of the Mofaic Hif tory. What shall I fay more?" IF THEY WILL NOT" then HEAR MOSES AND



See Maurice's Hift. and Antiq. of India.

• See De Luc's Letters on Geology, Howard on the Structure of this Globe, &c.

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NOTE to vol. ii. p. 64. 1. 17. at 758. The ingenious explication of the seventh and eighth horn of the Beaft given in the Letter from the "Layman" which I have already noticed, appears to receive confirmation from 'these opinions respecting the Rife and the Establishment of the Papal Antichrist at different periods of time and displays in a very ftriking manner, the accuracy of the Prophecies, and the found principles of interpretation, which have directed thefe excellent Commentators in their pursuit after truth.

Note to vol. ii. p. 274. 1. 17. and p. 366. 1. 24. The following extract from a Thanksgiving Sermon, for Victories obtained by the British arms, preached Nov. 9, 1759, by Bishop Warburton, is particularly recommended to the attention of the Reader.

"God, for the great ends of his univerfal Providence, infcrutable to us, was pleased to ftation his favoured creature man in a world abounding with natural and moral evil.

"But this gracious God, whofe mercies are over all his works, hath, as a curb and check to these evils, which it is man's duty as well as interest to oppose, and his merit as well as happiness to subdue, inftituted two capital ordinances, Civil Government, and Religion : fupports as neceffary for the moral world, as the Sun and Moon for the natural; the one to fuftain and cheer us in this vale of miferies; the other to direct our benighted footsteps towards the happier regions of light and immortality.

"We may be certain therefore, that the fame Provi

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