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feize the body or corpse of the late philofopher Ignatius, wherever it can be found, and convey ic co its interment. We have ordered them at feven precisely.
Mofes. What the law privileges must be com. plied with; I also grant, that the principles of the Republic, which are Calvinistical, fet apart, or separated from the spirit, are the principles of the new philosophy of this our enlightened age and northern hemisphere. Calvinism dirallowing the reality of lin, granting the body or material part, the full glut of its passions to the utmost extent, without remorse, or impeachment to the soul. Your new.philofophy, that there is no God, consequently every action is of the same quality and nature ; so that all restraints, preference, or distinctions, in any matter whatsoever, opposite to the will or inclination, proceeds from meanness, bashfulness, low birth, ignorance, and derogating from the amiable, pliant, condescending, and gratifying tendency, with fweet repose of the fenfes; the agent chạt actuates and invigorates the police
circles, and chiefly persons of rank or high . birth, in general, they being observed to be more sharp-fighted, who form these circles, ihat give grace to the inferior circles or their species in general, who wish to be fashionable ; so that, upon mature reflection, you have every advantage in the legislative power. I therefore fubmit.
Club. Your remarks are just. Proteftancy was the glimmering dawn and approach of our new philosophy of this our enlightened age and
northern hemisphere, out of the old spiritual lethargy of christian ftupidity and superstition, but remained as one elcaped from prison, who still remains with fear's and anxiety. In this fifuation proteítancy remained, after her escape from the iron rod of popery, with reinorse and stings of conscience. The Calvinist, in some degree, paved the way for our new philofophy, by allowing the flesh her darling desires, glucted and emerged in the whole catalogue of what popery terms fins, without reproof or reflection on the foul, unless, through ignorance, the soul ihould conceit a lin, as fuch, it became a burthen to the fovi, which was the great impediment that kept alive çertain reftraints on many weak minds; particularly the fair sex, which barred a thousand sweet odours. Bùt our new reforın takes off and changing the face of those fraginents that remained unchanged; so that, upon the whole, it is no more than a new Reformarion on the protestant religion, popery being equally detested by us, as by the old Reformation. We feed on the protestant kernel, the banquei of the finies, and set adrift the rays of popery, remorse, or idle notions of immorta,
Nurje. What tumule or riot, with a clatter at our door; bodekins, I will be with them; oddsbobs, we are attacked by a troop of ruffians. Well, master Gingerbread, what bustle or fet-to . are you dinging in our ears? bchave with re
Ipeet or your nose ihall be brought to the grindHoze.
. Officers. Saucy puss, we act according to the character of our office, if through imprudence or other crime you come under the lash of our republic, we are her veterans to execute her
will.. · Moses. Produce your authority, which shall be respectfully complied with.
Oficers, Sir, here is our warrant, to demand, frize and convey the corpse or dead body of the lare new philosopher, Ignatius, of this our enlightened age and northern hamisphere, and him safely convey to the vault where he lost his wind for the cause of truth and virtue, by braving death, according and in pursuance of a complaint lodged by the club of new philosophers of this our enlightened age and northern hemisphere.
Moses. Act according to your warrant; all things are at the disposal of the law.
Club. Search the other apartments for the corple; but, until it is produced, take this Israelite and old woman into custody. : Nurse. I will, pect-foggers, scratch your eyes out, if you offer to come near. I inherit the vigour of the republic, which shall go down with my grey hairs to the grave. A true Calvinift I have lived, and a true Calvinist, zooks, old Robin, I shall die ; pshaw on you, brazaloons, I will teach you the rudiments of old Sterling; have-at-vou, Dickey; I will give a Roller for your Oliver. So be it, Major. .
Officers. Mighty lords of the new philosophy of this our enlightened age and bright northern hemisphere, here sits a man in the next apart
ment, will your lordships order him into custody as an accomplice.
Club. Most assuredly, whoever you perceive within the walls of the late philosopher, Ignatius, bring forth.
Officers. Here is the culprit ?
Club. Alack, our brother, who was dead, but is alive ; he was lost, but is found : sorrow and anguish filled our hearts; life, from death, reanimates, revives, and with redundant brillian. cy crowns our joy. Who dare kick against the pricks, the new philosophy of this our enlightened age and northern hemisphere? Our beloved, embrace your darlings, most valiant champion of the cause of truth and wisdom, Ignatius. Alas, my brethren, you are witnesses of my death in the cause of your new philosophy of this your enlightened age and northern hemisphere.
Club. We are witnesses to your heroic death.
Ignatius. You are now witnesses of my being alive, confirm your fenfes in this truth.
Club. We attested your death, and are will. ing to attest your being alive.
Ignatius. Handle me, and know I am no phantom, but am fubftantially Ignatius, that stood foremost in your caufe.'
Club. We are ready to confirm what you re. quire by our oaths, or other public arteftations, from which we hope to draw great merit to our new philosophy of this our enlightened age and northern hemisphere.
· Ignatius. I am no longer a philosopher of this your enlightened age, but a poor popish priest, and humble Ex-Jesuit.
Club. You revive us by resuming your wonted fatyrical, jocund and pleasant vein; death, with all its terrors, cannot change the wag.
Ignatius. Your accusations, whilft a member : of your new philosophy, are too just, and it is
most true, from the date of my quitting the allegiance to my God until my death, the spirit of irony, setting all persons or things, that did not coincide with my humour, in a ridiculous light. O the danger that attends man, and buc one narrow track marked out by his Creator, in which he will arrive to bliss, all but this leads to perdition and is the production of the flesh, world, and devils, sucked in by reprobate, ignorant, and base minds; who are formed for the pure enjoyment of their God, but being privileged with the noble and illustrious quality of free-agency, abuse this charity of their God, and become obsequious to various obscene, unnatural, and numberless filthy and beastly lust; for it is an inherent quality in man to love, and this, according to nature, should be his God, himself and all other parts of the creation in proper degrees of proportion, in due subordination and rectitude to this first and prime love. But when, through misconduet, the pipe, conductor or stream of this pure natural love ceases to flow or communicate, the quality still remaining,'à restiessness takes place, the mind being spiritual cannot cease to act, and for want of its proper object, fall as a hungry wolf on every creature, without distinction, that offers the least pleasure to his insatiable, burning, and criminal appetite; but without that effect the R 2