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ARGUMENT OF THE SECOND BOOK.
Reflections suggested by the conclusion of the former
book.- Peace among the nations recommended, on the ground of their common fellowship in forrow.
- Prodigies enumerated. --Sicilian earthquakes. — Man rendered obnoxious to these calamities by fin. - God the agent in them. The philosophy that Atops at secondary causes reproved.–Our own late ,-miscarriages accounted for.-Satirical notice taken of our trips to Fontainbleau.—But the pulpit, not satire, the proper engine of reformation.—The Reverend Advertiser of engraved fermons.-Petit maitre parfon.--The good preacher.–Pictures of a theatrical clerical coxcomlı.–Story-tellers and jefters in the pulpit reproved. -- Apostrophe to popular ap. plause.-Retailers of ancient philosophy expostulated to per a with.--Sum of the whole matter. Effeets of fa- og cerdotal mismanagement on the laity.—Their folly and extravagance.--The mischiefs of profufion.Profufion itself, with all its consequent evils, afshofiel cribed, as to its principal cause, to the want of difcipline in the universities.
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Ou for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more. My ear is pained, My soul is sick, with every day's report Of wrong and outrage, with which earth is filled. There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, It does not feel for man; the natural bond Of brotherhood is fevered as the flas, That falls asunder at the touch of fire. He finds his fellow guilty of a skin Not coloured like his own; and having power
To enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause
Sure there is need of social intercourse, Benevolence, and peace, and mutual aid, Between the nations in a world, that seems To toll the death-bell of its own decease, And by the voice of all its elements To preach the general doom*. When were the
* Alluding to the calamities in Jamaica.