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COMPLAINT:

OR,

Night-Thoughts

ON

LIFE, DEATH,

A N D

I MMORTALITY.

To which is added,

A Paraphrase on Part of the Book of JOB.

A New EDITION, Corrected by the Author,

Sunt lacryme rerum, & mentem mortalia tangunt. Virg.

L 0 N 2 O N:
Printed for A. MILLAR, in the Strand; and R. and

J. DODSLEY, in Pall-Mall.

M:DCC.LVI.

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CONTENTS of the Seventh Night.

the Sixth Night Arguments were drawn, from Na:

TURE, in Proof of Immortality : Here, others are

drawn from Man: From bis Discontent, p.187; from bis

Passions and Powers, 188 ; from the gradual Growth of

Reason, 189; from his Fear of Death, ibid. from the

Nature of Hope, 190 ; and of Virtue, 191, &c. from

Knowlege, and Love, as being the most essential Properties of

the Soul, 196; from the Order of Creation, ibid.; from the

Nature of Ambition, 199, &c. Avarice, 203, 204; Plea-

sure, 204. A Digreffion on the Grandeur of the Passions,

206, 207. Immortality alone renders our present State in-

telligible, 207. An Obje&lion from the Stoics Disbelief of

Immortality, answered, 208, 209. Endless Questions unre-

solvable, but on Supposition of our Immortality, 209. The

natural, most melancholy, and pathetic Complaint of a Worthy

Man under the Persuasion of no Futurity, 211,&c. The gross

Absurdities and Horrors of Annihilation urg'd home on Lo-

RENZO, 216, &c. The Soul's vast Importance, 224, &c.

from whence it arises, 227, 228. The Difficulty of being an

Infidel, 230. The Infamy, ibid. the Cause, 232. and the

Character, 232, 233, of an Infidel-State. What True

Free-thinking is, 233, 234. The necessary Punishment of

the False, 235. Man's Ruin is from Himself, 236. An In-

fidel accuses himself of Guilt, and Hypocrisy; and that of

the worst Sort, 237. His Obligation to Christians, ibid.

What Danger be incurs by Virtue, 238. Vice recommended

to Him, 239. His high Pretences to Virtue, and Benevo.

lence, exploded, ibid. The Conclusion, on the Nature of

Faith, 241. Reason, 242 ; and Hope, 242, 243; with

an Apology for this Attempt, 243.

HEAV'N

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EAV'N gives the needful, but neglected, Call.

What Day, what Hour, but knocks at human
To wake the Soul to Sense of future Scenes ? [Hearts,
Deatbs stand, like Mercurys, in ev'ry Way;
And kindly point us to our Journey's End.
Pope, who couldft make Immortals ! art Thou dead?
I give thee Joy: Nor will I take my Leave;
So soon to follow : Man but dives in Death;
Dives, from the Sun, in fairer Day to rise;
The Grave, his subterranean Road to Bliss.
Yes, infinite Indulgence plann'd it fo;
Thro' various Parts our glorious Story runs ;
Time gives the Preface, endless Age unrolls
The Volume (ne'er unrolld!) of human Fate.

This, Earth and Skies * already have proclaim'd.
The World's a Prophecy of Worlds to come ;
And who, what God foretels (who speaks in Things,
Still louder than in Words) shall dare deny ?
If Nature's Arguments appear too weak,
Turn a new Leaf, and stronger read in Man.
If Man Neeps on, untaught by what he sees,

* Night the Sixth

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'S the Occasion of this Poem was real,

not fictitious; so the Method pursued in it, was rather imposed, by what spontaneously arose in the author's mind, on that occasion, than meditated, or designed. Which will appear very probable from the nature of it. For it differs from the common mode of Poetry, which is from long narrations to draw fort morals. Here, on the contrary, the narrative is short, and the morality arising from it, makes the bulk of the Poem. The reason of it is, That the fasts mentioned did naturally pour thefe moral reflections on the thought of the writer.

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