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Reflections suggested by the conclusion of the former book.—Pence among the nations recommended, on the ground of their common fellowship in sorrow. —Prodigies enumerated.—Sicilian earthquakes.— Man rendered obnoxious to these calamities by sin.—God the agent in them.—The philosophy that stops at secondary causes reproved.-—Our own late miscarriages accounted for.—Satiricalfnotice taken of our trips to Fontainbleau.—rBut the pulpit, not satire, the proper engine of reformation.—The Reverend Advertiser of engraved sermons.—Petit-maitre Parson.—The good preacher. —Pictures of a theatrical clerical coxcomb.—Story-tellers and jesters in the pulpit reproved.— Apostrophe to popular applause.-r-Ketailers of ancient philosophy expostulated with.—Sum of the whole matter.—Effects of sacerdotal mismanagement on the laity.—Their folly and extravagance. —The mischiefs of profusion.—Profusion itself, with all its consequent evils, ascribed, as to its principal cause, to the want of discipline in the universities.
Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
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 severed as the flax,
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
Dooms and devotes him as a lawful prey.
Lands intersected by a narrow frith
Abhor each other. Mountains interposed
Make enemies of nations, who had else
Like kindred drops been mingled into one. .
Thus man devotes his brother, and destroys ;.
And, worse than all, and most to be deplored
As human nature's broadest, foulesl blot,
Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his swe:»t
With.stripes, that mercy .with a bleeding heart
Weeps, when she sees inflicted on a beast.
Then what is man? And what man, seeing this.
And having human feelings, does not blush,
And hang his head, to think himself a man?
I would not have a slave to till my ground,
To carry me, to fan me white I bleep,
And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth,
* Alluding to the calamities in Jamaica.
VOL. II, I)
When did the waves so haughtily overleap
Alas for Sicily! rude fragments now
* August 18, 1783.
t Alluding to the fog that covered both Europe and Asia during the whole summer of 1783.
The voice of singing and the sprightly chord
Are silent. Revelry, and dance, and show
Suffer a syncope and solemn pause;
While God performs upon the trembling stage
Of his own works his dreadful part alone.
How does the earth receive him ?—With what signs
Of gratulation and delight her king?
Pours she not all her choicest fruits abroad,
Her sweetest flowers, her aromatic gums,
Disclosing paradise wherever he treads?
She quakes at his approach. Her hollow womb,
Conceiving thunders, through a thousand deeps
And fiery caverns, roars beneath his foot.
The hills move lightly, and the mountains smoke,
For he has touched them. From the extremes! point
Of elevation down into the abyss
His wrath is busy, and his frown is felt.
The rocks fall headlong, and the vallies rise,
The rivers die into offensive pools,
And, charged with putrid verdure, breathe a gross
And mortal nuisance into all the air.
What solid was,' by .transformation strange,
Grojws fluid; and the fixed and rooted earth,
Tormented into billows, heaves and swells,
Or with vertiginous and hideous whirl
Sucks down its prey insatiable. Immense s
The tumult and the overthrow, the pangs