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ARGUMENT OF THE SECOND BOOK.
Reflections fuggefted by the conclufion of the former book. Peace among the nations recommended, on the ground of their common fellowship in forrow.-Prodigies enume rated.-Sicilian earthquakes.-Man rendered obnoxious to thefe calamities by fin.-God the agent in them.The philofophy that flops at fecondary causes reproved.— Our own late mifcarriages accounted for.—Satirical notice taken of our trips to Fountainbleau.-But the pulpit, not fatire, the proper engine of reformation.—The Reverend Advertifer of engraved fermons.-Petit-maitre parfon.-The good preacher.-Pictures of a theatriedl clerical coxcomb.-Story-tellers and jeflers in the pulpit reproved.-Apoftrophe to popular applause.Retailers of ancient philofophy expoftulated with.—Sum of the whole matter.-Effects of facerdotal mifmanage ment on the laity.-Their folly and extravagance. The mischiefs of profufion.-Profufion itself, with all its confequent evils, afcribed, as to its principal caufe, to the want of difcipline in the univerfities.
On for a lodge in fome vaft wilderness,
Might never reach me more. My car is pain'd,
wrong and outrage with which earth is fill'd There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, t does not feel for man; the natʼral bond Of brotherhood is fever'd as the flax That falls afunder at the touch of fire. He finds his fellow guilty of a skin Not colour'd like his own; and, having pow'r
T'enforce the wrong, for fuch a worthy cause
And wear the bonds, than faften them on him.
Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs
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 gen'ral doom*. When were the winds
Have kindled beacons in the fkies; and th' old
* Alluding to the calamities at Jamaica.