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ŞERM. ger than the Earth, but is now thought to
I. be a vast deal more, and probably the Cen-

ter of such a Planetary System as ours. The
Disposition of the Solar System, from whence
the Disposition of the Whole may with
great Probability be inferr’d, is of all things
the most beautiful and harmonious, com-
pos'd according to the nicest Rules, and the
exactest Laws of Nature, the Planets being
so order'd as to be within the Sphere of each
other's Activity, by which they are suf-
pended in the Air, and by the Force of
Gravitation move round the Sun as their
common Center. Thus are these glorious
Bodies contriv'd to preserve each other from
Desolation, and to set forth the Glory of
their Creator. If we consider only the Body
of the Sun, how delightful and magnificent
does it appear! according to that of Solo-
mon ; The Light is sweet, and a pleasant
thing it is for the Eyes to be held ihe Suin.
How delightful, and with what Splendor,
when it first lights up the Firmament! how
magnificent, and with what Grandeur, when
in its meridian Height! The Pfalmift ex-
cellently describes this, Psal. xix. 6, 7. In
them hath he set a Tabernacle for the Sun,
which cometh forth as a Bridegroom out of
his Chamber, and rejoiceth as a Giant to

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rün his Course ; it goeth forth from the SERM.

I. utter moft Part of the Heaven, and runneth about unto the End of it again, and there is nothing hid from the Heat thereof. 'Tis by the Influence of this glorious Body that eVery thing in the World lives and thrives. 'Tis this that gives the Earth a genial Warmth, and makes the Ground prolifick; that calls the tender Blossom from the Bud, and gives to Trees and Plants their Bloom and Vigor. 'Tis this that thaws the Ice of old Age, and. gives to Youth Nourishment and A&ivity. In short, it chears the Heart of Man and Beast

, and spreads a universal Gladness over the Face of all Nature, within the Influence of whose Beams every thing is gay, chearful and lively, without it ’tis all Darkness, Horror and Desolation. 'Tis no Wonder then to find that there are some Heathens among the idolatrous Nations that worship and adore it ; for when once People are come to such a Pals as to be ignorant of the true God, whom Heaven and Earth adore, and worflip Stocks and Stones, and other, mariy other, such contemptible, inaginary Deities, who are ignorant of their Devotions,

and can't reward them for their La. bour ; when they worship not only that which hath no Divinity, but that which B


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Serm. háth no Life, which the Smith worketh in I.

the Coals, and fashioneth with Hammers, and worketh with the Strength of his Arms; how much more natural is it, if any

inanimate Creature could possibly be thought worthy of Adoration, that the Sun should be that Creature, that is by many Degrees preferable to the rest, and appears with so much superior Splendor and Magnificence!

But to proceed. Shall we go further and travel thro' every fix'd Star, and observe the wonderful Make and Contriyance of 3 them, and how they stand to each other, and to the Whole? Or, shall we launch out into the Immensity of Space, and take a Prospect of the whole Creation at once, and from the infinite Expanse take a Survey of all Nature, as it lies wonderfully display'd up and down in it, and view the same Uniformity of Wisdom throughout this vast Infinity of Things, as in this world which we inhabit, and see all things carried on by the same Providence, and sustain'd by the same almighty Power ? At this Distance, how small and inconsiderable would this little Globe appear! what a trifling Speck in the mighty Void, hardly more' important thàn the least Mite we see in it! What a strange Sight! what an unexpected Prospect would




this be to the proud and ambitious Man, Serm.

I. who has already plac'd himself not only at the Top of this Globe, but at the Top of the Universe, at the Head of all Things, tho’ at the same time neither he, nor the World he lives in, does to the whole bear the Proportion of the smallest Grain of Sand ! How astonishing are these things to a finite Capacity! how mocking is the Consideration of them to a human Intellect! The Pfalmist sufficiently declares his Admiration of them, as he gives us thus to understand. When I consider the Heavens, the Work of thy Fingers, the Moon and the Stars which thou hast ordain'd, what is Man that thou art mindful of him, and the Son of Man that thou visitest him !

But what need we to call the Heavens and Stars to testify the Wisdom of the almighty Creator, since 'tis but to step back and visit this Earth again, and we shall find that the least Part of the Creation, even a Lilly of the Field, hears sufficient Testimony to it, and has the Seal of God, the Mark of the Divine Omnipotence visibly stamp'd upon it? How regardless are people generally of, them, and how inconsiderable are they for the most part accounted, and yet Solomon in all his Glory was not array'd like one


Serm. of these ! And indeed the smallest Leaf is 1. of so wonderful a Contexture as to demon

strate the Divine Hand that made it, and to fhew it to be beyond the utmost Reach of all human Art. So that the same Wifdom, which is display'd at large in the magnificent Prospect we have now been viewing is equally conspicuous in the smallest Part of the Creation, the fame Wisdom, tho’ not the same Degree of it, being as necessary, in the Formation of the minutest Animal, a Worm, or a Fly, as in the Formation of the World, or all things else that are in it. Whether therefore we consider the Works of God in whole or in part, at full Length or in Miniature, they express the greatest Wisdom imaginable. To whom else then shall we ascribe the Rise and Birth of all Things ? Who laid the Measures of the Earth = says the Lord to Job; or wha hath stretched the Line upon it ? wherexpo% are the Foundations thereof fastned? or who laid the Corner Stone thereof: Hast thou commanded the Morning since thy Days, and caused the Day-spring to know his Place ? Where is the Way where Light dwelleth ? and as for Darkness, where is the Place thereof. Hath the Rain a Fa. ther ? or who hath begotten the Drops of


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