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mist has in this Pfalm, where he has de- SERM.

I. scrib'd, or rather drawn out, a small Sketch of the Power and Wisdom of God, given us many sublime Ideas of the almighty Creator,' yet when he found the Theme was infinite, and the Labour endless, he sums up all in this pathetical Exclamation, O Lord ! how manifold are thy Works! in Wisdom haft thou made them all. Which Words naturally lead us to consider the Wisdom of God in the Creation of the World. And accordingly I propose to shew,

I. That the Works of the Creation are not the Effects of Chance, but of an allwise Gud.

II. I will make some Reflections upon the Whole.

First, then, I am to shew that the Works of the Creation are not the Effects of Chance, but of an all-wise God. And now, amidst the infinite Variety of Things, where shall we begin, or where shall we end ? Shall we view this Earth, which we inhabit ? Here every thing, whether animate or inanimate, declares itself to be the Effect of infinite Wisdom and Contrivance; and

God

SERM. God is seen in all his Works. Aniongst the
I. animate let us consider Man, who is de-

nominated the Image of the Almighty; and
he, we find, is fearfully and wonderfully
made. If we view the curious Frame of his
Body, the admirable Composure of his
Limbs, the wonderful Disposition of all the
Parts for Use as well as Ornament ; and
indeed in this respect Nature has been very
liberal and bountiful to us, in giving us
two of a Sort of those parts which are most
useful and necessary ; thus we are furnished
with two Eyes, two Hands, two Feet, &c.
not only to complete the Harmony of the
whole Composition, but that one might in
some measure supply the Defect or Fail-
ure of another. But now if we look with-
in, and view the Springs and Movements
that set this wonderful Machine a going,
the amazing Contexture of the Fibres, with
a thousand minute Parts inserted thro'out
the Whole, all conspiring to carry on the
great Ends of Life, a particular Description
of which may be seen in Books on that Sub-
ject: If we consider for every Action and
Motion without, as for Example, whether
we eat, drink, walk, fpeak, or whatever
we do, the Miracles that are at the same
time performing within to produce these

Effects; Effects; I say, if we view this curious Frame, Serm.

I. compos'd, as is thought, according to the strictest Rules of Geometrical Proportion, we shall see the whole World in Epitome. Thus much for the Body ; but if we'view the immortal Soul, that acts upon

this Body, how, or by what Means, we know not, and gives it Power to perform the Operations of a rational Creature, yet enables a Man tò contemplate the Works of God, and to refleet upon

the Wisdom and Contrivance of them, and in this respect lifts him up above the rest of the Creation, what shall we fay of it, but reckon it the Effect of infinite Wisdom ?

As to the animal World, tho’it does not come up to the Perfection of the rational, yet ’tis altogether as perfect in its kind, every Creature having such Faculties, as are excellently adapted to it, according to the Rank in which it stands in the Universe. Who can sufficiently admire the Sagacity of fome, the Subtilty of others, and the extraordinary Care aad Tenderness of all over their Young, to the everlasting Shame of many rational Creatures ? The Cunning of the Fox, the Docility and Tractableness of the Dog, and the Industry of the Ant, are things very wonderful and surprizing!

The

SERM. The inimitable Net-work of the Spider, the I.

elaborate Architecture of the Bee, as well as of the Bird, who buildeth her Nest on high, will always baffle the Wit and Industry of Man, not to say any thing of the other different Species of Creatures that in-habit the Earth and Sea, which are so many, that tho' a learned Author has endeavour'd. to guess at them, yet 'twas nothing but a Guess, and can never be improv'd beyond. a bare Probability ; for I believe it will be thought no improbable Conjecture to suppose, that there are as many, that cannot be seen by any Eye, as there are that can since it is acknowledg'd on all Hands that every Drop of Water, all forts of Fluids, and consequently every Animal itself, as abounding more or less in Fluids, are full of them ; and how small then must the Parts of those little Animalcula be! and how fine the Ligaments that tye them together! But what is Matter of very great Surprize, is, that, amongft all the animate as well as the inanimate Part of the Creation, there are not two of any Species that are exactly alike; the smallest Mite has something to distinguish him from another of the same Species, tho' his whole Body, without an Instrument, is not discernable. The

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firft Creation of Matter is indeed very won- Serm. derful ; but how it could be diversified into

I. such an endless Multitude of Forms is altogether as niuch to be admir'd.

Shall we now lift up our Eyes above this Globe, and take a Prospect of the upper Regions, where the Heavens declare the Glory of God, and the Firmament meweth bis Handy-works : there the Power and Wifdom of the Creator are equally conspicuous. And here no Pencil ever drew a Copy equal to this bright Original! Who hath stretch'd out the Heavens like a Curtain, or form'd so splendid a Canopy? The immense Prospect lies before us, thousands of dazzling Orbs promiscuously ranged entertain our wondering Speculations ; and who knows where the uniform Disorder ends ? We gaze away our Sight amidst the Swarm of Worlds, and are tir'd with Wonder and Delight. What a vast Number of fix'd Stars can we discern with our Eyes ! how many more by the Help of Instruments, and perhaps an infinite Number more, which neither Eye nor Instrument can discover! all which, as we learn by the modern Improvements in Astronomy, are so many Suns, each of which, according to the antient Calculations, is above 160 Times big

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