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maturely to search, diget and practise the Truths of his moji facred and Holy Word, which Divine Book is, or ought to be in all our Houses; the impartial Cofideration of which Subjects, together with some Account of that most charming, romantic,' and delightful Park, which was the Means of giving Birth to ihe following Poems &c, fhall, through the Divine Mercy, compole the Substance of this Preface.

And ift, in Regard to the visible Creation, or the Works of his Almighty Hand.

On Thele the LORD hath engraven the Knowledge of Himself moft confpicuously, and in such a plain and universal Languages that it is within the Reach of every rational Being, if He will not wilfully close his Eyes against such Cod. viction, to read and comprehend the Same; For “ The « Heavens declare the Glory of GOD: and the Firmanent & theweth his handy-work. Day unto Day uttereth Speech * and Night unta Night fheweth Knowledge. There is no * Speech nor Language where their Voice is not heard. Their Line is gone out through all the Earth, and their Ward's # to the End of the World. Pla. XIX. 1 to 5. And of That whiih may be known of GOD, is manifest in Them; for GOD hath jhewed it unto Them. For the invisible 6 Things of Him from the Creation of the World are clearly 6 feen, being understood by the Things that are made, even 6 His eternal Power and Godhead : yo that they are without Excuse.” Rom, I. 19. 20.

If Any therefore remain ignorant of GOD, and deltitute of his Holy Presence and Love in their own Hearts, it must be their own Faults; and can be for no orher Reafon, but because they love Darknefs rather thars Light, and do not like to retain Him in their Thoughts.' If this was not the Case, We mut All of Confèquence know Him and love Hin. feeing ile is noi far from Every @ne of Us, for in Him ile live, and, move, and have our Being:

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and We cannot turn our Eyes to the Heavens Above, or to the Earth below, but We must see most manifeft. Proofs of His Almighty Power, his unsearchable Wil dom, and his boundless Love.

Did We but attentively admire the Sun, Moon and Stars, in the immense Expanse Above Us, and also the various Things around Us in the animal and vegetable Creation? Did We but accustom Ourselves soberly and seriously to meditate on their various Uses, Beauties and Glories ? Did We but ponder well the wonderful Power, whereby the whole Face of Nature is changed from the Barrenness, Unpleasantness, and Unfruitfulness of Winter, into the more pleasing Aspect of Beauty, Fruitfulness, and blessed Abundance for our Use and Comfort in the Spring and Summer Seasons ? Did We but enquire in our own Minds, from whence such wonderous Changes and marvellous Effects were produced, We cou'd not but acknowledge their Divine Source? We must be forced to confess that there is a real and sensible Intercourse betwixt the invisible Creator, and the visible Works of his Hands, which latter only afford a temporary and visible Cloathing to the eternal and invisible Realities, which exist in a much more glorious and perfect World. In short, Were We possessed of the Wisdom of the holy Antients, We should see clearly that the visible Things of this World owe their Sublistance: to the invisible Things of another World, and were intended to lead Us to the Knowledge of such invisible Things? And further, did We injoy their Light in our Interior, We should perceive, that they exhibit a glori. Ous Display of GOD's fpiritual Kingdom, and are an outward Manifestation of the Glories, the Uses, and the Beauties thereof; to be convinced of which, We need only be at the Pains to ask Ourselves, Why is a Rose, a Lilly, or a Pallion-Flower so beautiful? For I think

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We Thall not be able to give any other Answer, than that they are the representative forms in outward Nature of that beautiful Spirit or Life from which they spring.

Thus, if we did but use Ourselves to regard the outward Objects of Creation in a sober and serious Manner, they wou'd appear, not only beautiful and glorious, but alfo most interefing and edifying to UsWe thou'd behold the Operations of the Divine Good. ness, Wisdom, Power and Providence, in having prepar. ed such a World, together with such a wonderfal Variety of Things therein, adapted to the Necessity, the Service, the Comfort and the Instruction of it's Inhabitants. Thus, I say, regarding the wonderful Works of Creation in this holy Light, We shou'd certainly be led by their Means to the Knowledge and Adoration of their Divine and adorable Creator - We shou'd with Delight and Gratitude join the inspired Saints of cld, ( who no doubt reaped much Benefit from furveying the wonderful Works of Creation,) and thus address their Divine Original, Thou LORD, in the Beginning, haft laid the Foundations of the Earth; and the Heavens are the Work of thy Hands. O LORD our LORD, how excellent is thy Name in all the Earth! Who hat set thy Glory above the heavens. When I consider thy Heavens, even the Works of thy Fingers, the Moon and the Stars which Thou haft ordain. ed; LORD, what is Man that Thou art mindful of Him ? of the Son of Man, that Thou vifteft Him

Since the wonderful Works of Creation, therefore, surround Us All, and speak so loudly to every Creature, for ever manifesting the Almighty Power, Wisdom and Love of their great Creator, O let us be wise and improve by an attentive Confideration of them let us open out Eyes to behold their Magnificence and Grandeur let us contemplate his Glory in the visible Creation; he may be seen, not only in his spreading out the Hea

rens like a Curtain, but in the Formation of the smallest Creature; every Flower of the Field, the Lilly of the Valley and the humbleft Shrub, no less than the lofty Oaks and Cedars, suggest Lessons of Instruction and Devotion to Us,

“ For Ever speaking, as They shine,

" The Hand, that made Us, is Divine."

And Here I cannot but make a few Observations on those most charming, romantic, and delightful Scenes, which gave Birth to the following Poems.

When I first visited HAWKSTONE PARK, (the Day being beautiful and the Sky clear,) I was struck with pleasing Aftonishment at it's Greatness and Magnifie: cence: I was charmed with it's Bloom and Splendor, and moit particularly affected with the vaft, the various; and the extensively pleasing Views presented from it's Rocks. and Hills, from some of which such peculiarly striking Prospects of the neighbouring and distant Country are beheld, that my feeble Pen cannot poflibly describe. Surely None but down-right Atheists, who wilfully refule the sacred Exercise of meditating on the Works of their great and good Creator, can deny the Operation of his ALMIGHTY Power in the visible Works of Creation, more especially in such glorious Works and delightful ; Scenes, as HAWKSTONE Park furnishes it's Visiters with; for look which Way foever You will, you have the most admirable Specimen of the Divine Love and Wisdom of the fublime. Author of Nature ; and Your Eyes behold fuch various Scenes of Beauty, that no : Words can express or Pen describe. And the more You examine Them, the more You are struck with a Sense of their Divine Creator, and the more they manifest his Love and Wisdom, exhibiting at the same Time such striking Proofs of his Power and Presence, as None but the most wilful blind and obftinate can overlook and

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réfint. Surely, the contemplative Mind, on beholding fucla a Profufion of Beauties will be led with Thankfulness and Admiration to join the Poet in the following Language

" When fuch bright Scenes as These, O LORD,

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“ In Wonder, Love, and Praise !"

And I have no doubt, cou'd We but trace these Pa. radifiacal Scenes up to their true Origin, We shou'd discern Them as fo many representative Forms or Types of heavenly Blessednefles, which wou'd never fail, as often as We viewed Them in this pleasing Light, to olevate our Minds to their Divinc Author. Indeed I muft frankly acknowledge that Such hath been the Effect They have been the means of producing in my Mind. Whilf furveying these lovely Landscapes, with which the moft bountiful LORD has overspread, enriched, and beautified Haw KSTONE's charming Park, with it's furrounding Scenes, I have been struck with Wonder and Delight, at observing both the exquisite Beauty, and the immenfe Magnificence of the whole; I have felt fuch a sweet Complacency and Dilation of Heart, such an Elevation of Soul mixed with Rapture and Devotion, that I have often been constrained, with the most pro. found Veneration, to break out into grateful Songs of Praise, whilft I saw the Love and Wisdom, the Majesty and Mercy of the adorable Creator in such fublime Works. For, to speak the Truth, I cou'd behold No. thing but GOD and his Divine Operation in the whole of these most charming and delightful Scenes, Their Grandeur, their Magnificence, their Beauty, and above All their pleasing Variety, often transported Me into the most warm and heavenly Meditations; and I was from quently, as it were, carried out of Myself, whilft I was led to behold the Power and Goodness, the Majesty and

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