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Sensation, and peculiarly adapted to that particular Kind of Life for which they are designed. In all those Things we may obe ferve such manifest Indications of orderly Contrivance, that we have Reason to cry out with the devout Pfalmist, O Lord, how manifold are thy Works! in Wisdom halt thou made them all.

Who can undertake to describe the in, numerably various' Ranks in the Scale of Beings, rising in ap orderly Progrese fion, one above another, the highest of an inferior Species coming near to the lowest of an higher Order, so that there is no disagreeable Chasm in the Creation, but a beautiful Harmony is spread through the Whole ? How delightful must it bę to pursue them through all their various Degrees of Life and Capacities for Enjoy. ment, till we arrive to the great Fountain of Life, the gloțious self-existent Jehor vah, from whom they and all their Powers are derived !

But it is in the rational and moral Part of the Creation that the Glory of God is most illustriously displayed. The noblest of them, of which we have any Account, are the blefsed Angels. And undoubtedly, if we had a clear and diftin&t View of their yaft and sublime Capacities, their mighty

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Power and Activity, the Extent of their Understanding and Knowledge, and the Height of moral Excellency to which they are capable of attaining, it would çaise in us the highest Conceptions of Wisdom Goodness, as well as Power, of the Creator; but we know little of them at present. The only Creature of the rational and moral Kind that we are well acquainted with is Man, And a considerate Survey of our own Nature could not fail to fill us with Wonder and Delight, How admirable is the Frame of the human Body! comprehending in so small a Compass a surprising Variety of Parts, many of them exquisitely minute and fine, all of them contrived with the most amazing Skill, and not one of them without it's proper Use. If we consider the Dignity of it's Forin, the curious Structure of it's several Vessels and Organs so excellently adapted for all the Functions of the Animal Life, and with Regard to which, after the Inquiries of so many Ages, there are still new Discoveries made, and new Wonders opening to our View; should not this caufe us to break forth into that rapturous Act of Devotion : I will praise thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are tby Works, and that my Soul

knoweth knoweth right well. Ps, cxxxix. 14, But above all it should fill us with a devout Admiration of the Deity to consider the nobler Part of our Nature, in which we more nearly resemble the pure intellec- , tual Essence of the supreme Being. How excellent are the Faculties of the human Soul ! The Understanding, whereby it is capable of knowing and contemplating not only sensible and material Objects, but Things fpiritual and invisible, and the moft perfect and glorious of all Beings. God himself; the Imagination, whereby it can form innumerable sprightly Images of Things which strike the Mind with great Force; the Memory, in which, as in an ample and faithful Repository, is treasured up a prodigious Variety of Ideas relating to numberless Subjects of various Kinds. But especially let us consider the moral Powers with which Man is endued; the Principle of Reason, which is designed to preside over and to govern the sensitive Appetites and Passions; the selfdetermining Power of the Will, which makes him Master of his own Actions, and accountable for them; the inward Sense he hath, when not depraved by corrupt Habits and Prejudices, of Good and Evil, Right and Wrong, of the Beauty

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and Excellency of Virtue and moral
Goodness, and the Turpitude and Defor-
mity of Vice and Sin ; the Power he hath
of reflecting upon himself and his own Ac-
tions, with the unspeakable Satisfaction
which ariseth from a Consciousness of
Well-doing, and the Horror and Remorse
which he is subject to from a Sense of a
contrary Conduct; the kind and social
Affections implanted in the human Heart,
which thew that Man was designed not
merely to consult his own private Interest,
but to promote the public Good and the
Happiness of others as well as his own;
and, finally, the Power he hath of look-
ing forwards to Futurity, and, carrying
his Views beyond the utmost Limits of
this present Life: All these Things de-
monstrate him to be a noble Creature,
a moral Agent, originally formed and de-
signed for high Degrees of Virtue and
Happiness.
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be added the admirable Laws of the vital Union between Soul and Body, whereby Substances of such different Natures are most closely and intimately joined. By virtue of this Union Man is rendered capable of taking in and relishing Beauties and Pleasures both of a material and sensible, and of an intellec

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tual Kind; and there is a close Connecă tion established between certain Motions and Impressions on the bodily Organs and certain Affections and Sensations in the Soul; and all the Senses are adjusted in such a Manner as is most proper for the Use and Convenience of human Life: Man considered in this View is one of the most wonderful Compositions in all Nature, nearly allied to the spiritual and material World, and uniting both in himfelf.

Thas have we taken a brief and general Survey of the Works of Creation: And with Regard to them we may justly Tay that the Works of the Lord are great, fought out of all them that have Pleafure therein. One End for which such noble Faculties were given us was certainly this, that we should search into and contemplate God's wonderful

wonderful Works. Nor must we imagine that none can do this but Persons of Learning and who have made a Progress in philosophical Studies. Common Reason and Attention, with such Helps as any

Man who is heartily desirous to be informed, will lead us into such a Knowledge of these Things as is sufficient to fill our Souls with Wonder and Delight, and tơ

may obtain

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