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blindly obey, who, by his knowledge of the various aptitudes of things, knows, not merely what is, but what must be,-beholding, through a long series of effects, that ultimate effect of convenience or beauty, which is at once to add some new enjoyments to life, and to confer additional glory on the intellectual empire of that being, whom God has formed to image, however faintly, the power, by which he raised him into existence. We cannot look around us, without discovering, in every work of human art, which meets our eye, the benefits, which we have received from our knowledge of this one relation. Whatever industry has conferred upon us, the security, the happiness, the splendour, and, in a great measure, the very virtues of social life,-are referable to it; since industry is nothing more than the practical application of those productive fitnesses, which must have been felt and known, before industry could begin.
"These are thy blessings, Industry, rough power,
Yet the kind source of every gentle art,
Raiser of human kind! by Nature cast
Of art demanded; shew'd him how to raise
Taught him to chip the wood, and hew the stone,
Tore from his limbs the blood-polluted fur,
Nor stopp'd at barren bare necessity,
But still advancing bolder, led him on
To pomp, to pleasure, elegance and grace;
And, breathing high ambition through his soul,
Set science, wisdom, glory, in his view,
And bade him be the lord of all below."*
Such is the value of that susceptibility of our mind, by which we feel the relations of objects to each other as successive,when considered in reference to what is commonly termed sciIt has made us what we are,-and when we think of what we now are, and of what the race of mankind once was,-to speculate on the future condition of man, in those distant ages, which still await him on this scene of earth,—when new relations shall have been evolved in objects the most familiar to us, and new arts consequently developed, which, with our present knowledge, no genius can anticipate, is almost as if we were speculating on the possible functions and enjoyments of some higher being.
"How near he presses on the angel's wing!
Which is the seraph? which the child of clay ?"
* Thomson's Seasons-Autumn, v. 43—49. 57—85, and 90—95,
ON THE FEELINGS BELONGING TO THE ORDER OF SUCCESSION,
TIES TO RELATIVE SUGGESTION-I. JUDGMENT-II. REA-
GENTLEMEN, in my last Lecture, I began the remarks which I had to offer on the relations of succession,-that order of relations which remained to be examined after our examination of relations of coexistence.
Objects, or events, or feelings, when we consider them in the relation which they bear to each other as successive, may be regarded as casually prior or posterior, when they occur as parts of different trains, or as invariably antecedent and consequent, when they occur as parts of a single train in the order of causes and effects.
On the relation of objects, as casually successive, I felt it unnecessary to dwell at any length. It has already, indeed, been in some measure discussed, when I treated of the laws of those simple suggestions, or associate trains of images, which rise according to this relation of proximity in time. As there is nothing permanent in the relation, it scarcely can be counted an object of science. Its only advantage,-but this is a very great advantage,is, that which it affords as an assistance to our memory, which is thus enabled to preserve much knowledge that might otherwise be lost; since we are able, by the accidental bearings of other events in time, to form a sort of chronology of many of those little events of life, that are great in relation to our wishes and affec tions, and that probably would have been forgotten, but for those
fixed points, in the track of our life, which recal to us what lay between. By the aid of these, we are able to journey again over hours, and days, and months of happiness, in years the most remote, connecting together, in one delightful series, events which would have been of little moment if remembered singly, but which, when combined, are almost representative of the group of pleasures and friendships that existed once, but may perhaps exist to us no more; as in the similar order of contiguity in place, it would he productive but of slight gratification, if we were to think only of some separate tree, or rock, or stream, or meadow of the landscape of our infancy. It is when the whole scene rises before us in combination,—when the tree, under which we hollowed out our seat, waves over the rock, from which we have leapt with a sort of fearful delight to the opposite overhanging cliff, and the rivulet foams in the narrow channel between, spreading out, afterwards, its waters in the sunny expanse in which we bathed, and separating the field of our sports from the churchyard, at which we have cast, in the twilight, many a trembling glance; when all which nature blended before us, in the perceptions of our earliest years, thus coexists in our conception, it is then that we truly recognize the scene, not as an object of memory only, but as if present to our very eyes and heart. Such is the effect of the representation of objects in the order in which they coexisted in place; and it is not wonderful, that the feeling of the relation of their order in time, should have a similar influence on our emotions, by giving unity of connexion; and thus, as it were, additional and more interesting reality to all which we remember. The priority and subsequence of the events remembered, according to this slight accidental relation, may have arisen, indeed, from circumstances the most unimportant in themselves; but it is enough to our feelings, that they arose thus successively, constituting a part of the very history of our life, and forming some of the many ties which connect us with those of whom the very remembrance is happiness. What was truly casual in its origin, almost ceases to appear to us casual, by the permanent connexions which it afterwards presents to our memory. Other successions of events may be imagined, which would have been more interesting to others, and in which it would have been easier to trace some principle of original connexion. But, though more regular, and more inter
esting to others, they would not have been the events of our youth; as a scene might perhaps readily be imagined, far more lovely to other eyes than the landscape of our early home, but in which our eyes, even in admiring its loveliness, would look in vain for a charm, which, if it be not beauty itself, is at least something still more tenderly delightful.
The relation even of casual succession then, by the connexion and grouping of events to which it gives rise, and the consequent aid and interest which it yields to our remembrance, affords no slight accession of enjoyment and permanent utility. The rela
tions of invariable antecedents and consequents, however, which are felt by us to be essentially different, from mere casual proximity, and to be all that is truly involved in our notion, of power or causation, are of much greater importance to that intellectual, and moral, and physical life, which may almost be said to depend on them. Even if they gave us nothing more than our knowledge of the uniform connexions of past events, as objects of mere speculative science, at once constituting and explaining the phenomena that excited our astonishment, and awoke that early curiosity which they have continued to busy ever since, they would furnish, by the view which they open of the powers of nature, and of all the gracious purposes to which those powers have been subservient, one of the sublimest delights of which our spiritual being is capable.
This gratification they would yield to us, even if we were to regard them only in the past, as objects of a science purely speculative. But, when we consider the relations of events, in their aptitudes to precede and follow, as equally diffused, over the time that is to come, as presenting to us, everywhere, in the past or present sequences observed by us, the source of some future good or future evil,-of good which we can obtain, and of evil which we can avoid, merely by knowing the order in which these past sequences have occurred,-the knowledge of these invariable relations of succession becomes to us inestimable,—not as a medium only of intellectual luxury, but as the medium of all the arts of life, and even of the continuance of our very physical existence, which is preserved only by an unceasing adaptation of our actions to the fitnesses or tendencies of external things.
All practical science is the knowledge of these aptitudes of