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INSTRUCTIVE, MORAL, AND ENTERTAINING
FROM THE MOST
BOOK I. II.
DEVOTIONAL AND MORAL,
PUBLISHED BY KIRK & MERCEIN,
MOST EMINENT POETS.
DEVOTIONAL AND MORAL. PART I.
REFLECTIONS ON THE BEING OF A GOD.
RETIRE;-the world shut out ;-thy thoughts call Imagination's airy wing repress
[home;Lock up thy senses; let no passion stir ;Wake all to Reason;-let her reign alone :Then in thy soul's deep silence, and the depth Of Nature's silence, midnight, thus inquire 'What am I? and from whence?-I nothing know But that I am; and since I am, conclude Something eternal: had there e'er been nought, Nought still had been; eternal there must be.But what eternal? Why not human race? And Adam's ancestors without an end?That's hard to be conceiv'd, since every link Of that long-chain'd succession is so frail.
Can every part depend, and not the whole?
I'm still quite out at sea, nor see the shore.
Whence earth, and these bright orbs ?-Eternal
That can't be from themselves--or man : that art
To dance, would form an universe of dust:
And boundless flights, from shapeless and repos'd?
CREATION OF THE EARTH, THE HEAVENS, AND
On his great expedition now appear'd,
Girt with Omnipotence, with radiance crown'd
Far into Chaos, and the world unborn;