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Rules for Conversation

Page 79 The Study of Aftronomy recommended

82 The Voyage of Life. An Allegory On the Desire of Gain Politeness a necessary Auxiliary to Knowledge and Virtue

93 Idleness incapable of Felicity. Story of Ned Froth 96 Fortitude founded on the Fear of GOD Adversity useful to the Acquisition of Knowledge 104 The Probibition of Revenge juftifiable by Reason 108 The Pleasures and Advantages of Industry Danger of Relapse after Purposes of Amendment 116 On the Antiquity of Fables, with the Eable of Pleasure and Pain

120 The Pursuit of Knowledge recommended to Youth 124 The Importance of Punctuality

128 Fbe great Benefit of bodily Exercise

132 Temperance the best Preservative of Health

135 Repentance ftated and explained

139 The Duty of Secrecy

144 On Truth and Sincerity

148 Rules for the Knowledge of one's Self

IGI The Mercy of Affliction ; an Eastern Story

154 Personal Beauty produced by Moral Sentiment

159 On Omens

163 The Vision of Mirza A Letter to Sir Charles Easy in Town from the Parfon of his Parifs in the Country

171 On Female Gamester's

174 Account of Tim. Wildgoose by himself

177 Gradation from a Greenhorn to a Blood

179. On the Force of Habit

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The Natural History of Ants

Page 294 The fame Subječt continued

300 Learning a proper Ingredient in the Education of a Woman of Quality or Fortune

305 On Calumny

309 The active and speculative Parts of Mankind compared

311 On the pursuit of Fame

317 The fame Subject continued

320 The fame Subject continued

326 An Allegory on One's self

330 The Shepherd and the Philosopher

334 The Countryman and Jupiter.

336 The Pack-Horse and the Carrier

340 The Youth and the Philosopher

342 An Elegy written in a Country Church Yard

344 The Story of Palemon and Lavinia

347 Virgil's Tomb

350 Song for Ranelagh

354 Elegy. Describing the Sorrow of an ingenuous Mind, on the melancholy Event of a licentious Amour

355 A Pastoral Ballad, in four Parts Virtue alone constitutes Happiness

364 The Paris Clerk

368 Few happy Matches

373 Universal Prayer

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MORAL MISCELLANY,

On the Omniscience and Omnipresence of the Deity, together with the Immensity of his works.

[Spect. No. 565.1

WAS yesterday about Yun-fet walking in the open fields, 'till the night insensibly fell upon me,

I first amused myself with all the richness and variety of colours, which appeared in the western parts of heaven: in proportion as they faded away and went out, several stars and planets appeared, one after another, 'till the whole firmament was in a glow. The blueness of the æther was exceedingly heightened and enlivened by the season of the year, and by the rays

of all those luminaries that passed through it. The Gan laxy appeared in its moft beautiful white. To complete the scene, the full moon rose at length in that clouded majesty, 'which Milton takes notice of, and opened to the eye a new picture of nature, which was more finely thaded, and disposed among softer lights, thao that which the sun had before discovered to us.

As I was surveying thé inoon walking in her brightDess and taking her progress among the constellations, & thought rose in me which I believe very often perplexes and disturbs men of serious and contemplative

David hiinself fell into it in that reflection, When I confider the beavens the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars which thou haft ordained; what is man that thou art mindful of him, and the font of man that thox regardeft him! In the fame manner when I considered that infinite host of fars, or, to speak more philosophie Vaily, of suns, which were then ihining upon ine, with

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those innumerable sets of planets or worlds, which were moving round their respective funs; when I ftill enlarged the idea, and supposed another heaven of suns and worlds rising till above this which we discovered, and these ftill enlightened by a superior firmament of

uminaries, which are planted at so great a distance, that they may appear to the inhabitants of the former as the stars do to us; in short, while I pursued this thought, I could not but reflect on that little infignificant figure which I myself bore amidst the immensity of God's works.

Were the fun, which enlightens this part of the creation, with all the host of planetary worlds that move about him, utterly extinguished and annihilated, they would not be missed, more than a grain of sand, upon the sea fore. The space they possess is so exceedingly little in comparison of the whole, that it would scarce make a blank in the creation. The chasm would be imperceptible to an eye, that could take in the whole compass of nature, and pass from one end of the creation to the other ; as it is possible there may be such a sense in ourselves hereafter, or in creatures which are at present more exalted than ourselves. We fee

many ftars by the help of glasses, which we do not · discover with our naked eyes; and the finer our telefcopes are, the more still are our discoveries. Huygea nius carries this thought fo far, that he does not think it impossible there may be stars whose light is not yet travelled down to us, since their first creation. There is no question but the universe has certain bounds set to it; but when we consider that it is the work of infinite power, prompted by infinite goodness, with an infinite space to exert itself in, how can our imagination set any bounds to it?

To return, therefore, to my first thought, I could not but look upon.myself with secret horror, as a being that was not worth the smallest regard of one who had so great a work under his care and superintendency. I was afraid of being overlooked amidst the immensity of nature, and loft among that infinite va

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