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O Thou, most worthy to be prais'd, adora!
Line 166. The description of the Deity, in Revelation, is particularly noble and sublime. Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come-the Almighty.” Rev. i. 8. It is almost unnecessary to mention, that most of the other ideas of the Supreme Being are taken from the Psalms, from Isaiah, and the book of Job, which, besides containing the most solid and important truths, are each a little Paradise of poetical sweets.
It is astonishing, but true, that great multitudes of men are now really Athesits. We read in the Psalms “ The fool hạth faid in his heart, there is no God.” These fools, however, openly confess what David's fool only imagined.
As these men pretend to be philosophers, it may not be improper to tell them that it is naturally impossible an effect can exist without a cause. Er nihilo nihil fit,“ Nothing can be made from nothing," is an old and true phrase of philosophy. It is as absurd to say that two and two do not make four, as that blind chance could produce an immense system where intelligence is plainly visible in every part.
If we consider our own solar system, without considering the other solar systems which probably exist in the universe, we must be convinced that it
Who the vast heav'n drew'st as a curtain forfn,
arose from an intelligent and almighty being, a Deo ** froni God,” as Sir Isaac Newton says, who was an abler philosopher than any of our modern. atheists. if we consider the planets, and the revolution of those planets round the sun, must it not appear as clear as the beams of that sun, to an understanding that is not insane, that some great first cause, some God, and not a fortuitous concourse of atoms or mere chance, has formed and constituted these planets, and implanted in them such a proper degree of gravity as to prevent their being attracted too near the sun, or from falling too much on the contrary fide, by which fabrication and constitution they glide along the ethereal plains in an orbit which neither admits of variation nor decay? Could the wisest man among us make the most trivial particles of matter, suspended upon nothing, to move continually in an orbit in any manner resembling the motion of these immense Planets? It is well said. by the Poet.
An indevout Astronomer is mad.
What the poet says of the astronomer may be also applied to the Geographer. Can any man of understanding, who attends to the formation of this parth, to the construction of the sea and the rivers,
While all the morning-stars together sung,
to the stature of man, of beasts, birds, &c. think that all these nice productions of art and of wisdom* could have proceeded from blind chance ? Could the soul of man, could intelligence, have arisen from aught but intelligence? “ He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?” Psal. 94. 9.
If any person of sense were to see a common map; where the four quarters of the world are distinctly and accurately described, and not only those, but almost every mountain, city, sea, and river, could he suppose that the winds had fortuitously driven the various parts of the map, into a curious and harmonious system? Must he not think it the product of an Intelligent Being? And if a trivial map, which is but a mimic of the earth, requires some intelligence for its construction, must not the highest intelligence have been necessary for the formation of the earth itself? Is not this certain as any mathe. matical truth whatever, certain as that the whole is greater than a part?
* I would very particularly recommend the reader to“ Ray on the Wisdom of God in the Crea. uion."
At thy rebuke which instant filed along,
of Seraphim, resistless day; 185
Clouds are thy chariot, and thy charioteer
Where can I go from thy all searching eye?