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not fuffer the Moon to receive any Light from the Sun, without whofe Supply fhe is always a dark Body, for from it fhe borroweth her Light.
Q. What Comparifon is there in the Greatness of fome Stars and the Earth?
A. Though the far Distance of them from the Earth makes their Rays approach our Eyes in a fharp-pointed Angle, whereby they feem to our Sight and Judgment no broader than one HandBreadth; yet is every fixed Star far greater in Compass than the whole Earth, every wandering Star likewife bigger than the fame, (Venus and Mercury excepted) and likewife Luna, which is but the thirty-ninth part of the Earth; Sol is bigger than the Earth 166 times, Saturn 95 times, Mars 91 times, Jupiter 91; Venus leffer than the Earth 32 times, and Mercury leaft of all, and is contained of the Earth, three thousand, one Hundred, and forty-four times.
Q Into how many Regions is the Air divided? A. The Air is divided into three Regions, by the natural Philofophers both of antient and modern times; that is to fay, into the Highest, Lowest, and Middlemoft. In the highest Region, turned about by the Element of Fire, are bred all Lightnings, Firedrakes, Comets, Blazing Stars, and fuch like; in the middle Region, all cold and watry Impreffions, as Froft, Snow, Ice, and Hail in the lowest Region, fome-what more hot, by reafon of the Beams of the Sun reflecting from the Earth, are bred all Clouds, Dews, Rain, and fuch like.
Q. What is the Equinoctial, and wherefore is it fo called?
A. The Equinoctial is a great Circle, which being every Part equally distant from the two Poles of the World, divideth the Sphere in the very midft thereof into equal Parts, and therefore it is called the Equinoctial, because when the Sun toucheth
toucheth this Circle, which is but twice in the Year, it maketh the Day and Night of an equal Length; which Equinoctial happeneth the eleventh of March and thirteenth of September.
Q. Who was the first that was of Opinion that the Earth moved round the Center of the Sun ?
A. Copernicus was the first that declared himself of this Opinion, (a Doctrine very strange in these Times) but now this Opinion is adopted by our ableft Aftronomers.
E Groves and flow'ry Vales, in you
Nature does here her Virgin fmiles afford,
The Hero gives the Chafe of Honour o'er,
To Woods and favage Wilds have follow'd thee.
With all the vain Addrefs of Female Pride;
Her wing'd Devotion met his Noon Day Beams, 'Till in the Weft with fainter Light he shone, Untir'd the heavenly Votary went on.
The Moon ferene in Midnight Splendour fat,
The Trees their Whifpers ceas'd, the gentle Gale
For the MORNING.
LORY to thee, my God, who safe haft
And me refresh'd, while I fecurely flept;
For the EVENING.
ORGIVE me, dearest Lord, for thy dear Son, The many Ills that I this Day have done, That with the World, myfelf, and then with thee, I, 'ere I fleep, at perfect Peace may be; Teach me to live, that I may ever dread My Grave as little as I do my Bed;
Keep me this Night, O keep me, King of Kings, Secure under thine own Almighty Wings. Amen.
Let not the Sun go down upon my Wrath, nor upon any other unrepented Sin.
Let me every Day write at the foot of my Ac count, Reconciled to my God, and in Charity with
all the World; that going to Bed with a quiet Confcience, I may fall a-fleep in Peace and Hope.
Confcience is God's Spy, and Man's Overleer; God's Deputy-Judge, holding its Court in the whole Soul; bearing Witnefs of all a Man's Doings and Defires, and accordingly excufing, or accufing; abfolving, or condemning; comforting, or tormenting. What art thou then the better when none is by, fo long as thy Confcience is by.
Confcience is the great Regifter, or Recorder, of the World. 'Tis to every Man his private Notary, keeping Record of all his Acts and Deeds.
Tho' the Darknefs of the Night may hide us from others, and the Darkness of the Mind may hide us from our felves, yet ftill the Confcience hath an Eye to look in fecret upon whatever we do; and tho' in many Men it fleeps in regard of Motion, yet it never fleeps in regard of Obfervation; and notice, it may be hard and feared, but it can never be blinded.
Confcience is God's Hiftorian, that writes not Annals, but Journals, the Words, Deeds and Cogitations of Hours and Moments. Never was there fo abfolute a Compiler of Lives as Conscience is, it comes not with Prejudice or Acceptation of Perfons, but dare fpeak the Truth of a Monarch, as well as of a Slave.
Manners make a Man, faith the Courtier: Money makes a Man, faith the Citizen: Learning makes a Man, faith the Scholar: Conduct makes a Man, faith the Soldier: But Sincerity in Religion makes a Man, faith the Divine.
Let us endeavour to walk in the Paths of Virtue and Religion, which will certainly entertain us with Pleafure all along the Way, and crown us with Happiness at the End.