Choir Gaure, Vulgarly Called Stonehenge, on Salisbury Plain: Described, Restored, and Explained, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edward Late Earl of Oxford, and Earl Mortimer

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Printed at the Theatre ..., and sold by C. Hitch in Pater-Noster-Row ; and S. Birt in Ave-Mary-Lane, London ; by J. Leake in Bath ; and by B. Collins in Salisbury, 1747 - Stonehenge (England) - 119 pages
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Page 89 - ... made all things that are ; that they are in a perpetual struggle with each other ; and that where the angel of light prevails, there the most is good, and where the angel of darkness prevails, there the most is evil; that this struggle shall continue to the end of the world...
Page 88 - Lord, and there is none elfe. I form the ' * light, and create darknefs : I make peace, " and create evil : I the Lord do all thefe
Page 89 - Zoroaster had the hint of mending this great absurdity in their theology. But to avoid making God the author of evil, his doctrine was, that God originally and directly created only light or good, and that darkness or evil followed it by consequence, as the shadow doth the person ; that light or good had only a real production from God, and the other afterwards resulted from it, as the defect thereof. In sum, his doctrine as to this particular was, that there was one supreme Being independent and...
Page 88 - Magian religion was in the first principle of it: for whereas before they had held the being of two first causes, the first light, or the good god, who was the author of all good ; and the other darkness, or the evil god, who was the author of all evil; and that of the mixture of these two, as they were in a continual struggle with each other, all things were made...
Page 89 - In sum, his doctrine as to this particular was, that there was one supreme Being independent and self-existing from all eternity. That under him there were two angels, one the angel of light, who is the author and director of all good ; and the other the angel of darkness, who is the author and director of all evil; and that these two, out of the mixture of light and darkness, made...
Page 88 - For these words being directed to Cyrus, king of Persia, must be understood as spoken in reference to the Persian sect of the Magians, who then held light and darkness, or good and evil, to be the supreme beings, without acknowledging the great God who is superior to both. And I doubt not it was from hence that Zoroaster had the hint of mending this great absurdity in their theology.
Page 75 - ... and conveyed them to Salisbury Plain ; but just before he got to Mount Ambre, the wyth slackened, and as he was crossing the river Avon at Bulford, one of the stones dropped down into the water, where it lies to this very hour ; the rest were immediately reared up on the spot of ground destined by Merlin for them ; and the Devil, pleased with the accomplishment of his work, declared, upon fixing the last stone, that nobody should be ever able to tell how the fabric, or any of the parts of which...
Page 44 - Two stone pillars appear at the foot of the bank next the area, in which the buildings stand ; and those are answered by two spherical pits, at the foot of the said bank, one with a single bank of earth about it, and the other with a double bank, separated by a ditch." " There are three entrances from the plain to the structure, the most considerable of which is from the north-east ; and at each of them were raised on the outside of the trench two huge stones, with two smaller ones within, parallel...
Page 73 - Salisbury Plain, employed the Devil upon the Work ; who the Night after, dressing himself like a Gentleman, and taking a large Bag of Money in his hand, presented himself before the good Woman as She was sitting...
Page 89 - After which the angel of darkness and his disciples shall go into a world of their own, where they shall suffer in everlasting darkness the punishments of their evil deeds. And the angel of light and his disciples shall also go into a world of their own, where they shall receive in everlasting light the reward due unto their good deeds, and that after this they shall remain separated for ever, and light and darkness be no more mixed together to all eternity.

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