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Oxford, Nov. 22. s natural privilege of music in general, so more F you would be so kind to me, as to fuspend particularly of that kind which is employed at

that satisfaction, which the learned world " the altar. Those impressions which it leaves • Must receive in reading one of our speculations, upon the spirits are more deep and lasting, as • by publishing this endeavour, you will very the grounds from which it receives its autho.

much oblige and improve one, who has the rity are founded more upon reason, It diffuses boldness to hope, that he may be admitted into ca calmness all around us, it makes us drop the number of your correspondents.

" all those vain or immodest thoughts which I have often wondered to hear men of good would be an hindrance to us in the perform• fenfe and good-nature profess a difike to mu rance of that great duty of thanksgiving, which, • fic, wlien at the same time they do not scruple to as we are informed by our Almighty Benefac. own, that it has the most agreeable and im

is the most acceptable return which can proving influences over their minds : it seems ( be made for those infinite stores of blefiings

to me an unhappy contradiction, that those which he daily condescends to pour down upon • persons thould have an indifference for an art, ' his creatures. When we make use of this pa' which rajíes in thein such a variety of sublime (thetical incthod of addressing ourselves to him, « pleasures,

we can scarce contain from rapiures! The • However, though some few, by their own or heart is warıncd with a sublinity of goodness! • the unreasonable prejudices of others, may be • We are all piety and all love!

led into a distaste for those musical societies, • How do the bleiled spirits rejoice and won< which are erected merely for entertainment; der to behold unthinking man proftrating his • yet sure I may venture to say, that no one can 5 foul to his dread Sovereign in such a warmth « have the least reason for disaffection to that fie

of piety as they themselves might not be • lemn kind of melody which consists of the ashamed of!. • praises of our Creator.

' I Mall close these reflections with a passage You have, I presume, already prevented me ( taken out of the third book of Milton's Para' in an argument upon this occafion, which • dise Lost, where those harmonious beings are • fome divines have successfully advanced upon "thus nobly described : a much greater, that mufical facrifice and ado

« Then crown'd again, their golden harps they ration has claimed a place in the laws and cur

toms of the most different nations; as the « Grecians and Romans o: the profane, the Jews

“ Harps, ever tun'd, that glitt’ring by their and Chriftians of the sacred word did as una- !rs

Like quivers hung, and with preamble sweet nimously agree in this, as they disagreed in all

Of charming fymphony they introduce other parts of their economy.

* " The sacred song, and waken raptures high : ? I know there are not wanting fome who

“No one exempt, no voice but weil could join are of opinion that the pompous kind of nu

“ Melodious part, such concord is in Heav'n.” • fic which is in use in foreign churches is the ' most excellent, as it most affects our senses.

"Mr. Spectator, ''But I am swayed by my judgment to the mo THE town cannot be unacquainted, that • defty which is observed in the musical part of

in divers parts of it there are vociferous Cour devotions. Methinks there is fomething (fers of men who are called Rattling Clubs;

very laudable in the custoin of a voluntary be 6.but what Mocks me most is, they have now « fore the first lesson; by this we are supposed to the front to invade the church and infitute be prepared for the admission of those divine

these focieties there, as a clan of them have truths, which we are shortly to receive. We are in late times done, to such a degree of info" then to cait all worldly regards from off our • lence, as has given the partition where they • hearts, all tumults within are then becalmed, reside in a church near 'one of the city gates,

and there should be nothing near the soul but the denomination of the Rattling Pew. These

peace and tranquillity. So that in this short gay fellows from humble lay profeflions set up 'office of praise, the man is raised above him. for critics without any tincture of letters or • self, and is almost loft already amidst the joys reading, and have thé vanity to think they o of futurity,

can lay hold of something from the parson " I have heard some nice observers frequently which may be formed into ridicule. ( commend the policy of our church in this par • It is needless to observe, that the gentle.

ticular, that it leads us on by such eary and re men who every Sunday have the hard province gular methods, that we are perfectly deceived of instructing these wretches in a way they

into piety. When the spirits begin to languish « are in no present disposition to take, have a • (as they too often do with a constant series « fixt character for learning and eloquence, not

of petitions) she takes care to allow them a (to be tainted by the weak efforts of this con* pious .respite, and relieves them with the rap temptible part of their audiences. Whether stures of an anthem, Nor can we doubt that the the pulpit is taken by these gentlemen, or < sublimest poetry, softened in the most moving any strangers their friends, the way of the strains of music, can never fail of humbling club is this : if any sentiments are delivered

or exalting the soul to any pitch of devotion. too sublime for their conception: if any un• Who can hear the terrors of the Lord of Horts

' common topic is entered on, or one in use • described in the most expressive melody, with "new modified with the finest judgment and out being awed into a veneration ? Or who

dexterity; or any controverted point be ne. can hear the kind and endearing attributes of (ver” lo elegantly handled': in fhört whatever a merciful father, and not be softened into love < surpasses the narrow limits of their theology, towards him?

or is not suited to their taste, they are all imAs the rising and sinking of the pailions, the mediately upon the watch, fixing their eyes o casting soft or noble hints into the soul, iş cher upon each other, with as much warmth as

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our gladiators of Hockley-in-the-Hole, and had been black, as I perceived from some few waiting like them for a hit; if one touches, spaces, that had escaped the powder, which was all take fire, and their noddles instantly meet incorporated with the greatest part of his coat : in the centre of the pew; then, as by beat of his periwig, which cost no small fum, was after drum, with exact discipline, they rear up so novenly a manner cast over his shoulders, * into a full length of stature, and with odd that it seemed not to have been combed since

looks and gefticulations confer together in fo the year 1712 ; his liven, which was not much • loud and clamorous a manner, continued to concealed, was daubed with plain Spanish from

the close of the discourse, and during the the chin to the loweit button, and the diamond after-psalm, as is not to be filenced but by upon his finger (which naturally, dreaded the the bells. Nor does this fuffice them, with water) put me in mir how it sparkled amidst out aiming to propagate their noise through the rubbish of the mine, where it was first disall the church, by signals given to the ad- covered. On the other hand, the pretty quaker

joining seats, where others designed for this appeared in all the elegance of cleanliness. Not 2. fraternity are sometimes placed upon trial to a fpeck was to be found upon her. A clear, receive them.

clean oval face, just edged about with little thin • The folly as well as rudeness of this prac. plaits of the purest cambrick, received great ad-ptice is in nothing more confpicuous than this, vantages from the shade of her black hood; as that all that follows in the sermon is loft; for did the whiteness of her arms from that sober

whenever our sparks take aların, they blaze coloured fuff, in which the had cloathed hers out and grow fo tumultuous that no after self." The plainness of her dress was very well

explanation can avail, it being impoffible for suited to the simplicity of her phrases; all which themselves or any near them to give an ac. put together, tho' they could not give me a great count thereof. If any thing really novel is opinion of her religion they did of her innocence, advanced, how averre foever it may be to

This adventure occasioned my throwing totheir way of thinking, to fay nothing of duty. gether a few hints upon cleanliness, which I men of lefs levity than thefe would be led by Mall consider as one of the half-virtues, as a natural curiosity to hear the whole.

Aristotle calls them, and mall recommend it Laughter, where things sacred are transacted, under the three following heads; as it is a mark is far less pardonable than whining at a con of politeness ; as it produces love; and as it ( venticle; the laft has at least a ferblance of bears analogy to purity of mind,

grace, and where the affection is unseen may First, It is a mark of politeness. It is uni. possibly imprint wholefome lessons on the fina versally agreed upon, that no one, unadorned cere; but the first has no excuse, breaking with this virtue, can go into company, with

through all the rules of order and decency, out giving a manifest offence. The easier or higher • and manifesting a remiffness of mind in those any one's fortune is, this duty rises proporti

important matters, which require the strict onably. The different nations of the world ' est composure and steadiness of thought : 4 are as much distinguished by their cleanliness, as proof of the greatest folly in the world. by their Arts and Sciences.

The more any ' I thall not here enter upon the yeneration country is civilized, the more they consult this 6 due to the sanctity of the place, the reverence part of politeness. We need but compare our

owing the minister, or the reipect that so great ideas of a female Hottentot and an English an afsembly as a whole parin may juftly beauty to be fatisfied of the truth of what hath claim. I shall only tell them, that' as the been advanced. Spanish cobler, to reclaim a profligate fon,

In the next place, cleanliness may be faid my bid him have fome regard to the dignity of to be the foster-mother of love. Beauty indeed

his family,” fo they as gentlemen (for we ci- most commonly produces that passion in the

tizens assume to be such one day in a week) mind, but cleanliness preferves it. An indif! are bound for the future to repent of, and ab- ferent face and person, kept in perpetual neat

stain from, the grofs abuses here mentioned, ness, hath won many a heart from a pretty Whereof they have been guilty in contempt of pattern. Age itself is not unamiable, while it heaven and earth, and contrary to the laws in is preserved clean and unsullied ; like a piece of this cafe made and provided.

metal constantly kept smooth and bright, we I am, Sit, your very humble fervant, look on it with more pleasure than on a new

R.M.' vessel that is cankered with ruft.

I might observe farther, that as cleanliness renders us agreeable to others, so it makes us

cafy to ourselves; that it is an excellent preN° 631. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 10. fcrvative of health ; and that several vices, de, Simplex mund tis Hor. Od. 5:1, 1. yer. 5.

ftructive both to mind and body, are incon

fistent with the habit of it. But these reflectiCharms neat without the help of art. ons I shall leave to the leisure of my readers,

CREECH. and shall observe in the third place, that it bears Had occasion to go a few miles out of town, a great analogy with purity of mind, and natu,

some days fince, in a stage-coach, where rally inspires refined sentiments and passions. I had for my fellow travellers a dirty beau, and We find from experience, that through the a pretty young quaker woman. Having no in- prevalence of custom, the most vicious actions clination to talk much at that time, I placed lose their horror, by being made familiar to myself backward, with a design to furvey them us. On the contrary, thofe who live in the and pick a speculation out of my two compa- neighbourhood of gnod examples, fly from the nions. Their different figures were sufficient firit appearances of what is mocking. It fares of themselves to draw my attention. The gen- with us much after the same manner, as our dleman was dreked in a fuit, the ground whereef

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ideas. Our senses, which are the inlets to all books to the number of the Muses, for which the images conveyed to the mind, can only reason many a learned man hath wished there transmit ihe imprelsion of such things as usu. had been more than nine of that fifterhood. ally surround them. So that pure and unsul. Several epic poets have religioully followed lied thoughts are naturally suggested to the Virgil as to the number of his books; and even mind, by those objects that perpetually encom Milton is thought by many to have changed the pass us, when they are beautiful and elegant in number of his books from ten to twelve, for no their kind.

other reason; as Cowley teils us, it was his de, In the east, where the warmth of the cli- lign, had he finithed his Davideis, to have also mate makes cleanliness more immediately ne- ¡mirated the Æneid in this particular. I believe ceifary than in colder countries, it is made one every one will agree with me, that a perfection part of their religion : the Jewish law, and the of this nature hath no foundation in reason; and, Mahometan, which in some things copies after with due respect to these great names, may be ir, is filled with bathings, pyrifications, and looked upon as something whimsical. other rites of the like nature. Tho' there is the I mention these great examples in defence of above-named convenient reason to be assigned my bookseller, who occasioned this eighth vofor there cerimonies, the chief intention 'un. lume of Speciasors, because, as he said, he thought doubtedly was to typify inward purity and clean- seven a very old number. On the other side, liness of heart by those outward washings. We several grave reasons were urged on this impors read several injunctions of this kind in the book tant subject; as in particular, that seven was of Deuteronomy, which confirm this truth; and the precile number of the wife men, and that which are but ill-accounted for by saying as the most beautiful constellation in the heavens some do, that they were only instituted for con was composed of seven stars. This he allow. venience in the desert, which otherwise could es to be true, but still ialfed, that leyen was not have been habitable for so many years. an odd number; suggesting at the same time,

I Mall conclude this essay, with a story which that if he were provided with a sufficient stock I have fumewhere read in an account of Maho- of leading papers, he mould find friends ready metan fuperftitions.

enough to carry on the work. Having by this A Dervile of great fanctity one morning had means got his vessel launched and fet afloat, he the misfortune as he took up a crystai cup which hath committed the steerage of it, from time to was conficrated to the prophet, to let it fall up. time, to such as he thought capable of conducton the ground, and darn it in picces. His son ing it. coming in, some time atter, he stretched out his The close of this yolume, which the town may hand to bless him, as his manner was every now expecụ in a little time, may posibly ascribe niorning ; but the youth going out stumbled over cach sheet tp its proper author. the threshold and broke his arm. As the old It were no hard talk to continue this paper a man wundered at there events, a caravan pailed considerable time longer, by the help of large by in its way froni Mecca, The Dervile ap- contributions sent from unknown hands. proached it to beg a blefling; but as he stroked I cannot give the town a better opinion of the one of the holy camels, he received a kick from Spectator's correspondents, than by publishing the beait, that forely bruised him. His forrow the following letter, with a very fine copy of and aniazement increased upon him, until he verses upon a subject perfectly new, recollected that through hurry and inadvertency he had that morning come abroad without wafh. Mr. Spellater, Dublin, Nov. 30, 1714. ing his hands.

Où lately recommended to your female

grandmothers, who used to lay out a great N° 6;. MONDAY, DECEMBER 13. part of their time in needle-wark: I entirely

agree with you in your sentiments, and think Explebo numeruniy reddarque :enebris. ' it would not be of less advantage to them. VIRG. Æn. 6. ver. 545.

• selyes, and their posterity, than to the reputa. -the number l'll complete,

. tion of many of their good neighbours, if they

pass many of those hours in this innocent en Then to obscurity well pleas'd retreat.

i tertainment, which are loft at the tea-table. I THE love of symmetry and order, which is would, however, humbly offer to your confi.

natural in the mind of man, betrays him deration, the case of the poetical ladies; who, fonetiines into very whimsical fancies.

though they may be willing to take any advice “ noble principle," says a French author, given them by the Spectator, yet cannot so « loves to amuse itself on the most triAing oc easily quit their pen and ink, as you may ima. « casions. You inay see a profound philosopher," gine. Pray allow them, at least now and then, says he, • walk for an hour together in his to indulge themselves in other amusements of « chamber, and industriously treading, at every fancy, when they are tired with stooping to “ step, por every other board in the fooring." their tapestry. There is a very particular kind Every reader will recollect several instances of • of work, which of late several ladies here in this nature without ny asistance. I think it our kingdom are very fond of, which seems was Gregorio Leti who had published as many very well adapted to a poetical genius : it is the books as he was years old; which was a rule he making of grotto's. I know a lady who has a had laid down and punctually observed to the very beautiful one, composed by herself, nor year of his death. It was, perhaps, a thought is there one shell in it not fuck up by her own of the like nature, which determined Homer "hands. I here send you a poem to the fair arhimself to divide each of his poems into as many (chitect, which I would not offer to herself, unbooks, as there are letters in the Greek alphabet. til I knew whether this method of a lady's Herodocus has in the same manner adapted his paffing her time were approved of by the Brie

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• tish Speftator, which, with the poem, I submit Aourishing states could give them, fell fo far ' to your censure, who am,

• short of the number of those who excelled in

I all other sciences. A friend of mine ured mer• Your constant reader and humblé fervant,

6 A. B: i rily to apply to this case an observation of

Herodotus, who says, that the most useful ani. To Mrs.

con hef Grotto, mpts are the most fruitful in their genera ion; ic A grccto fo complete, witḥ such design, whereas the species of those beaits that are

fierce and mischictions to mankind are but & What hands; Calypso, could have forin'd but " thine?

! scarcely continued. The historian instances in * Each chequer'd pebble, and each thining thell;

a hare, which always either breeds of brings * So well proportion'd, and dispos'd so well

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i forth; and a lionels, which brings forth but « Surprising luftre from thy thought receive,

once, and then loses all power of conception. " Assuming beauties morë than nature gave.

But leaving mỹ friend to his mirih, I am of To her their various shapes, and gloffy hue;

opinion, that in tlicle laiter ages we have greata « Their curiąus symmetry they owe to you:

er cause of contplaint than the ancients had. (6 Nöt fam'd Amphion's lute, whose pow'rful

"And since that folean festival is approaching,

which calls for all the power of oratory, and « Made willing stones dance to the Theban

which affords as noble a fubject for the pulpit

as any revelation has taught us, the design of « In more liarmonious ranks could make them fliis paper Mall be to thew, that our moderns

I have greater' advantages towards true and folid “ Not ev'ning' cloud a brighter arch can show; eloquence, than any which the celebrated speaka « Nor riche colours paint the heav'nly bow.

ers of antiquity enjoyed.

· The first great and substantial diference is, " Where can unpolith'd nature boast a piece,

that their common places, in wh chi alnost the * In all her mossy cells exact as this?

? whole force of amplification contits, were " At the gay parti-colour'd seene we start; drawn ffom the profit or honesty of the action, " For chande too regular, too rude for art.

as they regarded only this preicne fate of duras « Charm'd with the fight, miy ravith'd breast . tion. But Christianity, as it exalts morality k is fir'd

to a greater perfection, as it brings the con. or With hints like those which ancient bards in. fideration of another life into the question, as

• it proposes rewards and punishments of a higher « All the feign'd tales by superfition told, i nacure and a loniget continuance, is more adap« All the bright train of fabled nymphs of old, o ted to affect the minds of the audience, naru6 Th' enthusiastic muse believes are true,

rally inclined to pursue what it imagines its * Thinks thë spot facted, and its genius you. • greatest interest and concern. If lericies, as “ Loft in wild rapture, wou'd the fain difelofe, i historians report, could make the firineft refo“ How by degrees the pleasing wonder rose; olution of his hearers, and let the pallions of «c Industrious in a faithful verse to trace

all Greece in a ferment, when the present wel. “ The various beauties of the lovely place ; «fare of his country, or the fear hoilile in “ And while the keeps the glowing work in vitin vafions, was the subject : what may be ex" Thro' ev'ry maze thy artful hand pursue. o pected from that orator, who warns his audio “ O'were I equal to the bold design,

ence against chose evils who have no remedy, “ Or cou'd I boaft such happy art as thinë!

" When once undergone, either from prudence “ That cou'd tude shells in fach sweet order plate,

r or time? As milith greater as the evils in a « Give common objects such uncommon grace !

future state are than these ať prefent, so much « Like them my well-chose words in ev'ry line,

( are the motives to persuasion under Christia6 As sweetly temper'd thould as sweetly mine. nity greater than those which mere moral con“ So just a fancy Tou'd my ftomber's warm,

• fideration could supply us with. But what I “ Like the gay piece Thou'd the description charm.

now mention relates only is the power of “ Then with fuperior strength my voice I'd

moving the affections.

There is another part

" of eloquence, which is indeed its master-piece; « The echoing gtótto fhóu'd approve my lays,

41 mean the marvellous or sublimë; In this tlé « Pleas'd to reflect the well-fung founder's christian orator has the advantage beyond con“ praise.

o tradiction. Our ideas are so infinitely enlarged " by revelation, the eye of reason has fo wide a

prospect into eternity, the notions of a Deity

( are so worthy and refined, and tire accounts we No 633. WEDNESDAY, Dee. 1 g.

have of a state of happiness or mifery so clear

Iard evident, that the conteinplaticni of such Omnia profeftò, cum fe à cæleftibus rebus referet and objects will give our discourse a noble vigour,

bumanas, excelfius magnificentivfque me dices & an invincible force, beyond the póvõet of any fentiet:

Ciciro. human consideration. Tully requires in his The contemplation of celestial things will make perfect orator some skill in the stature of hea

a man both speak and think more fublimely veily bodies, because, says he, his mind will and magnificently, when he descends to frida • become more extensive and unconfined; and man affairs.

"wheñ he descends to treat of human affairs, he

will both think and write in indre exalted HE following discour fe is printed, is it

" and magnificent manner. For the lanie reason came to my hands, without variation.

" that excellent master would have tecommended Cambridge, Dec. ii, the study of those great and glorious thysteries T was a very common enquiry among thë which revelation bas discovered to us; to which

ancients why the number of excellent ora. the noblest paros of this fyftem of the world tors, under all the encouragestents the molti

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are as much inferior as the creature is less ex to him, as to the God who invented and precellent than its Creator. The wisest and most ' sided over eloquence. This one account of knowing among the heathens had very poor our apoftle sets his character, considered as an and imperfect notions of a future state. They 'orator only, above all the celebrated relations had indeed some uncertain hopes, either re • of the skill and influence of Demosthenes and ceived by tradition, or gathered by reason, that his contemporaries. Their power in speaking the existence of virtuous men would not be was admired, but ftim it was thought human : determined by the separation of foul and their eloquence warmed and ravished the hear. body: but they either dishelieved a future stateers, but itill it was thought the voice of man, of punishment and misery; or, upon the same not the voice of God. What advantage then account that Apelles painted Antigonus with 'had St. Paul'above those of Greece or Rome? one fide only towards the spectator, that the I confess I can ascribe this excellence to noloss of his eye might not cast a blemish upon the thing but the power of the doctrines he deliwhole piece; so these represented the condition vered, which may trave still the same influence of man in its faireft view, and endeavoured to on the hearers; which have still the fewer, conceal what they thought was a' deformity to when preached by a fkilful orator, to make us human nature. I have often observed, that • break out in the fame expressions, as the dirwhenever the above-mentioned orator in his 'ciples, who met our Saviour in their way to philofophical discourses is led by his argument Einmaus, ' made use of; “ did not our hearts to the inention of immortality, he seems like « burn within us, when he talked to us by the one awaked out of necp; roured and alarmed « way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?” with the dignity of the subject, he stretches his I may be thought bold in my judgment by fome; imagination to conceive something uncommon, " but I must afirm, that no one orator has left and, with the greatness of his thoughts, cafis, us so visible marks and footsteps of his elo. as it were, a glory round the sentence. Uncer

quence as our apostle. It may perhaps be won tain and unsettled as he was, he seemts fired dered at, that in his reasonings upon idolatry 'with the contemplation of it. And nothing at Athens, wliere eloquence was born and but such a glorious profpect could have forced ' flourished, he confines himself to strict argu

so great a lover of truth as he was, to declare "ment only; but my reader may remeinber what « his resolution never to part with his perfuafion • many authors of the best credit have assured us, • of immortality, tho'it nguld be proved to be o that all attempts upon the affections and strokes

But had he lived to see all of oratory werałexpresly forbidden by the laws. that Christianity has brouglīt to light, how • of that country, in courts of judicature. His would be bave lavished out all the force of efo- ,' want of eloquence therefore here, was the efquence in those noblest contemplations which • fect of his exact conformity to the laws: buc human nature is capable of, the resurrection, « his discourse on the resurrection to the Corin..

and the judgment that follows it? How had <thians, his harangue before Agrippa upon his “his breast glowed with pleasure, when the own converfica, and the necesiity or that of

whole coinpars of futurity lay open and exposed ? others, are truly great, and may serve as full

to his view? How would his imagination have examples to those excellent rules for the ruha rhurricd himion in tlre pursuit of the mysteries, lime, which the best of critics has left us. The

of the incarnation? How would he brave en o sum of all this discourse is, that our clergy have

tered, with the force of lightning, into the af cro farther to look for an example of the per«fections of his hearers, and fixed their atten, « fection they inay arrive at, than to St. Paul's « tion, in spite of all the opposition of corrupt harangues; that when he, under the want of nature, upon those glorious themes which his

• several advantages of nature, as he himself tells 'eloquence hath painted in such lively and fast us, was heard, admired, and made a standard 'ing colours"?

“to succeeding ages by the best judges of a dit. • This advantage Christians have; and it was ferere perfuafon in religion; I say, our clergy ( with no finall pleasure I lately met with a fraz-, 'may learn, that, however instructive their fer.

ment of Longinüs, which is preferved, as a "mons are, they are capable of receiving a great ' testimony of that critic's judgment, at the be • addition; which St. Paul has given them a

ginning of a manuscript of the New Testainent noble example of, and the Christian Religion « in the Vatican library. After that author' bas has furnithed' them with certain' means of at

numbered up the mort celebrated orators airing i mining to' • the Grecians, he says, “ add io there Paul of Tarsus, the patron of an opinion not ye. Tully, “ proved.” As a heathen, he condeinns the No.:63+, FRIDAY, DECEMBER 176 « Christian Religion; and, as an impartial critic, • he judges in favour of the promoter and preach. 'o'nemiswy drógizvo; ilyesa Evv. c.cr cfit. To mo' it seems, that the latter part,

Socrates apud Xen of his judgment adds great weight to his opin, onion of St. Paul's abilities, fir.ce, under all the The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the

prejudice of opinions directly oppolite, he is gods. « constrained to acknowledge the merit of that was the common boast of the heathen phia " apoftie. “And no doubt, such as Longinus de« fcribe: St. Paul, such he appeared to the inha- doctrines, they made kuman nature resembles «bitants of those countries which he visited and the divine. How much mistaken foever they obleted with shore doctrines he was divinely might be in the several ineans they propofed for « commissioned to preach. Sacred story gives us, this end, it must be owned the design was great «' in one circumstance, a convincing proof of and glorious. The finest works of invention and • his eloquence, when the men of Lystra called imagination are of very little weight, when put

hiin Mercury, “.because he was the chief in the balance with what refines and exalts the co speaker," and would lrave paid diviite womnip

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