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But chance is not ; or is not where thou reign'ft: *Thy providence forbids that fickle pow'r (If pow'r she be that works but to confound) To mix her wild vagaries with thy laws. Yet thus we doat, refusing while we can Instruction, and inventing to ourselves Gods such as guilt makes welcome, Gods that
Thou art the source and centre of all minds,
ARGUMENT of the Sixth Book.
Bells at a distance — Their effict.-A fine noon in
winter.—A sheltered walk.--Meditation better than books.-Our familiarity with the course of nature makes it appear less wonderful than it is.The transformation that spring effets in a forubbery described.--A mistake concerning the course of nature corrected.-God maintains it by an unremitted act.-The amusements fashionable at this hour of the dry reproved.--Animais happy, a delightful fight.--Origin of cruelty to animals. That it is a great crime proved from scripture.—That proof illustrated by a tale.--A line drawn between the lawful and unlawful destruction of them. Their good and useful properties insisted on.-Apologies for the encomiums bestowed by the author on animals.- Instances of man's extravagant praise of
The groans of the creation Mall have an end. A view taken of the restoration of all things.-An invocation and an invitation of him who shall bring it to pass. The retired man vindicated from the charge of uselessness.-Conclufion.