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ARGUMENT of the SECOND Book,
RefleEtions suggested by the conclusion of the former book.
Peace among the nations recommended on the ground of their common fellowship in forrow. — Prodigies enumerated.—Sicilian earthquakes — Man rendered obnoxious to these calcmities by fin. - God the agent in them.-- The philosophy that stops at secondary causes, reproved. --Our own late miscarriages accounted for --- Satirical notice taken of our trips to Fontainbleau — But the pulpit, not satire, the proper engine of reformation. - The Reverend Advertiser of engraved fermons. - Petit-maître person.—The good preacher. --Pięture of a theatrical clerical coxcomb. Story-tellers and jesters in the pulpit reproved. — Apostrophe to popular applaufe. Retailers of ancient philosophy expoftulated with. — Sum of the whole matter. - Efects of facerdotal mismanagement on the laity. —Their folly and extravagance. The mischiefs of profufion. - Profufion itself, with all its consequent evils, ascribed, as to its principal cause, to the want of discipline in the Universities.
THE TIME - PIECE.
Oh for a lodge in some vast wilderness, Some boundless contiguity of shade, Where rumour of oppression and deceit, Of unsuccessful or successful war, Might never reach me more. My ear is pain’d, ... My soul is sick with ev'ry day's report Of wrong and outrage with which earth is fill’d. There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, It does not feel for man; the nat’ral bond Of brotherhood is sever'd as the flax That falls asunder at the touch of fire.
He finds his fellow guilty of a skin
No: dear as freedom is, and in my heart's
Sure there is need of social intercourse, Benevolence, and peace, and mutual aid, Between the nations, in a world that seems To toll the death-bell of its own decease,