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In France, in Bohem', Rue, Palatinate,
Then cold Disease and Sickness had their Seat,
In all their Pow'r upon the brittle Life
Of human Frailty, with her murd'ring Knife ;
Where the hath kept her Holy-day of Mirth,
To see th' unbury'd Dead, bury the Earth ;
To see the murd'ring Cannons dalh down

Tow'rs,
And mow down Towns of Men, as Scythe.men

Flow'rs.

Q. Since Adam and Methufalem lived nine hun. dred and odd Years, why did God never suffer any to accomplish a thousand ?

A. Some think that this is not without some deep Mystery, and which may be partly, because a thousand Years hath some Type of Perfection in it, God would never suffer any to accomplish it; to shew that there is no absolute Perfection in this World.

THOUGHTS on DEATH,

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'M almoft to the fatal Period come,

My forward Glass has well-nigh run its last; 'Ere a few Moments, I shall hear that Doom

Which ne'er will be recalld, when once 'tis Methinks I have Eternity in view, [paţt.

And dread to reach the Edges of the Shore ; ; Nor doth the Prospect the less dismal snew, For all the Thousands who have launch'd be.

fore. Why weep my Friends ? What is their Lofs to

mine? I have but one poor doubtful Stake to throw; And, with a dying Pray'r, my Hopes resign ; ! If chat be lot, I'm loft for ever too.

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Tis not the painful Agonies of Death,

Nor all the gloomy Horrors of the Grave;
Were that the worst, unmov'd I'd yield my Breath,

And with a Smile the King of Terrors brave :
But there's an after Day, 'tis that I fear.
Lord, while I'm here, may I so spend my

Time,
That when before thy Face I must appear,
I may remain where Saints and Angels shine.

Q. What Creature was that, which, as some
Authors write, was utterly extinct at the Flood ?

A. The Unicorn ; and thereupon they affirm, those Horns which are so precious, to be gathered out of the Earth since the Deluge : But many there are of a contrary Opinion ; and the Rea. son is, because they are many Times named in the Psalms, which, if they no more had been, would not so have been mentioned ; but with these we conclude, that there are fuch, tho' not many, in some parts of the Indies, and other few Countries.

Q. What Birds are those that have two Hearts ?

A. I beophraftus wsiteth, that the Partridge is that Bird of Deceit; for it is the Emblem of Deceit, as it is in the Psalms, They have spoken with a Heart and a Heart ; and in another Place, Woe to them of a double Heart. There is a Place in Jeremy which faith, the Partridge nourisheth what she brought not forth; upon which Place,

Lyra. and other Ecclefiaftical Writers, comment, that the Partridge steals another's Eggs, and hatchech them up, which, after hearing the Voice of their own Dam, forsake the Partridge, and leave her in her crafty Folly. Further, it is observed of this Bird, that she is so full of Deceit; even to deceive the very Hunter, and many Times therein fo fpecds, that she saves both herself and her young Ones: For being found together with thein,

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"Tis not the painful Agonies of Death,

Nor all the gloomy Horrors of the Grave; Were that the worst

, unmov'd I'd yield my Breath,
And with a Smile the King of Terrors brave :
But there's an after Day, 'tis that I fear.
Lord, while I'm here, may I so spend my

Time,
That when before thy Face I must appear,
I may remain where Saints and Angels shine.

Q. What Creature was that, which, as some Authors write, was utterly excinct at the Flood ?

A. The Unicorn ; and thereupon they affirm, those Horns which are so precious, to be gathered out of the Earth fince the Deluge : But many there are of a contrary Opinion ; and the Rea. son is, because they are many Times named in the Psalms, which, if they no more had been, would not so have been mentioned; but with these we conclude, that there are fuch, tho' not many, in some parts of the Indies, and other few Countries.

Q. What Birds are those that have two Hearts ?

A. Theophraftus wsiteth, ihat the Partridge is that Bird of Deceit; for it is the Emblem of Deceit, as it is in the Pfalms, They have spoken wirb a Heart and a Heart ; and in another Place, Woe to them of a double Heart. There is a Place in Jeremy which faith, the Partridge nourisheth what the brought not forth, upon which Place, Lyra, and other Ecclefiaftical Writers, comment, that the Partridge steals another's Eggs, and hatcheth them up, which, after hearing the Voice of their own Dam, forsake the Partridge, and leave her in her crafty Folly. Further, it is observed of this Bird, that she is so full of Deceit, even to deceive the very Hunter, and many Times therein so specds, that the faves both herself and her young Ones: For being found together with thein,

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she takes to her Feet, as if she had lost the Use of her Wings ; thus training her Pursuers, whilft, in the mean Time, her young Ones make their Ercape, and then she flies away: Which Similitude David alledgeth of himself, being hunted by Saut like the Partridge on the Mountains.

Q. Whether are there more or greater living Creatures bred on Earth, or in the Sea ?

A. In the Sea'; as all Writers testify and agree upon : And this, moreover, they add, that there is no Creature on the Earth that hath nor its like in the Seas, and yet there are many in the Sea that the Earth cannot parallel, nor any other Place; and besides with this good Difference, that those Creatures that are hurtful on the Earth, in the Waters are not so, as Snakes and such like, there, are without their Venom, and Ofenceless. Pfal. civ. 24, -28. O Lord, tow manifold are thy Works! in Wisdom haft thou made them all: The Earth is full of thy Riches. So is the great and wide Sea, wherein are things creeping innumerrble, both fmall and great Beasts. There go

the Ships; there is that Leviathan, whom tbou baft made to play therein. These wait all upon thee : That tbou maysł give them their Meat in due Seafon. That thou give them, they gather: Thou openeff thine hand, they are filled with Good.

Q. Of all the Fishes in the Sea, which do our Naturalists observe to be the swiftest?

A. The Dolphin; which swims fafter than either Bird or Arrow fies, which Fish, of all others, is the most dangerous to Mariners.

Q. What little Fish is that in the Sea, that hath the greater Wonder in his Strength?

A. The Remora, a little Fish of half a Foot long; which, by fastening upon it, will stop a Ship under Sait with Wind and Tide.

Q. Which is the King among Serpents ?

A. The Bafilifk ; a Vermin not above twelve Fingers in Length, having on her Head a white

Spot,

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