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along an uninterrupted line of eclipses, or rolling from side to side, would expose the other face, which the earth has never yet beheld. The stars would appear to be under the influence of the same capricious power; nothing would be seen but a succession of tremendous conjunctions. One of the summer-signs would suddenly be overtaken by one of the signs of winter ; the Cow-herd would conduct the Pleiades, and the Lion would bellow in Aquarius : here the stars would dart along with the rapidity of lightning, there they would be suspended motionless; sometimes crowding together in groups, they would form a new galaxy at others, disappearing all at once, and rending the curtains of worlds, they would expose to view the abysses of eternity. No such spectacles, however, will terrify mankind, till the day, when God, relinquishing the reins of the universe, shall not have occasion to employ any other means for its destruction, than to abandon it to itself.”
In addition to what this French author has observed, I would close this paper with a few of those sublime passages of holy Writ, which unquestionably exhibit, in a way and manner far beyond every other source of information, the omnipotent Power, consummate Wisdom, unbounded Goodness, and unparalleled Mercy of the supreme Being, the centre of the soul's felicity and, God over all, blessed for evermore !"" He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds, and the cloud is not rent under them. He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end. By his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens ; his hand hath formed the crooked serpent. Lo, these are parts of his ways, but how little a portion is beard of him.' Job xxvi.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world : in them bath he sat a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race, Psalm xix. The day is thine, the night also is thine : thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth : thou hast made summer and winter. Psalm lxxiv.
• Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand ? and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance ? He stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in,' Isaiah xl. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! In wisdom hast thou made them all : the earth is full of thy riches.' Therefore, 'Let every thing that hath breath, praise the Lord.' And Bless the Lord, O my soul!'
THE ROCK IN HOREB.
An account of the identical rock which was smitten by Moses, from
which flowed a running brook.
The famous Rock in Horeb, antiently called Massah, or Meribath ; and at present the stone of Moses, and the stone of the fountains ; (being that which Moses struck with his rod, in order to give water to the children of Israel in the wilderness, Exod. 17) is preserved to this day, without the least injury from time or accidents; and is certainly a fragment from mount Sinai; as appears from Dr. Shaw's description of it. “It is (says he) a block of granite marble, about six yards square, lying tottering as it were, and loose in the middle of the valley of Rephidim, and seems to have formerly belonged to mount Sinai, which hangs in a variety of precipices, all over the plain.” (Shaw's Travels p. 352.)
It may not unacceptable to the reader, tó continue the description of this rock; which is as follows ;“The waters which gushed out, and the stream, which flowed withal (Psalm lxxviii. 20.) have hollowed, across one corner of this rock, a channel, about two inches deep, and twenty wide, appearing to be incrusted all over, like the inside of a tea-kettle, that hath been long in use. Besides several mossy productions, that are still preserved by the dew, we see all over this channel a great number of holes ; some of them four or five inches deep, and one or two in diameter, the lively and demonstrative tokens of their having been formerly so many fountains,
It likewise may be farther observed, that art or chance could, by no means, be concerned in the contrivance ; for, every circumstance points out to us a miracle ; and, in the same manner with the rent in the rock of mount Calvary at Jerusalem, never fails to produce a religious surprise in all who see.”
Similar to which, is Dr. Pocock's account of this rock; and also that of the Prefetto's of Egypt ; each of which the reader may see inserted in the Bishop of Clogher's translation of a manuscript journal from Grand Cairo to mount Sinai, page 14, 2d edition.
It may be observed farther, that, in considering this rock, as a fragment, the miracle, of the water's flowing out of it, will appear much greater, than if it had been in its natural bed, or united to the solid orb of the earth, for, it is not uncommon, in breaking up, or only boaring through the regular strata of the earth, to enter into a natural fissure, which, communicating with the abyss, is always full of water ; and when such is broken into, a stream of water will immediately issue out, and continue flowing: but as this rock was separate, and detached from the regular and undisturbed strata ; and lying loose upon the surface of the earth, it cannot be supposed to bave had any communication with the natural fissures; and, therefore, the water, that proceeded from it, must have been owing to a supernatural cause, which is agreeable to what an ancient traveller (M. Beaumgarton, a German nobleman, who travelled into Arabia in the year 1507 : see his travels in Churchill's collection of voyages, vol. 1. p. 337,) remarks : which miracle (of the water's flowing out of the above mentioned rock) was the more wonderful, because this stone, though it is separated from the rest of the rock; and is almost of a square figure ; yet is fixed in the ground by only one pointed corner; and, consequently, not in so fit a posture to extract moisture from the earth ; and therefore its sending forth such abundance of water must have been the work of an Almighty hand.”
We may add likewise, that this stone was so small, exposed in such a manner, and situated in such a tottering condition, that it might easily be viewed on all sides; and even turned upside down, had the people, who attended Moses, suspected any cheat, or imposture in this affair. And, in order to take off all suspicion of this kind, might be one reason, why God made choice of such a stone as this, for the operation of this miracle ; which was so extraordinary, and attended with such indubitable proof, that the persons, who had just before murmured, and questioned the divine mission of Moses ; now entirely acquiesced in it.
And, if such persons as Corah, Dathan, Abiram, and their companies (who were ready on every occasion to find fault with Moses, and dispute his authority) were satisfied; surely our present unbelievers (who lay claim to great modesty and reason) ought to be so, since the miracle was examined by their own set of people; and they may have occular demonstration of the truth of it at this day.