صور الصفحة
النشر الإلكتروني

regions of the air have been rather terrific. Purblind? objects to purblind superstition, than instructive appearances to calm philofophy.

8. “ The never-cealing circulation of wa. ter between the ocean and the dry ground ocean. has been contemplated, from the earlieit ages, with grateful admiration; but not being an object of sight, has been ranked among the inexplicable works of Deity. The clouds dif- earliest. pensing refreshing showers of rain on the dry and thirity ground; the flow of rivers, with their long train of beneficial consequences, could hardly escape the notice of any thinking being in every age of the world. We ac- diffenfing? cordingly find the supply of water frequently mentioned in the OLDEST BOOK we have, among the most wonderful, as well as valuable of Heaven's blefings.

9.“ Seeing the earth annually covered with vegetables. a rich and beautiful carpet of vegetables, and these astonishingly variegated, and gradually developing from seed time to børvej time,' developing ? niust have led those of ancient days to recognize the proximate cause, the warmth of the fun, and the moisture from the clouds; and ancient. thefe again to an acquaintance with that perpetual circulation fubfisting between the ocean and the mountains thro the instrumen- recognize ? tality of the atmosphere, and by the medium of rivers to the ocean again.

10, Bat the philosophy or explanation of this vivifying phenomenon is spoken of as inscruta. vivifying? ble and past finding out. They did then, as we do now,carry our investigations as high as we can, as in the case of gravitation, and be infcrutable ? Fond that principle say, with them, it is the hand of God;' an expreffion denoting the last term of our aralytical results. Unable to investigate the essence of light and of fire the De. inexplicable? ity was called by the name of these inexplica

ble agents.

6 la

procefo ?


11" In those early days when the knowl. edge of nature was confined to aarrow limits, they, like our Indians,

Saw God in clouds, and beard him in the quinds.' poured. Hence they filed the Deity 'the father

of the rain,' and represented him as calling forth the waters of the fea, pouring them down

according to the vapour shereof.' vapour. 12. Whence we infer, they believed the wa.

ter rose in form of vapour from the ocean, and that it became fressened in its passage through the air; and it moreover appears that they were fenfible that this process was regularly and perpetually performing; for they remarked that although all the rivers run irito the fea, yet was the sea rict full; unto the place whence the rivers come, thither they return again.'

13. They seem also to liave known that apparatus ?

MOUNTAINS made a part of this GRAND AP-
PARATUS and to have believed that it was

not a fortuitous or random process, but regufortuitous ! lated, as we now find it, by weight & measure.

May not this be inferied from that sublime

question of Isaiah--. Who hath menfured the Scales. waters in the hallow of his hand, and weighed the

Mountains in scales?

“ 14. Although they discerned this magdifcerned. nificent apparatus, and saw its effects, yet

were they restrained by a religious atve from attempting its investigation, because forms,

lightning and hail, were conceived to be the precursors ? precursors of the chariot of the Deity!' who

maketh the clouds his chariot'.who walketle

on the wings of the wind'-accompanied with choose. .boil stores and fire ;'Or, if you choose to have

the fpirit of these passages exprefed in Englifi
* On cherubs, and on cherubims,

Full royally he rode,


[ocr errors]

awe ?

:. And on the wings of mighty win.ls, Abroad.

Came flying all abroad.' 15. For this reason, probably,the origin and myherious ? course of the winds whence they came and whitlier they go,' were deemed mysterious. Hence, instead of investigating thre cause, their pious minds, overwhelmed with ane, funk into undiscerning amazement!Under such impressions, I cease to wonder ihat he who wrote that an- undiscerning. cient drama,the book of yob,puts amongst the molt difficule of his questions that which demands an explanation of the balancing of the clouds.'

16. But shall not we, who are happily free from the terrors of the Mofaic,as well as Pagan fysems, and who enjoy the encouraging scheme. intellectualscheme of Christianity, which, never forgetting Deity, poltpones every thing corporeal to the primary mental caufe-I fay, thall corporeal ? not we unite our efforts to fill up that dreary blank left in science by the ancients ?

Sciences 17. And as man, who is the servant and interpreter of nature, can act and underkand no patient. further than he has, either in operation or in contemplation, observed of the method and order of nature, let us commence a paiient ob- ordinary ? servation of the ordinary &extraordinary phenomena that occur in this scene of wonders, the atmosphere; and then colleet those frag- scene. ments of knowledge, widely scattered through the world, on the same subject.

18. “Although much of ihe operations go- inquifitive ? ing forward in the atmosphere may havefone links that have hitherto escaped the most inquisitive eye, and others, though seen, may detach:d? not be fully understood, still we cught not to be discouraged. These detached links will one day be united, and form a part of the great chain. chain of natural causes, adding ftül stronger proofs of that unity of design which pervades per dades? the great Temple of Nature.


166. Some

Deslined? 19.“ Some men feem destined to observe

and record naked facts; others, of a superior genius follow after and apply them. Some fu

ture Franklin may do with these defiderated Selem?

facts what Newton did with those collected by Kepler and Galileo, and there with form a

system which may teach us to bridle thé winds subfervient ? themselves, and iender them farther fübfervi.

ent to human uses."


An affe&ting Story. Drunken.


POOR, idle drunken weaver in Spits

alfields, had a faithful and laborious wife, who by her frugality and induftry, had

laid by her as much money as purchased her frugality? a ticket in a late lottery. She had hid this very

privately in the bottom of a trunk, and had

given her number to a friend and confident, lottery.

who had promised to keep the secret, and bring her news of the success.

2. The poor adventurer chanced one day

to go abroad, when her careless husband, fulchanced.

pecting she had saved some money, searches

every corner, till at lergth he firds the same Juspecting ticket, which he immediately seizes, fells, and

squanders away the money, without the wife Jeizes.

suspecting any thing of the matter.

3. A day or two afterwards, this friend, who

was a woman, comes and brings the wife word, price. that she had a prize of five hundred pounds.

The poor creature, overjoyed, flies up flairs flies. to her husband, who was then at work, and

desires him to leave his loom, that evening, stairs. and come and drink with a friend of his and

hers below.

4. The man received this cheerful invitation, received. as bad husbands sometimes do, and after a

crofs word, told her he would not come. His importunity ? 'wife with tenderness renewed her importunity,

and at length said to him, "My love, I have

within these few months, unknown to you, Months. scraped together as much money as has bought us a ticket in the lottery; and now here is Mrs. Quick come to tell me that it is come up this morning a five hundred pound prize."

5. The husband replied immediately,"You replied. lie, you slut, you have no ticket, for I have fold it. The poor woman upon this, fainted away in a fit, recovered, and immediately ran defraud? distracted. As the had no design to defraud her husband, but was willing only to partici. pate in his good fortune, every one will nate participate ? urally pity her,but think her husband's punihment but just.

[ocr errors]
« السابقةمتابعة »