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Page 7 - ... well, to be learned in it. But because there is nothing we less regard, than the characters of the power that made us, which are so clearly written upon us, and the world he has given. us, and can best tell us what we are and should be, we are even strangers to our own genius : the glass in which we should see that true, instructing, and agreeable variety, which is to be observed in nature, to the admiration of that wisdom, and adoration of that power, which made us all.
Page 6 - It were Happy if we studied Nature more in natural Things; and acted according to Nature; whose rules are few, plain and most reasonable. 10. Let us begin where she begins, go her Pace, and close always where she ends, and we cannot miss of being good Naturalists.
Page 6 - The creation would not be longer a riddle to us. The heavens, earth, and waters, with their respective, various, and numerous inhabitants, their productions, natures, seasons, sympathies, and antipathies, their use, benefit, and pleasure, would be better understood by us; and an eternal wisdom, power, majesty, and goodness, very conspicuous to us...
Page 7 - But a naturalist and mechanic of this sort is master of the reason of both ; and might be of the practice too, if his industry kept pace with his speculation ; which were very commendable; and without which he cannot be said to be a complete naturalist or mechanic.
Page 6 - It is a pity, therefore, that books have not been composed for youth, by some curious and careful naturalists, and also mechanics, in the Latin tongue, to be used in schools, that they might learn things with words : things obvious and familiar to...
Page 7 - Mechanicks, in the Latin Tongue, to be used in Schools, that they might learn Things with Words : Things obvious and familiar to them, and which would make the Tongue easier to be obtained by them.
Page 6 - ... and a strange tongue or two, that it is ten to one may never be useful to them; leaving their natural genius to mechanical and physical, or natural knowledge uncultivated and neglected; which would be of exceeding use and pleasure to them through the whole course of their life. To be sure, languages are not to be despised or neglected. But things are still to be preferred. Children had rather be making of tools and instruments of play; shaping, drawing, framing and building, &c. than getting...
Page 6 - And it would go a great way to caution and direct People in their Use of the World, that they were better studied and known in the Creation of it.
Page 6 - We press their memory too soon, and puzzle, strain, and load them with words and rules ; to know grammar and rhetoric, and a strange tongue or two, that it is ten to one may never be useful to them ; leaving their natural genius to mechanical and physical or natural knowledge uncultivated and neglected ; which would be of exceeding use and pleasure to them through the whole course of their life.
Page 7 - Philosophers tell us, we have only to read our selves well to be learned in it. But because there is nothing we less regard than the Characters of the Power that made us, which are so clearly written upon us and the World he has given us, and can best tell us what we are and should be, we are even Strangers to our own Genius: The Glass in which...