The Spectator, Volume 8

George Atherton Aitken
Longmans, Green, & Company, 1898

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Pagina 302 - Why shrinks the soul Back on herself, and startles at destruction ? 'Tis the divinity that stirs within us; 'Tis Heaven itself that points out an hereafter, And intimates eternity to man.
Pagina 310 - Then, crown'd again, their golden harps they took, — Harps ever tuned, that glittering by their side Like quivers hung, — and with preamble sweet Of charming symphony they introduce Their sacred song, and waken raptures high : No voice exempt ; no voice but well could join Melodious part, such concord is in heaven.
Pagina 18 - The heap was at last distributed among the two sexes, who made a most piteous sight as they wandered up and down under the pressure of their several burdens. The whole plain was filled with murmurs and complaints, groans and lamentations. Jupiter at length taking compassion on the poor mortals, ordered them a second time to lay down their loads, with a design to give every one his own again.
Pagina 11 - IT is a celebrated thought of Socrates, that if all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stock, in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of, before that which would fall to them by such a division.
Pagina 45 - Almighty's omnipresence and omniscience every uncomfortable thought vanishes. He cannot but .regard every thing that has being, especially such of his creatures who fear they are not regarded by him. He is privy to all their thoughts, and to that anxiety of heart in particular, which is apt to trouble them on this occuhion : for, as it is impossible he should overlook any of his creatures, so we may be confident...
Pagina 302 - The wide, th' unbounded prospect lies before me ; But shadows, clouds, and darkness rest upon it. Here will I hold : — If there's a Power above us (And that there is all Nature cries aloud Through all her works), he must delight in Virtue; And that which he delights in must be happy : But — when?
Pagina 43 - The presence of every created being is confined to a certain measure of space, and consequently his observation is stinted to a certain number of objects. The sphere in which we move, and act, and understand, is of a wider circumference to one creature than another, according as we rise one above another in the scale of existence.
Pagina 67 - ... looks black about him, he has his light and support within him, that are able to cheer his mind, and bear him up in the midst of all those horrors which encompass him.
Pagina 141 - ... whosoever looketh into himself and considereth what he doth, when he does think, opine, reason, hope, fear, &c, and upon what grounds, he shall thereby read and know, what are the thoughts and passions of all other men upon the like occasions.
Pagina 64 - Omnipresence are co-existent, and run together, through the whole infinitude of space. This consideration might furnish us with many incentives to devotion, and motives to morality; but as this subject has been handled by several excellent writers, I shall consider it in a light, wherein I have not seen it placed by others. " First, How disconsolate is the condition of an intellectual being, who is thus present with his Maker, but at the same time, receives no extraordinary benefit or advantage from...

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