Creation: A Philosophical Poem Demonstrating the Existence and Providence of a God. In Seven Books

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J. Tonson, J. Brown, and O. Lloyd, 1715 - Apologetics - 237 pages
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Page xliii - How his unvary'd labour he repeats, Returns at morning, and at eve retreats; And by the distribution of his light, Now gives to man the day, and now the night: Night, when the...
Page viii - This likewife has been often objected to the deifts of fhe prefent times, that at leaft a great part of them only conceal their notions under that name, while they are really to be numbered among the atheifts. I have before exprefled my reafons, why I cannot embrace this opinion.
Page lxxxiii - For heaven his ensigns treacherous displays, Declares for God, while he that God betrays; For whom he's pleas'd such evidence to bring, As saves the name, while it subverts the thing. Now hear his labour'd scheme of impious...
Page 15 - He'd sure destruction to the earth produce ; One half for heat, and one for cold, would pray; This would abhor the night, and that the day: Did he not yearly through the zodiac pass, Were he not constant to his daily race, He would not, by alternate shade and light...
Page 43 - tis plain I have not always been, I ask, from whence my being could begin ? I did not to myself existence give, Nor from myself the secret power receive, By which I reason, and by which I live.
Page xxiv - For want of cement strong enough to bind The structure fast, huge ribs of rock disjoin'd Without an earthquake, from their base would start, And hills unhing'd from their deep roots depart. And while our orb perform'd its daily race, All beings found upon its ample face Would, by that motion dissipated, fly Whirl'd from the globe, and scatter through the They must, obedient to mechanic laws, [sky.
Page liii - But the base brier and the noble vine Their arms around their stronger neighbour twine . The creeping ivy, to prevent its fall, Clings with its fibrous grapples to the wall.
Page 54 - heart conveys the refluent blood. It was to thee, great Stagyrite, unknown, And thy preceptor of divine renown. Learning did ne'er this secret truth impart To the Greek masters of the healing art. 'Twas by the Coan's piercing eye unview'd And did attentive Galen's search elude.
Page xliii - And on the sapphire spreads a heav'nly blue ; For the proud monarch's dazzling crown prepares Rich orient pearl, and adamantine stars. Next, autumn, when the sun's withdrawing ray, The night enlarges, and contracts the day, To crown his labour to the farmer yields The yellow...

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