The diversions of the field, called sporting, inconsistent with the morality of the Old and New Testaments

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Page 9 - shrieks Of harmless Nature, dumb, but yet endued With eloquence, that agonies inspire, Of silent tears, and heart-distending sighs! Vain tears, alas! and sighs that never find A corresponding tone in jovial souls!" In these sentiments of the poets, the Quakers, as a religious body, have long joined. George Fox specifically reprobated hunting and hawking, which were the field-diversions
Page 16 - On Noah, and in him on all mankind, The charter was conferr'd, by which we hold The flesh of animals in fee, and claim O'er all we feed on pow'r of life and death. But read the instrument and mark it welL Th
Page 9 - These are not subjects for the peaceful Muse. Nor will she stain with such her spotless song; Then most delighted, when she social sees The whole mix'd animal creation round Alive and happy. 'Tis not joy to her This falsely cheerful barbarous game of death.
Page 8 - to pain. Good poets have spoken the language of enlightened nature upon this subject. Thomson, in his Seasons, introduces the diversions of the field in the following manner: " Here the rude clamour of the sportsman's joy, The gun fast-thund'ring, and the winded horn, Would tempt the Muse to sing the rural game.
Page 16 - control Can find no warrant there. Feed, then, and yield Thanks for thy food. Carnivorous, through sin, Feed on the slain, but spare the living brute!
Page 14 - made. Hence, wild animals are included in it equally with the tame. And hence, a hare may as well be killed, if people have occasion for food, as a chicken or a lamb. They believe, also, that when the Creator of the universe gave men dominion over the whole
Page 13 - in question; whereas it should have been made to consist in his making a pleasure of a pursuit which puts them to pain. The most abandoned sportsman, it is to be presumed, never hunts them because he enjoys their sufferings. His pleasure arises from considerations of another nature.
Page 18 - Neither is hunting, where foxes are the object in view, pursued upon the principle of the destruction of noxious animals. For it may be observed that rewards are frequently offered to those who will procure them for the chase; that large woods or covers are frequently
Page 15 - It seems almost impossible that men could be so depraved as to take flesh to eat from a poor animal while alive ; and yet, from the law enjoined to Proselytes of the Gate, it is probable that it was the case. Bruce, whose Travels into Abyssinia are gaining ground in credit, asserts that such customs obtained there. And the
Page 22 - wantonly, nor put them to unnecessary pain. Now the Quakers are of opinion that every person who professes Christianity, ought to view things as the man who is renovated would view them, and that it therefore becomes them in particular, as a body of

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