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Natural Theology: Or, Evidences of the Existence and Attributes of the Deity ...
William Paley,James Paxton
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Page 253 - all. The air, the earth, the water, teem with delighted existence. In a spring noon, or a summer evening, on whichever side I turn my eyes, myriads of happy beings crowd upon my view. "The insect youth are on the wing." Swarms of new-born flies are trying their pinions in the air. Their sportive motions, their wanton mazes, their
Page 253 - X cannot be doubted but that this is a state of gratification What else should fix them so close to the operation, and so long ? Other species are running about, with an alacrity in their motions, which carries with it every mark of pleasure. Large patches of ground are sometimes
Page 61 - a direction very nearly perpendicular to its surface of contact. The same takes place in the communication of force from the second to the third; and from the third to the fourth; so that before the shockof the horizontal motion acts upon the perpendicular spine, it is distributed over four bones of that
Page 254 - I am disposed to believe, that the waking hours of infancy are 'agreeably taken up with the exercise of vision, or perhaps, more properly speaking, with learning to see. But it is not for youth alone that the great Parent of creation hath provided. Happiness is found with the purring cat, no less than with the playful kitten; in the
Page 13 - if possible, do they go beyond them in number and variety, yet, in a multitude of cases, are not less evidently mechanical, not less evidently contrivances, not less evidently accommodated to their end, or suited to their office, than are the most perfect productions of human ingenuity. I know no better method of introducing
Page 256 - of happiness; that happiness is the rule, misery the exception. Were the order reversed, our attention would be called to examples of health and competency, instead of disease and want. One great cause of our insensibility to the goodness of the Creator, is the very extensiveness of his bounty. We