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ARGUMENT OF THE SECOND BOOK,
Reflections suggested by the conclusion of the former book.
Peace among the nations recommended, on the ground of their common fellowship in forrow.-Prodigies enumerated.-Sicilian earthquakes.-Man rendered obnoxious to these calamities by hn.--God the agent in them.The philofophy that fops at secondary causes reproved.Our own late miscarriages accounted for.Satirical notice taken of our trips to Fountainbleau. --But the pulpit, not fatire, the proper engine of reformation. The Reverend Advertiser of engraved fermons.--Petit-maitre parfon. --The good preacher.--Pi&ures of a theatriEdl clerical coxcomb.-Story-tellers and jefters in the pulpit reproved.--Apoftrophe to popular applaufe. Retailers of ancient philofophy expoftulated with. -Sum of the whole matter. -Effeas of sacerdotal mismanage a ment on the laity. Their folly and extravagance. The mischiefs of profusion.-Profufon itself, with all is consequent evils, ascribed, as to its principal cause, to the want of discipline in the universities.
Os for a lodge in some valt wilderness,
wrong and outrage with which earth is fill'd; There is no flesh in man's obdurate heart, I does not feel for man; the nat'ral bond If brotherhood is sever'd as the fax That falls asunder at the touch of fire. le finds his fellow guilty of a skin Sot colour'd like his own; and, having pow's
T' enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause
Slaves cannot breathe in England; if their lungs
Sure there is need of social intercourse, Benevolence, and peace, and mutual aid, Between the nations, in a world that seems To toll the death-bell of its own decease, And by the voice of all its elements To preach the gen’ral doom*. When were the winds Let slip with such a warrant to destroy ? When did the waves fo haughtily o’erleap Their ancient barriers, deluging the dry? Fires from beneath, and meteors † from above, Portentous, unexampled, unexplain'd Have kindled beacons in the skies; and th' old crazy
earth has had her shaking fits More frequent, and forgone her usual rest.
* Alluding to the calamities at Jamaica.
† August 13, 1783