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ing make such glorious Creatures for so mean a Purpose ? Căn he delight in the Production of such abortive Intelligences, such short-lived reasonable Beings? Would he give us Talents that are not to be exerted? Capacities that are never to be gratified? How can we find that Wisdoin which shines through all his Works, in the Formation of Man, without looking on this World as only, a Nursery for the next, and believing that the several Generations of rational Creatures, which rise up and disappear in such quick Successions, are only to receive their first Rudiments of Existence here, and afterwards to be transplanted into a more friendly Climate, where they may spread and flourish to all Eternity?

THERE is not, in my Opinion, a more pleasing and triumphant Consideration in Religion than this, of the perpetual Progress which the Soul makes towards the Per. fection of its Nature, without ever arriving at a Period in it. To look upon the Soul as going on from Strength to Strength, to consider that she is to shine for ever with new Acceflions of Glory, and brighten to all Eternity; that she will be still adding Virtue to Virtue, and Knowledge to Knowledge; carries in it something wonderfully agreeable to that Ambition which is natural to the Mind of Man, Nay, it must be a Prospect pleasing to God himself, to see his Creation for ever beautifying in his Eyes, and drawing nearer to him, by greater degrees of Resemblance.

METHINKS this single Consideration, of the Pro. gress of a finite Spirit to Perfection, will be sufficient to extinguish all Envy in inferior Natures, and all Conteinpt in superior. That Cherubim which now appears as a God to a human Soul, knows 'very well that the Period will come about in Eternity, when the human Soul shall be as perfect as he himself now is : Nay, when she shall look down upon that degree of Perfection, as much as The now falls short of it. It is true, the higher Nature fill advances, and by that means preserves his Distance and Superiority in the scale of Being; but he knows how high foever the Station is of which he stands possessed at present, the inferior Nature will at length mount up to it, and shine forth in the fame Degree of Glory,

WITH what Aftonishment and Veneration may we look into our own Souls, where there are such hidden Stores of Virtue and Knowledge, such inexhausted Sources of Perfection? We know not yet what we shall be, nor will it ever enter into the Heart of Man to conceive the Glory that will be always in Reserve for him. The Soul considered with its Creator, is like one of thofe Mathematical Lines that may draw nearer to another for all Eternity without a Possibility of touching it: And can there be a Thought fo Transporting, as to consider our felves in these perpetual Approaches to Him, who is not only the Standard of Perfection but of Happiness!

No 112. . Monday, July 9.

Abevétes refe' pãta Jex's, vóum as doexetai,
Timã

Pyth.
T Am always very well pleased with a Country Sunday,

and think, if keeping holy the Seventh Day were on

ly a human Institution, it would be the best Method that could have been thought of for the polishing and civilizing of Mankind. It is certain the Country-People. would soon degenerate into a kind of Savages and Barbarians, were there not such frequent Returns of a stated Time, in which the whole Village meet together with their best Faces, and in their cleanliest Habits, to converse with one another upon indifferent Subjects, hear their Duties explained to them, and join together in Adoration of the Supreine Being. Sunday clears away the Ruft of the whole Week, not only as it refreshes in their Minds the Notions of Religion, but as it puts both the Sexes upon appearing in their most agreeable Forms, and exerting all such Qualities as are apt to give them a Figure in the Eye of the Village. A Country-Fellow distinguishes himself as much in the Church-yard, as a Citizen does upon the Change, the whole Parish-Politicks being generally discussed in that place either after Sermon or before the Bell rings.

MY

MY Friend Sir ROGER being a good Church-man, has beautified the Inside of his Church with several Texts of his own chusing: He has likewise given a handsome Pulpit-Cloth, and railed in the Communion-Table at his own Expence. He has often told me, that at his coming to his Estate he found his Parishioners very irregular; and that in order to make them kneeland join in the Responses, he gave every one of them a Hafsock and a Commonprayer Book: and at the same Time employed an intinerant Singing-Maffer, who goes about the Country for that Purpose, to instruct them rightly in the Tunes of the Psalms; upon which they now very much value them, selyes, and indeed out-dó most of the Country Churches that I have ever heard.

A S Sir ROGER is Landlord to the whole Congrega. tion, he keeps them in very good Order, and will suffer no Body to sleep in it besides himself; for if by Chance he has been surprized into a short Nap at Sermon, upon recovering out of it he stands up and looks about him, and if he fees any Body else nodding, either wakes them himself, or sends his Servant to them. Several other of the old Knight's Particularities break out upon these Occasions : Sometimes he will be lengthening out a Verse in the Sing. ing-Pfalms, half a Minute after the rest of the Congregation have done with it; sometimes, when he is pleased with the Matter of his Devotion, he pronounces Amen three or

four times to the same Prayer; and sometimes stands up 1 when every Body else is upon their Knees, to count the Congregation, or see if any of his Tenants are missing.

I was Yesterday very much surprized to hear my old Friend, in the midst of the Service, calling out to one John Matthews to mind what he was about, and not disturb the Congregation. This John Matthews it seems is remarkable for being an idle Fellow, and at that Time was kicking his Heels for his Diversion. This Authority of the Knight, though exerted in that odd Manner which accompanies himn in all Circumstances of Life, has a very good Effect upon the Parish, who are not polite enough to see any thing ridiculous in his Behaviour; besides that, the general good Sense and Vorthiness of his Character, make his Friends observe these little Singularities as Foils that rather let off than blemilh his good Qualities.

AS WITH what Astonishinent and Veneration may we look into our own Souls, where there are such hidden Stores of Virtue and Knowledge, such inexhausted Sources of Perfection? We know not yet what we shall be, nor will it ever enter into the Heart of Man to conceive the Glory that will be always in Reserve for him. The Soul confidered with its Creator, is like one of thofe Mathematical Lines that may draw nearer to another for all Eternity without a Possibility of touching it: And can there be a Thought so Transporting, as to consider our felves in these perpetual Approaches to Him, who is not only the Standard of Perfection but of Happiness!

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No 112. . Monday, July 9.

'Αθανάτες με πρώτα θρες, νόμω ως διάκειται, Tijão

Pyth. T Am always very well pleased with a Country Sunday, 1 and think, if keeping holy the Seventh Day were on

ly a human Institution, it would be the best Method that could have been thought of for the polishing and civilizing of Mankind. It is certain the Country-People would soon degenerate into a kind of Savages and Barbarians, were there not such frequent Returns of a stated Time, in which the whole Village meet together with their best Faces, and in their cleanlieft Habits, to converse with one another upon indifferent Subjects, hear their Duties explained to them, and join together in Adoration of the Supreine Being. Sunday clears away the Rust of the whole Week, not only as it refreshes in their Minds the Notions of Religion, but as it puts both the Sexes upon appearing in their most agreeable Forms, and exerting all such Qualities as are apt to give them a Figure in the Eye of the Village. A Country-Fellow distinguishes himself as much in the Church-yard, as a Citizen does upon the Change, the whole Parish-Politicks being generally discussed in that Place either after Sermon or before the Bell rings.

MY MY Friend Sir ROGER being a good Church-man, has beautified the Inside of his Church with several Texts of his own chusing: He has likewise given a handsome Pulpit-Cloth, and railed in the Communion-Table at his own Expence. He has often told me, that at his coming to his Eftate he found his Parishioners very irregular; and that in order to make then kneeland join in the Refponses, he gave every one of them a Hafsock and a Commonprayer Book, and at the same Time employed an intinea rant Singing-Maffer, who goes about the Country for that Purpose, to instruct them rightly in the Tunes of the Psalms; upon which they now very much value themselves, and indeed out-do most of the Country Churches that I have ever heard.

A S Sir ROGER is Landlord to the whole Congrega. tion, he keeps chein in very good Order, and will suffer no Body to sleep in it besides himself; for if by Chance he has been surprized into a short Nap at Sermon, upon recovering out of it he stands up and looks about him, and if he fees any Body else nodding, either wakes them himself, or sends his Servant to them. Several other of the old Knight's Particularities break out upon these Occasions : Sometimes he will be lengthening out a Verse in the Singing-Pfalms, half a Minute after the rest of the Congregation have done with ir; sometimes, when he is pleased with the Matter of his Devotion, he pronounces Amen three or four times to the same Prayer; and sometimes stands up when every Body else is upon their Knees, to count the Congregation, or see if any of his Tenants are missing.

I was Yesterday very much surprized to hear my old Friend, in the midst of the Service, calling out to one John Matthews to mind what he was about, and not disturb the Congregation. This John Matthews it seems is remarkable for being an idle Fellow, and at that Time was kicking his Heels for his Diversion. This Authority of the Knight, though exerted in that odd Manner which accompanies him in all Circumstances of Life, has a very good Effeět upon the Parish, who are not polite enough to see any thing ridiculous in his Behaviour; besides that, the general good Sense and Worthiness of his Character, make his Friends observe these little Singularities as Foils that racher let off than blemilh his good Qualities.

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