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rate and devotional; and the whole book well becomes the preacher and the pulpit. In a word, Solomon was the greatest and most general literary character that ever wrote. As a prince, he was amiable, beloved, and popular; and it is impossible to give a more pleasing assurance of it, than the pacific and tranquil idea suggested by the text: "Every man dwelt in safety "under his own vine and fig-tree, even all "the days of Solomon." It is somewhat painful to view him. in a religious light. Ah, Solomon, thou wisest of the wisehow couldest thou, at any time, forget the power who had dealt by thee in so liberal a manner ? eminent alike, in intellect, and in magnificence, how couldst thou so stain thy annals, as to turn aside from the author of all thy greatness? How couldst thou
so disgrace so prostitute the splendour
of that temple which thou hadst reared and dedicated to the true God, to the dreams and weaknesses of idolatry? What, alas, could the visionary goddess of the Zidonians do for thee? What could Molech, or Ashtoreth, that deserved thy devotion, or sacrifices? Could they inspire thee with intelligence above all others, and store thy mind with all the ornaments of taste and science, and elegance and joy?
One apology, however, not a little mitigating, presents itself. He did' not yield to this infatuation till he was in the decline of life—possibly, when his faculties were somewhat impared—and when the ill advice of those who were about him, especially his .concubines, teazed him into error. The power of a bad woman, who has any hold upon the heart, is unlimited,' and will generally render pliable to its purposes, not only the finest head, but the finest heart: and it must be also remembered, that the strength of the tender passions is always in proportion to the strength of the genius-, so that Soloman might be led, as it were, captive, in the bonds of love, and sacrifice to-Chemosli, not because he venerated that imaginary deity, but to avoid the persecution of the female party, which
was was formed aganst his religions integrity. At all events, let us not be too rigid, to degrade so great a character. It is well known, that the wisest men, are the most frequently seduced into the weakest trespasses. With all his sagacity, Solomun was a human creature. Great sensibility is liable to great mistake: where we cannot defend his conduct, let us avoid it, and where we are struck with the splendour of his capacity, let it inspire us with a modest imitation.
On Scriptural Sublimity and Beauty.
HI WAS HONOURED IN THE MIDST OF THE PEOPLE, IN HIS COMING OUT OF THE SANCTUARY.
'-pHE elegant Mr. Burke*, with his "*■ usual ingenuity, observes, that magnificence is a source of the sublime: after commenting upon which, he proceeds to illustrate his precepts by suitable examples, amongst which is that of the above passage, and those others succeeding it, which belong to the description. It was with great L 5 propriety
* Treatise on the Sublime and Beautiful.