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accommodate the new comers into Use! Is it to render the passage delightful to our heirs; or, is it to gratify a passion for property ; to furnilh age with a fresh plaything; cr to shew the world how unwilling we are to leave it, by making preparations to enjoy it ? Whatever be the motive, the end is well answered. Whatever the impetus which prompts to magnificence, and convenience; which bids us delight in extensive improvements; whether it springs from our pride, or our pleasure, it is just the fame; posterity is ultimately the'better for it. Thus, life hath pleasing attentions and amusements to the last; the old are busied in designs, which the young shall enjoy; the father sows, the son reaps; and a general and healthful exercise, both of body and mind, preserves us, equally from gloom, vacuity and stagnation.

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Origin of Shipping.

z PASSAGE.

And God Said Unto Noah, Make Thee An A»k or

GOPHER-WOOD J ROOMS SHALT THOU MAKE IN THE ARE, AND SHALT PITCH IT WITHIN, AN» WITHOUT, WITH PITCH.

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/T-SHE most ingenious and useful arts * are of celestial origin; and from this chapter, it is evident, that the first ship which ever floated on the world of waters, was built according to the plan, and under the regulating eye, of a divine artificer. With what amazing contrivance and ceconomy were the directions given by the Deity to Noah! How exact the architecture, and what judicious hints were hence furnished to human creatures in regard to maritime affairs! Man has always been charactarised by his powers of imitation. C 2 From

From this very ark arose the first ideas of a possibility to pass beyond the limits of land: the scheme once projected, and the secret of its construction once imparted, it was not likely to be forgotten; so far otherwise, that we stand indebted to it, for many valuable blessings—for the advantages of commerce, the pleasure of travel, and the glory of victory. The merchant and the sailor owe to this undertaking all their benefits; and whatever desirable circumstances arise from connections with remote climates, certainly originate from an imitation of that sacred repository, which preserved from the deluge the family of Noah.

ESSAY

The Dotb,

PASSAGE.

■ I SINT FORTH A DOVE 710M HIM, TO SEE IF THE WATERS WERE ABATED PROM OFF THE FACE OF THE

GROUND.

But" The Dove Found No Rest For The Soli Op Her Foot, And She Returned Unto Him Into Tht

All j FOR THE WATERS WERE ON THE FACE OF THEWHOLE EARTH. Then HE PUT FORTH HTS HAND,

And Took Her, And Fulled Her In Unto Him Into The Ark.

And He Stayed Yet Other Seven »ay», And Again %^ke Sent Forth The Done Out Of The Aret*

Aud'the DOVE CAME IN TO HIM IN THE EVENINO,

AND LO, IN HER MOUTH WAS AN OLIVE LEAF FLUCKT OFF: SO NoAH XNEW THAT THE WATERS WERE

ABATED. AND HE STAVED YET OTHER SEVEN DAYSj AND SENT

FORTH THE DOVI, WHICH RETURNED NOT AGAIN

TO HIM ANY MORE!

'I ""HERE is a peculiar beauty, not only •*■ in the sentiment and language of these verses, but in the thing itself.

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The transactions and friendly intercourse of Noah and his dove have a tenderness and ceremony in them, truly delightful. The eye melts at the simplicity, and the heart warms at the sentiment. Poetry, in her happiest flight, could imagine nothing more so interesting to the fancy.

Hail, gentlest of birds!—Hail messenger of security! Through thy means was the dry ground discovered, and the gratitude of man shall not easily forget the fidelity of the dove *!

He sent forth the dove to see if the waters were abated. What an important errand, for so small an express! Yet the industrious little wing flew over the watry universe, and employed every feather in the service of man; after a vain excursion

« How often is she invoked by the poets? One instance

out of many

——Pity is due to the do-ve,
For it ever attendeth the bold,
And they call it the/J!er of k've.

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