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for all its solid comforts. It has been frequently the task of the moralist and poet, to mark, in polished periods, the particular charms and conveniencies of every change; and, indeed, such discriminate observation upon natural variety cannot be undelightful; since the blessing, which every month brings along with it, is a fresh instance of the wisdom and bounty of that Providence which regulates the glories of the year* ■We glow as we contemplate, we adore, whilst we enjoy. In the time of feedsowing, it is the season of confidence; the grain which the husbandman trusts to the bosom of the earth shall, haply, yield its seven-fold rewards: spring presents us with a scene of lively expectation; that which was before sown begins now to discover signs of successful vegetation : the labourer observes the change, and anticipates the harvest : he watches the progress of nature, and smiles at her influence; while the man of contemplation walks forth with the evening, amidst the fragrance of flowers* and promises of plenty, nor returns to his
cottage cottage till darkness, closes the scene upon his eye. Then cometh the harvest, when the large wish is satisfied, and the granaries of nature are loaded with the means of life, even to a luxury of abundance : The powers of language are unequal to the description of this joyous season: it is the carnival of nature: fun and shade, coolness and quietude, mirth and music, love and labour, unite to render every scene of summer enchanting. And the division of light and darkness is one of the kindest efforts of omnipotent sagacity. Day and night yield us contrary blessings, and, at the fame time assist each other, by giving fresh lustre to the delights of both. Amidst the glare of day and bustle of life, how shall we sleep? amidst the gloom of darkness, how shall we labour?
How wise, how benignant, how like a Deity then, is the proper division \ The hours of light are adapted to activity, and those -of darkness to rest. 'Ere the day is passed, exercise and nature prepare us for
the the pillow ; and by the time that the morning returns, we are again able to meet it with a smile. Thus, every season hath a charm, peculiar' to itself, and every moment affords some interesting innovation.
And God Said To Noah, The Tear Op You, And The Bread Of You, Shall Be Upon Everit Beast Ot The Earth, And Upon Every Fowl Of The Air J Upon All That Moveth Upon The Earth, And Upon All Thi Fishes Of The Sia I Into Your Hand Are They Delivered.
Y\7■ H A T a privilege hath man ! What ^* superiority what dominion! Yet he who thought proper to deliver all the creatures, (whether winged or footed) which creep beneath the grass^ or soar into the air, into the hand of man, assuredly designed to secure to them, a friend, in the master, and a protector, in the sovereign. I give them all to thy care, fays the Deity ; they are thine, for pleasure and for food; but create not, I conjure thee-, create not, unnecessary misery: from the
unwieldy unwieldy clephanc even to the emmet, hast thou authority ; yet, use it like a man. To every atom is allowed a certain portion of sensation, and every atom is born to a certain degree of enjoyment: deprive it not of this, but rather courteously promote the gratification, than prevent it. I, the almighty Parent, have bestowed the inferior creatures upon thee, my favourite work: for what reasons thou art thus distinguished in the scale, is a secret not to be examined: flattering enough it is, that thou art distinguished. But though all things are in subjection, nothing was born to slavery. Scorn to be the tyrant, and the very fowls of the air shall peck from thy hand: only deserve thy eminence, ifrid enjoy it. Such, doubtless, rs the meaning of this verse; but the general practice seems as if it were understood literally: for the fear and dread of the animal world is now, indeed, upon every beast of the earth; and the tyranny of man is too frequently exerted upon all that moveth. The fear and dread, here spoken of, is rather the reverence and obe