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that in such a conftitution of the Earth they could
, is then only, when ʼtis viewed from the top of a Hill. What were the Tempe of Thessaly, vide £li lo celebrated in ancient story for their unparallelled up.lib. pleasantness, but a Vale divided with a River and ". terminated with Hills ? Are not all the descriptions of Poets embellish'd with such Ideas, when they
In Beds and curious Knots, but Nature boon
would represent any places of Superlative Delight,
no not in the very Ely-
too must be diversified
with depressed Valleys + Flours worthy of Paradise, which not nice Art and swelling Ascents. Pour'd forth profase on Hill and Dale and Plain. They cannot imagint
Paradise Loft, lib. 4.
even Paradise to be a
Heaven without them.
| For Earth hath this variety from Heaven Of Pleasure situate in Hill and Dale.
Ibid. lib. 6.
Give me leave to make one short Inference from what has been said, which shall finish this present Discourse, and with it our Task for the Year. We have clearly discovered many Final Causes and
Characters of Wisdom and Contrivance in the Frame of the inanimate World, as well as in the Organical Fabrick of the Bodies of Animals. Now from hence ariseth a new and invincible Argument, that the present Frame of the World hath not existed from all Eternity. For such an usefulness of things or a fitness of means to Ends, as neither proceeds from the necessity of their Beings, nor can happen to them by Chance, doth necessarily inferr that there was an Intelligent Being, which was the Author and Contriver of that Usefulness. We Serm. V. have formerly demonstrated, that the Body of a Man, which consists of an incomprehensible variety of Parts, all admirably fitted for their peculiar Functions and the Conservation of the Whole, could no more be formed fortuitously; than the Æneis of Virgil, or any other long Poem with good Sense and just Measures, could be composed by the Casual Combinations of Letters. Now to pursue this Comparison ; as it is utterly impossible to be believed, that such a Poem may have been eternal, transcribed from Copy to Copy without any first Author and Original: so it is equally incredible and impossible, that the Fabrick of Humane Bodies, which hath such excellent and Divine Artifice, and, if I may so say, such good Sense and true Syntax and harmonious Measures in its Constitution,
should be propagated and transcribed from Father
led) Deism; even with Respect to the Pre-
Psalm XIV. V..1.
are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there
of Atheism from the Faculties of he Soul.
Acts XVII. 27.
after him, and find him ; though he be not far from
SERMONS III, IV, V.
Acts XVII. 27.
SERMONS VI, VII, VIII.
Acts XIV. 15, &c.