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THE AUTHOR OF THE ORIGINAL PAMPHLET: OF “RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL
ro - UNION ;”.66 THE -VOICE OF THE PEOPLE,” &c.
PRINTED FOR THE COMPILER,
BY THOMAS STAGG, 17, WHITE HORSE YARD; DRURY LANE.
PUBLISHED BY JOHN CROOK, OF NEW CLEMENT'S-INN CHAMBERS,
1650 manche FULL four-and-twenty times the sun, Has, in its course, its circuits run; Since first a tenant of the world, I came; Birth premature, and of a tender frame: Thou, through the course of each revolving year, Softened each trouble and dried up each tear : When more than common sorrows me oppres'd: When passions harrassed, and when vice distres'd: Bid passions vanish, hushed the storms of vice; Nor e'er forsook me in the unequal strife! When eaglet-like, I took my early way, And sprung, rejoicing, towards the source of day! Then found Thy beams too brilliant for my sight; And sunk, reluctant, to the shades of night. Long since convinced, though I can't soar to Thee! Thou gracious Power! would deign to stoop to me: And shew, in fullest light, the Deity! To Thee, great God, to Thee, as Chief, I owe, This mortal bliss, this Paradise below. To thee, my God, to Thee of right belong, These early efforts of my youthful song.
“For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead," " because that which may be known of God is manifest in them.”
Yet, though, physically, “ The Sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the Moon give light unto thee, but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy Glory.”
For metaphysically, “Thy Sun shall no more go down; neither shall The Moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended."*
* For a degree of illustration, as to the adoption of the latter quotation, reference is made to the annexed Diagram; more especially to “The Signet of God;" the perscnification and concentration of Good.
I. “Religious and Civil Union” was printed under a proposal to apply the profit of publication, if any, towards the advancement of an Association therein designated and proposed; but the great bulk of the expenses still remain with the Author. Though this re-publication of the essence is an additional expence to the Compiler, the comparative compression essentially reduces the cost to the general reader.
II. This synopsis, exceeding, very considerably, the original calculation in size and cost, a moiety of the then intended number of copies, only, will be immediately issued from the Press: the remainder to be subsequently printed from a stereotyped copy, with cheaper materials, so as to reduce, considerably, the price of this Essay to the public, and to accommodate all classes of readers.
III. The Compiler, being more independent of men and manners, and possessing more leisure than during the thirty-three years of