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mist has in this Pfalm, where he has de- SERM. ,
scrib'd, or rather drawn out, a small Sketch of I.
the Power and Wisdom of God, given us many m
sublime Ideas of the almighty Creator, yet
when he found the Theme was infinite, and
the Labour endless, he sums up all in this
pathetical Exclamation, O Lord ! how
manifold are thy Works! in Wisdom haft
thou made them all. Which Words natu-
rally lead us to consider the Wisdom of God
in the Creation of the World. And accor-
dingly I propose to shew,

1. That the Works of the Creation are not the Effects of Chance, but of an allwise Gud.

II. I will make some Reflections upon the Whole.

First, then, I am to shew that the Works
of the Creation are not the Effects of Chance,
but of an all-wise God. And now, amidst
the infinite Variety of Things, where shall
we begin, or where shall we end ? Shall
we view this Earth, which we inhabit ?
Here every thing, whether animate or in-
animate, declares itself to be the Effect of
infinite Wisdom and Contrivance ; and
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SERM. God is seen in all his Works. Aniongót the
I. animate let us consider Man, who is de-

nominated the Image of the Almighty; and
he, we find, is fearfully and wonderfully
made. If we view the curious Frame of his
Body, the admirable Composure of his
Limbs, the wonderful Disposition of all the
Parts for Use as well as Ornament; and
indeed in this respect Nature has been very
liberal and bountiful to us, in giving us
two of a Sort of those Parts which are most
useful and necessary ; thus we are furnished
with two Eyes, two Hands, two Feet, &c.
not only to complete the Harmony of the
whole Composition, but that one might in
some measure fupply the Defect or Fail-
üre of another. But now if we look with-
in, and view the Springs and Movements
that set this wonderful Machine a going,
the amazing Contexture of the Fibres, with
a thousand minute Parts inserted thro'out
the Whole, all conspiring to carry on the
great Ends of Life, a particular Description
of which may be seen in Books on that Sub-
ject: If we consider for every Action and
Motion without, as for Example, whether
: we eat, drink, walk, fpeak, or whatever

we do, the Miracles that are at the same · time performing within to produce these

Effects; various SUBJECT S. Effects ; I say, if we view this curious Frame, SERM." compos'd, as is thought, according to the

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strictest Rules of Geometrical Proportion,
we shall see the whole world in Epitome.
Thus much for the Body ; but if we'view
the immortal Soul, that acts upon this Body,
how, or by what Means, we know not, and
gives it Power to perform the Operations of
a rational Creature, yet enables a Man tò
contemplate the Works of God, and to re-
flect upon the Wisdom and Contrivance of
them, and in this respect lifts him up above
the rest of the Creation, what shall we fay
of it, but reckon it the Effect of infinite
Wisdom?

As to the animal World, tho’it does not
come up to the Perfection of the rational,
yet 'tis altogether as perfect in its Kind,
every Creature having such Faculties, as
are excellently adapted to it, according to
the Rank in which it stands in the Universe.
Who can sufficiently admire the Sagacity
of fome, the Subtilty of others, and the
extraordinary Care aad Tenderness of all
over their Young, to the everlasting Shame
of many rational Creatures ? The Cunning
of the Fox, the Docility and Tractable-
ness of the Dog, and the Industry of the Ant,
are things very wonderful and surprizing!

The

Serm. The inimitable Net-work of the Spider, the di elaborate Architecture of the Bee, as well

as of the Bird, who buildeth her Nest on high, will always baffle the Wit and Induftry of Man, not to say any thing of the other different Species of Creatures that inhabit the Earth and Sea, which are fo many, that tho'a learned Author has endeavour'd to guess at them, yet 'twas nothing but a Guess, and can never be improv'd beyond a bare Probability ; for I believe it will be thought no improbable Conjecture to fuppose, that there are as many, that cannot be seen by any Eye, as there are that can ; since it is acknowledg’d on all Hands that every Drop of Water, all forts of Fluids, and consequently every Animal itself, as abounding more or less in Fluids, are full of them ; and how small then must the Parts of those little Animalcula be! 'and how fine the Ligaments that tye them together! But what is Matter of very great Surprize, is, that, amongst all the animate as well as the inanimate Part of the Creation, there are not two of any Species that are exactly alike ; the smallest Mite has fomething to distinguish him from another of the same Species, tho' his whole Body, without an Instrument, is not discernable. The

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first Creation of Matter is indeed very won- Serm. derful ; but how it could be diversified into I... such an endless Multitude of Forms is al- m together as niuch to be admir'd..

Shall we now lift up our Eyes above this Globe, and take a Prospect of the upper Regions, where the Heavens declare the Glory of God, and the Firmament foeweth his Handy-works ? there the Power and Wifdom of the Creator are equally conspicuous. And here no Pencil ever drew a Copy equal to this bright Original! Who hath stretch'd out the Heavens like a Curtain, or formid so splendid a Canopy? The immense Prospect lies before us, thousands of dazzling Orbs promiscuously ranged entertain our wondering Speculations; and who knows where the uniform Disorder ends ? We gaze away our Sight amidst the Swarm of Worlds, and are tir’d with Wonder and Delight. What a vast Number of fix'd Stars can we discern with our Eyes! how many more by the Help of Instruments, and perhaps an infinite Number more, which neither Eye nor Instrument can discover! all which, as we learn by the modern Improvements in Astronomy, are so many Suns, each of which, according to the antient Calculations, is above 160 Times big

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