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mist has in this Pfalm, where he has de- SERM. ,
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
SERM. God is seen in all his Works. Aniongót the
nominated the Image of the Almighty; and
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
As to the animal World, tho’it does not
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
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