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REFLECTIONS suggested by the conclusion of the former book. Peace among the nations recommended on the ground of their common fellowship in sorrow. Prodigies enumerated. Sicilian earthquakes. Man rendered obnoxious to these calamities by sin. God the agent in them. The philosophy that stops at secondary causes reproved. Our own late miscarriages accounted for. Satirical notice taken of our tripe to Fontainbleau. But the pulpit, not satire, the proper engine of reformation. The Reverend Advertiser of engraved
Petit-maltre parson. The good preacher. Pioture of a theatrical clerical coxcomb. Story tellers and jesters in the pulpit reproved. Apostrophe to popular applause. Retailers of ancient philosophy expostulated with. Sum of the whole matter. Effects of sacerdotal mismanage ment on the laity. Their folly and extravagance. The mischiefs of profusion. Profusion itself, with all its conse quent evils, ascribed, as to its principal cause, to the want of discipline in the universities,
THE TASK. BOOK IL.
Do for a lodge in some vast wilderness,
wrong and outrage with which earth is fill'd.
As human nature's broadest, foulest blot,
Sure there is need of social intercourse, Benevolence, and peace, and mutual aid, Between the nations in a world that seems To toll the deathbell of its own decease,