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gratitude.—The wondrous, yet generally pleasing, and always salutary operations of Nature and Provi. dence soon became, with him, a favorite theme:their influence, he may truly say, “ grew with his growth, and strengthened with his strength” :--and he even presumed to think, it must have been the will of their GREAT AUTHOR that it should be so, as their regular and proper effect.--Contemplations so dis. tinctly transcending the comparatively mean, how. ever necessary, pursuits of temporal life, have best enabled him to relish what comforts it afforded ; while they have equally served to alleviate the various infelicities to which life is exposed,
Had it been the Will of the Supreme BEING that all our enquiries should have been restricted even to what was visible on the planet we inhabit, mankind would there have found abundant cause for awful admiration and devout gratitude; but being, as we are, permitted to see, and in part to rinderstand, those distant worlds which Astronomy
gives us a glimpse of, we do, as it were, enjoy a foretaste, of that exalted admiration which we have to expect in a future state of existence. It has been the opinion of wise men, that a part of the felicity of the Soul, hereafter, will consist in a more nice examination, a more expanded, and even eternally progressive knowledge of creative wisdom, power, and goodness :that, after having studied the eco. nomy of one world, it will be permitted to waft its flight to others, and compare and admire their various relations, dependencies, uses, and ends. And should it, finally, be permitted to contemplate the august throne of the “ Ancient of days,” and to meditate on that great book which contains the destinies of worlds, how infinitely more will its admiration and gratitude be excited by that great Redemption, the subject of meditation, of wonder, and of praise to Prophets, and even Angels themselves !
If we contemplate the great works in Nature, worlds unnumbered, revolving in an immeasurable expanse ;-systems beyond systems, composing one grand UNIVERSE ;-the whole, subject to an exact and secure order, and to an administration as bene. ficial as it is powerful, the consideration impresses upon us the belief-the certainty of a SUPREME Mind :-of a sole, essential, efficient Origin, and AUTHOR of all things.
An examination of the minute parts of Crea. tion will, also, excite a similar conviction. If, in animated nature, we wonder at the magnitude of an Elephant, we are no less astonished at a microscopic view of a Mite; within whose small fabric we see comprized every member and faculty necessary for its existence and well-being.-We know, further, that there are many species of aquatic animalcules, so small, that a Mite, to them, is as large as an Elephant is to a Mite. Some eminent philosophers, who lived about the time when the powers of the microscope first became known, were of opinion that the minutest animalcule which the human eye
could discern; without the assistance of glasses, was of the middle size of animated nature, on this terráqueous globe:- that there existed animaleules of as much smaller dimensions below the Mite, as the Mite was below the Elephant.-LEWENHOECK, from observation, went further: he discovered'ani. malcules so minute that millions of them would not equal the size of a grain of sänd.How amazingly carious must be the internal structure of such a creature . Who can comprehend the minuteness of the heart which propels the blood throegh arteries and veins só indescribably small !Who can conceive the minuteness of the particles, or the subtilty of action of the vital fluid, in such a subject, in such vessels, in such circumstances !
Whether, with our present limited powers, we view the works of Creation in some minute animal. cule, a million times less than a grain of sand, or in that vast body the Sun, a million times larger than the Earth, or in the whole system of the Universe,
to which the Sun bears no conceivable measure of comparison, we find them all contrived with infinito wisdom; endued with the most perfect harmony of parts, the most perfect concurrences of action and, use; and, with equal fidelity, obeying the power and the wisdom which formed them.
The absolutely full and comprehensive contemplation of these things must necessarily be deferred until our faculties, cleared of all mortal incumbrances and impediments, shall expand into pure intelligence; in that state to which this our present life is, evidently, but the passage :--Enough, however, is here opened to our view, to excite a full conviction of the Omnipotence, Omniscience, and Providence of God.
The design of the Author of the following Poem being that of ennobling the views, and humbling the vanity of man, by a beautiful display of created matter, the present Editor was of opinion