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ARGUMENT OF THE SECOND BOOK.
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 trips to Fontaine-Bleau.But the pulpit, not satire, the proper engine of reformation. The Reverend Advertiser of engraved sermons.-Petit-maitre parson.-The good preacher.--- Picture 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 mismanagement on the laity-Their folly and extravagance.-The mischiefs of profusion.-Profusion itself, with all it's consequent evils, ascribed, as to it's principal cause, to the want of discipline in the universities.
O FOR a lodge in some vast wilderness,
T enforce the wrong, for such a worthy cause Dooms and devotes him as his lawful prey. Lands intersected by a narrow frith Abhor each other. Mountains interpos’d Make enemies of nations, who had else Like kindred drops been mingled into one. Thus man devotes his brother, and destroys; And worse than all, and most to be deplor'd As human nature's broadest, foulest blot, Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his sweat With stripes, that Mercy with a bleeding heart Weeps, when she sees inflicted on a beast. Then what is man? And what man, seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush, And hang his head, to think himself a man? I would not have a slave to till my ground, To carry me, to fan me while I sleep, And tremble when I wake, for all the wealth, That sinews bought and sold have ever earn'd. No: dear as freedom is, and in my
heart's Just estimation priz'd above all price, I had much rather be myself the slave, And wear the bonds, than fasten them on him. We have no slaves at home-Then why abroad?