Meditations Among the Tombs: In a Letter to a Lady

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J. and J. Rivington; and J. Leake, Bath, 1746 - Death - 122 pages

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Page 5 - But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded?
Page 25 - For the Son of man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch.
Page 51 - Such a nation might truly say to corruption, thou art my father, and to the worm, thou art my mother and my sister.
Page 67 - Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance : behold, He taketh up the isles as a very little thing.
Page 77 - To consider further this double end in the works of Nature, and how they are at the same time both useful and entertaining, we find that the most important parts in the vegetable world are those which are the most beautiful.
Page 74 - So much of eternity is gone;" for when millions of centuries are elapsed, it is but just commencing; and, when millions more have run their ample round, it will be no nearer ending. Yea, when ages, numerous as the bloom of spring, increased by the herbage of summer, both augmented by the leaves of autumn, and all multiplied by the drops of rain which drown the winter — when these, and ten thousand times ten thousand more...
Page 15 - Name : which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flefh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Page 55 - In a grove of tulips, or a knot of pinks, one perceives a difference in almost every individual. Scarce any two are turned and tinctured exactly alike. Each allows himself a little particularity in his dress, though all belong to one family : so that they are various, and yet the same.
Page 45 - Cornwall ; and his temper and affections so public, that no accident which happened could make any impressions in him ; and his example kept others from taking any thing ill, or at least seeming to do so. In a word, a brighter courage, and a gentler disposition, were never married together to make the most cheerful and innocent conversation.
Page 14 - Tis written, indeed, of its suffering Saviour, that when He had tasted the vinegar mingled with gall, He would not drink. And did our new-come stranger begin to sip the cup of life : but, perceiving the bitterness, turn away its head, and refuse the draught ? Was this the cause, why the wary babe only opened its eyes : just looked on the light : and then withdrew into the more inviting regions of undisturbed repose?

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