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Thou all the flying Pleasures dost restore,
Thou, to the kind successful Lover's Heart,
Fires : 'Tis the who lends my daring Fancy Wings, Soltens my Lyre, and tunes its warbling Strings.
Thou only to the guilty art severe, ,
Q. Who was lie that kept his Language and Rietigion pure at the Confusion of Babel?
A. Heber, the Father of Abraham ; who, when the rest of the World fell to Idolatry, relapsed not from the Truth, abhorring the Impiety of Nimrod and his Followers, who fought to raise their Tower to Heaven ; but could not effect it, being confounded with Diversities of Languages. fent among them, as Du Barlas faith.
Bring me, quoth he, a Trowel ; quickly, quick. One brings him up a Hammer. Hew this Brick, Another bids him : Then they cleave a Tree. Make fast this Rope ; and then they let it flee. One would have Nails ; and him a Spade they
give : Another asks a Saw, and gets a Sieve. One calls for Planks, another Mortar lacks ; They bring the first a Stone, the last an Ax. Thus crossly croft, they prate and rail in vain : What one hath made, the other spoil'd again. This made them leave their work, and, like mad
Fools, Scatter their Stuff, and tumble down their Tools.
Gen. xi. 7, 8, 9. Let us go down, and there confound their Language, that they may not underpand one another's Speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence, upon the Face of all the Earth: And they left off to build the City, there. fore is the Name of it called Babèl, because the Lord did there confound the Language of all the Earth.
Q. Were there no other Books mentioned in the Old Testament, but those we have now printed ?
A. Yes, there were Books of lddo and Gad, the Seers ; besides, Solomon wrote three thousand Parables, and five thousand Songs , with a Book of the Nature of all Herbs, Trees and Plants, from the Cedar to the Hyssop on the Wall : Samuel, also, wrote a Book of the Office and Infti. tution of a King : Besides these, there were Chronicles of the Kings of Judah and Israel; all which were supposed to be loft in the Babylonijh Captivity.
e. Why did Men live longer before the Flood than fince ? A. Before the Deluge the Planets were mot
glorioas in their Natures, and sent better Influences into human Bodies; there were not so ma-, ny Meteors, Comets, and Eclipses seen ; from which innumerable Defects and Diseases do proceed: The Earth was more fruitful, wholesome, and powerful in her Herbs, Plants, and Vegeta. bles, and their Effects and Virtues better known, which ever since the Flood, that wasted away her Fatness, have lost much of their Operation and Virtue, in these weak and sickly Seasons of our Times. Lastly, they were more continent in their Lives, more satisfied in their Desires, which, lnce Gluttory and her new Art of Cookety, have kill'd more than either the Plague, Fas mine, or Sword.
Happy is the Man that eats for Hunger, and drinks for Thirt; that lives according to Nature, and by Reason, not by Example; that provides for Use and Neceflity, and not for Oftentation and Superfluity. Sobriety is that which will se. cure you from all Diftempers, and make Life pleasant to you ; for the Harvest of Diseases doch arise from the Seeds of Intemperance. If Mankind would attend human Nature, without gaping after Superfluities, a Cook would be found as needless as a Soldier in Time of Peace. We may kave Necessaries upon very easy. Terms, whereas we put our selves to great Pains for Excess. We heap Dinners upon Suppers, and Suppers upon Dinners without Intermiffion. It costs us more. to be miserable, than would make us perfectly happy. Prov. xxiii, 20, 21. Be not amongs Wines Bibbers, amongf rictous Eaters of Flesh; for the Drunkard and the Glutton shall come to Poverty.
Q. Who was he that had the most honourable Burial of all Men?
A. Mofes ; buried by the very Hand of God himself, because he would have his Sepulchre alSogecher unknown to Man ; left with the Admin
ration of so great a Prophet, the Children of Ifrael should idolatrously go a Pilgrimage to his Tomb : Yet shortly after, from thence translated to Heaven, as appears from Jude 9. Michael, the Archangel, when contending with the Devil, be disputed about the Body of Mofes.
In what Place did the Ancients use to bury. their Dead?
A. Former Ages would not permit any Corpse to be buried within the Walls of their Cities : Thus we read that Abraham bought a Field, wherein to bury his Dead; and we find in the viith of Luke, that the Widow of Naim's Son was carried out to be buried : This we find to be used among the Atheniens, Corinthians, and others of the Grecians. Among the Romans, it was the Custom to burn the Bodies of their Dead within their Cities ; but in Time this Custom was prohibited, and their dead Bodies were firit burned in che Campus Martius, and then covered in fundry Places of the Field. The frequent Urns, or sepulchral Stones, digged. up amongst them in En. gland, are sufficient Testimonies of this Affertion;. besides, the chief Reason why the rich Men in Rome would not yield to a Law for dividing the Roman Possessions equally among the i'eople, was, because they thought it an irreligious thing, that the Monuments of their forefathers should be fold unto others. The first that is registered to have. been buried within the Walls was Trajanus the Emperor ; afterwards it was granted as an Honour to such as had deserved well of the publick; but afterwards, when the Cbriftian Religion prevail'd over Heathenism, Church-yards were consecrated, and the Liberty of burying within the Walls was alıke granted to all.
Q. In what Place are Strangers buried that travel to Jerusalem ? A. In Aceldema, or the Field of blood; a
Place of small Compass, the Earth whereof is of so eating a Nature, that the Carcase laid therein is. confum'd in the Space of forty-eight Hours. The same is reposted of St. Innocent's Church at Tanais.
Q. Wherein are the Bodies of the Rich and Poor alike?
A. In the Grave ; which made Diogenes, when searching in a Charnel-house, fay, that he could find no Difference between the Skull of King Philip, and that of another Man.
The PROUD Man's DREAM.
Dreamt that bury'd with my Fellow-Clay, I
Close by a common Beggar's Side I lay ; And as so mean an Object shock'd my Pride, Thus, like a Corp'e of Consequence, I cry'd, “ Scoundrel, be gone, and henceforth touch me
not, C More Manners learn, and at a Distance rot.” “ How ! Scoundrel, " with a haughtier Tone
cry'd he, Proud Lump of Earth, I scorn thy Words, and
5. Here all are equal, now thy Case is mine,
Q. Who is the swiftest Runner, and greedieft Devourer of all others ?
A. Death; for he rides, with them that ride ; goes a Foot, with them that go on foot; swims, with them that swim ; wars, with them that war: He eats up the Eaters, and drinks up the Drinkers, as the Poet writes.