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state of things, are absolutely necessary to produce a conduct worthy of a rational creature, distinguished by a vastness of capacity, which no assemblage of earthly good can satisfy, and by a principle and preintimation of immortality.
At a time when hypothesis and conjecture in philosophy are so justly exploded, and little is considered as deserving the name of knowledge, which will not stand the test of experiment, the very use of the term experimental in religious concernments, is by too many unhappily rejected with disgust. But we well know, that they, who affect to despise the inward feelings which religious persons speak of, and to treat them as enthusiasm and folly, have inward feelings of their own, which, though they would, they cannot suppress. We have been too long in the secret ourselves, to account the proud, the ambitious, or the voluptuous happy. We must lose the remembrance of what we once were, before we can believe that a man is satisfied with himself, merely because he endeavours to appear so. A smile upon the face is often but a mask worn occasionally, and in company, to prevent, if possible a suspicion of what at the same time is passing in the heart. We know that there are people who seldom smile when they are alone, who therefore are glad to hide themselves in a throng from the violence of their own reflections, and who, while by their looks and their language they wish to persuade us they are happy, would be glad to change their conditions with a dog. But in defiance of all their efforts, they continue to think, forebode and tremble. This we know, for it has been our own state, and therefore we know how to commiserate it in others. -From this state the Bible relieved us : when we were led to read it with attention, we found ourselves described. We learnt the causes of our inquietude-we were directed to a method of reliefwe tried, and we were not disappointed.
Deus nobis hæc otia fecit. We were now certain, that the Gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. It has reconciled us to God and to ourselves, to our duty and our situation. It is the balm and cordial of the present life, and a sovereign antidote against the fear of death.
Sed hactenus hæc. Some smaller pieces upon less important subjects close the volume. Not one of them, I believe, was written with a view to publication, but I was unwilling they should be omitted,
Charles Square, Hoxton,
February 18, 1782.
Page The Moralizer Corrected, a Tale,
380 The Faithful Bird,
382 The Needless Alarm, a Tale,
383 Boadicea, an Ode,
388 On the Receipt of my Mother's Picture,
394 The Enchantment Dissolved,
400 Light Shining out of Darkness,
402 Stanzas subjoined to the Bill of Mortality, 1787, 403 The same for 1788,
405 The same for 1789,
406 The same for 1790,
407 The same for 1792,
409 The same for 1793,
410 Inscription for the Tomb of Mr. Hamilton,. 412 Epitaph on a Hare,
412 Epitaphium Alterum,.
414 Cowper's Treatment of his Hares,