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friend exclaim: “ thrice happy period, " which will more, infinitely more than " atone for the forrows suffered by the "righteous, from the many mournful “ scenes that preceded !
“ Nor is this all,"continues he. “ The « Power who commanded the universe “ from chaos, can still make darknefs light, “ and touch discord into harmony. From “ the mass of public confusion, and na“ tional depravity, he can, if it please him, “ call forth particular spirits of a tran“ scendent stamp, who shall, under his “ influence, be able in a great measure to “ remedy this depravity, and turn that « confusion into the unexpected means of « higher order, and of furer quiet, Nay, « it is possible, that one noble, one glorious « sentiment, impressed by Him on some “ single mind, or what shall we say? «__ peradventure some little, and at the « moment seemingly insignificant, circum. “ stance, unconnected with the counsels of
ti men, and appointed by Providence to * show their insufficiency, may become in tits consequences the source of joy to ei millions. If reconciliation from whatis ever caufe takes place, if union is re« established, it just subordination and virW tuous fecurity shall yet concur to crown se our wishess where is the friend of Bri" tain, or the lover of humanity, that would is not rejoice! But if the Unerring Arbiter K has otherwise determined, if the worst “ evils foreboded by the most apprehensive “minds thould fall upon a guilty land,
then indeed the case would be de“plorable: yet even then it would not, “ to the truly' pious, be desperate. It shall a till be well with him who is reconciled “ to God, to the Family of God, and to « the everlasting laws of his Government. «i'Whatever loses this man might sustain “ in the general wreck, he would have no "reason to think himself forlorn : the pity “ of the good would still attend him : «i there are ftill resources for the diligent,
" the prudent, and the virtuous: the peace " that passeth all understanding would re'« main to console and support him: his “ grand fake, his immortal interest, and " that of all the just, are secure: the « Empire of his Father and his God can “ never be moved or endangered: the Lord “ reigneth; let the earth be glad; let the “ multitude of the isles shout for joy “ and, oh my heart !" will he cry," jet us. “join in the holy transport."
Say not, ye men of the world, that these are the idle speculations, the visionary prospects, of enthusiasts alienated from society, and unacquainted with its conLerns, or carelefs of its welfare. No: these are solid ideas, founded in truth, agreeable to common sense, consistent with the soundeft philofophy; ideas that have times innumerable cheered and elevated the most reflecting, the best informed, and the most liberal spirits of all generations, in contemplating scenes of diftress and
uncertainty, as they immediately affected themselves, or as they involved that Public" about whose prosperity they never were indifferent; I will add, ideas of no less consequence than the glory and happiness of man, large as the Universe itself, and leading up in a direct line to the throne of the Eternal. It is only the ignorant or the insensible, the vicious or the prejudiced, who cannot enjoy such ideas : we sincerely pity them, as strangers to that fyftem which can alone inspire a rational and unfailing fortitude, or lay the foundation of an Impregnable Tranquil. lity, when the face of Affairs is unpropitious.
Nor will this part of the argument for Early Piety appear less forcible, if we proceed, in the next place, to survey the present condition of our Morais. Suppose, that after delineating the manners and principles of the Times, particularly the visible decay of public spirit, the unbounded
luxury of the great, and their insatiable appetite for riches, as neceffary to supply. it, the rage of pleasure among all ranks, the idlenefs, pride, and diffipation of perfons who yet retain some decency, and, as the chief spring of thefe evils, a growing disregard to the spirit and practice of de- : votion---suppose, I say, that, after thus delineating the most characteristic features of this country at this day, we thould be induced to conclude its power in danger: of being undermined, and its constitution of being diffolved, unless an extraordinary change is wrought on its principles and manners; are there not numbers, who would treat the whole as common cant, or at best as a kind of language which, however it may, impose, on the gloomy or contracted, can make little impresion on such as think freely. Nevertheless, Gentlemen, the substance of the deseription, as well as the inference, would be borrowed from one of the moft candid and discerning historians, of antiquity. It is
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