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A NEW TRANSLATION, AND A MEMOIR OF HIS LIFE,
BY THE REV. EDWARD CRAIG, A. M. OXON.
MEMBER OF THE WERNERIAN SOCIETY.
TO WHICH ARE ADDED
INTRODUCTORY AND OTHER NOTICES.
First American edition.
PUBLISHED BY J. S. AND C. ADAMS,
X1. The character of a Man who is wearied with
The name of Pascal is associated with all that is splendid and illustrious in the highest order of genius. The brilliant movements of his mind in the days of his childhood and youth, have no parallel, except in the extraordinary precosity of such remarkable personages as Crichton and Chatterton. But his claim to our admiration does not rest upon his genius. It rests upon that sublime devotion, which consecrated to the Infinite Mind, all the capacities and glories of that genius. No Christian can peruse the “ Thoughts” which follow, without being constantly reminded, that the great doctrines of universal depravity and redemption by the blood of Christ, circulated their vital influences thorough every vein of the writer's contemplations and emotions. His “ Prayer for a sanctified use of affliction by disease," presents a soul arrayed in the vesture of a Saviour's righteousness. No chapter in the life of any uninspired man, can furnish a brighter and purer illustration of the “ beauty of holiness.”
The original manuscripts of Pascal's Thoughts, are still preserved in the Royal Library of Paris.—In 1670, the M, M. de Port Royal published an edition, in which they attempted a classification and arrangement of the confused fragments, which Pascal had collected for a great work, in vindication of Christianity. More than a century afterwards, Condorcet, a companion of D'Alembert and Voltaire, published an edition, which, although superior in the arrangement, was exceedingly imperfect and disreputable. Not contented with suppressing a part of the thoughts, and with corrupting the text, he prefixed a hypocritical eulogy on the illustrious author,-inserted an essay on Pascal's argument for a future state-commonly