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THE

UNIVERSE;

A Philosophical

P O E M;

Intended to restrain the Pride of Man,

AND TO EXALT THE

WISDOM AND GOODNESS OF THE

CREATOR.

Rex Jupiter omnibus idem. Virg.

By HENRY BAKER, F.R.S.F.S. A.

With additions and explanatory Notes,

By A. CROCKER.

TAUNTON:

Printed and Sold by J. POOLE; Sold also by the principal

Booksellers.

1808.

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THE

EDITOR TO THE READER.

THE Poem, entitled “ The UNIVERSE", attracted peculiar attention from the Editor of the present edition of it, in early life. It gave him his first idea of the magnificence of the works of Crea. tion :

It suggested to him a regular and solemn apprehension of a Being who must necessarily be possessed of powers, infinitely superior to those of man. The productions and economy of Nature, of that mighty machinery, conceived and directed by consummate wisdom, and applied by infinite power, and with aptitudes and advantages altogether so subtile and astonishing, excited his admiration : and the evidently providential and beneficent designations of all that he saw, equally called forth his

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