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after clap or sting, equals, or rather over ballances the pleasing sensations even in this life ; the pleasure momentary, remorse long and tedious ; fo that according to the golden rule, which is never to regret or disturb one's self for what is pait, or what is not arrived ; but grasp, gripe, and scramble for what is substantial, which is what can be felt, that is the present ; this is substantial philosophy, and which cannot be enjoyed with impunity, without first secluding the spiritual part that beats at the door of the heart, by which spiritual philosophy you are at all times, if the body is in good plight, ready, alert, brisk, lively, nimble, and upon the watch as a cat to spring on your prey, of what kind is not material, the senses are your guide where ever the inclination points, obedience is at command ; our cloth it was thought adviseable should take the fair sex under our immediate cuition; they have made a surprizing progress; our bright day has displayed its rays on their quick conceptions with great refulgence, so that they rival their fond mates, and give grace with gratification to our enamoured wishes we enjoy, whilst they make large strides in the new philosophy, whose theme is pleasure and gratification, our true devotion: this string tickles the cockles of my heart; souls we have none, like phantoms they disappear before the brightness of our wisdom. O! thrice happy enlightened age.
Hoft. I am told they copy Sodom and Gomorrah in feafting on unnatural luft; that you have brothels or stews for sodomy or male gal
lantry; lantry; these sparks of the higher rank term this nice of their new philosophy, refinement on the passion, and quintessence of the touch. It is not a new philosophy. I will though an illiterate Swiss, hold up to the world your diabolical philosophy to scorn, and that it has ever been exploded even from the time of our father Abraham. In the the 19th chapter of Genesis you will find perhaps your original.
" There came two angels to Sodom at even, and Lot fat in the gate of Sodom, and seeing them rofe up to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face towards the ground, and said, my lords turn in 1 prey you, into your servants house, and lodge to-night; and he pressed on them greatly, and they went in with him. But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, encompassed the house, both old and young, all the people from every quarter; and they called unto Lot, and faid, where are the men which came to thee this night, bring them out to us that we may know them; (a common phrase in scripture to lie with another) and Lot said, I pray you brethren, do not so wickedly; I have two daughters which have not known man; let me I pray you bring them out unto you, and do you to them as is good in your eyes; only to these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shaddow of my roof. But they said, stand back, and they said again, this one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge; now will we deal worse with thée than with them ; and they pressed sorë upon Lot, and came near
to break the door; but the men put forth thes - hands, and pulled Lot into the house and shut
the door; and they smote the men with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves to find the door."
We will now see the end of your new philofophy: as soon as Lot and his daughters was fafe, then the Lord rained upon Sodom and "upon Gomorrah, brimstone and fire; and he overthrew those cities, and that that grew upon the ground, as a pledge to pofterity. Your original monument bears testimony at this day to the wickedness of your society; the ground on which this unnatural and filthy, which you term enlightened philosophy, was perpetrated, is a lake or puddle of stench ; it is unfathomable to dive to the bottom, how far the creature, throwing off his duty to his creator, and the respect he owes his own fuperior nature, is capable; of these even the above is a standing monitor; therefore I advise you take warning, reverend doctor, and in future inculcare both to yourself and others, your double duty ; pray who is the happy, the good man, or monster? a man that will not acknowledge his God, is not worthy to be permitted among beasts.
Luther. Nincompoop, you degrade the philosopher's stone, that turns all things into gold; don't you observe the golden rule which has raised the fabric of our philosophy, which has given the glorious title to this our age, “The enlightened age, 0 brilliant, О jewel of inestimable value, when shall I be in full and quiet poffeffion, and me and no other, drowned in
your charms? The great and fupreme Father, Dictator and Legislator, of our enlightened ages the most supernal, glorious, herculean and heroic Voltaire, after fettling his kingdom of light, and swelling every space, during the course of fourscore years with new acts of heroism, far outstripping all of the celestial community, on the eve of his departure outsept himself. A legacy he thought fit in his great wisdom to leave his fons and daughters for their guide, and an example to all future ages, that contemplating this supreme act that sealed the life of that prodigy, they may in the fullness of will sit down with that great man and partake of the most delicious, favoury, rich, strong banquet, filling the conception with the odour of lovereign delight. O great champion of light, who knowing no other but yourself, was worthy of yourself, fed upon yourself; this great act publishes to the world Volcaire lived and died Voltaire : for, dear brethren, when the hour approached thr he should lose his wind, while one arm grappled with the parting breath, the other's extafy of delight was busy in the closestool pan, feasting himself as heartily and with that keen appetite he at times enjoyed. He knew the world was not worthy to possess the least particle of his exquisite excellency. So be it. I have laid before ye an example of greatness; go and do so, and leave me to enjoy a nap
itit, In Moses's apartments, Mofes, Boy, and the two
Mofes. Welcome, my young friend, this meeting is truly cordial, as we shall now consider some parts in our last that have impressed my mind, I mean the different passages, of scripture relating to the divinity of the Messiah.
Boy. The divinity of the Meffiah is declared throughout the scriptures, beginning with the first of Genesis and finishing with the end of your prophets.
Moses. I. confess the mystery staggers and greatly oppreffes my spirits; my whole life has been anxiously desirous of knowledge and searching out truth; but never found myself plunged in the maze of difficulties and labyrinths of impenetrable depihs, which are unsearchable and past finding out.
Boy. 1 he grace of the Almighty alone can remove your darkness and place you in his presence, when the scriptures will unfold themselves, dark passages and seeming contrarieties will bear one pleasing aspect of coincidence and argument.
Mofes. The old covenant inculcated one God; but no distinction of persons. Your's agree with us in the unity of substance, that is, one God, in three persons: here lies the stone of contention, the rock of offence.
Boy. This is the rock of offence spoken of by the Royal Prophet, whom Israel reveres and honours, in his 118th Pfalm. The stone which