The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings

The Practical Works; With a Life of the Author, and a Critical Examination of His Writings : In Twenty-Three Volumes Volume 18

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1830 edition. Excerpt: ...laid; so deep, that free-will hath no power against it. As before I-' said, that the body of man is such a thing, that could we see through the skin-(as men may look through a glass hive upon the bees) and see all the parts and motion, the filth and exerciments, that are in it, the soul would hardly be willing to actuate, love, and cherish such a mass of unclean matter, and to dwell in' such a loathsome place, unless God had necessitated it by nature (deeper than reason or sense) to such a love and such a labour, by the pandas or spring of inclination; even as the cow would not else lick the unclean calf, nor women themselves be at so' much labour and trouble with their children, while there is little of them to be pleasing, but uncleanness, and crying, and helpless irnpatiency, to make them wearisome, had not necessitating in clination done more hereto than any other sense or reason; even so I now say of the pleasure of living, that the sorrows are so much greater to multitudes than the sensible delight, that life would not ber so commonly chosen and endured under so much trouble, were not men determined thereto by natural necessitat_ing inclination; (or deterred from death by the fears of misery to the separated soul;) and yet all this kept not some, counted the best and wisest of the heathens, from taking it for the valour and wisdom of a man to make away his life in time of extremity, and from making this the great answer to them that grudge at God for making their lives so miserable, 'If the misei-y be greater than the good of life, why dost thou not end it? Thou mayest do that when thou wilt.' Our meat and drink is pleasant to the healthful, but it costeth poor men so much toil, and labour, and care, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 234 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 426g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236826795
  • 9781236826794