Astrological prayers seem to me to be built on as good reason as the predictions.
Each shell, each drawling insect, holds a rank
Important in the plan of Him who fram'd
This scale of beings; holds a rack which, lost
Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap
Which Nature's self would rue.
Sincerity and honesty carry one through many difficulties which all the arts he can invent would never help him through.
Prayer among men is supposed a means to change the person to whom we pray; but prayer to God doth not change him, but fits us to receive the things prayed for.
Philosophers and common heathen believed one God, to whom all things were referred; but under this God they worshipped many inferior and subservient gods.
Error is but the shadow of the truth.
See how the skilful lover spreads his toils.
Nothing enlarges the gulf of atheism more than the wide passage that lies between the faith and lives of men pretending to teach Christianity.
Peace and wickedness are far asunder.
A story should, to please, at least seem true,
Be apropos, well told, concise, and new:
And whenso'er it deviates from these rules,
The wise will sleep, and leave applause to fools.
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