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That, chang'd thro' all, and yet in all the same; Great in the earth, as in th’æthereal frame; 270
NOTES. a line that overturns all Spi- of St Paul ; but, if that nozism from it's very foun- will not satisfy the men he dations.
writes against, the philofoBut this sublime descrip.phy likewise of Sir Ifaac tion of the Godhead con- Newton. tains not only the divinity
The poet says,
parts of one stupendous whole,
The Philosopher :- In ipfo deftituitur.-Omnia regit & continentur & moventur uni- omnia cognofcit.--Cum unaversa, sed absque mutua paf- quæque Spatii particula fit fione. Deus nihil patitur ex semper, & unumquodque Ducorporum motibus ; illa nul- rationis indivisibile momenlam fentiunt refiftentiam ex tum, ubique, certe rerum omomnipræfentia Dei.-Corpo- nium Fabricator ac Dominus re omni & figura corporea non erit nunquam, nusquam.
Mr Pope :
Breathes in our foul, informs our mortal part,
As full, as perfect, in vile Man that mourns,
Warms in the fun, refreshes in the breeze,
NOTES. Sir Isaac Newton: Annon overthrow all he has been ex phænomenis conftat elle advancing throughout the entem incorporeum, viven- body of it: For Spinozism tem, intelligenten, omnipre- is the destruction of an Unifentem, qui in fpatio infinito, verse, wbere every thing tanquam senforio fuo, res ip- tends, by a foreseen contrisas intime cernat, penitusque vance in all it's parts, to the perspiciat, totaque intra fe perfection of the whole Bat præfens præfentes compleeta- allow him to employ the tur.
passage in the sense of St But now admitting, for | Paul, That we and all creaargument's fake, there was tures live, and move, and an ambiguity in these ex. have our being in God; and pressions, fo great, as that then it will be seen to be a Spinozist might employ the most logical support of them to express his own par- all that had preceded. For ticular principles ; and such the poet having, as we say, a thing might well be, be- laboured through his epiftle cause the Spinozists, in or- to prove, that every thing der to hide the impiety of in the Universe tends, by a their principle, are used to foreseen contrivance, and a express the Omnipresence of present direction of all it's God in terms that any reli parts, to the perfection of gious Theist might employ. the whole; it might be obIn this case, I say, how are jected, that such a dispofiwe to judge of the poet's tion of things implying in meaning ? Surely by the God a painful, operose, and whole tenor of his argu-inconceivable extent of Pro: ment. Now take the words vidence, it could not be supin the sense of the Spino- posed that such care extendzists, and he is made, in the ed to all, but was confined conclusion of his epistle, to I to the inore noble parts of
Lives thro' all life, extends thro' all extent,
X. Cease then, nor ORDER Imperfection name:
Reason, to think of God when she pretends,
NOTES. the creation. This grofs fort of Substance, and in econception of the Firit Cause very inftant of Being. the poet exposes, by shew
Ver. 278. As the rapt ing that God is equally and Seraph, &c.] Alluding to intimately present to every the name Seraphim, fignifyparticle of Matter, to every | ing burners.
All Nature is but Art, unknown to thee;
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