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Proudly he boasts them to the heav'nly ray,
The next instance of the Hypotyposis, with which I shall present my Reader, is that of Dr THOMAS Burnet, in his Theory of the Earth upon the final conflagration. 56 When this ad* mirable Author,” says the Spe&tator t, “ has re“ viewed all that has past, or is to come, which “ relates to the habitable world, and rụn through “ the whole fate of it, how could a guardian “ angel, that had attended it through all its “ courses or changes, speak more emphatically " at the end of his charge, than does our Auuthor, when he makes as it were a funeral ora6. tion over this globe, looking to the place 66 where it once stood.”
“ Let us only, if you please, to take leave
of this subject, reflect upon this occasion on “the vanity and transient glory of this habita
* Watts's Works, Quarto edition, vol. iv. p. 610. + N° 146.
s ble world : how by the force of one element
breaking loose upon the rest, all the varieties “ of nature, all the works of art, all the laļ bours of men, are reduced to nothing. All " that we admired and adored before as great “ and magnificent, is obliterated or vanished; « and another form and face of things, plain,
simple, and every where the same, over, “ spreads the whole earth. Where are now the
great empires of the world, and their great
imperial 'cities? their pillars, trophies, and « monuments of glory? Shew me where they
ftood, read the inscription, tell me the vica " tor's name.
What reinains, what impres« sions, what difference or distinction, do you és fee in this mass of fire ? Rome itself, eter"nal Rome, the great city, the empress of the us world, whose domination or superstition, an, « cient and modern, make a great part of the
history of this earth, what is become of her & now? She laid her foundations deep, and her
palaces were strong and sumptuouş. Şbe glo“ rified herself as a queen, and said in her beart, I “ fit a queen, and fall see no forrow; but her “ hour is come, she is wiped away from the “ face of the earth, and buried in everlasting “ oblivion. But they are not cities only, and “ works of mens hands, but the everlasting “ hills, the mountains and rocks of the carth, “ are melted as wax before the sun, and their “ place is no where found. Here stood the “ Alps, the load of the earth, that covered
“ many countries, and reached their arms from " the Ocean to the Black-sea ; this huge mass « of stone is foftened and dissolved as a ten« der cloud into rain. Here stood the African « mountains, and Atlas with his top above the « clouds; there was frozen Caucasus, and Tauu rus, and Imaus, and the mountains of Asia; « and yonder, towards the north, ftood the Ri“ pbean hills, clothed in ice and snow: all these u are vanished, 'dropt away as the snow upon u their heads. Great and marvellous are thy a works; just and true are thy ways, thou King of faints! Hallelujah."
§ 3. Might I be permitted, without being thought too copious in the examples of the Hypolyposis, I would add the descriptions of a country Life, from those two excellent lyric Poets, Horace and CASIMIRE ; the first of whom defcribes the life of a country farmer; the other, that of a man of piety and leisure. I apprehend both the odes to be
beautiful in their kind; and with them I shall conclude the instances of the Hypotyposis, except what I may think proper to select from the sacred Writings.
« Happy the man who, freed from care, “ Such as our good forefathers were, « And from the curs'd anxiety 66 That haunts a life of usury, " With his own oxen shares the toil " In plowing his paternal foil :