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< the Sun. Such is, among others, Saturn, of “30,000 leagues diameter, and at the distance of “ 285,000,000 of leagues from the Sun. I say no

thing of the Moons which reflect on Planets re

mote from the Sun his light, and are not few in “number. Every one of you would have an idea “ of these truths, if he only turned his eyes in the

night towards the Heavens, and if he had not the “ ambition of believing that the Sun shines for his “ own Country only.” “Thus spake, to the great “ astonishment of his hearers, the pilot who had " steered a ship round the World, and observed “ the starry Heavens.”

“ It is equally true of GOD, continued the disciple of Confucius, as of the Sun: every man be“ lieves he possesses him exclusively, in his own

Chapel, or at least in his own Country. The Peo

ple of every Nation believe they have enclosed in " their temples Him whom the visible Universe “cannot contain. Is there, however, a Temple

once to be compared with that which GOD him“ self has reared for collecting all mankind into “one and the same communion? All temples in " the World are made only in imitation of that of “ Nature. We find in most of them lavers, holy< water-cisterns, columns, arches, lamps, statues,

inscriptions, books of the law, sacrifices, altars " and priests. But what Temple contains a cistern

so vast as the Ocean, which is not to be contracta: “ed to a shell? Where do we find columns so “ beautiful as the trees of the forest, or those of “ the orchard loaded with fruits? Where an arch 66

so lofty as the vault of Heaven, and a lamp so bright as the Sun? Where shall we behold statues

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“ so interesting as a multitude of human beings " who love each other, assist each other, talk one “ to another? Where inscriptions so intelligible, “and more religious than the bounties of Nature “ herself? A book of the Law so universal as the 6 love of GOD founded on a sense of gratitude, “and as the love of our fellow-creatures founded

on our own interest? What sacrifices more af. “ fecting than those of our praises to Him who “ has given us all things, and of our passions, for - the sake of those with whom we are bound to “ share all that we have? Where, finally, shall we “ look for an altar so sacred as the heart of the

good man, whose High-Priest is GOD himself?

Thus, the farther that man extends the power “ of Deity, the more nearly will he approach to the “ knowledge of Him; and the greater indulgence “ he shews to men, the more closely will he imitate "the Divine goodness. Let him therefore who "enjoys the light of GOD diffused over the whole

Universe, beware of despising the poor supersti“ tious creature, who perceives only a little ray

of “it in his idol; or even the Atheist who is totally “destitute of it, lest, as a punishment of his pride, " he should be made to partake of the fate of that " Philosopher, who, attempting to appropriate to “ himself the light of the Sun, became blind, and "felt himself reduced, in order to find his way, 80 employ the lamp of a Negro."

Thus spake the disciple of Confucius, and all the company in the Coffee-house who had been contending for the excellency of their several Religions, maintained a profound silence, .

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more truths than many volumes of History. I
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a Voyage to the Isle of France, published in 1773,
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