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bottom of the ocean, are known to feel the weight of her influence. Thofe who ileep in the fields, or in any place expofed to the open a.r, by moon-light, find their heads opprefled with water, and their fcofes inert and heavy ; and butcher's meat hung up, and expofed to the moon-light, will foon putrefy. The gardenei alio brings us abundant tellimonies of the influence of the moon upon the vegetable world. If peafe are iowii in the increafe of the moon, they never ceale blooming ; and, if fruits and herbs are fet, m the wane, experience lhewsthey are neither fb rich in flavour, nor fo ltrong and healthy, as when planted during her increale; lo vines, becaufe they lhould not l'pread too fait, are ulually pruned In the wane. It is alio remarkable that a pomegranate will live only as many years as the moon was days oid when it was planted ; and, in planting lhrubs, or the like, if they are toihoot up ftraight and tall, and to take little root, they are let when the moon is in an airy lign and iiicreafijag in light. but contrar. .vife when they are to take deep root, and to ilrike downwards. .And thus we may obferve flowers that are under the moon's influence only open then' blofloms in the night; whilit thofe which are peculiarly under the government of the fun open every morning when he begins to rile, and dole in the evening when he links below t.ie horizon. Thele effects and influences of the moon are 1b common, and fo generally known, that it were almolt needlefs to repeat them here, but for the purpole of drawing this conelulion, that, as one planet has a known and forcible action upon Sublunary things, it Is natural to believe thaf all the others are endued in feme degree with a f.milar force and virtue. Indeed moll phyficians know that the planet Saturn rules all cl:macftrical years, as the bun doth critical days, and the Moon the crhis of all acute dileafes; and that every feventh year Saturn comes to the lquare or oppoiition of his place in the radix of every man's nativity; and that, after the revolution of the fun, he becomes the chief ruler of critical days, and is often obferved, by bis configurations with the moon, to fet aiide the fatal crilis of thofe defperate dllbrders, over which the patient w as not expeCted to live. From thefe phyiical reafons, we may fafely conclude that Saturn is by nature cold and melancholy, as the Sun is hot and cheerful; and, being thus oppofite to the iun in quality and eftett, lo is he in relation to the lign? and maniions of the heavens where he bears rule, and therefore inclines always to cold, as the fun does to heat. Hence It follows, that when the fun is in Aquaries, which is the proper fig» of Saturn, and op-polite to his own lign Leo, the weather inclines more to cold than to heat; and, at every conjunction, lquare, or oppoiition, of Saturn with the two great luminaries, we always find the weather cold, moift, and lowering, even in the midft of the lummer, unlefs the rays of Jupiter or Mars mter-pofe, in w hich cafe thefe effects are 1buiewhat lels viiible. Thus, we No. z. E may may prefotond to affirm, that the influences of the fun, moon, and planets, are eftabhihed bevond contradiftion.

But, befide?. thefe ilgi: :.o: itics of the fun, moon, and planets, the fixed flats have alio their pr'mcipcduies :n the heavens. The Lord who gt&p the fun for a-light by .lav, 'gave the ordhianca of the moon and liars alio for a light by night ; and to thefe liars hath he committed a certain ruk% ordinance, or domwJov, * mer the day and night, and that promiicuoullv Now the liars have :io vifible operation upon us, bciides that little bght they ndmiuifter to our eyes in a dark and clear night; and that is lb very final], that all the liars in heaven, b elides the iun and moon, are not to be compared, in this refpect, w;th thelimliell wax-light; and this little light too is only to be had when the nights are ferene and unclouded. Can it then be fuppofed that God made thele glorious bodies, many of which are bigger than the whole earth, and trove in their orbs as fo many other worlds in the heavens, merely for a twinkle in the night, and that only when the weather permits? Lo ! every little daily that grows upon the cold ground has a fecret and iufeniible virtue wrapt in its leaves and flowers; and have thefe celcltial bodies no irfincnces but what we now and then «catch wich our eyes, as they occafionaliy fparkle their dim glances upon us? Yes, they have cach o' them a fecrct power and virtue, wberewi,h they ad upon all earthly things, as well by day as by night, and in cloudy as well af- in clear weather. But, as their operations are not performed by fenfible and palpable means, it follows that they have a ferret and hidden way of rule, whereby the niluences -are imperceptibly infuled into every concern of this life. And, as have the fears, lb alio have the iuu and moon, a fecrct and imperceptible afrtion, peculiar tc themfelves; for it is not the mere heat that gives life, nor the mere moifuire that fuftains ii ; for, if that were the cafe, then might man make living creatures art ificially. It is true that heat may hatch the eggs, but all the ingenuity of man cannot make an egg that can be hatched; for there is a fecrec operation of the fun and moon, independent of heat and nmiilure, necelfary to the production of life, both in vegetive and lenfitive arimals. And in thefe fecrct and infenfible operations, befides the light that they give, confiih. that rule which the fun, moon, and liars, were ordained to cxercile over all the ions of day and night; and herein are written all thofe ordinancei tof the moon and liars, which are to be a law unto mankind, and to the whole bodv cf nature, fo long as the world endures. Thus the ftars have their natural influences, aiiigncd to them iu the frame of nature from the beginning of the world; and thefe influences are diifufed upon all earthly tilings, as far as day and night extend their limits. And this God

* See Je-emiah xxxi. 3?. anJ Gen. i. 18. Jeremiah xxxi. 35, 3S.


himfelf confirms, whew he fa\s to Job, " Canil thou bind the fwect influences if Pleiades, or loof- the banch of Orion?—Can-it thou forth Mazxaroth in hisfcajln; or canlt thou guide Ardurus with his ions'1* Whence it is < v ident tfjat the ihirs called the Pleiades ha\ c their ordinances, that it», their fivcct iajluencii, which no power of man is able to reitram. And the ftars of Orlop have their ordinandi> and binding faculty, by ihoweft in iuimier, and froil in winter, bringing luch an hard and tough coat of armour upon the ground, as all the contrivances of man are n >t able to prevent. Tkii* Alazzaroth, and Ardurus with his ions, f have alio their ordinances, and the whole hoit of heaven have their courfe, by which the purpofes of God, and all tiie events of this lire, are unifounly brought to pais.

To this purpofe it is laid, bv Deborah the prophetefs, That the /Jars of heaven fought in the it courfes again i Sifaa,\ not by i'word or fpeai, nor by thunder and lightning; but b\ thole fatal and malevolent iiflwnces, wherewith Sifera and his hoit were marked from their cradle, and drawn together!)) the operations o i time and chance, to partake in one common deitrudion iii the fame day. And to this etied the Almighty difcourics with Job, concerning the treafures of the 'how and hai!, which he has hid agmnjl the time of trouble, and the day of war and battle. § Now v/hat can we luppofe the meaning of this hiding to be, but the order of thole meteors, ib curioufly lodged within the arms of the ftars, and withheld by their influences, that they may fall by due courie of nature, at liich exatl periods, as to effect the punilhment of the wicked, and of God's declared enemies, lurch as was Silera, at the precile time when their abomination« call foith the judgments of an injured and incenfed Deity? And after th>. fame manner the light and heat, the wind and raia, the thunder and lightning, the Soft and dew, are all of them io admirably contrived m the pofition of the heavens, that they come to pafs in their due and appointed feafons, and make the grafs to grow even in the ivildernf/s, where m man dwells. || Now it mull be obvious to the meaneft underitandin^, that, if thefe things were regulated by a virtue immediately ifluing froin the bofom of the Dcitv, then would the lisjht and heat, the wind and

rain, and all the reit of them, fall only wiiere men and bealts dwell, who may fee ami enjoy the bleifmgs of them, and adore and glorify Him who lends them; but, iince they fall equally where neither man nor living1 creature is to be found, it follows, that they fall by virtue oi means, and that in a continued courie, wherever thofe means lead them, making the

* J.)b xxxvri. 31,32, 33. + See Ai^ol. Aftr. ante Ephem. ,:b. ii. cap. 3. SluUie tcmpeibjciie turn Orion, Arfturus.&o» p.'uriofc nci»dcs. X Judg« v," 20. 5 Jot. xxxviii. 23, 34,15,&c, •J Tob xxxvni. 26, 27.

earth earth fertile and productive where eaters are not to be found as well as-where they are.

Thus far both Scripture and Ueafoa unite, in confirming our belief of the fiarry influence ; but, thertf are lb many other proofs of t, in the ordinary productions of nature, that it would be hi rhlv unpardonable were I to pafs them over irr iilence. The loadltone fa.fi us one very itriking example, by its attractive and expulfive faculty, and by the magnetic virtue it has a power of communicating to other dillinct bodies. Thus we Jee a needle, only touched with the loidftone, and placed in the eompafs, will conilantly point; towards the north pole, and, though it be ever io far di/tant, cr though rocks and mountains, or even the earth's body, intervene, yet it retains this diredtive property i'ti fo extraordinary a degree, that it Will continue precilely ir. the lame diredtion, unlefs violence be •uied to prevent it; and, even after it has been removed by force, t will of itielf return to its former lituation, without the Icait fenfible difference-t *

The properties of the loadftone in many other refpedts are fo very nex-plicable, that the experiments of our moft celebrated modern mathematician? have not been able to afford us a iatisfadtory definition of them.. This however is certain, that t could not poffiblv imbibe thefe miraculous properties without the aid of lome celeftial matter, which is communicated to it by the influence of the pole-ftar, or lbme other of the heavenly bodies within the polar circles, from whence h is manifeft the loadftone receives thele lecret and admirable qualities. Another aito-niihiu.T effedt of this influence may be obferved m th^ natural production of life and motion; how ii ftarts up and grows, and continues in the lap of heat and moifcure, pronortionably conjoined, and perfedt in all its parts, beyond the utmoft of our comprehcnficn whence it comes, or which way it i° maintained, unlefs by the operation of this fecret and m-viiible mfluencc. And, if this be denied, I would w;fh to afk, Whence the rofe, furrounded by ill-icented weeds and thirties, derives its fragrant fmellr or how the plantane, by the path-way fide, acquires ;ts admirable virtue of healing fores? or which way the lily, fhmding up to its middle tn mud and mire, receives ;ts coat of many colours, fo beautifully wrought, as many times we fte it is? or how a grain of wheat, thrown info the cold earth, putrifies and dies,* and then itarts up nto new life, and multiplies into an ear of thirty or forty grains for one? Or tettme how the matter in an egg, by the fitting of the hen, is in a few weeks animated,, and converted into a chicken, that will eat, and walk, and chirp, the moment 't emerges from the ihell? or by what means the feed in the womb, without any art, or ikiSi or knowledge, of the mother, coagulates, and


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