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A brief Account of the certain and established
of our Existence.
IN FOUR BOOKS.
1. Of PRUDENCE.
A N É W EDITI:0: N.
By J. B. Master of an ACADEMY at
Qui se ipse norit, intelliget fe habere aliquid Divinum, femperque
and T. CADELL, in The Strand.
different states; an embodied; and a fpiritual; a mortal life on earthi, and an immortal hereafter; it was to be expected, that there should be certain peculiar requisites for the dignity of each of the two different states respectively : and that, at the same time, there should be such an analogy between that part of the human existence, which was to be before death, and that which was to be after it, as should be suitable to different parts of the same scheme ; so that the latter should appear to be the sequel of the former, making in the whole the complete exiftence of the creature, beginning with the enVol. II.
trance into this mortal life ; but knowing no end.
In the two parts of the dignity of human nacure, which we have already considered, to wit, Prudence and Knowledge, it is evident, that the immediate view is to the improvement and embellishment of life, and for diffusing happiness through society ; at the same time that many, if not the greatest part, of the directions given for the conduct of life, and of the understanding, are likewise useful with a view to the future and immortal state. And indeed there is nothing truly worthy of our attention, which dces not some way stand connected with futurity.
The cwo parts of the subject, which still re. main, I mean, .of Morals, and Revealed religion, do: most..immediately and directly tend to pre. pare uş-for:a. future state; but, at the same time, are highly.necessary to be studied and attended
if we mean to establish the happiness even of this present níortal life upon a sure and folid foundation. But every one of the four, and every 'considerable particular in each of them, is absolutely necessary for raising our nature to that perfection and happiness, for which it is intended.
The dignity of human nature will in the two following books appear more illustrious than the preceding part of this work represents it. So that the subject rises in its importance, and demands a higher regard. Might" the abilities of