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LXIII. Obfervations upon these several instances

of right reason in the heathen world. Modes of
reasoning, by which natural religion might deduce
the probability of a future state of rewards and
punishments. Confufion of systems in the philo-
sophy of the heathens. Of the peculiar nation of
the Jews; their character, history, government,

36 LXIV. Reasons offered a priori for the necessity of

a mediator. The appearance of Christ on earth accompanied with such evidences as put it out of doubt that he was the true Meffias. Arguments of David Levi, in a pamphlet lately published, for: the non-accordance of the evangelical genealogies examined. The gospel account of the birth of Christ vindicated

46 LXV. Argument of David Levi for the superia

ority of the iniracles wrought by Moses over those, which the evangelists record of Christ. His cavils against two particular miracles of Christ examined and opposed

56 LXVI. Further defence of the miracles objected to

by David Levi; his charge of contradi&tion against the evangelical historians answered, and his further attempts for finking the character of Christ below that of Moses fairly considered. The whole argument recapitulated, summed up and concluded

68 LXVII. The origin and progress of poetry 79

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LXVIII. On natural and acquired taste. Virgil's

Æneid confidered. A paffage compared with one in Claudian. Ben Jonfon's opinion of Shakespear. The situation of a more modern poet defcribed

90 LXIX. A delineation of Shakespear's characters of

Macbeth and Richard. A parallel between him

and Æschylus LXX. The subject continued LXXI. Further continuation

123 LXXII. Conclufion of the subject

133 LXXIII. Remarks upon the characters of Falstaff

144 LXXIV. Ben Jonson's imitations of Philostratus

compared with the original passages. His fatirical glances at Shakespear instanced. His 'hags in the masque of the Queens compared with Shakespear's Witches in Macbeth

156 LXXV. Review of Ben Jonson’s comedy of the Fox

166 LXXVI. Review of the Samson Agonistes. The

criticisms of Dr. Samuel.Johnson upon that drama examined and opposed

176 LXXVII. Comparative review of Rowe's Fair

Penitent with the Fatal Dowry of Maffinger 188 LXXVIII. The same continued

198 LXXIX. Conclusion of the review LXXX. Remarks upon Congreve's comedy of the Double Dealer

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LXXXI

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OBSERV E R.

No. LIX.

Omnes eodem cogimur ; omnium
Verfatur urna serius ocius
Sors exitura.

HORAT. CARM.

All to the same laft home are bound;
Time's never-weary wheel runs round;
And life at longest or at shortest date
Snaps like a thread betwixt the shears of Fate.

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REMEMBER to have been told of a

certain humourist, who set up a very singular doctrine upon the subject of death, afferting that he had discovered it to be not a neceffary and inevitable event, but an act of choice and volition; he maintained that he had certain powers and resources within VOL. III.

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himself fufficient to support him in his resolution of holding out against the summons of death, till he became weary of life; and he pledged himself to his friends, that he would in his own person give experimental proof of his hypothesis.

What particular address death made use of, when this ingenious gentleman was prevailed upon to step out of the world, I cannot take upon myfelf to say ; but certain it is, that in some weak moment he was overpersuaded to lay his head calmly on the pillow and surrender up his breath.

Though an event, fo contrary to the promise he had given, must have been a ftaggering circumstance to many, who were interested in the success of his experiment, yet I see good reason to suspect that his hypothesis is not totally discredited, and that he has yet fome surviving disciples, who are acting such a part in this world as nobody would act but upon a strong presumption, that they fhall not be compelled to go out of it and enter upon another.

Mortality, it must be owned, hath means of providing for the event of death, though none have yet been discovered of preventing

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