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NIGHT THOUGHTS

ON

LIFE, DEATH,

AND

IMMORTALITY.

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BY EDWARD YOUNG, LL. D.

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IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

PHILADELPHIA:

Published by John Stevenson,

Anderson & Meehan, printers.

.1820.

HARVARD COLLEGE LIGRAAY FROM THE LIBRARY OF

MRS. COOLIDGE S. ROBERTS JUNE 28, 1938

PREFACE

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PART II.

OF THE INFIDEL RECLAIMED.

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AS we are at war with the power, it were well if we were at war with the manners, of France. A land of levity is a land of guilt. A serious mind is the native soil of every vir tue, and the single character that does true honour to mankind. The soul's immortality has been the favourite theme with the serious of all ages. Nor is it strange: it is a subject by far the most interesting and important that can enter the mind of man. Of highest moment this subject always was, and always will be. Yet this its highest moment seems to admit of increase, at this day: a sort of occasional importance is superadded to the natural weight of it, if that opinion which is advanced in the Preface to the preceding Night be just. It is there supposed that all our infidels, whatever scheme, for argument's sake, and to keep themselves in countenance, they patronize, are betrayed into their deplorable errour, by some doubts of their immortality at the bottom. And the more I consider this point, the more I am persuaded of the truth of that opinion. Though the distrust of a futurity is a strange errour; yet it is an errour into which bad men may naturally be distressed. For it is impossible to bid defiance to final ruin, without some refuge in imagination, some presumption of es

cape.

And what presumption is there? There are but two in nature; but two, within the

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