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In France, in Bohem', Ree, Palatinate,
Then cold Disease and Sickness had their Seat,
In all their Pow'r upon the brittle Life
Of human Frailty, with her murd'ring Knifes
Where he hath kept her Holy-day of Mirth,
To fee th' unbury'd Dead, bury the Earth;
To fee the murd'ring Cannons dash down
Tow'rs,

And mow down Towns of Men, as Scythe men
Flow'rs.

Q. Since Adam and Methufalem lived nine hundred and odd Years, why did God never fuffer any to accomplish a thousand?

A. Some think that this is not without fome deep Myftery, and which may be partly, because a thousand Years hath fome Type of Perfection in it, God would never fuffer any to accomplish it; to fhew that there is no abfolute Perfection in this World.

THOUGHTS on DEATH.

My forward Glafs has well-nigh run its laft 'Ere a few Moments, I fhall hear that Doom Which ne'er will be recall'd, when once 'tis Methinks I have Eternity in view, [patt. And dread to reach the Edges of the Shore ;: Nor doth the Profpect the lefs difmal fhew, For all the Thousands who have launch'd be fore.

Why weep my Friends? What is their Lofs to mine?

I have but one poor doubtful Stake to throw And, with a dying Pray'r, my Hopes refign; If that be loft, I'm loft for ever too.

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"Tis not the painful Agonies of Death,
Nor all the gloomy Horrors of the Grave;
Were that the worst, unmov'd I'd yield my Breath,
And with a Smile the King of Terrors brave:
But there's an after Day, 'tis that I fear.

Lord, while I'm here, may I fo spend my
Time,

That when before thy Face I must appear,
I may remain where Saints and Angels fhine.

Q. What Creature was that, which, as fome Authors write, was utterly extinct at the Flood?

A. The Unicorn; and thereupon they affirm, thofe Horns which are fo precious, to be gathered out of the Earth fince the Deluge: But many there are of a contrary Opinion; and the Reafon is, because they are many Times named in the Pfalms, which, if they no more had been, would not fo have been mentioned; but with these we conclude, that there are fuch, tho' not many, in fome Parts of the Indies, and other few Countries.

Q. What Birds are thofe that have two Hearts? A. Theophraftus writeth, that the Partridge is that Bird of Deceit; for it is the Emblem of Deceit, as it is in the Pfalms, They have spoken with a Heart and a Heart; and in another Place, Woe to them of a double Heart. There is a Place in Jeremy which faith, the Partridge nourisheth what he brought not forth, upon which Place, Lyra, and other Ecclefiaftical Writers, comment, that the Partridge fteals another's Eggs, and hatcheth them up, which, after hearing the Voice of their own Dam, forfake the Partridge, and leave her in her crafty Folly. Further, it is obferved of this Bird, that fhe is fo full of Deceit, even to deceive the very Hunter, and many Times therein fo fpeeds, that the faves both herself and her young Ones: For being found together with thera,

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"Tis not the painful Agonies of Death,
Nor all the gloomy Horrors of the Grave;
Were that the worst, unmov'd I'd yield my Breath,
And with a Smile the King of Terrors brave :
But there's an after Day, 'tis that I fear.

Lord, while I'm here, may I fo spend my
Time,

That when before thy Face I must appear,
I may remain where Saints and Angels fhine.

Q. What Creature was that, which, as fome Authors write, was utterly extinct at the Flood?

A. The Unicorn; and thereupon they affirm, those Horns which are fo precious, to be gathered out of the Earth fince the Deluge: But many there are of a contrary Opinion; and the Reafon is, because they are many Times named in the Pfalms, which, if they no more had been, would not fo have been mentioned; but with thefe we conclude, that there are fuch, tho' not many, in fome Parts of the Indies, and other few Countries.

Q. What Birds are those that have two Hearts ? A. Theophraftus writeth, that the Partridge is that Bird of Deceit; for it is the Emblem of Deceit, as it is in the Pfalms, They have spoken with a Heart and a Heart; and in another Place, Woe to them of a double Heart. There is a Place in Jeremy which faith, the Partridge nourisheth what he brought not forth, upon which Place, Lyra, and other Ecclefiaftical Writers, comment, that the Partridge fteals another's Eggs, and hatcheth them up, which, after hearing the Voice of their own Dam, forfake the Partridge, and leave her in her crafty Folly. Further, it is obferved of this Bird, that fhe is fo full of Deceit, even to deceive the very Hunter, and many Times therein fo fpeeds, that the faves both herself and her young Ones: For being found together with them,

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Q. Whether are there more or greater living Creatures bred on Earth, or in the Sea ?

A. In the Sea; as all Writers teftify and agree upon: And this, moreover, they add, that there is no Creature on the Earth that hath not its like in the Seas, and yet there are many in the Sea that the Earth cannot parallel, nor any other Place; and befides with this good Difference, that thofe Creatures that are hurtful on the Earth, in the Waters are not fo, as Snakes and fuch like, there, are without their Venom, and Offenceless. Pfal. civ. 24, 28. O Lord, how manifold are thy Works! in Wifdem haft thou made them all: The Earth is full of thy Riches. So is the great and wide Sea, wherein are things creeping innumerable, both fmall and great Reafts. There go the Ships; there is that Leviathan, whom thou haft made to play therein. These wait all upon thee: That thou mayft give them their Meat in due Seafon. That thou giveft them, they gather: Thou openeft thine hand, they are filled with Good.

Q. Of all the Fishes in the Sea, which do our Naturalifts obferve to be the swifteft ?

A. The Dolphin; which fwims fafter than either Bird or Arrow flies, which Fifh, of all others, is the most dangerous to Mariners.

Q. What little Fish is that in the Sea, that hath the greater Wonder in his Strength?

A. The Remora, a little Fish of half a Foot long; which, by faftening upon it, will stop a Ship I under Sail with Wind and Tide.

Q. Which is the King among Serpents?

A. The Bafilifk; a Vermin not above twelve Fingers in Length, having on her Head a white Spot,

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