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(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1840 edition. Excerpt: ...who is God's immediate com"missioner, who
would not think himself miserable to be put into the hands of
Nature, who does not only set him up for a mark for others to shoot
at, but delights herself to blow him up like a glass, till she see
him break, even with her own breath? Nay, if this infectious vapour
were sought for, or travelled to, as Pliny hunted after the vapour
of iEtna, and dared and challenged Death, in the form of a vapour,
to do his worst, and felt the worst, he died; or if this vapour
were met withal in an ambush, and we surprised with it, out of a
long shut well, or out of a new opened mine, who would lament, who
would accuse, when, we had nothing to accuse, none to lament
against but fortune, who is less than a vapour? But when ourselves
are the well that breathes out this exhalation, the oven that spits
out this fiery smoke, the mine that spews out this suffocating and
strangling damp, who can ever, after this, aggravate his sorrow by
this circumstance, that it was his neighbour, his familiar friend,
his brother, that destroyed him, and destroyed him with a
whispering and a calumniating brgajth, when we ourselves do it to
ourselves by the same means, kill ourselves with our own vapours?
Or if these occasions of this self-destruction had any contribution
from our own wills, any assistance from our own intentions, nay,
from our own errors, we might divide the rebuke, and chide
ourselves as much as them. Fevers upon wilful distempers of drink,
and surfeits, consumptions upon intemperances and licentiousness,
madness upon misplacing or overbending our natural faculties,
proceed from ourselves, and so as that ourselves are in the plot,
and we are not only passive, but active too, to our own
destruction. But what have done, either to...
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