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OR, COMMON INCIDENTS, SPIRITUAL
SPRING, SUMMER, HARVEST, WINTER,
BY JOHN BROWN,
LATE MINISTER OF THE GOSPEL AT HADDINGTON.
THE SIXTH EDITION, As now the beasts, and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee : or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the feci, Mall declare unto thee.
Job xii. 5, 8. The ear that is always attentive to God, never hears a voice
that speaks not of him; the soul, whose eye is intent on him, never sees an atom wherein The doth not discern her best beloved,
Cadha. Let us begin with God; all things are full of God. Hesiod..
Some angel guide my pencil, while I draw
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P R E F A C E.
To be spiritually minded, ---to be habitually dir.
posed, with pleafure and attention, to think of, and defire after spiritual obje&ts, is life and peace. It implies an intereit in the life-giving covenant of peace, which cannot be broken ; a purification of con. 1cience with Jesus' quieting blood ; and an inwarl possession of his quickening and peaceful Spirit. It promotes habitual ferenity and meckness; it renler. eth us active and lively in the service of God: By it we live as angels on earth, and are fitted to join them in heaven : By it we improve the whole universe as the temple of a present Godhead. In our deepest plunges of trouble and want we converse, we walk with the “ high and lofty One who inhabiteth eternity, and dwell in the high and holy place.” Every visible object commenceth preacher, concerning things which do not appear: in every creature we discern a Maker, a Saviour's perfec. tions; we hear his voice, that our soul may live.Detesting the romantic, the too fashionable amusement of folly, of lewdness, and blafphemy, we recreate ourselves with contemplations, which neither defile for the present, nor sting for the future; and " and have our conversation in heaven from whence we look for the Saviour.”
To promote this happy attainment, this delightful temper of mind, is the sacred page crowded with emblems : to promote this is the design of the following atteinpt.-Let not the natural incidents
be accounted too mean for the superstructure. Are not all things mean? nay, equally mean if compared Tith the Most High? But if he inade them, if he preserve and manage them for his own glory; is it Lelow us, the offspring of dust, to improve them to his honour, and cur eternal advantage? Doth not the divine Spirit, in his invaluable oracles, constitute the puny ant, the lazy cur, the wallowing fow, the troubled fca, with its mire and dirt, our fpiritual instructors ? Doth not Jesus, the Wisdom of God, draw his inftructive, his inestimable parables, from sparrows, filhes, nets, bottles, grains of mustardfeed, dough and other common objects? Why may not we, though at infinite distance, follow his blefied example ; and, with the skilful chymist, extract a jirecious spirit from things outwardly bafe and contemptible?
To exhibit in every journal, not the excrcise of a fingle day, but a particular form of ike Christian lise; and to adapt the file to lile traveller's varying frame, hath been atteinted. To have quoted every, eren facred authority, would have croweled the margin: a thcusand inspired phrases are therefore solely marked in Italic: a thousand more left to the mere obferval of the attentive reader, well inArusted in the cracles of Cliiit.
C Ο Ν Τ Ε Ν Τ S.
Of the SPRING-JOURNAL.
fully recovered; hears the clock and bcll; rises; hard bed'; puts on clothes ; reads ; prays ; views hinself in a mirror; brcakfast; family-worship; departs on foot ; looks out, p. 13-20. Dew; worms ; snails ; mole ; fow; ass ; coal-loads ; smoak. ing house; shambles ; thief; fepulchre ; crooked path ; burning heath ; moor-fowl ; potter, 21,—23. Sun; labouring men; mad-man; galloping-Horse ; duck ; turkies ; plowing ; feed.fowing ; harrowing ; Springing ; weeds; reviving vegetables ; infecis; doves ; two-ways; angry cur; danger; rufer docks'; courtier, 29,- 44. Bleach-field ; mills ; kilns ; narrow way; birds; farm-huose; hens; cottages; flocks; Sea shell fishes ; fale-pans ; mine ; quarry ; engines ; rivulet; dam, 45,-57. Exchange; furnace; scholars ; pasiime; hooper ; hunger; inn; garden; wall; door; grafts ; trees; flowers ; smell; nofegay; bowlers, 58, -68. Sun clouded; fishing; slopping hill; thunder; rest; desart ; burying place; house ; spider ; relapse into the fever ; physician ; danger ; rave? hope of recovery; flux ; inflamation, 70, 89.
Of the SUMMER-JOURNAL. TRAVELLER awakes; rifes ; fuifts; stands; clothes; washes ; inirror ; fecret and family-worship; breakfast, 90,–97. Stable: horse ; way; turn-pike; lark ; crows ; fun , dew ; rain : warmth ; fall; improved fields; way changed; way deserted; inheritance,