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unanimous conspiring to promote and carry on the Publick Good are evident Demonstrations of His Sovereign Wisdom.

Lastly, They serve to stir up and increase in us the Affections and Habits of Admiration, Humility, and Gratitude. Psal. viii

. 3. When I considered the Heavens the Work of Thy Fingers,

the Moon and the Stars which Thou haft ordained: What is Man thar Thou art mindful of him, or the Son of Man that Thou visitest him? And to these purposes the Holy Pfalmift is very frequent in the Enumeration and Consideration of these Works, which may wdrrant mre doing the like, and justify the denominating such a Discourse'as this, rather Theological than Philosophical

. Note, That by the Works of the Creation, in the Title, I mean the Works created by God at first

, and by Him conserved to this Day in the same State and Condition in which they were at first made ; for Conservation, according to the Judgment both of Philosophers and Divines, is a continued Creation.

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HE Multitude of Creatures an Argument of
the Wifdom and Power of God Pag. 18 and 26

That the fix'd Stars are innumerable, agreed


all sides, as well by such as embrace the

New Hypothesis,

That they are as so many Suns placed at

unequal Distances, and each having its Pla-

nets moving about it, furnished with their In-
habitants, like the Earth ; as by those that adhere to the old,
That they are all fituate in the same spherical Superficies 18,19,20

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Gwefs at the Number of Terrestrial Bodies, 1. Inanimate, as
Stone, Earths, concrete and inconcrete Juices, Metals, and Mi
Herals. 2. Animals, Birds, Beasts, Fijbess and Infeats. 3. Plants,
Herbs, and Trees

21, 22, 23, 24
Working the same Effex by divers Means and Inftruments, an Ar-

gument of Wisdom. And that God doth this in the Works of the
Creation, proved by several Examples

25, 26, 27, 28
Tvat the material Works of God are wisely contrived and adapted
to Ends both general and particular

Pag. 29, 30
The Ariftotelean Hypothefis, That the World was Co-eternal with
God, condemned

30, 31
The Epicurean Hypothesis, That the World was made by a casual

Concurrence, and Cohesion of Atoms, reje&ted 31, 32, 33. Their
Declination of Atoms juftly derided, and their whole Hypothesis
ingeniously confuted by Cicero

34, 35, 36, 37
The Cartesian Hypothesis, That supposing God had only created

Matter, divided it into a certain Number of Parts, and put it
into Motion, according to a few Laws, it would of itself bauc
produced the World without any more ado, confuted in Dr. Cud-
worth's Words

37, &c. to 46
Des Cartes bis Affertion, That the Ends of God in any of bis
Works are equally undiscovered by us, censured and reproved

38, 39, 40, 4!
His Opinion concerning the cause of the Motion of the Heart

45, 46, 47
The Honourable Mr. Boyle's Hypothefis considered, and pleaded a-

48, 49, 50
The Author's Mistake concerning the Hypothesis of Mr. Boyle, ac-

The Parts

of the Body formed, and situated contrary to the Laws
of Specifick Gravity
A Plaftick Nature under God, Superintending and effecting natural

52, 53
Tbzir Opinion that hold the Souls of Brutes to be material, and

the whole Animal Body and Soul to be a meer Machine, pot an
greeable to the general Sense of Mankind

54, 55, 56
Of the visible Works of God, and their Division 57, 58. The Ato-

mick Hypothesis approved
The Works of Nature far more exquifitively formed than the Works

of Art
The various Species of inanimate Bodies to be attributed to the di-

ders Figures of their Principles, or minute component Particles 60
That these Principles are naturally indivisible, proved ibid. They

are not very numerous
of the heavenly Bodies 61. That the whole Universe is divided
into two sorts of Bedies, viz. thin and fluid ; dense and con-
Bijent, ibid. That this last fort are endned with a twofold

Power :



59, 60


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Power : 1. Of Gravity. ?. Of Circular Motion; and why 62:

The heavenly Bodies moved in the most regular, facile, and con-

venient manner


Of the Sun, his Uses, and the Convenience of bis Situation and


Of the Moon, and its Ufes


of the rest of the Planets, and Fix'd Stars ; the Regularity and

Conftancy of their Motions ; whence Cicero rationally inferrs,

that they are governed by Reason


Eclipses useful to settle Chronology, and determine Longitudes


of terrestrial inanimate fimple Bodies, as Elements commonly lo

called. 1. Fire, its various Uses 69, 70. Of Air, its Use and

Necessity for Breathing, to all sorts of Animals, Aquatick as

well as Terrestrial ; nay, in a fort to Plants themselves 71, 72,

The Effects and Uses of its Gravity and Elaftick Qua-



That the Fætus in the Womb hath a kind of Refpiration, and

whence it receives the Air

73, 74, 75

That the Air infinuates itself into the Water for the Respiration of

Fishes 76, and even into Subterraneous Waters, whence it clears

the Mines of Damps 76, 77. A Plaftick Nature necessary for

putting the Diaphragm and Muscles for Respiration into Motion

at firft

- 77

Of Water, its Uses 78. Of the Sea, and its Tides 79. An 06-

je&tion concerning the Needlesnefs of so much Sea of no Use to

Mankind, answered. And the Wisdom of God in thus unequally

dividing Sea and Land, manifefted and asserted 80, 81. The

Use of Flouds

82, 83

That the Winds bring up more Vapours from the Sea, than they

carry down thither

84, 85

That the Motion of the Water levels the Bottom of the Sea 85. Tbe

Reason why the Sea-Plants grow, for the most part, flat, like a

Fan, and none in the Great Depths

Of Springs and Rivers, Baths and Mineral Waters. Simple Wa-

ter nourisheth not

of the Earth, its Uses and Differences

of Meteors, or Bodies imperfe&tly mix'd. And, 1. Of Rain 88.
2. Of Wind, and its various Uses


of inanimate mix'd Bodies. I Stones, their Qualities and Uses

91, 92, 93. Particularly of the Loadstone, its admirable Phas

nomena, Effeets, and Uses 95. 2. Metals, their various Uses,

of great Importance to Mankind, as Iron, without which we

could bave bad nothing of Cultures, or Civility: Gold and Sil-

ver for the coining of Money, which bow many ways useful is




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Cold, and scarce ref usetb any Climate, and that scarce any

Grain is more fruitful

of the Signatures of Plants


Of Animals, the Provision that is made for the Continuance of Spe-

cies 114. That Females bave within them from the Beginning,

the Seeds of all the Young they shall ever bring forth 115. An

Observation of Cicero's about Multiparous Creatures 116. Why

Birds lay Eggs, ibid. Of what Use the Polk of the Egg is to the



Birds that cannot number, yet omit not any one of their Young in

feeding of them 117. Though they cannot number, yet that they
can diftinguish many from few, proved 118. The speedy Growth
of the young Birds in the Neft 119. The Process of building
their Nefts, and Incubation 120. Feeding, breedingand de
fending their loung, and the admirable Etopyn, ibid. The
due numerical Proportion between Males and Femalesy, in all
kinds of Animals, kept up constantly 121. I be Convenienty of
the Time of the Year, when the several sorts of Animals are

brought forth: 122. Wby Birds Swallow Pebble Stones 130.

The Provision of Nature for keeping of Birds-Nefts clean 132,

133. Various strange Instincts of Animals 125, 126, 127, &c.

As, that Animals

. should know where their natural Weapons

are situate, and bow to make use of them. That the Weak

and Timorous should be made swift of Foot or Wing, for Flight.

That they should naturally know their Enemies, and such as

prey upon them, though they had never seen them

before. That

as soon as they are brought forth, they should know their proper
Food. That Ducklings, though led by a Hen, so soon as they see
Water, should venture into it, thé Hen in vain endeavouring


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