This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1714 Excerpt: ...if he be led on by Fate, and its Motion as fpontaneous, if Liberty confifted in a bare Abfenct of Impediments, 3?5. Why do, &c In theft 10. v. he argues, fecondly, That 1 hunder is the Effect of natural Caufes, and not made by the Gods: for if it were, they would not be fo Iavifli of their Bolts, as to throw them into folitary Defarts: Had not Jupiter better keep them in ftore to deftroy hi» Enemies, in time of Need?, 405-Why when, &c.j The Poee in thefe 8. v. argues, thirdly, That Thunder comes not by the Will of the Gods, but is made by the Laws of Nature: for otherwife, why does it never come without Clouds and Noife? Why does it fall alike upon the Seas and Earth? What Crime have the Waters been guilty of, that they are thus punifli'd? The Heav'n is clear, To what has been faid of this already in; the Note on v. 68. and the Example we gave v. 268. in the Perfon of M. Herennius, the Decurion, who was kill'd by Thunder in a clear Day, we add this of Lucan. lib. 1; Emicuit carlo taciturn fine nubi« bus ullis Fulmen., And this Diftich, which we find in Tully, de Divinat. Aut Does he defcend to take the furer Airr At nearer diftance then, and dart the Flame? (thefe? Why ftrike the Floods? What mean fuch Bolts as 410 Is it to check the Fury of the Seas? Poor weak Defign! The troubled Waters roar," And, vex'd by whirling Flames, ftill rage the more.' Befides: this J 0 v a is willing Men fhou'd fly f Thefe Bolts, or not: if willing, tell me why 415 The Thunder is too Subtile for our Eye? 3 If not; why does he (how the threat'ning Light? And why o'erfpread the Heav'ns with Clouds and Night? And make a Noise, and give us Time for Flight Befides: how can thefe Flames at once be thrown £ 4joTo diff'rent Parts? Or is it never done? r"...