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. 1722 Excerpt: ...everlafting Eafe, Rule this vaft All? Their lab'ring Thoughts divide 'Twixr Heav'n and Earth,and all their Motions guide? Send Heat to us, the various Orbs controul, i Or be immenfe, and fpread o'er all the Whole? (thrown, 1055 Or hide the Heav'n in Clouds, whence Thunder. Beats ev'n theit own afpiring Temples down?. Or thro' vaft Deferts breaks th' innocent Wood, Nor hurts the Bad, but ftrikes the Juft and Good? Learn next, th' Infinite Mass lends new Supplies 1060 Into the World already form'd, whence Skies, And NO T E S. 1059. Learn, &c Having built an infinite Number of Worlds, and afitrm'd them to be mortal like Animals, he now in thefe 12. v. aflerts, that they are nourilh'd,_ increafe, and fometimes diminish, and at length dy away. For the infinite Univerfe fupplies Seeds, which the World receives, and they duly joining with it, it becomes more ftrong and vigorous: when it emits, ana parts with as many Seeds as ic receives, then it ftints its Growth, and flays at a Stand, that is, neither increales, nor decreafes: But when more feeds fly away from the World than it receives, and are duly conjom'd to its Mafs, then it wexes feeble, decays by Degrees, and draws to an End. This was the Opinion of Epi.ctinis, and he grounded this Belief on thefe Realbns: I. Becaufe the World was once made, and had its Beginning in Time; as Cicero fays, 1. de Nat. Deor. II. Becaufe he held the World to be of a.like Nature with Animals. III. Becaufe each individual Part of this World confifts of Bodies that are born and dy. IV. Becaufe there is a continual War between all the Parts that compofe this Whole, which are always contending with one;anoA a ther, And this vaft Ball of Earth, and boiftVous Seas, And fpacious Air grow bigger, and increafe: For all co their own p...