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CONTENTS OF VOLUME I.

A MEDITATION upon New-Year's Day

Winter has blessings which are often disregarded

God continually presides over his Creation

Uses and Advantages of Fire

5

Amusements of Winter

7

God's providential Care of the Animal Creation during Winter 9

The Beauties of the Wioter

1

Vegetables which preserve their Verdure tough the Winter 13

Singular State of Man during Sleep

15

Of the Advantages of our Climate

16

Snow conduces to the Earth's Fertility

18

Contemplaiion of the Heavenly Bodies

20

Discoveries which have been made by the Microscope 24

Advantages of Night

26

Reflections upon Self

27

The Damage occasioned by extraordinary Cold

20

Nature re poses during the Winter

31

of the Laplanders

34

Wisdom displayed in the Structure of the Globe

36

Short Meditations upon the Works of God

38

Of the Human Voice

40

Necessity of reflecting upon God

43

The Fear of Apparitions

44

Subterraneous Fires

Of Comets

47

Of Snow

49

Rapidity with which Life passes away.

50

Hoar-frost observed on the Glass of Windows

51

On the Use of Bread

52

Of the Duty in respect to Sleep.

53

The Revolutions which are continually taking place in Nature 54

Every Thing in Nature conduces to the Good of Mankind 56

Of the Influence which Cold has upon Health

58

An Uniformity of Temperature disadvantageous to the

Earth

60

Consideration of the Stars

62

Curious Formation of the Eye

65

The Fog

67

Of the Tides

69

The Sun is not always apparent

71

Of Earthquakes

73

Upon Life and Death

75

Formation of Ice

76

Spherical Figures of the Earth

78

Short Duration of Snow

SO

The Creation

81

Of Brutes

83

Of the Moon

85

Rain feruilises the Earth

88

Of the Shortness and Uncertainty of Life

89

Cumbustion generally diffused throughout Nature

91

Equal Distribution of the Seasons

93

Utility of our Senses considered

95

The Soul becomes elevated by reflecting upon

97

Causes of the Vicissitude of Heat and Cold

100

Singularities in the Mineral Kingdom

101

God's Love for Map daily manifested

104

Tranquillity of the Night

105

Winter is an Emblem of Life

- 107

The Utility of Mountains

109

Powers of the Mind enlarged by contemplating God in the

Works of Nature

J11

Unpleasant Weather

113

State of certain Birds and Animals during the Winter 115

Winds and Tempests

116

Aurora Borealis

118

Power of God displayed in the minutest Objects

120

The Effects of Winter gradually depart

The external Parts of the Human Body

124

Hope of Spring

126

Hoar-frost

130

Means wbich contribute to fertilise the Earth

Of the Advantages derived from the Sea

Difference existing between Animals and Plants

133

Uniformity and Diversity in the Works of Nature

136

Of Seeds

- 138

Grandeur and Distance of the Sun

110

Upon the imperfect Knowledge we have of Nature - 142

The Utility of Vegetables

144

Structure of the Human Heart

146

The Change of Seasons

147

Every Thing created has its Use

149

Harmony between the Moral and Physical World

152

Of the Nature and Properties of Air

Nothing new under the Sun

156

Of Caves found in Mountains

158

Circulation of Sap in Trees

Ignorance of Futurity

- 161

Gradual Approach of Night

162

Magnificence of God displayed in his Works

164

Arrangement of the Seasons in different Planets

166

Care of Providence for the Preservation of his Creatures 167

Hymn for the Commencement of Spring

170

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Pleasures derived from the Cultivation of Fields and Gardens 262

The Tulip

264

Reflections on Grass

266

Sentiments excited by the Contemplation of the Heavens • 267

Fecundity of Plants

268

Description of the Beauties of Spring

271

Language of Animals

272

Number and Magnitude of Creatures upon the Earth

275

Spring, an Emblem of the Frailty of Human Life, and an

Image of Death

277

Spring emblematical of the Resurrection of the Body 280

Attractive Power of Bodies

• 281

Complaints of Men against the Laws of Nature

283

Of the Sins to which we are the most prone during the Spring 286

Harmony of Bees

288

Prodigious Number of Plants upon the Earth

290

Plurality of Worlds

292

Hyınn of Thanksgiving

294

Difference between the Works of Nature and of Art

295

Leaves of Trees

297

Vivifying Power of the Sun

299

Desires of the Soul unlimited

301

Utility of Rivers

304

Diversity of Flowers

306

Use of venomous Animals and Plants

308

Odour of Flowers

310

Multitude of Animals

312

Immensity of the Firmament

314

Peculiaríies in the Vegetable Kingdom

317

Means of Happiness derived from Nature

320

The Magnet

322

Cherries

324

Wisdom displayed in the Structure of the Bodies of Animals 326

Dew

330

Mode of Life and Labours of Bees

333

External Part of Plants

335

Hymn of Thanksgiving for the Works of Nature

338

Caterpillars

339

Beginning of Summer

342

The Nightingale

344

The Pleasures which Summer affords to our Senses

346

Sketch of the internal Parts of the Humau Body

348

Electricity

351

Manner in which Thunder is formed

354

Herrings

356

Eclip:es of the Sun and Moon

358

The Stalk of Wheat

360

The Blight

862

REFLECTIONS

UPON

THE WORKS OF GOD,

AS DISPLAYED IN NATURE.

JANUARY I.

A Meditation upon New-Year's Day. LET

us consider this day as the first of our lives, and venture to anticipate, from the goodness of God, a repetition of those benefits which we have received from our first entrance into the world, to the present period of our existence.

What blessings may we not hope from that Being, which has ever watched over us with the tender solicitude of a father; which, at the hour of our birth, presented us, in our parents, with friends that have supplied all our wants, and supported us through the helpless and unprotected state of infancy?

Without their fostering care, how could we have preserved our health, and all the comforts which we now enjoy ? Were it possible for us at that time to have reflected upon our destined fate, we should doubt. less have looked forward with delight to the pleasures of our sublunary existence ; now that we are capable of such reflections, it is pleasing to indulge the sensa. tions our present happiness inspires, and our imagination dwells with rapture upon the sweet hopes of future felicity. VOL. 1.

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