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u than the hardest skin. Besides cannot man build "himself a house, raise walls around him, enclose ** himself in a tower &c. V

This reflection of Galen's shews that God has not been less attentive to the safety of man than to that of other animals. Exposed to so many dangers, naked and destitute of every fort of defence, what would have become of us had not the Creator endowed us with reason, a gift so precious, that it serves us instead of all' the arms bellowed on other animals. We must not imagine however that even with this we are in a condition to resist all our enemies 5 they are in too great numbers, and are incessantly laying snares for our body and our souk In this cafe we should he miserable indeed, did God forsake us; but will he do so? Will he who leaves not without defence the vilest worm, will he suffer man to become the prey of his cruel adversaries? Assuredly not. He is too beneficent, and has given us too many marks of his kindness to allow us to entertain such a thought. Let tfs then cry out boldly with Davids the Lord is a refuge in time of trouble for the oppressed. Ps. xi. G/. This that holy man had often experienced, arid accordingly he fays in ^another place, " the Lord has been my defence,

"and the rock of my refuge." Ps. xciv. 22. >

Let us therefore rely more on the powerful assistance df our Creator than on our own strength, being assured that our trust shall not be in vain. " The eyes "of the Lord." fays the wife son of Sirach " are on R those who love him; he is their mighty protection "and strong stay, a defence from heat, and a cover "from the Sun at noon, a preservation from stumb

ling, and an help from follies. He raiftfh up the "soul, and lighteneth the eyes; he giveth health, life "and blessing.*

CHAP. XI1T.

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Of The Care Which Insects Take Of Their Eggs, And Their Young.

The natural instinct winch determines the insect race to take cnre of 'heir eggs and of iheir young is so remarkable, that I think proper to trtat of it, in a Chapter apart. They are neither hatched like birdsy rior suckled like quadnipeds. The Sun alone byits heat brings them forth, and no 1'ooher do they quit the {hell, than they are in a capacity to chuse food and to eat ic. The whole foresight of the mother is confined to the depositing of her eggs in places where the heat of the Sun may easily reach them, and where tjie young may at once find the food that Is convenient for them; at least till they are in a Condition to go in quest of it themselves. It is for this purpose they are Len choosing the places where their eggs may be protected from tlie inclemency of the we<uher. Some deposit in these places the things necessary for their young; and some carry them from one place to another, when they find them exposed to accidents.

The choice (which infects make of the places in which they deposit their eggs, is as remarkable as the diversities in their manner of lile. Each chuses for that ind the substance which is the proper food of

the (he young insect. Such as live in the water lay their eggs in that element; but as there is a great difference in the quality of water, each chuses that which is most suited to its nature. Some deposit their eggs in pure water, as gnats ; others in stagnant pools, as the Tipu'a phalænoides, &c. while others , prefer fluids composed by art, such as beer, &c. Some deposit them under the surface of the earth, where they are defended from the injuries bo;h of heat and cold. Some which live on plants and fruits, deposite theirs either within these, or on their surface. Hence we find them on the stalk, and on the leaves of plants, sometimes on the trunks of trees, and under the bark, where they are defended from the heat of the Sun, and from rain; they are found also both in dry and green wood. Thole which require a greater degree of heat to bring them forth pr which feed on the fluids of other animals, lay their eggs on the body, and even wit! in it, of those which are their proper food. For this reason we find them in other insects, under the scales of fifties, and in their flelh, on the feathers of bird?, among the hairs of quadrupeds, in the nostrils, ana in the flelh of animals.

In chusing a place, they are much determined by its furnishing them with food. Almost all of them chuse a situation in which their young will not be incommoded by bad wearher; but besides this, some fix their eggs with a fort of gluten, which retains them, and prevents their being washed off by the rain. This glutinous matter sometimes becomes so hard, that no external force can penetrate to the eggs and break them. Others, to fliun the cold, coyer them with the hairs of their own body, or weave a web around them, and wrap them up as in a cloak. If any happen to deposit their eggs in places where Jhe young cannot find food, they provide it themselves sclves, that nothing may be wanting after their exclusion. Many forts of ichneumons kill caterpillars and carry them to their nests where they keep fheni with great care, that they may serve for food to their young when hatched. The care of their brood with some is carried to such a length that they carry their eggs always about with them, or at least:, in cafe of danger, transport them f rom one place to another. Lastly, some after having deposited their .eggs in. safe places, defend them by various ways from the injuries of their enemies.

The instinct which leads them to use so many prer cautions, must proceed either from the animal itself, or from some oiher being eudowed with reason and intelligence. It cannot come from the animal itself, which being devoid of the faculty of reason, is incapable of thar foresight and wisdom, of which all these cares are the result. Who then is the Being that directs them to make use of all those astonishing precautions which I have detailed? The answer is easy. "We know of no being but God who is capable of it. It is he who hath taught them to lay their eggs in places the most proper for their convenient and safe exclusion; it is he who among so many situations equally proper, teaches them to choose that where the young will find, at issuing from the egg, she food most convenient for them. Indeed who else but he could inspire them with such affectionate solicitude? Who could teach them to provide softer nance to their young when the eggs are deposited in places where it is not to be found ? From whom have they learnt that prudent practice of removing their eggs from a place where they are exposed to danger? To whom can such wonderful effects be attributed, if not to the Creator and Preserver of all things, whose goodness is equa} to his power and his infinite wisdom?

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It is hot among infects alone, that this parental tare is to be seen. Quadrupeds are possessed of it in. an equal degree* ihe ierocious lion, and implacable tyger, the ravenous wolf, and voracious dog, the venomous serpent, and cruel dragon, love' their young, provide for their necessities, and never hurt them. The prophet Jeremhh seems to allude to this, when he fays that the sea-monsters draw

out the breast, and give fuck to their young ones." Lament, iv. 3. Man is endowed with this instinct: like animals. It is on this affection for our childdren that Si Paul founds his argument when he fays " that no man ever yet hated his own flesh, but *' nourilheth and cheristieth it." Eph. V. 29.^-—* '* Cana woman forget her sucking child, says Isaiah,} "and not have compassion on the son of her womb?" Ch. xllx. 15.

However natural this instinct may appear, yet there are persons to be found who seem to have lest it entirely. They deprive their children of necessaries* and crUelly use them, and take no care either of their soul or their body. This is not all: there are women who, that there may be no living witness ot their iniquity, pitilessly expose , the fruit of their womb, wthout earing whether they pefiih tor want^ are devoured by beasts, or are carried oss by persons' charitable enough to do so. There are even somej (can it be conceived without horror !) who are barbarous enough to imbrue their hands in the blood of their little innocents, formed in their womb, and nourished with their blood! The most ravenous beast is incapable of such cruelty: nor is there any thing similar to be seen among insects, the vilest of creatures.' F

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