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By George Horne, 8.o.

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TO WHICH IS PREFIXED AL ET TERTO DR. ADAM SMITH.

The doctrine of Epicurus is ever ruinous to Society: 1

It had it's rise when Greece was declining, and perhaps haftened it's diffolution, as also that of Rome; it is now propagated in France and England, and seems likely to produce the same effect in both. GRAY-MEMOIRS, P. 202.

OXFORD AT THE CLARENDON PRESS, MDCC LXXÝVH SOLD BY D. PRINCE AND J. COOKE, OXFORD : G. ROBINSON, J. F. AND C. RIVINGTON,

AND T. CADELL, LONDON. 141. n. 133,

PRE FACE.

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T ET no reader take offence,

though the subjects debated in the following pages be of a ferious nature, if the ideas and. images employed should foinetimes border upon the ludicrous. The contest between Elijah and the votaries of Baal was a very ferious one, and heaven itself interposed in it's decision. Yet, strong and pointed is the irony of the Prophet— “ Cry aloud, “ for he is a God; either he is " talking, or he is pursuing, or “he is in a journey, or perad

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“ venture he sleepeth, and must “ be awaked !”* Impiety provokes a frown; absurdity occafions a smile ; and many who glory in the imputation of the former, cannot but feel when they are convicted of the latter. Some opinions and arguments become risible, on being stated. A portrait is sufficient; a caricature needless ; perhaps, impossible. Where such is not the case, nothing, it is hoped, has met with this treatment, unless proved to deserve it. Ridicule is not the test of truth, because truth must always be the test of ridicule; and

* 1 Kings XVIII, 27.

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