A view of the moral state of society, at the close of the eighteenth century, enlarged [from Reflections on the political and moral state of society] and continued


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Pagina 38 - Free and unquestioned through the wilds of love ; While woman — sense and nature's easy fool— 185 If poor, weak woman swerve from virtue's rule, If, strongly charmed, she leave the thorny way, And in the softer paths of pleasure stray; Ruin ensues, reproach and endless shame, And one false step entirely damns her fame. In vain with tears the loss she may deplore, In vain look back to what she was before; She sets, like stars that fall, to rise no more.
Pagina 103 - with all our heart, and with all our soul, and with all our mind...
Pagina 85 - ... involves in it a sense of somewhat, or better, some one, to which he is thus related. The explication of this instinctive perception into an adequate conception is a different matter; and in this explication is wrapped up the whole development of the idea of God. But escape from the apprehension of a being on whom we are dependent and to whom we are responsible is no more possible than escape from the world in which we live.
Pagina 109 - ... and the wild beast of the field ? How much rather would he say, " Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon the world to try them that dwell upon the earth.
Pagina 100 - We are admonished to train up a child in the way that he should go ; that when he is old he may not depart from it.
Pagina 11 - ... lose their deformity, but to call forth the tenderest sympathies of mankind; a philosophy which inculcates to every individual, that his own casual and capricious notions of right and wrong are to supersede those ancient rules, which are taught by divine wisdom, or established on the basis of human experience, and which have hitherto been regarded with reverence, find considered as the tests and the bulwarks of mo-.
Pagina 11 - ... a philosophy which maintains the most criminal and destructive actions to be justifiable, provided their perpetrator have so depraved a judgment, and so vitiated a heart, as sincerely to think them meritorious *. Can Hell's vast magazine of mischief...
Pagina x - Being, who placed him in his high station for the benefit of millions of the human race— and to whom he is responsible for the use he makes of his rank and influence; if he exhibit to the countless multitudes, who are ever gazing upon him, a pattern of filial duty, of conjugal fidelity, of paternal care, of...
Pagina 37 - The obvious and indissoluble connection, which Providence has been pleased to establish between female chastity and the welfare and safety of civil society, has induced mankind to guard the abovementioned virtue with extraordinary fences of moral sentiment.
Pagina 72 - Religion would, therefore, be guilty of a gross neglect of duty, if he did not...

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