S. Austin Allibone, comp. Prose Quotations from Socrates to Macaulay. 1880.
Dr. Edward Young
There are two considerations upon which my faith in Christ is built as upon a rock: the fall of man, the redemption of man, and the resurrection of man, the three cardinal doctrines of our religion, are such as human ingenuity could never have invented; therefore they must be divine. The other argument is this: If the prophecies have been fulfilled (of which there is abundant demonstration), the Scripture must be the Word of God; and if the Scripture is the Word of God, Christianity must be true.
Dr. Edward Young, the Poet: Cowper to Lady Hesketh, July 12, 1765.
He is one who, desirous of being more happy than any man can be, is less happy than most men are; one who seeks happiness everywhere but where it is to be found;one who outtoils the labourer, not only without his wages, but paying dearly for it. He is an immortal being that has but two marks of a man about himupright stature and the power of playing the foolwhich a monkey has not. He is an immortal being that triumphs in this single, deplorable, and yet false hope, that he shall be as happy as a monkey when he is dead, though he despairs of being so while yet alive. He is an immortal being that would lose none of his most darling delights if he were a brute in the mire, but would lose them all entirely if he were an angel in heaven. It is certain, therefore, that he desires not to be there: and if he not so much as desires it now, how can he ever hope it when his day of dissipation is over? And if no hope, what is our man of pleasure?A man of distraction and despair to-morrow.