You own a watch the invention of the mind, Though for a single motion tis designed, As well as that which is with greater thought With various springs, for various motions wrought. BlackmoreThe Creation. Bk. III. The creation and the watch. HallamLiterature of Europe. II. 385, traces its origin to CiceroDe Natura Deorum. Found also in Herbert of Cherburys treatise De Religione Gentilium. HalePrimitive Origination of Mankind. Bolingbroke, in a letter to Pouilly. Paley used the illustration, which he took from Niuwentyt.
Are we a piece of machinery that, like the Æolian harp, passive, takes the impression of the passing accident? Or do these workings argue something within us above the trodden clod? BurnsLetter to Mrs. Dunlop. New Year-Day Morning, 1789.
And what if all of animated nature Be but organic harps diversely framed, That tremble into thought, as oer them sweeps, Plastic and vast, one intellectual breeze, At once the soul of each, and God of all? ColeridgeThe Eolian Harp. (1795).
From harmony, from heavenly harmony, This universal frame began: From harmony, to harmony Through all the compass of the notes it ran, The diapason closing full in man. DrydenA Song for St. Cecilias Day. L. 11.
No man saw the building of the New Jerusalem, the workmen crowded together, the unfinished walls and unpaved streets; no man heard the clink of trowel and pickaxe; it descended out of heaven from God. SeeleyEcce Homo. Ch. XXIV.
When I consider everything that grows Holds in perfection but a little moment; That this huge stage presenteth nought but shows, Whereon the stars in secret influence comment; Then the conceit of this inconstant stay Sets you most rich in youth before my sight. ShakespeareSonnets. XV.
Through knowledge we behold the worlds creation, How in his cradle first he fostered was; And judge of Natures cunning operation, How things she formed of a formless mass. SpenserTears of the Muses. Urania. L. 499.
Each moss, Each shell, each drawling insect, holds a rank Important in the plan of Him who framd This scale of beings; holds a rank which, lost Would break the chain, and leave behind a gap Which Natures self would rue. Benjamin StillingfleetMiscellaneous Tracts relating to Natural History. P. 127. (Ed. 1762).