Southey, Robert, 1774-1843. / The doctor, &c.
Chapter CCXVIII. The mundane system as commonly held in D. Oliva's age. Modern objections to a plurality of worlds by the Rev. James Miller, pp. 586-588
586 THIE DOCTOR. stored the stomach Well for the expenditure and much the largest consisted of fire. The which was to be required from it, the patient eleven shells were so many leaves one in- was then to lay himself on a pillow across a closing the other, circle within circle, like a chair, and produce the desired effect either nest of boxes. The first of these was the by his fingers or by feathers dipped in oil. first heaven, wherein the Moon bath her ap- After this rude operation, which was to re- pointed place, the second that of the planet fresh the brain and elevate the pia mater, Mercury, the third that of Venus; the the stomach was to be comforted. fourth was the circle of the Sun; Mars, To bathe the whole body with white wine Jupiter and Saturn moved in the fifth, sixth was another mode of invigorating the pia and seventh; the eighth was the starry sky; mater; for there it was that all maladies the ninth the chrystalline; the tenth the originate(l, none from the liver; the nature primum mobile, which imparted motion to of the liver, said she, is that it cannot err; all; and the eleventh was the immobile, or es docta sin doctor. empyreum, surrounding all, containing all, The latter treatises in her book are in and bounding all; for beyond this there was Latin, but she not unfrequently passes, as if no created thing, either good or evil. unconsciously, into her own language, writ- A living writer of no ordinary powers ing always livelily and forcibly, with a clear agrees in this conclusion with the old philo- perception of the fallacy of the established sophers whom Doiia Oliva followed; and in system, and with a confidence, not so well declaring his opinion he treats the men of founded, that she had discovered the real science with as much contempt as they be- nature of man, and thereby laid the founda- stow upon their unscientific predecessors in tion of a rational practice, conformable to it. astronomy. Reader, if thou art capable of receiving pleasure from such speculations, (and if thou art not, thou art little better than an Oran- CHAPTER CCXVIII. Otang,) send for a little book entitled the " Progress of the Human Mind, its objects, TuE MNDAN 5Y5EM A COMONLYHELD condiltions and issue: with the relation IN D, OLIVA' S AGE. MODERN OBJECTIONS codtin an isu:wt.terlto TO A PLURA'ITY OF WORLDS BY THE REV. which the Progress of Religion bears to the JAMES MILLER. general growth of mind; by the Rev. James Miller." Send also for the " Sibyl's Leaves, Un cerchio immaginatoci bisogna, or the Fancies, Sentiments and Opinions of A voter ben lta spea csontLpolare; Silvanus, miscellaneous, moral and religious," Coii chi inteoder questez i/aria agogna Conviensi cltteo per altro immaginare; by the same author, the former published in Perche qui non si canta, efinge, e sogna; 1823, the latter in 1829. Very probably Venuat e it tempo da~filasofar e. PuLci. you may never have heard of either: but if ONE of Doiia Oliva's treatises is upon the you are a buyer of books, I say unto you, Compostura del Mundo, which may best be buy them both. interpreted the Mundane System; herein "Infinity," says this very able and ori- she laid no claim to the merit of discovery, ginal thinker, " is the retirement in which only to that of briefly explaining what had perfect love and wisdom only dwell with been treated of by many before her. The God. mundane system she illustrates by compar- "In Infinity and Eternity the sceptic sees ing it to a large ostrich's egg, with three an abyss in which all is lost: I see in them whites and eleven shells, our earth being the the residence of Almighty Power, in which yolk. The water, which according to this my reason and my wishes find equally a firm theory surrounded the globe, she likened to support. - here holding by the pillars oi the first or innermost albumen; the second HIeavon, I exist - I stand fast. and more extensive was the air ; the third Surround our material system with a I -
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