Chambers, Ephraim, 1680 (ca.)-1740 / Cyclopædia, or, An universal dictionary of arts and sciences : containing the definitions of the terms, and accounts of the things signify'd thereby, in the several arts, both liberal and mechanical, and the several sciences, human and divine : the figures, kinds, properties, productions, preparations, and uses, of things natural and artificial : the rise, progress, and state of things ecclesiastical, civil, military, and commercial : with the several systems, sects, opinions, &c : among philosophers, divines, mathematicians, physicians, antiquaries, criticks, &c : the whole intended as a course of antient and modern learning
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X; E D) I Ca X to expet that our Turn is next 5 andthat- what Gwe was M L £X. £, and Rome under AUG US T US Cifar, Britain hall be under GE 0 R G E and CAROLINE? BUT even this were to under-rate &ur Hpei, which are rais'd, by Your Ma- jelly, to Something lill more truly glorious. Greatnefs, fo fondly coveted, has already cofl the World very dear; and, tho fhill purfued by unthinking Men under almoft every Shape, is only defirable in a few. Of it felf it is rather an Qbjedt of Terror and Alarm, than Delight" and at befl iAly pleafes, when join-'4 with fomethin' natura.lly amiable. Fronimhe Praetice of tjur Majefty, Men may correct their Siarrmenus, and learn, dhat Greatnefs has no crm except when foinded in Goodnefk. To be Great, and a King, is but a fmal Matter with Your MAjcffy 'tis a Quality many others enjoy in common with You, and to which fome have even been doom'd, to their Infamy: 'tis what Herod was, and Nebuchadnezzar was; and Nero, and Di~onitian were. But, while other Princes chufe to be great in what is deftru6tive, and others in things wholly indifferent; 'tis Your Majelly's Praife to be great in what is the Perfection of our Nature, and that whereby we approach neareft the Deity. Happy Choice ! to ufe Power only as the Means of rendering your Beneficence more diffufive; and thus make Power and Royalty minifter to the' Happinefs of Mankind, which they have too often invaded, YOUR Majefly commands a People capable of every thing. Not more fitted to fhine in Arms, or maintain an extended Commerce; than to fucceed in the ftiller Purfuits of Philofophy and Literature. And it will be Your Majefty's Glory, not to let any of their Talents lie unemploy'd.-lf Your Majefly gives the Word, while fome of 'em are bufied in avenging Your Caufe, by humbling fome turbulent Monarch i fome in extending your Doominions by new Settlements, and forne in increafing your Peoples Wealth, by new Trades: Others will be employ'd in enlarging our Knowledge, by new Difcoveries in Nature, or new Contrivances of Art i others in refining our Language; others in improving our Morals; and others in recording the Glories of your Reign, in immortal Verfe. T H E Work I here prefume to lay at Your Majefy's Feet, is an Attempt towards a Survey of the Republick of Learning, as it hands at the Beginning of Your Majefty's auspicious Reign. We have here the Boundary that circumfcribes our prefent Profpedt3 and Separates the known, from the unknown Parts of the Intelligible World. Under Your Majefly's Princely Influence and Encouragement, we promife our felves this Boundary willbe removed, and the Profpeft extended far into the othcr HeInifphere. Methinks I fee Trophies eredting to Your MajeRy in the yet undifcover'd Regions of Science; and Your Majefty's Name inscribed to Inventions at prefent held im- pollible! I am, with all Sincerity and Devotion, May it pleafe Tour MAYfESrT, Tour Majeyfy's moyf D.utjfl, and Obedient Subjed, and Servant, Ephraimn Chambers.
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