‘  should have any influence on us, more than the interposition of clouds, or the shades of the night;’ he saw no good reason ‘why this should be supposed to be ominous of evils, and calamities to come.’ He closes with a page of moral reflections on the eclipse:First, we are led to adore and admire the power and wisdom of God in the formation and regular motions of the heavenly bodies. Secondly, to praise God for the light of the sun which we enjoy. Thirdly, let it quicken us to do the service God is calling us to, while we enjoy the light of the sun. Fourthly, when we have the melancholy prospect of the sun so considerably darkened as to us, let us reflect how awful it is to have God hide away his face from us. Fifthly, let us remember that the eye of God is upon us when the light of the sun is withdrawn. Sixthly, as we see the sun darkened before it has finished its daily course, so our light may be put out in obscurity before we are arrived to the common period of life. Seventhly, as this happens on the Lord's day, let us consider how soon we may be deprived of the precious light of the Sabbath; or the gracious presence of the Son of Righteousness, in our religious assemblies. Eightly, as the sun will set and the darkness of the night succeed, before the full return of the light of the sun, let us consider that our present troubles may end in our utter ruin. Ninthly, while we view this eclipse and consider this as never happening to all the world at one time, but while some places are dark, others are light, let us remember God will never suffer the light of the glorious gospel in all places to be put out. Lastly, let us reflect upon that awful day when the sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, and day and night shall divide God's walks no more.
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