dictating to the icill ; yet, unless it is seconded by t}M3 heart, it is either over-ruled, or but half obeyed. If it be asked, '' How a rational creature should ever act against reason ?" Experience readily answers, Man cannot help pursuing his own sup- posed happiness, and flying from that which he thinks will make him miserable. ow, it is chiefly through his affections that he enjoys or suffers ; and it is no wonder, therefore, if they assume a more than ordinary sway within him. Besides, their motions are generally so sudden and violent, that reason has not time to interfere, till they are become too strong to be controuled. They give pleasure, and we follow ; or they give pain, and we flij ; before it is w^ell considered, whether we should do either : for all is not good, that pleases ; nor all evil, that disgusts. Hence it is manifest, that judgment is necessary to turn the affections away from that which is really evil, and to point them towards that which is really good. If reason, duly enlightened^ has the guidance and government of his affections, that man must be happy ; because he must be good. But if his affections are left to Dd^i 404 themselves, he must be ivicked : and he who is wicked, must be miserable. If they are chained down to earthly things, they turn his heart into a Jier2/ furnace, fierce as the flames of eternal tor- ment : but if they aspire to things above, their general warmth and effulgent light, refine as they ascend, till they mix with their kindred element in God.