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The tremendous EARTHQUAKE at LISBON,
November 1, 1755.
By THOMAS GIBBONS.
Stare pavent titubantque regna,
Casım; lib. II, ed. 5.
The SECOND EDITION.
J. WARD, at the King's Arms in Cornhill; T. FIELD,
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P R E F A CE,
HE following practical Dif
course being entirely devoted to the dreadful Event that occafioned it, and containing some solemn and facred Instructions and Uses, the Author of it determined to give it a wider Spread than what it could posfibly receive from the Pulpit, and accordingly ventures it to the Public View; encouraging his Hopes that it will meet with a candid Perufal, from the general and indispensible Obligations upon Mankind feriously, to regard and improve this terrible Visitation, and from the Duty of all, according to their respective Stations in Life, to concur with their utmost Powers to promote and
Þ RE FACE. secure such a salutary and important End.
What an awful and alarming Juncture of Time ! War is preparing its Thunders, and has begun its bloody Havoc! Conflagration has consumed a great Part of * the capital Cities of our World, and Earthquake has buried another! + The Lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord hath Spoken, who can but Prophefy ?
Referring to the late terrible Fire at Constantinople.
f Amos iii. 8.
HAB AKKUK iii. 2.
afraid: 0 Lord, revive thy Work in this
HE last Week has brought us an
quake at Lisbon, a very fair, tich, and noble City, and the Metropolis of the Kingdom of Portugal. Not only the royal Palace, the Churches, and most of the Itately Buildings have been destroyed by this dismal Calamity*, but the Lives, it is to be feared, of many Thousands of Inhabitants have perished in the general Desolation. Alarm and Distress are now spread every where among us, and so much the more, as the mercantile Interests of these Kingdoms are so deeply concerned in this dreadful Catastrophe. Need I then to make any Apology for endeavouring to turn, or rather (for they are turned, I doubt not, already) to fanctify and consecrate
Thoughts It has been reported fince, that some detestable Vil. lains set Fire to the Palace, and one of the Churches,