The artists repository and drawing magazine: exhibiting the principles of the polite arts in their various branches — 3.1789

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There remains yet to notice an order of re-
ligious buildings, different in many respedts
srom any of the former; for Christianity,
though at first obliged by persecution to per-
sorm in obscurity much os its congregational
devotion, yet desires not obscurity as agreeable
to its genius. On the contrary, when well un-
berslood, it is cheersul and animating:—what
has it therefore to do with the darkness of the
oracular cave, or the madness of midnight
orgies ? it has no mysteries forbidden to be
divulged on pain of death; no (aporreta
myjieria) things too facred; no, says the
Apostle, using the same term, things too vile
to be disclosed. The devotional strudtures of
Christianity, therefore, may desire windows,
and request spe&ators; like him, who, when
promised by his architect, that his house should
be so construdted, as not to be inspedted;—Cs ra-
ts therf’ saidhe, “let what pafses there be open to
*■ all beholders or like him, who wished sor a
window in his brealt, that the integrity of his
mind might be visible to all. Yet, with cheer-
fulness combining solemnity, the religious
edisices of the present dispensation are happily
calculated, in their principal requisitions, to
afford ample scope for the abilities of an archi-

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