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feriously and in earnest : and then if
you have any Regard to the Glory of
God, any Respect for your friends and
Relations, any Zeal for the Publick
Good, any Concern for your own Souls:

are Men,
As you as you are Christians,
relinquish and forsake it. But you can-
not do this of your selves." Without me,
Tays our Lord, ye can do nothing; and
St. Paul, We are not sufficient of our; selves Cor. 3.5.
to think (much less to do) any thing as
of our felves, but our sufficiency is of God.
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Lastly, Make it your Daily Business humbly and ardently to pray at the Throne of Grace that God would vouchsafe in his Infinite Mercy to aslift you in this work. That he would set a watch before your Mouth, and keep the Door of your Lips. That he would not suffer your Hearts to be inclin'd to this

great Wickedness any more : but e-
nable you by his free Grace to take such
heed to your ways,

that
you

offend not
in

your Tongue. Then will the Lord graciously look down from his Holy Habitation, from Heaven; and hearken to the Voices of his Contrite Ones. He will send you help from his Sanctuary,

and

and strengthen you out of Sion. He

will speak comfortably to your Souls, Ila. 41. 10. and say unto them ; Fear not, for I am

with yon be not dismay'd for I am your God! I will ftrengihen you, yea I will belp you, yea I will uphold you with the right hand of my Righteonsmess. He will hear your Petitions, He will receive your Prayers, He will fulfil all your Mind, and you shall no more difhonour and profane, but adore and praise him. Praise him incessantly for his Greatness and Goodness, and give Thanke

unto his Holy Name for ever and ever. A. men. Allelujah.

SERMON

SERMON VI.

HE B. 13. 16,

To do good, and to communi

cate forget not.

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and superfluous Injunction : That Man, a Rational, Thinking, Intelligent Being, Ihould by a Divine Messenger be engagʻd to that Duty, which 7 like the Eye-lids of the Morning) opeos and discovers its self by its own Brightness. That Duty which most evidently displays its indispensable Obligation in the harmonious and fignificant Operations of Universal Nature. For behold the Out-goings of the Morning, and of the Evening : Consider the Marches of the Glorious Host of Heaven : Look upon

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all the various Creatures, that walk through the Paths both of the Earth and of the Sea: Contemplate and fedt, dily meditate upon the whole

course of Nature, and tell me, from the Circumference above to the Centre below, what one Creature, what vileft Infect of all, that creep upon the Earth, transgresseth the fixt and Immutable Laws of Love? The great Ordinances of Heaven, to which is committed the Government of the Day and of the Night, observe their Periodical Revolutions for the Service of Mankind ; and 'tis Injurious to the Sweet Influences of the Stars, to charge them with any Effects, but those of Kindness and Benevolence. The Clouds moft plentifully drop Farness upon lofty Hills and Mountains, and the humble Valleys likewise by their moderate and gentle Distillations stand in their Season so thick with Corn that they laugh and sing. The Trees spread abroad their lovely Branches, and kindly reach out to us their delicious Fruits; and the Musical Falls of the Cool, Cry. stal Brooks sweetly call to them the thirfty Traveller to refresh his fainting Spirit. The Elements mutually condescend to motions irregular; and repugnant to

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all the Propensions of their own Nature, red by such Amity and Friendship to mainet tain the Connexion and Indivulsion of op of the Parts of the Universe ;

natural Body, will rend and burst in y Pieces, rather then the Order of the

World should be violated by a Penetration of Dimensions. In short, All the Parts of the Natural World (as Empedocles truly observes) are cemented and Conglutinated by Love, and the bright Planet of the Day sees nothing

in all his Course, but what does Emblei matically, or by way of Resemblancé

admonith us of this Duty.

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And yet (notwithstanding all this) our Divine Writer has Reason enough severely to injoyn and command the fame Dury. The Voice of Nature is indeed the Voice of God, and to a Soul throughly awaken'd speaks as plainly and articulately, as an Angel from Heaven. But, alas! the Genera. lity of Mankind are of benumm'd and torpid Faculties, they have obstinately closed their Eyes against the. Clearest Light, and are deaf to all these ways and Methods whereby God ordinarily speaks to Men. Their Understandings,

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