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THE

WORKS

OF THE

REV. JONATHAN SWIFT, D. D.

DEAN OF ST. PATRICK'S, DUBLIN.

ARRANGED BY

THOMAS SHERIDAN, A.M.

WITH

NOTES, HISTORICAL AND CRITICAL.

A NEW EDITION, IN TWENTY-FOUR VOLUMES.

CORRECTED AND REVISED

BY JOHN NICHOLS, F. A. S.

EDINBURGH AND PERTH.

VOLUME XIV.

NEW-YORK:

TUBLISHED BY WILLIAM DURELL AND CO.

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CONTENTS

OF

THE FOURTEENTH VOLUME.

TWELVL SERMONS.

3 20 33

55 67 82 94 105 119 129

1 The Difficulty of knowing one's self,
II. On the Trinity,
III. On Mutual Subjection,
IV. On the Testimony of Conscience,

V. On Brotherly Love,
VI. On the Martyrdom of King Charles I.
VII. On False Witness,
VIII. On the poor Man's Contentment,
IX. On the Causes of the wretched Condition of Ireland,
X. On sleeping in Church,
XI. On the Wisdom of the World,
XII. Doing good : a Sermon on the Occasion of Wood's Pro-

ject,
Three Prayers for Mrs. Johnson,
Thoughts on Religion,
Further Thoughts on Religion,
Resolutions when I come to be old,
Thoughts on various Subjects, moral and diverting,
Thoughts on various Subjects continued, .
A Treatise on Good Manners and Good Breeding,
Hints on Good Manners,
* Mr. Collins's Discourse on Freethinking put into plain Eng-

lish, by way of Abstract, for the Use of the Poor,
On mean and great Figures, made by several Persons,
Of public Absurdities in England,
Of the Education of Ladies,
Character of Primate Marsh,

142 153 158 162 163 165 176 184 190

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193 226 231 236

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Character of Mrs. Howard,
On the Death of Mrs. Johnson,
Bons Mots de Stella,
The Answer of the Right Honourable William Pulteney, Esq.

to the Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole,
Memoirs of Captain John Creichton,
A Discourse to prove the Antiquity of the English Tongue,

243 247 258

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TWELVE SERMONS,

BY

DR. SWIFT.*

Though the Dean's first and most laudable ambition was to exce? as a preacher, he frequently declared that he had not talents for it; and therefore would not publish any Sermons, though often pressed by his friends to do it. He was, however, well attended by a crowded audience every fifth Sunday at his Cathedral, when the preaching came to his turn, which was well known in Dublin; and his Sermons are certainly curious, for such reasons as would make other works despicable. They were written in a careless hurrying manner, the offspring of necessity, not of choice: so that we see the original force of wis genius more in these compositions, that were the legitimate sons of duty, than in other pieces, that were the patural sons of love, They were held in such low esteem in his own thoughts, that, some years before he died, he gave away the whole collection to Dr. Sheri. dan, with the utmost indifference. 'Here," says he,“ are a bundle of my old Sermons; you may have them if you please; they may be of use to you; they have never been of any to me.” The parcel given to Dr. Sheridan consisted of about five-and-thirty Sermons. Twelve of these having come to light at different periods of time, are here collected; and a perusal of any one of them must excite a wish for those which we have not been so happy as to recover. N.

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VOL. XIV.

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