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And, 1. Let us often consider such ArguXVII. ments, to move us to the Pursuit after it, Was I have before mentioned : How easy, and se

date, and happy, it will make us in the inward State, and the secret Recesses, of our own Minds; how beneficial it will be in its Influences upon the Public; how many Miseries it might have prevented ; how many Happinesses it would procure, were it universally practised. Let us then consider of how bad Consequence, and of what wretched Influence the Temper contrary to it must necessarily be, upon Society; whatWrath and Anger, what Malice and Ill-will; what Outrages, and Tumults, and Wars, and Massacres, it has been, and ever will be, the Occasion of; A deep Sense of these, and of the great Duty of imitating God in our Tempers and Practice, will help us in the obtaining and possessing this divine Virtue. And

2. In order to this, it is absolutely necessary that we should free ourselves from Hatred and Malice, Pride and Arrogance. Love and Humility are the proper Road to this Virtue ; but Uncharitableness and Pride lead us into Paths quite distinct from, and opposite to it. For the more we love our Neighbour, the more ready fhall we be to design and promote his Happiness; and the more desirous and studious we are of that, the more shall we be willing to

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yield all lesser Points up to it; to comply in any se RM. thing of no great Importance, when that de- XVII. mands it. And then, the more humble we are, the less Opinion and Value we set upon Ourselves; the less shall we be sensible of any undervaluing of ourselves by Compliance and Yielding; the more ready shall we be to submit to all good Offices; to recede from what we might, perhaps, in justice, claim, and to shew a Pattern to all about us, of Moderation and Condescension. But, on the other side, if we have conceived, or do nourish, any Prejudices against Mens Persons; if we hate'and abhor Men, because they do not fall in with us in all things ; or entertain any sort of Ill-will against them ; this will make us glad to displease and incense them, to heighten their Prejudices already embraced, but is never likely to make us consult their Good at any Time, or prefer it before the least Advantage, or most insignificant Humour, of our own ; or to make us sollicitous in our Endeavours after a Frame of Mind, which consists in a Readiness to yield and comply, for the sake of our common Good and Happiness.

And therefore, if our Breasts be filled with Pride, with an overweening Conceit of Ourselves, of our own Abilities, and our own Way; if we be too arrogant to hear of any Alteration in Ourselves ; if we think it beneath our Dignity to

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SÉRM. gainst the like deplorable Calamities xvII. transmit those inestimable Blessings of Religimous and Civil Liberty, we at present enjoy,

(under the wise Government of Those who appear

to know the Value of this Virtue) safe, and unviolated, to future Times: And this, I am sure, ought to be the hearty Endeavour of every Protestant Englisman, of what Denomination foever.

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SERMON XVIII.

Preached at St. Swithin's Church, on Sept. 2,

1702, being the Fast-day observed in Re-
membrance of the Fire of London, 1666.

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LUKE XIX. 41, 42.

And when he was come near, he beheld the City,

and wept over it, saying, If thou hadt known, even thou, at least in this thy Day, the Things that belong unto thy Peace! But now they are bid from thine Eyes.

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HE City our blessed Lord thus wept SERM. over, was Jerusalem; esteemed, by the xviii.

Jews, as the Glory of the whole m Earth. But he wept not over it, as a Collection of fine Buildings; but as it was the Capital City, and principal Resort, of the whole Jewish Nation; as it contained in it a vast Number of that People whom God had chosen out of the World to be his own : an ungrateful and rebellious People, that had had all Me

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SER M. thods tried with them, to make them better xvm. and happier, but could not be reclaimed by

any; that had killed and stoned the Prophets God had sent to them, and now were going to reject and kill his Son; and so were destined, through their own Wickedness, to a great and remarkable Ruine and Destruction. The Thought and Foresight of this moved the Compassion of our Lord, who came to save them. When he was near, He bebeld the City; and that View brought to his Mind those difmal Calamities the Inhabitants of it were calling down upon themselves : And be wept over it, expressing his tender Regard to it's Inhabitants in thisWish, If thou hadst known, even thou, in this thy Day, i. e. if, in this your last Trial, now at this Time when I am sent to You with the last Offers of God's Mercy, the Things that belong to thy Peace! If You, the Inhabitants, had understood what is your true and real Interest, your Duty and your Happiness ! But now they are hid from thine Eyes, i. e. from this Time, If You, the People highly favoured of God, are resolved to perfist in Infidelity, and even to reject Me your long-expected Messiah, whom God has sent to you, with his last Offers; there can be no more Hopes. God Almighty most justly now gives you over, to be led by that perverse

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