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I suppose it is needless to inform the public, that the reason of printing these sermons, arises altogether from the favourable reception which the fermon given as a sample of them in 'TriSTRAM SHANDY met with from the world. — That sermon was printed by itself some years ago, but could find neither purchasers nor readers, so that I apprehended little hazard from a promise I made upon its republication, “ That if the sermon was liked, " these should be also at the " world's service;" which, to be as good as my word, they here are; and I pray to God, they may do it the service I wish. I have little to say in their behalf, except this, that not one of them

was

was composed with any thoughts of being printed ;- they have been hastily written, and carry the marks of it along with them.

This may be no recommendation ;-I mean it, however, as such :: for as the sermons turn chiefly upon philantropy, and those kindred virtues to it, upon which hang all the law and the prophets, I trust they will be no less felt, or worse received, for the evidence they bear of proceeding more from the heart than the head. I have nothing to add, but that the reader, upon old and beaten subjects, 'must not look for many new thoughts, ’tis well if he has new language : in three or four passages, where he has neither the one nor the

A 3 other, other, I have quoted the author
I made free with.- There are
fome other passages, where I fuf-
pect I may have taken the same
liberty ;---but 'tis only suspicion,
for I do not remember it is fo,
otherwise I should have restored
them to their proper owners; so
that I put it in here more as a ge-
neral saving, than from a consci-
ousness of having much to an-
swer for upon that score. In this,
however, and every thing else
which I offer or shall offer to the
world, I rest, with a heart much
at ease, upon the protection of the
humane and candid, from whom
I have received many favours, for
which I beg leave to return them
thanks---thanks.

CONTENTS.

SERMON I.
Enquiry, after Happiness.

SERMON II.
The House of Feasting and the House of

Mourning, described.

SERMON III.
Philantropy recommended.
SERMON IV,

Self-knowledge.

SERMON Vi The Case of Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath, considered. A Charity Sermon.

SERMON VI.
Pharisee and Publican in the Temple.

SERMON VII.
Vindication of Human Nature.
SERMON VIII.

Time and Chance.
4A 4. SERMON

.. SERMON IX. The Character of Herod. Preached on In

nocents Day.

SERMON X.
Job's Account of the Shortness and Troubles

:: of Life, considered.
SERMON XI.

Evil-Speaking.

SERMON XII.
Joseph's History considered. Forgiveness of

Injuries.
SERMON XIII.
Duty of setting Bounds to our Desires.

SERMON XIV.
· Self-Examination.
'SERMON XV.
Job's Expoftulation with his Wife.

SERMONS

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