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By JOSEPH TRAPP, M. A.
Fellow of Wadham-College in the University
Moon in St. Paul's Church-yard. 1711.
ISAIAH I. 26.
Counsellor's as at the beginning ; afterwards thou falt be callid the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.
Counsellor's ac in Judges as at the firft, and they
He Folly and Ingratitude of Men appear in
no Instance more than in this; That they L are apt to be regardless of the ordinary Bleffings they enjoy, and to be affected with none but those which are New, and Surprizing. A wonderful Deliverance makes some Impression upon 'em ; but they take no notice of being in such a Condition, as to need no Deliverance. Nay, they are influenc'd only for a time, even by those uncommon Occurrences; even tbose are soon flighted, and forgotten by them. Most Men seem to expect the same Proofs of God's Power and Goodness, as some do to prove the Truth of the Chriftian Religion ; both requiring a frequent Repetition of fresh Miracles, the Former to revive their Gratitude, as the Latter to begin their Faith.
Now tho' it be very unreasonable for Men to expect new extraordinary Favours, to refresh their Memories, and put them in mind of old ones; yet the Providence of God has been pleas'd to afford even that Privilege to us of these Nations. Besides former Delia verances from the many imminent Dangers which threatned our Constitution ; we have had at least One, since That which we this Day commemorate. But the present Occasion obliges me to inlarge chiefly upon That: And That indeed is so very fignal and re
markable, that it is of it self more than sufficient to furnish Matter for any one Discourse.
In speaking upon this Subject, the Words which I have chosen seem very proper to be insisted upon; not only my Text, but this whole Chapter, being applicable to our prefent purpose. Which indeed is not to be wonder'd at; our Case fo nearly resembling That of the Jews: Since, like Them, by the peculiar and signal Providence of God, we enjoy the purest Religi. on, and the best Establishment in the World, with respect to both Church, and State; and I wish I could not say that, like Them too, we are particularly remarkable for our Perverseness, and Rebellion, and for our ungrateful Abuse of such inestimable Privileges. · This whole Chapter therefore, I say, is alñoft as exactly adapted to our Circumstances, as if it were purposely calculated for them. Besides some other Pallages which I Mall have occasion to mention in the Progress of my Discourse, These which follow are a perfect Description of the State of these Kingdoms,efpecially in the Times of Those who overturn'd our Constitution, and made a Restoration so necessary a Blerfing. The Prophet, or rather God by the Mouth of his Prophet, begins his Expoftulation with his People in these sublime, elegant, and pathetical Expressions, which no Human Eloquence can equal, or imitate. Hear 0 Heavens, and give ear 0 Earth; for the Lord hath ipoken. I have nourisli'd and brought up Children, and they have rebelld against me. The Ox knometh his Owner, and the Ass bis Master's Crib; but Ifrael doth not know, my People doth not consider. Ah! finful Nation; A People laden with Iniquiry; a seed of evil Doers ; Children ihat are Corrupters; they have forsaken the Lord, they have provok'd the Holy One of Israel to Anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? Te will rea polt more and more ; The whole Head is sick, and the whole Heart faint. From the Sole of the Foot even unto the Heade there is no Soundness in it; but Wounds, and Bruises, and