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Z'RANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL FRENCH OF

the late

REV. JAMES SAURIN,

PASTOR OF THE FRENCH CHURCH AT THE HAGUE.

VOLUME VI.

ON

SACRAMENTAL OCCASIONS.

tttttttttttttt Grace and Peace be multiplied unto you through the Knowledge of God, and

of Jesus our Lord. ---St. PETER.

十十十十十十

BY HENRY HUNTER, D. D.
PASTOR OF THE SCOTS CHURCH, LONDON-WALL,

Blackburn :

PRINTED BY HEMINGWAY & CROOK;

and sold by
LONGMAN AND REES, LONDON.

1800.

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THE

PREFACE.

THE name of SAURIN, as a Preacher and a Scripture

T Critic, is so well-known, and so highly respected, as to render any panegyric or recommendation of mine altogether unnecessary. His great work entitled, Discourses Historical, Critical, Theological and Moral, on the most memorable Events recorded in the Old and New Testaments, is in the hands of almost every Protestant divine who understands the French language. Of this the first volume only has been given to the English public, by a respectable layman, John Chamberlayne, Esquire, of the City of Westminster, presently after the publication of the original at the Hague, in 1723. Unhappily for the world Mr. SAURIN did not live to accomplish that arduous undertaking ; his valuable labours being interrupted by the stroke of death, before he had quite finished the sixth Discourse of Vol. III. which contains the period of Solomon's piety and prosperity. The work was, however, very creditably continued and completed by Messrs. Roques and De Beausobre. A republication of Mr. Chamberlayne's volume, and a translation of the other five, would be an important and, no doubt, an acceptable addition to English literature.

The late Reverend ROBERT ROBINSON, of Cambridge, has given a very good translation of five volumes of the Sermons of SAURIN, selected from twelve, of which the original consists ; to these he has prefixed Memoirs of the Reformation in France, and of SAURIN's Life. This work has been so well received all over Great Britain, that a third large impression of it is already nearly exhausted : a striking proof, surely, of the author's extraordinary merit as a Christian orator, especially if it be considered that this approbation is expressed in an age and a country daily enriched with original displays of pulpit eloquence, and whose taste is rendered fastidious by profusion and variety of excellence.

But the Public, it would appear, is still disposed to receive more of Mr. SAURIN's Sermons, for I have been frequently

and

and importunately solicited to undertake the translation of
what remains : a request with which, I acknowledge, 'I felt
no great reluctance to comply ; being thoroughly convinced
that no compositions of the kind are more calculated to be
useful to mankind. By the reception given to this volume, I
shall be enabled to determine whether it is proper to desist,
or to go on.

The attentive Reader will readily perceive that I have
made the arrangement of the subjecis part of my study.
When I found any of the links of my chain anticipated by
my respectable predecessor in the work of translation, I refer
to it, that those who choose to read in a series may be
saved the trouble of tracing it from volume to volume.

As the originals are much longer than the generality of mo-
dern Sermons, and as I suppose these may probably be
adopted by families as part of their serious domestic reading,
I have taken the liberty to divide most of them into two,
and some into three parts, in the view of relieving the exer-
tion of the person who reads, and the attention of the hear-
ers : introducing nothing of my own, except sometimes a
few lines of recapitulation, where it seemed necessary to
connect the several members of the subject.

To one advantage only over my predecessor do I presume
to lay claim, congeniality of sentiment with my Author, on
certain points of doctrini, of rites and ceremonies, of church
discipline, and some others, in which Mr. Robinson dif-
fers from him. There must be many passages, accordingly,
which he disapproved while he translated, and some Ser-
mons he probably omitted altogether, because they coin-
cided not with his religious belief. Under this disadvantage
I did not labour in executing my task; as I agree in almost
every point with my great Original, and possible translated
with peculiar satisfaction what Mr. ROBINSON did reluctantly,
er saw it his duty entirely to leave out. His Readers and
mine will, undoubtedly, exercise the same right of private
judgment, and, I trust, practise the same candour and for-
bearance which he and I thought ourselves obliged by precept
and by example to recommend.

The purchasers of this volume are respectfully informed,
that a new edition of Mr. ROBINSON's? five volumes
may be had of Mr. MURGATROYD, Chiswell-Street, and of
the other Booksellers mentioned in the title page.
Bethnal-Green Road,

H. H.
24th June, 1796. S

CONTENTS.

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