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« Pus;" ver. 4. who did (as you have heard) in every instance, what you are exhorted to do; and by fo doing, “ left us an example, that we « fhould follow his steps !" Let us look up to him, not only as the author and Fini/ber of our faith, but as the perfect rule and measure of our obedience; remembring and applying those few, but emphatical words, with which he concludes the parable of the good Samaritan, from whence my text is taken; to thou and do likewife. Which God of his infinite mercy grant, da
Preached before the
Sons of the Clergy
December 6, 1709.
To the WORSHIP FUL Mr. John Tenison, Mr. John Markham, Mr. John Scott, Mr. Benajah Barret, Mr. Thomas Fulkes, Mr. John Bosville, Dr. Humphry Colmer, Mr. George Plaston, Dr. John Freind, Mr. Joseph Sherwood, Mr. Anthony Webster, Mr. Auguftin Martin.
S TE W A R D S
FOR THE LATE;
F E A S T
GENTLEMEN, .. V OU desired me to preach, and print this
I sermon: I complied with you in both these requests ; though I had just objections to both of them. Permit me now, in my turn, to ask one thing of you ; against which, I think, there lies no objection: That, as you have, with some trouble and expence, supported our anniversarymeeting ; fo you would continue always to countenance it by your presence, and heartily to favour
the honest and pious design of it. There are, I believe, two hundred persons now living, who have gone before you in the stewardship. If all these be as earnest and follicitous to promote this charity, when out of that office, as they were, when in it, we need not doubt but that it will spread and enlarge itself every year, more and more; as, God be thanked, it hath lately done, notwithstanding the great discouragements under which it labours, by reason of the public taxes; and its many new rivals in the same labour of love, but chiefly, by reason of the growing wickedness of those, who, being enemies to the clergy, and to the religion of Christ, mult needs be enemies to this particular charity.
In composing this discourse, I purposely declined all offensive and displeasing truths, as unseasonable at a time peculiarly dedicated to the exercise of charity ; not as in themselves misbecoming the preachers of the gospel : For I have learnt from one, who well knew and practised every art of fpiritual prudence, so as to become all things to all men, in order to save fome; that there are also times, when we must “ be instant in preaching the word,” though“ out of season;" and when they, who “ please men are no longer the servants of Christ;” Times, when that holy Tæppaoia, fo: much spoken of in fcripture, is necessary; even that undaunted firmness of mind and freedom of speech, by which the doctrine of the gospel was disseminated at first, and must still be maintained. When such opportunities offer themselves, God, I hope, will enable all those, who wait at his ala
tař, to discharge a good conscience, with equal wisdom and courage.
I have added, here and there, in the margins of the following sheets, some passages from St. Chryfoftime, because they are not only very appoSite, but expreffed also with great life and beauty: and I had hopes, by the means of them, to excite thofe of my brethren, who are newly entered in. to the ministry, carefully to perufe that excellent treatife, from which there are taken ; a treatife, which next to the sacred pages themselves, and the offices of ordination prescribed by our church, is, I am persuaded, of the greatest ufe to give us true impreffions of the dignity and duties of the priesthood, and to warn us into resolutions of acting in every cafe, as becomes our sacred character. I cannot but express my satisfaction, that a learned hand * hath lately taken this ufe. ful piece out of St. Chryfi ftom's works, and published it in a separate volume. ...
Excuse me, gentlemen, for mixing things of this nature in an address to you; which was designed only to'acquaint the world, who are an. swerable for the publication of this fermon; and to assure you, after the most proper manner, that I am
Your very affectionate
And most humble servant, Dec. 23, 1709.
Fr. ATTERBURY. * Mr. Hughes of Jefus College, Cambridge.