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And, as it was immediately after our Saviour's coming, fo hath it been ever fince, to this very day. The Doctrines of the Crofs have never in any Age met, nor will they ever in any future Age meet with a kind and hearty Reception, among Those, who fit in the Seat of the Scorners.
But let us not therefore be dejected, because there are Many, whom the World esteems, who yet esteem not Us, and our Holy and Undefiled Religion! Neither let us fufpect our selves, as being out of the way and impos'd upon, because Men of a greater Reach perhaps, and of a more improv❜d Understanding than We, are not of our Mind. Solomon, who was certainly a Man of Understanding, and who was of our Mind, doth, in a very few Words (which I cannot repeat too often) afford us a full and comfortable Solution of the Case ; A Scorner (faith he) feeketh Wisdom, and findeth it not.
Prov. iii. 34.
From the Account of former Times i appears to us, that thus it always bath been; and from reflections on the Nature of Man, that thus it neceffarily must be = and, therefore, let us poffefs our Souls in Patience and Peace; and go on in the plain Paths of Godliness and Honesty, without Turning to the Right, or to the Left, for whatever Men fcornfully witty can fay of us, or to us.
Let us beg of Him, who fcorneth the Scorners, but giveth Grace unto the Lowly, let us beg of him to Bestow on us, to Preserve, and Increase in us that serious and bumble Frame of Spirit, which alone can qualify us for a Right Apprehenfion of the Truths and Mysteries of the Gofpel; and which is, therefore, certainly Preferable to all other Endowments of Mind, however the World may have mifplac'd the greatest part of its Efteem upon them.
And let us, in order to this end, frequently take to our felves the hum
Ecclus xxiii. 4,
ble Words of the Son of Syrach, and SER M. fay; O Lord, Father and God of my Life, give me not a proud Look; but turn away from thy Servant always an haughty 5, 6. Mind! Turn away from me vain Hopes and Concupifcence, and thou shalt bold him up that is defirous always to ferve thee! Let not the Greediness of the Belly, nor Luft of the Flesh take bold of me ; and give not over Me thy Servant to an Impudent Mind!
And as for those who contemn Us, and our Narrow Principles, and who make us their Derifion daily, let us (in the Words of the Apostle) not ceafe Eph.i. to make mention of them in our Prayers, that the God of our Lord Jefus Chrift, the Father of Glory, may give unto them the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to the Acknowledgment of him: The Eyes of their Understanding being enlightned, that they may know, what is the Hope of his Calling, and what the Riches of the Glory of his Inheritance in the Saints,
Occafion'd by the
Of the Right Honourable
The Lady CUTTS,
A. D. MDCXCVIII.
It is better to go to the House of Mourning, than to go to the House of Feafting: for that is the End of all Men; and the Living will lay it to Heart.
HE first Step towards Happi- SER M, ness is, to correct our false Opinions concerning it, by learning to esteem every thing, not according to that Rate and Value, which the World, or our own mistaken Imagi