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And, as it was immediately after our Saviour's coming, so hath it been ever fince, to this very day. The Doctrines of the Cross 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 suspect 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) seeketh Wisdom, and findeth it not.

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From the Account of former Times it appears to us, that thus it always bath been ; and from reflections on the Nature of Man, that thus it necessarily must be ; and, therefore, let us possess 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 scornfully witty can say of us, or to us.

Prov. iii. 34.

Let us beg of Him, who fcorneth the Scorners, but giveth Grace unto the Loply, 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 Apprehension of the Truths and Mysteries of the Gorpel; and which is, therefore, certainly Preferable to all other Endowments of Mind, however the World may have mifplac'd the greatest part of its Esteem

upon them.

And let us, in order to this end, frequently take to our felves the hum


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ble Words of the Son of Syrach, and SER M.
say ; 0 Lord, Father and God of my
Life, give me not a proud Look; but turn
away from tby Servant always an baughty 5, 6.
Mind! Turn away from me vain Hopes
and Concupiscence, and thou shalt bold bim
up that is desirous always to serve 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 Im-
pudent Mind !


And as for those who contemn Us, and our Narrow Principles, and who make us their Derision daily, let us (in the Words of the Apostle ) not cease Eph.i.

16,17,18 to make mention of them in our Prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Chrift, the Father of Glory, may give unto them the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation to the Acknowledgment of bim: 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,

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Of the Right Honourable

The Lady CUTTS,


ECCLEȘ. vii. 2.
It is better to go to the House of Mourning,

than to go to the House of Feasting :
for that is the End of all Men ; and
the Living will lay it to Heart.

HE first Step towards Happi- SERM,

ness is, to correct our false Opi-
nions concerning it, by lear-

ning to esteem every thing, not according to that Rate and Value, which the World, or our own mistaken Imagi



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