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SER M. dom, which thought she had put her Neft IX. in the Rock, whether none could approach Nu. xxiv. to hurt her? and feem'd (in the Expreffions of the Prophet) to Say in her heart, Ifa. xlvii. I shall be a Lady for ever; I am, and none elfe befide me? Who knows, but that the mighty Hunter of Men may, from this moment, be oblig'd to forego his Chace? may find it come to his turn, to fly, and be purfu'd every where? and have the Preys, which he hath violently feiz'd, ravish'd again out of his Hands! Who knows, but that the feveral Victories which he hath meanly Stollen, or Purchas'd, may now, after a more fair and generous manner, be regain'd? and all the Laurels, he unjustly wears, be torn from his Temples, and plac'd on the Head of Another, who better deferves them? Certain it is, that God hath already begun to do these great things for us; which, unless we are wanting to our felves, he will as certainly finish. Already, fince this Blow was given, we have seen the Happy Effects of it, in the Publick Confeffion of an Exhausted Exchequer, and a Languishing Credit: Evils, which, God

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God be thanked, are neither felt, nor SERM. fear'd by Us at home, under the present Vigilant and Wise Administration.

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Do Thou, O God, we beseech Thee, go on to ftrengthen the thing which thou haft wrought for us! Shew thy Servants thy Work, and their Children thy Glory! And Pfal. Ixvii. the Glorious Majefty of the Lord our God be upon us! Profper thou the Work of our Pfal. xc. Hands upon us! O, profper thou our handy

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Of RELIGIOUS RETIREMENT.

SERMO N,

R M

Preach'd before the

QUEEN,

At St. JAMES's CHAPEL,

On Friday, MARCH 23. 1704-5.

MATTH. xiv. 23.

When he had fent the Multitude away, be went up into a Mountain, apart, to Pray.

X.

T hath been disputed, which is a SERM. State of greater Perfection, the Social, or the Solitary; whereas, in truth, neither of these Estates is com

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SERM. pleat without the Other; as the Example X. of our Blessed Lord (the Unerring Teft and Measure of Perfection) informs us. His Life, (which ought to be the Partern of Ours) was a Mixture of Contemplation and Action, of Austerity and Freedom: We find him often, where the greatest Concourfe was, in the MarketPlaces, in the Synagogues, and at Festival Entertainments; and we find him also retiring from the Crowd into a Defert, or a Garden, and there employing himfelf in all kinds of Religious Exercise, and Intercourse with God, in Fasting, Meditation, and Prayer. In Imitation of His Spotless Example, we may, doubtlefs, lead Publick Lives, Innocently, and Usefully; Converfing with Men, and doing good to them; mutually fowing, and reaping the feveral Comforts and Advantages of Human Society. because the Pleafures of Conversation, when too freely tafted, are Intoxicating, and Dangerous; because the Temptations we there meet with are many and mighty; and even where the Spirit is Willing to refift, yet the Flesh is often

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