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Nu. xxiv. 21.

7, 8.

SERM. dom, which thought she had put her Neft

in the Rock, whether none could approach to hurt her ? and seem'd (in the Expref

sions of the Prophet) to say in her heart, Ifa. xlvii. I shall be a Lady for ever ; I am, and none

else beside 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 pursu'd every where ? and have the Preys, which he hath violently seiz'd, ravish'd again out of his Hands! Who knows, but that the feveral Vi&tories 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 deserves 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, since this Blow was given, we have seen the Happy Effects of it, in the Publick Confession of an Exhausted Exchequer, and a Languishing Credit : Evils, which,


God be thanked, are neither felt, nor
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 strengthen the thing which thou haft wrought for us ! Shem thy Servants thy Work, and their Children thy Glory! And Pfal. Ixvii. the Glorious Majesty of the Lord our God. be upon us ! Prosper thou the Work of our Pfal

. xc. Hani's upon us ! 0, prosper thou our handy-16

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On Friday, MARCH 23. 1704-5.

MATTH. xiv. 23. When he had sent the Multitude

be went up into a Mountain, apart,
to Pray.

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




SERM. pleat without the Other; as the Example

of our Blessed Lord (the Unerring Test 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 Concourse 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 himself in all kinds of Religious Exercise, and Intercourse with God, "in Fasting, Meditation, and Prayer. In Imitation of His Spotless Example, we may, doubtless, lead Publick Lives, Innocently, and Usefully;. Conversing with Men, and doing good to them; mutually fowing, and reaping the several Comforts and Advantages of Human Society. But because the Pleasures of Conversation, when too freely tasted, are Intoxicating, and Dangerous; because the Temptations we there meet with are many and mighty ; and even where the Spirit is Willing to resist, yet the Flesh is often


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