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ŞERM-in Thofe, who had the Happinefs to get
into it., I can carry the Parallel no farther, I thank God.4--- For the Prudence and Vigilance of its Governours, as it hitherto hath, fo, I question not, always will take Care, that (Contrary to what happend to the Impotent Man in That Story) They who have most need of the Pool, shall ever have the Happiness: to get first into it. Impartiality is the Soul of Mercy, as well as Justice; and adds Farther Degrees of Use and Beauty to the most Useful and Beautiful Thing in the
To give You, therefore, in little the true Character of This Great Benefaction ; As Charity comprizeth almost all Kinds of Virtues ; so doth This Foundation take in almost all Sorts of Chafities !
But tho' aff the Chief kinds of Beneficence are here pursu'd, yet many Miferable Objects in Each Kind are not possible to be reach'd, with the present Stock of Charity, which belongs either to This Hospital, or to all Her Other Rivals in This Labour of Love. God open the
.. Hands Hands ofthe Rich, and direct the Hearts SERM.
II. of the Merciful, to build upon the Foundation Their Forefathers have laid; and
to supply what is wanting, to compleat 5.
Their Designs ! Approving Themselves thus, the true Heirs of Their Piety and Bounty, as well as of their Wealth! Else these Great Buildings and Endowments of a former Age, like the Virtuous Ads
and Atchievements of the first Founders i of Noble Families, will become a Res
proach, rather than be an Honour, tò a Degenerate and Worthless Pofterity.
Consider with Your Selves, how God ; hath blest this City for the sake of the
mighty Works that have been done in Her; I say, for the sake of them.---- For let a Man carry his Thoughts back to that Time, when these Good Designs were first fet on foot, and He shall find, that from thence the Rise and Growth of this City in Trade, Wealth,Interest, and Greatness, is precisely to be dated.
May it grow on, in the same Proportion! and by the fame Means also ! That i is, may there still be found such a Number of Charitable Persons in it, as will
SER M. continue the Character which hath his
therto belong’d to it; and, by That means; fecure' the Continuation of God's Blef. sings upon it. May Charity go on to have its perfet Work ; not Living meerly upon the Old Stock, not continuing at a Stay ; but Growing and Increasing ftili, as the Necessities of Some Men increase, and the Abilities of Others to Relieve them! And thus spreading it self to a wider Compass, it shall assuredly procure a Greater Share of God's Mercies...and Cover a greater
a greater Multitude of our Sins.
That This may be the Case, the Good and 1. Merciful God grant, through the Great
Steward and Dispenser of his Mercies, - Christ the Righteous! To whom, with
the Father, and the Holy Ghost, be af : crib'd; ás is most due, all Honour, Ados
ration, and Praise; Now , -and Ever! Amen!
ISA I A H 1x. 22.
a Small one, a strong Nation : 1, the
ticular, thoughout this Chapter, in describing the sudden and mighty increase of Christianity, its triumphant progress
SER M. thro' all Nations, and its prevalence over
this wondrous Enlargement of it he takes
First, I shall briefly represent to You the matter of Fact it felf, to which this Prophecy refers, how swift and strange a Progress the Gospel made, at, and after its first setting out from Jerusalem.
Secondly, I shall prove to you, that this Success of it must have been Miraculous, and owing chiefly to the mighty Operations, and effectual Affiftances of the Ho