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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

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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

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II. of the Merciful, to build upon the Foundation Their Forefathers have laid; and

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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

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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!

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A Little one shall become a Thousand; and

a Small one, a strong Nation : 1, the
Lord will hasten it, in His Time.
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ticular, thoughout this Chapter, in describing the sudden and mighty increase of Christianity, its triumphant progress

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SER M. thro' all Nations, and its prevalence over
uw all the other Religions of the World. And

this wondrous Enlargement of it he takes
occafion (at the close of the Chapter) to
represent as so much the more Amira-
ble, on the account of that Small Ap-
pearance it should make at first, those
Slender and Unpromising Beginnings,
with which it should set out. A little
one, says he, in the Words I have read
to you, shall become a Thousand ; and a
Small one, a.strong Nation: 1, the Lord,
will hasten it, in His (i. e, in the Mef-
fials), time. From which words, there-
fore, I shall without farther Preface, take
occasion to raise these feveral Heads of
Discourse.

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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

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