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and are a confess'd part

of Your Character.

When we compare the Good which You have done, My LORD, with that which You have receiv'd, it brings to mind the Appofite Passage of the Prophet: The Liberal deviseth Liberal things, and by Liberal things shall be be establisb'd. Your LORDSHIP, is an Illustrious Instance of this Truth; for the Bleslings, You have so plentifully

. scatter'd on those beneath You; have been multiply'd on Your own Head from above; and You have reap'd the

Benefits

Benefits of a most generous and firm Friendship, in like manner as You fow'd them. You have given, my Lord, and it hath been given unto You ; good Measure, pressed down, Naken together, and running over : for with the Same Measure, which You meted withal, bath it been and may it ever be measured to

you again.

Your Happiness, My LORD, is now as compleat as all the Prosperous Circumstances of Life can make it ; and Your Private Domestick Felicities (a Case rarely

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known) are no ways inferiour to those of a more Publick and Splendid Nature. For You are happy in the best of Ladies, as She is in the Tenderest of Husbands; You have the best of Brothers, and the best of Children; those Arrows in the Hand of the Mighty Man, which are both his Ornament, and Defence: God be thanked, Your Quiver is full of them ! And He amongit them, who is to inherit Your Ample Fortunes, doth, by his Early Love of Learning, and most Vertuous Difpofition, promise, that he will

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one day do Honour even to that Honourable Stock from which he springs.

With such a variety of Bleflings hath God surrounded You! and, that nothing may be wanting, he hath blefs'd You likewise with an Heart and Skill to use them, May You, thro’his Goodness, enjoy an uninterrupted Continuance of them; and such a Length of Days, as willgive You Room to improve them to the utmost, for His Glory, and the Pulick Benefit.

This, MY LORD, is the Unanimous Wifh of all that

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have been Oblig'd by You, of All that Honour You, that is, of All that truly Know You; but of none more than Him, who now offers these Sermons to Your Lordship, and with that Sincerity which becomes a Preacher of Divine Truth, professes himself to be, by all the Tyes of Esteem, and Duty, Gratitude, and Inclination,

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Your LORDSHIP's

most Devoted,

and ever Faithful Servant,

FRANCIS ATTERBURY,

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