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SERM. fleeting scenes of this life are to be conXII., fidered as no more than an introduction

to a nobler and more permanent order of things, when man shall have attained the maturity of his being. This is what reason gave some ground to expect; what revelation has fully confirmed; and in confirming it, has agreed with thesentiments and anticipation of the good and wise in every age. We are taught to believe, that what we now behold, is only the first stage of the life of man. We are arrived no farther than the threshold; we dwell as in the outer courts of existence. Here, tents only are pitched; tabernacles erected for the sojourņers of a day. But in the region of eternity, all is great, stable, and unchanging. There the manhons of the just are prepared : there, the city which hath foundations is built; there is established, the kingdom which cannot be moved. Here, every thing is in ftir and fluctuation ; because here good men continue not, but pass onward in the course of being. There all is ferene,



steady and orderly; because there re- SERM, maineth the final rest of the people of God. La Here, all is corrupted by our folly and guilt; and of course must be transient and vain. But there, purchased by the death, and secured by the resurrection of the fon of God, is an inheritance in corruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away. There reigns that tranquillity which is never troubled. There shines that fun which never fets. There flows that river of pleasures, which is always unruffled and pure. Looking forward to those divine habitations, the changes of the present world disappear to the eye of faith; and a good man becomes alhamed of suffering himself to be dea jected by what is so soon to pass away,

Such are the objects you ought to oppose to the transient fashion of the world; Virtue, and God, and Heaven. Fixing your regard on these, you will have no reason to complain of the lot of man, or the world's mutability.--The design of the preceding representation

SE R M. which I gave of the world, was not to XII, indulge vain declamation; to raise fruit

less melancholy; or to throw an unnecessary cloud over human life. But to Thow the moderation requisite in our attachment to the world ; and at the same time to point out the higher objects both of attention and confolation which religion affords.-----Passing and changable as all human things are, among them, however, we must at present act our part ; to them we must return from religious meditation. They are not below the regard of any Christian ; for they form the scene which providence has appointed at present for his activity, and his duty. Trials and dangers they may often present to him; but amidst these he will. safely hold his course, if, when engaged in worldly affairs, he keep in view those divine objects which I have been setting before him. Let him ever retain connection with Virtue, and God, and Heaven. By them let his conduct be regulated, and his constancy supported. So Thall


he use this world without abusing it. HeSERM.

XII. shall neither droop under its misfortunes, nor be vainly elated by its advantages ; but through all its changes shall carry an equal and steady mind; and in the end shall receive the accomplishment of the promise of scripture, that though the world passeth away, and the lust thereof, be that doth the will of God Mall abide for ever.*

* 1 John ü. 17.




PSALM xv. 5:

V. 5.

- He that doth these things shall never

' be moved.


SERM. TRANQUILLITY of mind, or, ΧΙΙΙ. and 1 in the words of the text, a mind not

moved or disquieted by the accidents of life, is undoubtedly one of the greatest blessings that we can possess on earth. It is here mentioned as the reward of the man, whose character had been described in this pfalm, as leading a virtuous life, and discharging his duty towards God


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