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Ser M. Wises Man in the text, is accompanied yj^lij with this remarkable expression j not only thine own friend, but also* thy father's friend forsake Hot. These Words bring back to our remembrance the days of former years j and suggest a sentiment, which cannot but touch every feeling heart. Thine own friend im.f be dear j thy father's friend ought to be ikefed. As long as life remains in any human breast, the memory of those antient ties should remain, which connected us once with our father, and our father's house. Thy father has perhaps, long ago, gone down to the dust. But when you recal the innocent days Of childhood and youth; when you think of those family transactions which once gladden^ ed your hearts j your father's friend, in the midst of these, Will rise to your V&membrancei There Was a time when you accosted him Withrespect, er looked up to him With fondness, and was made happy by his kindly notice. Does such a one now survive, and shall he not receive from you some portion or filial
fev*rehce dhd fttfnottf? To disregard s E R M. and neglect him; is id IpHirri your fa- J^j ther's memory j is to insult the ashes of him Who floW sleeps Hi the grave; is to transmit .yourselves to those who shall succeed you, as unfeeling and base. Thine own friend, andthy father''s friend, forsake not.
I HaVe pointed out some of the chief duties which belong to virtuous friendship j and some of the principal means by which this sacred bond, should be preserved unbroken j this holy flame should be kept alive in the human breast. The spirit, and sentiments, which I have studied to inspire, are such as virtue breathes, and such as true piety should increase. It is thus we fulfil that great law of love, which our divine Master taught. It is thus we prepare ourselves for those happy regions, there charity never faileth; where, in the presence of the God of love, eternal and invariable friendships unite together all the blessed; friendships,
SE JIM. which, by no human infirmity dis
XVIL turbed, by death never separated, shall
constitute throughout endless ages, a
great and distinguished portion of the
celestial felicity. .
On the Conduct to be held with regard to future Events.
Proverbs xxvii. i.
Boajl not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowejl not whist a day may bring forth.
FROM these words I purpose to dis- SERM. course of the proper conduct which we ought to hold with regard to futurity, amidst the present uncertainties of life. Time and life are always going on, and to each of us are preparing changes in our state. What these may be, whether for the better or for the worse, we cannot tell; as it hath pleased
I. the wisdom of providence to cover futu'rity with a veil which no mortal can lift up. In the mean time, none of us can avoid forming designs, and laying plans for the time to come. The present moment is never sufficient to give full employment to the active mind of man, without some excursions into futurity; and in these excursions, the present is often wholly spent. It is therefore of the highest consequence, that a proper direction be given to the mind, in its employments of thought relating to futurity. Otherwise, in the prospects which We take of that unknown region* false hopes, or ill-grounded fears, mall flatter or torment us in vain. We know not, as the Wife Man tells us, what a day may bring forth. It may, very probably, produce something that we had not looked for j and therefore instead of boafting ourselves of to-morrow, as the multitude are apt to do, it becomes us to be disciplined and prepared, for whatever it may bring.