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SERM. tisfaction, than of our Trouble and Difs

III. content. . timp For who is there that would not re

joice and be exceeding glad, when he heard that his Son was made a mighty Prince in a foreign Country; and that he should shortly fee him in all his Splendor and Glory, and partake with him in this prosperous Condition ? And, is it not much greater Cause of Joy, that we are affured our Friends are in Poffeffion of an immortal Crown, which fadeth not away, eternus in the Heavens? If therefore we inquire into the Cause of our immo derire Grief, for the Loss of Children and Relacions, we shall find it proceeds 'either Fun Infidelity, or because we entertain ante excessive Love to the good Things of whis World ; either we do not believe that there is a Life to come after this short Life i ended, we do not expect the Joys and i lappiness of another World, or else we prefer the good Things of this before thein. For, suppose it was put into our Power to raise our deceased Relations from the Dead, and to redeem them from the Power of the Grave, and to give them a longer Continuance amongst us; would it not be a very unreasonable Thing to desire, that they should quit the Society of Saints

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and Angels in Heaven, to bear us Com-SERM. pany upon Earth ; and leave those happy III. and blessed Abodes, to undergo the Slavery of a sinful Life? Let us therefore rather bemoan our own "Łot and Portion than theirs, and pray, that God in his good Time would accomplish the Number of his Elect, deliver us from these vile and sinful Bodies, and cloath us with that House which is from above; that so, together with them, we may be made perfect in Glory. In the mean while, let our chief Endeavours be, to make our Calling and Election sure, to live good and ufeful Lives, and to be conversant in Works of Piety, Justice, and Mercy, and especially to abound in Alms-deeds and a liberal Contribution to the Necessities of our poor Brethren ; which is a Duty more particularly incumbent on those who have no es Children of their own to provide for, 1 and therefore are the more able to provide for the supernumerary Branches of a prolific

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SERMON. IV. The Nature and Necessity of good

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MAT. v. 16.
Let your. Light so shine before Men,

that they may see your good Works,
and glorify your Father which is in
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V Y HEN our Saviour Chrift IV. i

was here upon Earth, it was his chief Business and

Delight to do the Will of Joh. iv. him that sent him, and to finish bis Work. 34. And it was upon this Design, that he travelled about from City to City, from SERM. one Village to another, teaching in the IV. Synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven. The Sermon on the Mat. ix. Mount was one of those excellent Difcourses and pathetical Exhortations, which he delivered to the People ; in which he declares, unto them, what Sort of Persons they should be, who desire to be intitled to eternal Happiness, and have a Blessing intailed upon them; and, after he

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N. B. The Occasion, on which this Sermon and the něxt following were preached, was as follows : The Chapel at Highgate, in Middle fex, was first erected and endowed in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth, Anno Dom. 1565, and afterwards enlarged, in the Reign of King

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James I. Anno Dom. 1616. But, the Hamlet growing more populous, so that the Chapel would not receive the Inhabitants, the Sum of 248 1. 145. 6 d. was raised by Subscription: To which Edward Pauncfort of Highgate, Esq; generously added 700 l. 6 s. 6 d. with both which Sums, amounting to 949 6. is. the said Chapel was repaired, enlarged, and beautified, and this Sermon on Mat. v. 16. preached at the first Opening thereof, after the said Alterations, on May 15, 1720. and that which follows, on Exod. xx. 24, was preached, by the Author, at the Consecration of the said Chapel, by the Right Rev. Dr. John Robinson, Lord Bishop of London, on October 6, 1720.

I CANNOT here omit fome farther Mention of the Goodness and Generosity of our worthy Benefactor Mr. Pauncfort, to this Hamlet, who, besides what is abovementioned, did, in his Life-time, build a Charity-Sehool, to teach poor Girls, rebuilt fix old Almshouses, and added to them fix new ones, at the Expence of 373). And, in his Will, ordered an Estate of 60 l. per Annum, beyond Reprizes, to be purchased, out of which was to be paid

to the fix poor Widows, inhabiting the Almihouses built · by him, 5 l. per Annum, each: To the Minister, who

reads Prayers in the Chapel at Highgate, 10 l. per Annum, And the Residue of the Rents and Profits, towards the Maintenance of the Charity Girls aforesaid,

SERM. had repeated the eight Beatitudes, and LIV. told them, that they are the Poor in Spirit, Curva such as mnourn for their Sins, the Meek,

those that hunger and thirst after Righteousness, such as are merciful, the Pure in Heart, Peace-makers, and such as are perfecuted for Righteousnefs Sake, who are, and shall be blessed : He proceeds to tell them, that they are the Salt of the Earth, and the Light of the World, two of the most excellent Things, and of greatest Use; and that, therefore, they ought to produce the most excellent Effects, and lay out themselves in doing Good, and in being eminent Examples in all the Instances of their Duty. He shews them also, that those Laws, which he now gave them from the Mount, were not in the least contrary to those which their Forefathers received from Mount Sinai, which were written on Tables of Stone, to denote that they were moral Duties, and therefore of perpetual Obligation, and to be observed to the End of the World; and that what he now enjoined was only a plainer Declaration, and a more particular Exemplification of the Laws of Nature and right Reafon : For he came not to abrogate or abolish the Law (i. e. the moral Law) but to fulfil it. And, there

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