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And ift, Consider the Baseness of Ingratitude.

Ingratitude, though it be but to Men, is the fouleft Imputation, and the Vileft Chara&ter that a Man can have. А Generous Spirit is impatient under the Charge, and it is a, Character of fo ill a Sound, that a Man scarce ever gets clear of it ; He never thoroughly recovers his Credit, nor ever afterwards appears well in the World, that has show'd himself Ungrateful to his Friend and Benefactor.

But what then shall we say of Ingratitude to God? to whom we have such Infinite Obligations ; from whom we receive our Life and all the Comforts of it ; and of whose Mercy it is that we are not consumed every Moment.

And This we are so Sensible of in Sickness or any other Danger, that when all Human Help fails, we fly to Him as our only Help in Trouble, and humbly proftrate ourselves before him. And when he has heard and Delivered us,

is it not the Basest and most Disingenuous Pf.cvi. Temper of Soul, to forget God our Savi

our and mighty Deliverer, after he has done so great Things for Us? Have we a God to receive our Prayers, and have we none to receive our humble Returns


of Praise and Thanksgiving? The Holy David was of another Spirit: He thought he could never sufficiently acknowledge God's Mercies, or ever do enough to make Surable Returns : He is therefore often calling upon himself, and as it were putting himself in mind to contrive and do what ever he can to express his Gratitude What shall I render un-Pf. cxvi. to the Lord for all his Benefits towards me? 12

Pf.cyi, 2. -Who can utter the mighty Asts of the Lord, or sbow forth all his Praise? _Bless the Lord, O my Soul; and All that is within me Bless his Holy Name. Bless the Lord, O my Soul, and forget not all his Benefits.

Who redeemeth thy Life from Destruction, and Crowneth thee with Loving kindness and tender Mercies; as in the forementioned Place, Pf. ciii.

But This Lesson of Gratitude we might learn even from the Heathens. The incomparable Emperor Marcus Antorinus does particularly recount, and very Thankfully acknowledge the Many Blessings that himself had received from the Gods. But That of Epictetus,as Lib. & we find it in his Disciple Arrian, is a very remarkable Piece of Heathen Gratitude;

After he had been considering what Care the Divine Providence takes of

us, he argues, that since we receive so maby Benefits from God, it is highly rea.


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sonable that, whatever we are doing his Praises should ever be in our Mouths. “ But since the Common People (says 6 he) are fo Blinded and Careless, " were it not fit that some One should “ be publickly Deputed to That Em

ployment, who should in the Name u and Stead of all the Rest, constantly “ sing Hymns to God of Praise and " Thanksgiving?" And then he shows how ready he himself should be for that Office." I (says he ) being 6 both Old and Lame, what else can “ I do bur celebrate God's Glory? If “ I were a Nightingale or a Swan, I “ Should Do what belongʻd to my Na.

ture ; but now I am a Reasonable * Creature, I ought to sing the Praises " of God. This is my Business, and “ This I Do, neither will I ever quit

my Employment as long as I am “ able to Discharge it ; And I exhort

you all to join in the Confort. And All This from a poor Heathen. If we Christians will not Imitate it, I am fure we ought to Blush to Read it ; We that lie under fo much Greater, such infinitely Greater Obligations to the Divine Beneficence and Mercy.

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2dly, Let us consider also the Folly of Ingratitude.


There is great Folly even in Ingratitude to Men : We Thall be sure to meet with Enemies enough, and therefore in common Prudence a Man would not loose his Friends. The Scenes of this Life are so very Changeable, that we know not when we are Past wanting Friends; and therefore should not of Friends make Ourselves Enemies; which Ingratitude will commonly Do, till Men are got to be more perfect in That Christian Lesson of Doing Good for Evil.

But however we may fatter ourselves, that we are now in Circumftances to defie all Mankind; yet can we think that we shall never more have need of God? Because he has once Delivered us, when Death was ready to have swallow'd us up; do we therefore think that the Evil Day will never overtake us more? And that we shall ne. ver again have any Need of his Favour? Will the Day of Sicknefs, and the Day of Death never return upon us? If we can never be Sure of That, but may be very sure of the Contrary, that we shall some time or other have occafion again to dy for Refuge to the same Sanctuary of Ġrace and Goodness; can there be greater Folly and Madnefs than to Abute that Goodness, and there




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by not only preclude ourselves from all
Hopes of Future Mercy; but also pro-
voke his Vengeance, and treasure up
Wrath for ourselves against the Return
of that Evil Day? For can we think
that God will time after time prostitute
his Favours, and still obtrude them up-
on the Ungrateful ? Because he has
Vouchsaf'd us so many Mercies noc-
withitanding our Unworthiness, shall
we presume he will always continue
them to us notwithstanding our Un-

thankfulness? But do ye thus (says Moses Deut. 32. to his Ungrateful Ifraelites, ) Do ye thus

Requite the Lord, O foolish People and UnV. 18. wife!

Of the Rock that begat thee thou art Unmindful, and haft forgotten God that formed thee.

it follows— When the Lord saw it, he abhorred them, and he

Faid, I will hide my Face from them, I will 7. see what their End will be. Let us not Deo

ceive ourselves; God is not Mocked. If we

will thus Requite him, he will Mock Prov.i. when our Fear cometh When Distress and

Anguill cometh again upon us, we may then
call upon him but he will not Answer.

3dly, Let us consider the Eafiness of
the Duty required of us. We are nei.
ther to compass Sea and Land, nor pass
through the Fire to it ; It puts us upon
Nothing extremely Difficult or against


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