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Preached upon

Several Occasions.

By ROBERT SOUTH, D. D.
Late PREBENDARY of Westminster, and

Canon of Christ-Church, Oxon.

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LONDON:
Printed for CHARLES BATHURST, opposite
St. Dunstan's Church in Fleet-street.

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P. I, 2.

SERMON I. MATTH. XXIII. 5. former part. But all their

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tation in the Pharisees, leads to an en

quiry, how far the love of glory is able to engage men in a virtuous and religious life,

1. A love of glory is sufficient to produce al! those virtuous actions that are visible in the lives of those that profefs religion : because,

1. It has done fo : This shewn from the examples of the noblest and most virtuous of the Heathens ; from the abstinence of the antiend Athletics; from the character of the ancient Phas risees; and from that of many modern Christians,

2. There is nothing visible in the very best actions, but what may proceed from the most depraved VOL. VIII.

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principles, if acted by prudence, caution, and design, 7, 8.

II. The reasons, whence this affection comes to have such an influence upon our actions, are these:

1. Because glory is the proper pleasure of the mind; it being the complacency that a man finds within himself arising from his conceit of the opinion that another has of some excellency or perfection in him, 9 u.

2. Because it is founded in the innate desire of superiority, and greatness, that is in every man, 12 to 14.

3. Because a fair reputation opens a man's way to all the advantages of life : as, in the times of the rebellion, when the face of a dissembled piety gave men great credit and authority with the generality, 15, 16.

III. This principle is insufficient to engage mankind in virtuous actions, without the assistance of religion: Two considerations premised, viz.

1. That virtue and a good life determines not in outward practices, but respects the most inward actions of the mind, 17, 18.

2. That the principle of honour or glory, governs a man's actions intirely by the judgement and opinion of the world concerning them,

These confiderations premised, the principle of honour appears to be utterly insufficient to engage and argue men into the practice of virtue, in the following cases:

1. When, by ill customs and worse discourses, any vice (as fornication, theft, self-murder, &C.) comes to have a reputation, or at least no difreputation, in the judgement of a nation ; the shame,

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