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A SHORT Account of the Life and Character of Dr. Hugh Blair,
On the Union of Piety and Morality.
Acts, x. 4. Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a me-
On the Influence of Religion upon Adversity.
Psalm xxvii. 5. In the time of trouble, he shall hide me in his
pavilion ; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he
On the Influence of Religion upon Prosperity.
Psalm i. 3. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of wa-
ter, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season ; his leaf also
On our Imperfect Knowledge of a Future State.
1 Corinth. xiii. 12. For now we see through a glass, darkly, 52
(Preached at the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.)
John, xvii. 1. Jesus lift up his eyes to Heaven, and said, Fa-
On the Disorders of the Passions.
Esther, v. 13. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I
see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King's gate,
On our Ignorance of Good and Evil in this Life.
ECCLESIASTES, vi. 12. Who knoweth what is good for man in
this life, all the days of his vain life, which he spendeth as a
Psalm iv. 4. Commune with your own heart, upon your bed,
Titus, ii. 6. Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded, 132
On the Duties and Consolations of the Aged.
PROVERBS, xvi. 31. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it
be found in the way of righteousness,
Genesis, xlii. 21, 22. And they said one to another, We are
verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the an-
guish of his soul when he besought us; and we would not
hear : Therefore is this distress come upon us. And Reuben
answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not
sin against the child ; and ye would not hear? Therefore, be-
hold also his blood is required,
On the Motives to Constancy in Virtue.
Gal. vi. 9. And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due
season we shall reap, if we faint not,
On the Importance of Order in Conduct.
On the Government of the Heart.
PROVERBS, iv. 23. Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of
Proverbs, iv. 23. Keep thy heart with all diligence : for out
On the Unchangeableness of the Divine Nature.
JAMES, i. 17. Every good and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning,
[Preached at the celeb' ation of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.]
Hebrews, iv. 15. We have not an High Priest which cannot be
touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin,
John, xii. 43. For they loved the praise of men more than the
Psalm xxiii. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy
rod and thy staff, they comfort me,
On the Happiness of a Future State.
[Preached at the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.)
Rev. vii. 9. After this I beheld, and, lo! a great multitude,
which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and
people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the
Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, 282
GENESIS, xlv. 5. 8. Now therefore be not grieved nor angry
with yourselves that ye sold me hither; for God did send me
before you to preserve life. So now it was not you that sent
- Kings, viii. 12, 13. And Hazael said, why weepeth my Lord ?
And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do
unto the children of Israel. Their strong holds wilt thou set
on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and
wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
And Hazael said, But, what, is thy servant a dog, that he should
do this great thing? And Elisha answered, "The Lord hath
shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
On the Benefits to be derived from the House of Mourning.
ECCLESIASTEs, vii. 2, 3, 4. It is better to go to the house of
mourning, than to the house of feasting ; for that is the end of
all men, and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is bet-
ter than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the