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THE . PRE FACE.
Bora T a Time, when all Manner of ImmoA rality and Propbaneness seems to have
overspread thefe Kingdoms like a Deo
O luge; when all Virtue and Public Spia rit has been openly ridiculed, and laughed out of Doors; whilf Corruption, that Bane of all Good nefs, Nursery of all Vice, and Root of all Evil, bas been as openly practised and defended ; to which bitter Fountain alone, are owing all the Calamities, under which this unhappy and divided Nation has lately laboured, and without great Care, and due Amendment, may yet, we fear, languiso much longer. At such a Time, we say, when every Kind of Wickedness reigns triumphant, & Treatisé, expressly calulated, to recommend and inforce the Practice of Virtue, by explaining and pointing out the full Extent of Every One's Duty, and at the same Inftánt fbewing the Danger, and dreadful Consequences, of either neglecting or fwerving from it ; at fuch a Time, we repeat it, if ever, such a Treatise must be absolutely neces: fary ; though, sorry we are to say it, there is then leaftReason to hope for its being well received."
In effect, we do not much fatter ourselves with the Thought of seeing it in ihe Hands of the Yery Gay, the Fathionable, or Polite ; and
much less in those of such refined Gentry, as glory in distinguishing themselves, by the modish Naine of: Free-thinkers, under which they include Atheists, and Deists, or somewhat yet worse: Nevertheless, bad as the Age is, we believe there are yet many, who are not arrived at that Height of Licen tiousness, to make a fejt of Damnation, and scoff at all Religion ; ard from such, we do not despair of a good Acceptance, even though they mould be young, genteelly educated,' and of à chearful Diposition ; no Pains having been spared, to render it as agreeable and entertaining, as the Nature of the Thing would admit. . . .,
As for those, indeed, who are downright Giglers, and love nothing that will not make them laugh, or who are fond of loose Reading, they must not expeet to find any Thing to their vitiated Taste here; but, for such as have Solidity enough, to be pleased with a good Piece of History, or a mural Tale, whereby they may be at once improved, infirulet, and amused, they will here meet with abundant Matter of Entertainment. And there may be also fome Convenience, in this little Treatisé, for those who are polite and fashionable ; provided they are not so far in the Height of the Mide, but they can bear to be seen sometimes in the Inside of a Church, and even to behave with Decency when there. To such as these, it is well known, that Sundays, with all the little Helps of Chit-Chat, Visiting, and Tea-Tables, are apt to hang very heavy upon their Hands; what then must they do, sould they happen to be so much indisposed, that they can neither go Abroad, nor care to receive Company at Home? They may, perhaps, scruple to read a Play, or Prior's Poems, on such a Day; and to go through the Fatigue of poring over above a Chapter or two, in that Out
of-the-way Book the Bible, might increase their Illness, by giving them the Vapours ; in such a fad Cafe, then, they may find this short Treatise, neither quite so tedious as they think the latter, nor altogether fo improper for the Day, as the former ; besides its having the Charms of Novelty to recommend it." We shall freely own, however, it was not for any of these beforementioned it was chiefly compiled; no, it was designed for the Use of such, as believe it worth while, now and then to think, of their future State ; and to consider, whether they are in the Way to éternal Happiness, or endless Misery : To all fuch, we are perSwaded, the being instructed in the full Extent of their Duty, with regard to each of the Commandments, and at the same Time agreeably entertained, will be deemed no fmall Advantages; and thefe, we doubt not, even in the present Times, are sufficiently numerous, to take of a larger Im. preffion, than are now printed of these Sheets.
THE CO N T E N T S.
ARON his bafe Compliance with the idolatrous Jews amazing. Page 97
-a Transgreffor both of the second and tenth Commandment, p. 97, 305
Abednego, his Fortitude and Zeal. A for the Honour of God, with its good Effects.
P. 45 Abel, why hated by his Brother Cain. p. 301
Abelara and Alfonge, the sad Effect of their Curiosity.
; p. 116 Abiram, bis dreadful and uncommon Punishment.
P 305 Abfalom, the Enormity and Complication of his Sin, with its bitter Fruits.
. p. 208 Achan, his Coveroufness and Disobedience, how terribly visited upon him.
P 272 Acontius, his artful Stratagem, and good Suco
Adolphus, his unnatural Treatment of bis Father, juftly rewarded.
P, 214 Ahab, his Subornation of Perjury, and Murder, bow dreadfully punished."
1 P. 285 Alfonge, jee Abelara. ;
Amphinomus and Anapius, their fingular Piety, with its happy Effects,
p. 206 Amurath, Emperor of the Turks, his powerful Adjuration, and its immediate Confequences, P. 147
Ananias and Sapphira, the bitter Fruits of tbeir Collufion and Lye.
p. 273 Anriochus, bis gigantic Impiety, and miserable End.
- p 63, &c. Ariobarzanes
Ariobarzanes, King of Cappadocia, bis extraor.
P: 300, &c.
Cydippe, see Acuntius.
David, his complicated Sin, how feverely visited
Dudley and Empson, the hopeful Ifue of their
Eleazar, the Jewish Doctor, bis noble Constancy, is
p. 257, &c.