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ed of it in an eminent degree. Attention to this is neceffary in every profeffion, not only to the reputation of men, but to their success in prosecuting the end they have in view. And be assured of it, my brethren, the world is at no loss to judge, and with precision too, when we deviate from the spirit and rules of our sacred office. Allow me to say, that whatever favours of levity and folly should be carefully avoided, if we would act up to the dignity of our character, and be of real sera vice to mankind; as it always betrays want of judgement and prudence, and must thereby diminish the influence of our instructions, in proportion as it finks us in the esteem of the public.

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To conclude : Let us endeavour to revive a fpirit of true piety and religion in ourfelves; and who knows how far and wide its falutary influence may extend? Let us carefully suppress a spirit of faction and party, fo destructive of our mutual union; and amidst unavoidable differences of opinion, about questions respecting public order, let us still preferve “ the unity of the spirit in the bond of " peace.” We are like “a city set on a hill, " that cannot be hid.” Our virtues and vices, and even our defects and infirmities, are more visible and striking than those of other men. Let therefore our general temper and deportment favour of true piety, as becomes those who are addicted to the contemplation

of spiritual and divine objects, and alienated from the vanities, as well as the corruptions, of the world. « Blessed is that wife and faith“ ful fervant, whose Lord, when he cometh, * fhall find so doing."

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S E R M ON

XIV.

The Peace of the Grave.

By JOHN MACKENZIE, V. D. M.

Job, ii. 17. 18. 19. There the wicked cease from troubling; anal!

there the weary be at reft. There the prisoners reft together, they hear not

the voice of the opprefor. The small and great are there, and the servant

is free from his master.

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HENEVER we are seriously disposed to

turn our thoughts upon death, no view of that awful subject is more apt to strike us, than the complete equality which it intro. duces among the different ranks and condirions of human life ; at the same time, nos view of it is more affecting, nor is there any source from which we may derive more im-: portant confequences. The rivers and streamswhich run along the surface of this globe are all equal in their original, whether we confia der them in themselves, or in the commons causes from which they all arise. Some puny fount, or contiguous mountain, taught them w first to flow; but, in their courses along:

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the earth, they soon become distinguished, and by a thousand accidents. Some, fcarce issued from their parent urns, are fwelled with snows, and augmented by the continual acceffion of numerous streams ; till, at last, arfembled from all quarters into mighty bodies, they roll over the world with superior majefty. Others, unaided by these accidental caufes, admit but small increase, and run along in the fame humble channel. This distinction, however, is not of long duration : they are all to meet finally in one place. After having run their appointed courses, and displayed, for some little time, their different forces, they fall all into the sea, their common receptacle. Here their waters are blended, their courses lost, and even their names unknown. Thus, as they were equal in their original, they are again equal in their end. This is a just refemblance of human life. Men, as they stand in nature, are equal : they are equal, when they first issue into life, in every material circumstance; but, as they proceed, this equality is gradually diminished ; it is at last seemingly altogether destroyed, and becomes to common eyes invisible. Some, in the course of their progress, are augmented with riches, with birth, with honours, titles, and fame ; others are endowed with none of all these acquisitions, but continue in their first humble obscurity. Some, again, are hape py, are fortunate, live in the midst of ease, of health, of mirth, and jovial pleasures ;

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