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pleasures, other friends, must find out some other way to happiness. No longer dazzled and deceived by the glare of outward objects, he is and sees himself full of defects and failings, sees himself all disor. der and confusion. And now, when reduced to this condition, with such experiences and feelings, if he hear the voice of religion, if her calls to amendment strike upon his mind, encouragement and instruction enter; if the good providence of God supply him with some peculiar assistance, commission to hiin some messenger of peace, send to him some hearty and honest friend : how much more disposed must he be to listen to that voice, to follow that call, and to employ these means to his amendment ! - I will not however pretend, that afflictions and tribulations do always, that they very often, produce such effects in vicious men. They frequently exasperate, frequently harden, frequently pervert them

the rudiinents of reflection and amendment in this school. Many have here received the first impulse, many have conceived the first resolves, have made the first steps of their return to the path of duty and virtue. Many have been forced to exclaim with the pfalmist: It is good for me that I have been afflicted. Before I was afiliced I went wrong, but now have I learnt thy judgments. I thank thee, o God of my life, for having humbled me by sufferings, for having thus mortified my vanity, taught me to tame my violent paslions, brought me to a lively sense of my weak

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- Thus, my pious hearers, chastening is productive of falutary effects in them that are exercised thereby, by rendering them virtuous and good. Thus therefore even afflictions and tribulations are of real and often of very great value. Thus are they the benefactions of providence, and sources of happiness. If storms and tempests in the natural world drive peftilent diseases away from our dwellings, and bring life and health and fertility with them; fo likewise may the blasts of misfortune in the moral world rouze the supine from their dangerous slumber, drive away mists and vapours from the eyes, awaken the torpid to new powers and action, sharpen the dull feelings of the palfied sinner, and restore to life the spiritually dead. Fear not, o man, who strugglest under the adversities of life, I bring you good tidings of great joy; the afflictions which thou endurest are not the stripes of a hard master, who seeks thy destruction; they are the chastifements of a kind father, who punishes only to reform. The God of love has no pleasure in the misery, or in the death of his creatures. His eye overflows with pity, while his hand is lifted up to strike. Whilst he bruises, he binds up the wound. This surely will administer consolations to the wounded in mind, and speak peace to the broken in heart when they reflect that the evils in their lot are a part of his providence, who does not willingly afflict, nor R 3

grieve grieve the children of men ; that they are not marks of his wrath, but indications of his love. Far be it then from us to let sufferings and tribulations flacken our confidence in the unalterable and never failing goodness of our Father in heaven! No, even they are effects and proofs of it, No, with filial rever, ence will we accept the cup of sorrow from his parental hand, and never doubt, even whilst drinking its bitterness to the very dregs, that it is wholesome medicine, by which he restores us to health and life,

SERMON XXXIX.

The Value of a good Reputation.

GOD, the everflowing fountain of all our blefl

ings, who art the father and benefactor of us all; who hast given us and still art ever giving us, poor and mean as we are of our ourselves, so

many proofs of thy peculiar esteem and providence, intimating thereby that we should likewise mutually esteem, cordially love, and reciprocally promote, as far as in us lies, the happiness of each other, as thy children, as members of one family. To this end hast thou so intimately connected us together; made us all in so many respects dependent on each other, and planted in our hearts so powerful an impulse to sympathy and benevolence. How kind and righteous is thy will, o God, and how happy were it for us, if we constantly fulfilled it with pleasure and fidelity! Forgive us, merciful Father, that we fo frequently behave as disobedient children towards thee, and as foes to each other. Teach us better to understand our social connections and interests, and more striểly to answer the obligations of justice, of equity, of charity. Replenish us with a sincere esteem for whatever our brethren may possess of good and excellent; and grant that we may never be milled by levity, by envy, by hatred, by vanity, to speak or to do anything that might disturb them in the possession of the gifts and endowments bestowed on them by thee, or might injure and offend them in any other respect. Bless to this end the meditations we are now about to begin. Cause us to be so convinced of the value of our neighbour's good reputation, that we may henceforth make it to us an inviolable law never purpose. ly to injure it in any manner whatever. This we ; implore of thee as the disciples of Jesus Christ, our blessed lord and saviour, humbly concluding our per titions in his name and words ; Our father, &c.

PROVERBS, xxii, 1.

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and

loving favour rather than silver or gold.

VERY often it happens that we are negligent

and careless about matters of great importance, only because we are ignorant of their value, or not sufficiently attentive to it; or because we conceive not the privation of them to be so prejudicial and ir

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