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I suppose it is needless to inform the public, that the reason of printing these sermons, arises altogether from the favourable reception which the sermon given as a sample of them in 'TriSTRAM SHANDY met with from the world. - That sermon was printed by itself fome years ago, but could find neither purchasers nor readers, so that I apprehended little hazard from a promise I made upon its republication, " That if the sermon was liked, " these should be also at the o world's service;" which, to be as good as my word, they here
and I pray to God, they may do it the service I wish. I have little to say in their behalf, except this, that not one of them
was composed with any thoughts of being printed;
they have been hastily written, and carry the marks of it along with them.
This may be no recommendation ;-I mean it, however, as such :- for as the fermons turn chiefly upon philantropy, and those kindred virtues to it, upon which hang all the law and the prophets, I trust they will be no less felt, or worse received, for the evidence they bear of proceeding more from the heart than the head. I have nothing to add, but that the reader, upon old and beaten subjects, 'must not look for many new thoughts, 'tis well if he has new language : in three or four passages, where he has neither the one nor the
other, I have quoted the author I made free with. There are fome other passages, where I sufpect I may
may have taken the fame liberty ;---but 'tis only fufpicion, for I do not remember it is fo, otherwise I should have restored them to their proper owners; so that I put it in here more as a general saving, than from a consciousness of having much to answer for upon that score. In this, however, and everything else which I offer or shall offer to the world, I reft, with a heart much at ease, upon the protection of the humane and candid, from whom I have received many favours, for which I beg leave to return them thanks---thanks.
SERM ON III.
SE R M O N IV,
S E R M O N Vi The Case of Elijah, and the Widow of Zare
phath, considered. A Charity Sermon.
SE R M ON VIII.
Time and Chance.
SER MON X.
of Life, considered.
SER MON XV.