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I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way; O when wilt thou come unto
me? I will walk within my house with a perfect heart. I will set no evil thing before mine eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside, it shall not cleave to me.-Ps, ci. 2, 3.
THE THIRD EDITION.
PRINTED FOR THE AUTHOR, BY C. WHITTINGHAM,
Dean Street, Fetter Lane,
AND JAMES, BRISTOL.
be asked, Why is this Sermon published ?
The Author has never been afraid to preach on moral subjects. - He despises the charge of Legality, and exceedingly dislikes the exclusive application of the term Evangelical, to doctrinal preaching.
He has also been accustomed to seize events, and circumstances as they arise, to cnliven attention, and diversify public instruction.His much esteemed Friend, whose name he has been compelled to obscure in the title page, having engaged to worship in his congregation on the Sabbath previous to his espousals with an amiable young, Female, who had resided some months in the Author's familyhe resolved to select a portion of scripture suitable to the occasion. The occasion was particular, but the subject was general; he therefore enlarged, and delivered the following discourse. The same day he received a pressing solicitation from his Friend to pubļish ; soon after arrived a request, signed by a number of his people, in the name of the rest, The Author respects their judgment, and owes much to their kindness and esteem. The peculiar delicacy and elegance with which these applications are drawn up, would induce him to expose them at length, but their flattering relation to himself forbids.
It is hoped the Sermon will appear impartial; it was delivered without fear, and without flattery. Long as the discourse will be found, it was all spoken ; the Preacher desiring the audience to exercise a little more patience than usual. He chose to address both at the same time, rather than reserve the duties of either husband or wife to another opportunity. As the Author always preaches without notes, and had written only a general sketch of the subject, some few words and phrases may differ from those delivered in the pulpit ; but the sense is completely, and the language nearly the same. Had the Sermon been designed for publication, or studied free from some peculiar interruptions and engagements, it might have been less unworthy of perusal.