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fund of eloquence in furnishing Jofeph's brethren with laboured and studied harangues ; which, however fine they might have been in themselves, would nevertheless have been unnatural, and altogether improper on the occasion.-For when such a variety of contrary passions broke in upon them,—what tongue was able to utter their hurried and distracted thoughts ?-When remorse, surprize, fhame, joy and gratitude struggled together in their bofoms, how uneloquently would their lips have performed their duty ?-how unfaithfully their tongues have spoken the language of their hearts ?--In this case, filence was truly eloquent and natural, and tears expressed what oratory was incapable of.

If ever these persons I have been addressing myself to, can be persuaded to follow the advice in the text, of searching the Scriptures, the work of their salvation will be begun upon its true foundation.-For, first, they will insensibly be led to admire the beautiful pro'priety of their language :- when a favourable opinion is conceived of this, next, they will more closely attend to the goodness of the moral, and the purity and soundness of the doctrines.—The pleasure of reading will still be increased, by that near concern which they will find themselves to have in those many important truths, which they will see so clearly demonstrated in the Bible, that grand charter of our eternal happiness. It is the fate of mankind, too often, to seem insensible of what they may enjoy at the easiest rate. What might not our neighbouring Romish countries, who groan under the yoke of popish impositions and priest-craft, what might not those poor, misguided creatures give, for the happiness which we know not how to value,-of being born in a country where a church is established by our laws, and encouraged by our princes; which not only allows the free study of the Scriptures, but even exhorts and invites us to it;-a church that is a stranger to the tricks and artifice of having the Bible in an unknown tongue, to give the greater latitude to the designs of the clergy in imposing their own trumpery, and foisting in whatever may best serve to aggrandise themselves, or

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enslave the wretches committed to their trust.

- In short, our religion was not given us to raise our imaginations with ornaments of words, or strokes of eloquence; but to purify our hearts, and lead us into the paths of righteousness.-However, not to defend ourselves,

- when the attack is principally levelled at this point, --might give occasion to our adverfaries to triumph, and charge us either with negligence or inability. It is well known how willing the enemies of our religion are to feek occasions against us;-how ready to magnify every mote in our eyes to the bigness of a beam; -how eager, upon the least default, to insult and cry out,There, there! fo would we have it :-not, perhaps, that we are so much the subject of malice and averfion, but that the licentious age seems bent upon bringing christianity into difcredit at any rate; and, rather than miss the aim, would strike through the sides of those that are sent to teach it. Thank God, the truth of our holy religion is established with such strong evidence, that it reits upon a foundation never to be overthrown, either by the open asfaults or cunning devices of wicked and designing men.—The part we have to act is to be steady, sober and vigilant; to be ready to every good work; to reprove, rebuke, and exhort with all long-suffering; to give occasion of offence to no man; that, with well-doing, we may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

I shall close all with that excellent collect of our church :

Blessed Lord, who has caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning, grant that we may in such-wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that, by patience and comfort of thy holy word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast, the blessed hope of everlasting life, which thou hast given us in thy Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Now, to God the Father, etc.

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