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retain what they hear from us, when it, in any manner, falls in with what they have been reading in their prayer-books, or when they áre afterward reminded of it by reading the psalms and lessons at home. But there is another species of accommodation of more importance, and that is the choice of such disquisitions, as may either meet the difficulties, or assist the reflections, which are suggested by the portions of Scripture that are delivered froni the reading-desk. Thus, whilst the wars of Joshua and the Judges are reJated in the course of the lessons which occupy some of the first Sundays after Trinity, it will be very seasonable to explain the reasons upon which that dispensation was founded, the moral and beneficial purposes which are declared to

have been designed, and which were probably ac. E' complished, by its execution ; because such an ex- planation will obviate the doubts concerning ei

ther the divine goodness or the credibility of the

narrative which may arise in the mind of a hearBEBE er, who is not instructed to regard the transaction,

as a method of inflicting an exemplary, just, and necessary punishment. In like manner, whilst the history of the delivery of the law from mount Sinai, or rather the recapitulation of that history by Moses, in the Book of Deuteronomy, is carried on in the Sunday lessons which are read between Easter and Whitsunday, we shall be well engaged in discourses upon the commandments which stand at the head of that institution, in

shewing from the history their high original and bet authority, and in explaining their reasonableness, ine application, and extent. Whilst the history of 001 Joseph is successively presented to the congrega

tion during the Sundays, in Lent, we shall be very negligent of the opportunity, if we do not take occasion to point out to our hearers, those observations upon the benevolent but secret direction, the wise though circuitous measures of Provi. dence, of which this beautiful passage of Scripture supplies & train of apposite examples. That


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of which our hearers are more capable than we may at first sight suppose. It is not necessary to be a philosopher, or to be skilled in the names and distinctions of natural history, in order to perceive marks of contrivance and design in the creation. It is only to turn our observation to them. Now, beside that this requires neither more ability nor leisure than every man can command, there are many things in the life of a coun. try parishioner which will dispose his thoughts to the employment. In his fields, amidst his flocks, in the progress of vegetation, the structure, faculties, and manners of domestic animals, he has constant occasion to remark proofs of intention and of consummate wisdom. The minister of a country parish, is never, therefore, better engaged, than when he is assisting this turn of contemplation. Nor will he ever do it with so much

effect, as when the appearance and face of exterW nal nature conspire with the sentiments which he wishes to excite.

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My reverend brethren, I am sensible that the discourse with which I have now detained vou. not of that kind which is usually delivered at chancellor's visitation. But since (by the favog of that excellent prelate, who by me must lang be remembered with gratitude and affection? hold another public station in the diocess, Dako embrace the only opportunity afforded me of sc mitting to you that species of counsel and exhege tation, which, with more propriety, perhaps, would have received from me in the character your archdeacon, if the functions of that office bil remained entire.


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