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The Notion of Pride stated, and the
Pretensions to it examined.
ROMANS XII. 3.
ought to think, but to think soberly."
TT is a common Observation, that Serm. I. | however forward Men may be to record 1 pine at the unequal Portion, which God has allotted them of worldly Blessings; yet they are generally well satisfied with their Share of inward Endowments : it being as hard to meet with a Person, who humbly thinks he has too little Sense and Merit, as it is to find one, who fancies he has too great Riches and Honours.
What makes Men uneasy in their Circumstances, is that they are continually setting to View the bright side of themselves, and the dark side of their Condition in Life; VOL, II. B .
Serm. I. the firft to find out their own Grievances,
and the last to discern their own Faults and Follies. Whereas if they took a contrary Method, they would perceive, that God had been kinder to the Worst of Men, than the very Best of Men could deserve.
Self-Love is a Passion interwoven in our Frame and Constitution; and if it be not kept under due Regulations, Self-Conceit will be the necessary Effect of it. For since we are apt to believe, what we wish to be true ; is it a Wonder, if we over-rate those Perfections, which we have, and imagine ourselves pofsest of those, which we have po Title to?
In our Youth Pleasure has often the Ascendant, in the Middle of our Age Ambition ; and Avarice brings up the Rear at the Clofe of Life. But this Vice, of which Į am speaking, attends too many of us from the Cradle to the Grave : we being equally vain, whether we pursue Pleasure, Honour or Wealth : The Master Passion of the Soul is the same, though it's Servants are often changed according to the different Stages of Life.
For this Reason the Apostle ushers in the Words of my Text with a peculiar Em