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degrees of wisdom and knowledge: to use the words of the passage before us, they "know in part, they see darkly as through a "glass." This diversity of knowledge, with its explanations, belongs to the inhabitants of earth: hereafter, favourable circumstances, docility, capacity, information, shall be enjoyed: we shall see God: his glory shall be unveiled: we shall behold that glory: we shall contemplate the glory of his nature, as finite minds can behold it: and the glory of his works, of his dispensations towards his creatures, his church, his saints and ourselves, shall be unfolded to the admiring soul.
From superior and perfect knowledge, communicated without uncertainty and hesitation, received without suspicion, fatigue, or danger of being lost, cannot but arise high satisfaction. On this we speak decidedly, for we have all experienced what we felt when we emerged from ignorance and error, and prejudice; when our minds opened to truths new and important; when we perceived their certainty, their bearings and dependencies, and various and natural effects. We have jpwd them, we have found them, We exclaim, we
haye have made the important discovery: we pity and blush for our former ignorance: we rise above ourselves, and above others, we are new men. Bur, what, I beseech you, are all the objects of human science, in the knowledge of which there is so much distinction and satisfaction, compared to those we havq brought in view! the partial and imperfect knowledge of which so greatly enlarges and revives the foul, inspiring peace, and joy unspeakable and full of glory?
Is. We proceed to meditate upon the attachments by which the heavenly state excels the earthly, as mature age rises above infancy and early life.
In knowledge is laid the foundation of affection and attachment. Nothing that is not known can possibly attract our regard, or gain our hearts. Children, and they who differ little or nothing from chidren in understanding, are pleased with what they know and is familiar to them. They who remain children, through original imbecility, through negligence, through the fault of their parents^ or their own obstinacy and
perversity, pervesity, are childish in their desires, their choice, and their satisfactions. It sometimes happens that the objects chat surround them, or are presented to their observation and choice, suit not the time of life of particular persons, arc not of their own selection, agree better to those of other dispositions and characters; to maturer judgments and more advanced periods of life. Childishness in such cases appears, sometimes in the weakness, sometimes in the violence, often in the capriciousness and fickleness, of affection and attachment. They are now warm, now indifferent, now averse, respecting the same objects. The discoveries of unfolding powers, of observation, and of instruction, make a wonderful change on our wishes, choice and pleasures. Worthier objects are selected, a wiser choice is made, more rational satisfactions are enjoyed.
To the choice of company, and to friendship, our thoughts are here naturally turned, in a more particular manner; and to the satis■ factions of endeared intercourse on account of mutual affection, and of the wisdom and worth, and influence of those whom we love, .. and and by whom we are loved. The theme is an enticing one. The praise of friendship, they who have not experienced it, are forward to join in celebrating. The friendless and disappointed, and forsaken, feel and express much regret and vexation that they have no friend. Many complain bitterly that • they have experienced deceit where they had placed confidence, and that selfishness and other unworthy qualities have distinguished and polluted those on whom they once had placed their affections, and from whom their expectations and prospects were high and flattering. He values friendship who is deserted and solitary. He values friendship who is surrounded by the envious, the suspected, the hostile. He values friendship who exclaims, "I looked on my right hand "and there was no man, on my left and "none cared for my life or my foul." But it is with heartfelt delight that friends meditate or talk of the conversation, the affection, the worth and generosity, and good offices, the steady and increasing attachment of friends. The hour of unfolding every thought, of cherishing every better sentiment and disposition, of discovering and ad
miring excellence, how exceedingly precious! Such tender intercourse is as the sacred perfume of the high priest's garments, that was prepared by divine direction, to the worshipping Israelites delightful: it is as the dews that descend on the mountains, reviving and exhilarating the face of nature.
Alas, my friends, not many, I fear, are so distinguished, are so happy. Few, very few, enjoy these exquisite delights. A better state is easily conceived. A better state than the present is desired by the affectionate. A better state shall be enjoyed. In a better world, the heart will be fully gratified; the purest, the most exalted and most permanent satisfactions shall be experienced, exceeding the dearest delights of earth, as those of mature age exceed the social pleasures of infancy and childhood. In that better world, we shall join the spirits of just men made perfect, that is, their powers enlarged, their affections and disposition and joys refined; all that is amiable and attracting, without mixture, or suspicion, or disguise, possessed and manifested. They dwell in Jove. On the one part, we figure the attrac