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LECTURER OF ST. DUNSTAN'S, IN THE WEST,
IN EIGHT VOLUMES.
2, PORTERN-ROW, TOWER HILL
HUNDRED AND SEVENTH PSALM,
AT THE THURSDAY'S LECTURE, AT ST. DUNSTAN'S
CHURCH, IN THE WEST, LONDON,
It becometh well the Just to be thankful.-Psalm xxxiii.
THE following comment was not drawn up with any view to its publication. It was only intended for the pulpit, at the Thursday's lecture at St. Dunstan’s, and after it had been preached would have been thrown aside; for the author is obliged to make a sermon every week, besides the lecture, and he had no thoughts of sending such hasty compositions to the press. He knows that they want every qualification necessary to make them admired in this polite age: their manner is unfashionably plain and simple, they have nothing studied or brilliant in their style, nor delicately nice in the method; no pretty turns of wit, or striking antitheses to entertain the reader. And the matter is as opposite to the established taste as the manner of them. They are not in the least indebted to the boasted light of nature, they borrow no ornaments from the celebrated religion of nature, nor do they receive any aids from the moral scheme; but they are the plain honest truths of scripture, of the Christian church, and of the church of England. And yet these great authorities are not sufficient to protect them from contempt, nor excuse the author from the charge of novelty. He is very sensible of it. He has been long enough acquainted with the received opinions of the age,