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Grasping at shadows, et the substance Nip;
DoEtor, Dean, Bishop, Gloster, and My Lord, If haply these high Titles may accord With thy meek Spirit, if the barren found Of pride delights Thee, to the topmost round Of Fortune's ladder got, despise not One, For want of smooth hypocrisy undone, Who, far below, turns up his wond’ring eye, And, without envy, sees Thee plac'd so high, Let not thy Brain (as Brains less potent might) Dizzy, confounded, giddy with the height, Turn round, and lose distinction, lose her skill And wonted pow'rs of knowing good from ill, -1 Of fifting Truth from falfhood, friends from foes; Let Gloster well remember, how he rose, Nor turn his back on men who made him great ; Let Him not, gorg’d with pow'r, and drunk with state,
It is presumed the sudden death of
the Author will sufficiently apologize for the Dedication remaining unfinished. 9. Plombice Ś E R MON 1.
JAMES v. 16th.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous
man availeth much.
T OR the particular occasion on which
T these words were spoken, and the relation they bear to what preceded, I shall refer you to the chapter from whence they are taken, and at present consider them as they stand independently, and assure us, that the duty of prayer, when practised by a righteous man, and offered up in a proper manner, is of great efficacy to avert miffortunes, and procure blessings ; premising önly, that, by a righteous man we are not to understand one who is perfectly pure, and free from sin, but one who performs his duty to the utmost of his power, and makes up for any infirmity in his Obedience, by the strength of his Faith, and the sincerity of his Repentance.
The duty of prayer is in the present age by many entirely neglected, or imperfectly observed, and by some openly decried. There are many who disallow any other application to God than that of the mind, and not a few who, however constant in the outward forms of prayer, do yet by their lives but too plainly shew that their minds are unaffected. Some too there are, who run into the contrary extreme, who are so unwarrantably attentive to the performance of this duty, as to neglect obligations which are of much greater import, which are more immediately necessary for their own good, and the benefit of society, and which of consequence must be more agreeable to