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Preach'd before the
University of Oxford,
Or before the
By EcDfVJRcD MATNJRT), DD.
Printed for Jonah Bowyer, at the Rose in
IHere present the Reader with another Volume of Sermons, long since preach'd before the fame Learned Auditories that the Others were; being thereunto led, not only by Private Friends, but also by the Judgment of some who are, and others who very lately were, very deservedly in the highest Stations of the Church.
It may perhaps be taken Notice of, that I multiply Sermons on the fame Text; and I acknowledge that, I have still been very apt so to do:
Not Not out of any Affectation; but because I always found, that there was scarce any Subject in Divinity which I at any Time chose to treat of, that I thought I could do any tolerable Justice to, in so lhort a Time as Custom allows us for one single Sermon. Variety and constant Change is, I know, most grateful to Itching Ean, but not most Useful to Serious Hearers or Readers, who ponder Things in their Hearts. Nor can I conceive why the Prosecution of the same Subject in several Sermons, under several New Heads of Discourse, mould be more Improper, or more Tedious and Unacceptable, than
any any Book divided into several Sections, all relating to the fame general Subject, and carrying on the fame Design.
And there is one Thing farther which I must own to the Reader, That some of the Discourses which I now offer him, as (upon an accidental Delay,) they lay by me all the last Y ear, under my Eye, ready prepared for the Press, have received the Addition of some New Thoughts; Chiefly some of the Four First Sermons, which are all upon the Subject of D E A T H; as is also a Part of the Last Sermon. This is a Subject so suitable to my Age, that I could not but indulge my Thoughts a little A 3 Liberty