Thirty Discourses on Practical Subjects

Thirty Discourses on Practical Subjects

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1751 edition. Excerpt: ...1 80 S E R M O N XH. The Third Sermon on the foregoing T m Page 197 e SERMON s E R M o N XIII'. The Way to Life, is to keep God's Commandments. he no Judge ofsueh Ztlatters, Page T? Say not thou, What is the Canse that the former Days' were better than these P For thou dq/i not enquire concerning this. _ r MONG ST the many unhappy Ways where-s R M_ l by Men contribute to their own Misery, one I, very common one is, that whatever their pre sent Condition be, they are never satisfied with it; but over-looking, or, which is worse, under-valuing the Bleffings of their' own Times, they are always talking of, and magnifying those of former Ages; the golden Days and the happy Times which their Fore-fathers saw, but are hid from their Eyes.-' As if the Storesof Heaven were exhausted, and God had been so liberal to a the Men of antient Times, that he had 'reserved no Blesiings to bless us, even us also, _ upon whom the Ends of the World are come; Or, as if the World, instead of improving, grew every Age worse and worse, and each particular Generation were fallen into the Dregs of Time. i _ 'Tis this querulous Temper, this magnifying the former Times at the Expence, and to the Diminution of the present, which was, -it seems, in Solomons Days, so common in the World, and, I believe I mayadd, has never since been out of use; I say, 'tis this unreasonable Humour which the royal Preacher reproves in the Text, Say not than, &e. _ VoL. II. B '.. IN. Mens complaining of the Badness of the present Times, and magnifying the Happiness of former Ages.-II. I SHALL endeavour to discover the Rise of this O-pinion, that the firm-er Days were better than these: their present Grievances to be greater than any that went before them. From whence it will appear, ...
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