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N the publication of modern Sermons

too little attention appears to have been paid to the illiterate claffes of the Community. Some attempts indeed have been made to furnish them with Discourses adapted to their capacities; but without any disparagement to these

attempts,

it

may be safely asserted, that the supply has not been adequate to the demand. The considerate Clergyman can find but few volumes written with such plainness of language, as to allow of his circulating them in his Parish, with the hope of their being generally understood. This is a defect, which the Writer, in common with many other Parochial Ministers has long felt and deplored; and which it is his desire and endeavour by the present publication in fome measure to remedy. How far he has

succeeded in his attempt, his readers must determine. For his own part he freely confesses, that he has fallen far short of that imaginary standard, which he has proposed to his own mind for imitation.

He is not indeed of opinion, that no word is to be introduced into a Sermon, which is not in itself intelligible to every person, who hears it. Such a degree of refinement he scarcely believes to be attainable: nor if attainable, does he deem it necessary. The general impression of a discourse may be very powerful, though the precise meaning of every word be not distinctly apprehended. If the ideas be simple, and the train of thought level to the understanding, the occasional occurrence of a word or a phrafe, somewhat less intelligible, will not so interrupt the sense, as probably even to weaken, much less to destroy, the main effect; while in a very studious endeavour to adapt the style of a discourse to the capacity of the ignorant, there is a danger of becoming insipid or vulgar; and thus

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SERMON IV.
Mortification of Sin a reasonable Duty.
Mark, ix. 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48. If thy

hand offend thee, cut it off : it is better for
thee to enter into life maimed, than having
two hands to go into hell, into the fire that
never shall be quenched; where the worni
dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.
And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off : it is
better for thee to enter halt into life, than
having two feet to be cast into hell, into the
fire that never shall be quenched; where
the worm dieth not, and the fire is not
quenched. And if thine eye offend thee,
pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter
into the kingdom of God with one eye, than
having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire ;
where their worm dieth not, and the fire is
not quenched.

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SERMON V.

The Day of Account.
LUKE, xvi. 2. Give an account of thy Stew-
ardship

SERMON VI.
Scriptural View of True Religion.
GALATIANS, xi. 15. For in Christ Jesus

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