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Holy Ghost, if you will not now be prevailed with to repent and be converted.

Well, though I have called you long, and you have refused, I shall yet this once more lift up my voice like a trumpet, and cry from the highest places of the city, before I conclude with a miserable conclamatum est. Once more I shall call after regardless sinners, that if it be possible, I may awaken them; "O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord." Unless you be resolved to die, lend your ears to the last calls of mercy. Behold, in the name of God I make open proclamation to you. "Hearken unto me, O ye children, hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not."

"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the wats, and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. Wherefore do ye spend your money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.

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your ear, and come unto me; hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David."S

*Acts vii. 51. Isa. lv. 1, 3.

Jer. xx. 29.

Prov. viii.32, 33.

Ho, every one that is of any manner of disease or torment,* or is possessed of an evil spirit, whether of pride, fury, or lust, or covetousness, come ye to the Physician, bring away your sick. Lo, here is he that "healeth all manner of sickness, and all manner of diseases among the people."

Ho, every one that is in debt, and every one that is in distress, and every one that is discontented, gather yourselves unto Christ, and he will become a captain over you, he will be your protection from the arrests of the law, he will save you from the hand of justice. Behold, he is an open sanctuary to you, he is a known refuge.t Away with your sins, and come in upon him, lest the avenger of blood seize you, lest devouring wrath overtake you.

Ho, every ignorant sinner, come and buy eyesalve that thou mayest see.‡ Away with thy excuses: thou art for ever lost if thou continuest in this state, § but accept of Christ for thy prophet, and he will be a light unto thee. Cry unto him for knowledge, study his word, take pains about the principles of religion, humble thyself before him, and he will teach thee his way, and make thee wise unto salvation,¶ but if thou wilt not follow

* Mat. iv. 23, 24. + Heb. vi. 18. Psal. xlviii. 3. Rev. iii. 18. § 2 Cor. iv. 3. Isa. xlii. 6. Eph. T Mat. xiii. 36. Luke viii. 9. John v. 49.

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him in the diligent use of his means, but idly sit down because thou hast but one talent, he will condemn thee for a wicked and slothful servant.*

Ho, every profane sinner, come in and live. Return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy on thee: O be entreated, return and come, thou that hast defiled thy mouth with oaths and execrations, "all manner of sins and blasphemies shall be forgiven thee," if thou wilt but thoroughly turn unto Christ, and come in. Though thou wast as unclean as Magdalene, yet give up thyself unto Christ as a vessel of holiness, fit for his use; and then, though thy sins be as scarlet, they shall be as wool; and though they be as crimson, they shall be as white as snow."‡

Hear, O ye drunkards," how long will ye be drunken? Put away your wine." Though you have rolled in the vomit of your sin, take the vomit of repentance, and thoroughly disgorge your beloved lusts, and the Lord will receive you. Give up yourselves to Christ, to live soberly, righteously, and godly; embrace his righteousness, accept his government, and though you have been swine, he will wash you.¶

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Hear, O ye loose companions, whose delight is in vain and wicked society, to sport away your time in carnal mirth and jollity with them, come in at wisdom's call, and choose her and her ways, and you shall live.*

Hear, O ye scorners, hear the word of the Lord: though you have made a sport at godliness and the professors thereof, though you have made a scorn of Christ and of his ways, yet even to you doth he call, to gather you under the wings of his mercy. In a word, though you should be found among the worst of the black roll, yet upon your thorough conversion you shall be washed, you shall be justified, you shall be sanctified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the spirit of our God. §

Ho, every formal professor, that art but a lukewarm, dough-baked Christian, and restest in the form of godliness, give over thy halving and thy halting, be a Christian throughout, be zealous and repent; and then, though thou hast been an offence to Christ thou shalt be the joy of his heart.

And now bear witness that mercy hath been offered you. I call heaven and earth to record against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curs

* Prov. ix. 5, 6. + Prov. i. 22, 23. + 1 Cor. vi. || Rev. iii. 16, 19, 20.

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ing; therefore choose life that you may live."* I can but woo and warn you: I cannot compel you to be happy: if I could I would. What answer will you send me with to my master? Let me speak to you, as Abraham's servant to them, "And now if you will deal kindly and truly with my master, tell me." O for such a happy answer as Rebecca gave them. "And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth. And they called Rebecca, and said unto her, wilt thou go with this man? and she said, I will go." () that I had but this from you! Why should I be your accuser, who thirst for your salvation? Why should the passionate pleadings and wooings of mercy be turned into the horrid aggravation of your obstinacy, and additions to your misery? Judge in yourselves. Do you not think their condemnation will be doubly dreadful, that shall go on in their sins. after all endeavours to recall them? Doubtless "it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon, yea, for Sodom and Gomorrah, in the day of judgment, than for you."§

Beloved, if you have any pity for your pe rishing souls, close with the present offers of mercy. If the God that made you, have an authority with you, obey his command, and

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*Deut. xxx. 19. + Gen. xxiv. 49, and verse 57, Mat. x. 14, 15. Mat. xi. 22, 24.

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