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THE CONGREGATIONAL LECTURE,
THE REVEALED DOCTRINE OF REWARDS
BY RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON, LL.D. D.D.
REWARDS AND PUNISHMENTS.
RICHARD WINTER HAMILTON, LL.D., D.D.,
W ALF O RD,
18, ST. PAUL'S CHURCHYARD.
«'Eώ τα θεία και τα ημετερα, και τας καθ' ημας εκείθεν αποκειμένας μαστιγας. Αλλά και επί τούς σούς ελθε λόγους και φόβους, ου ποιηταίς μόνοις, αλλά και ανδράσιν φιλόσοφοις αρεσκοντας, και Πυριφλεγεθοντάς σου, και τους Κωκυτούς, και τους Αχεροντας, οις αδικίαν κολαζουσι, Τάνταλος, Τιτυός, Iξίων.”
Gregory Nazienzen, Orat. iv. Adversus Julianum.
“Verbera, carnifices, robur, pix, lamina, tædæ;
Quæ tamen et si absunt, at mens sibi conscia facti
Lucretius : De Rerum Natura, lib iii.
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The Author of the present Volume must have felt it, in most circumstances, a flattering distinction to be appointed Congregational Lecturer. As the selection was as unexpected as unsought, private consideration could be of no account; nor was it for him to complain of unworthiness and incompetency. To be associated with the cause of Theological Science was not quite indifferent to his ambition : to be enrolled with his honored predecessors in these tasks, was, at least, exciting to emulation.
“Forsitan et nostrum nomen miscebitur istis."
But he confesses that his thesis almost instantly subdued any rising pride. He submitted to it as “ the burden of the Lord.” In addicting himself to the necessary studies for the prælections required of him, in honest purpose, yet with unsuppressible anxiety, he invoked alike that strength of conviction, and that seriousness of temper, which befitted a subject so tremendous.
It must be remembered that the doctrine of Future Punishment is only a part of his theme. Had this been that which was assigned to him, the reader might