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mifes of the Almighty, and contemplate on the pleasing profpect of a never ending state of bliss. For a fhort duration, indeed, we are to undergo whatever afflictions the Almighty fhall deem expedient to lay upon us however, if we bear up under them with patience and refignation to the divine will; if we do but our duty with chearful hearts, we have the beft affurance that can be of an ample recompence; an affurance equal to the greatest certainty; fince promised by an almighty, an infinitely just, and indulgent God. To give you the least adequate idea of the happy ftate of the Saints in glory, would require the skill of the most enlightened genius, and therefore be a task too arduous for me to undertake; but this we may venture to affert, that every thing we can conceive of happinefs, the most elevated hopes with which we can feed our afpiring fouls, will fall infinitely short of the glorious and delightful state of thofe, who tread the paths of virtue, who love juftice and mercy, and walk humbly with their God.
I have now, MOST WORTHY AUDITORS, faid all I at firft propofed on the Truth of the Christian Religion, and am fully perfuaded, that the arguments which I have collected will incline the attentive hearer to become from henceforth, if he be not already, a follower of the bieffed Jesus.—And though I am not insensible of my inability; yet seeing that the truths I have been treating of, carry conviction along with them, and fland in no need of the weak aid and affiftance of human eloquence; all I think neceffary to add, is, that throughout the whole SERIES, I have not advanced any one pofition, but what appears, to the best of my judgment, to be strictly true, and for that reason worthy of our most serious regard: accept, therefore, of my fincere, though weak endeavours; and let not the unworthinefs of the Preacher prepoffefs you against the doctrines he has recommended to your confideration, which are, doubtless, of the last importance; and if what I have faid fhould prove of the leaft benefit to my fellow-candidates for the joys of heaven, to God be VOL. III. Ꮓ afcribed
afcribed all the glory. For my part, the only praise I shall ever seek will be, to deserve the title of a faithful minister of God's holy word; and I humbly befeech the Almighty to grant me his grace, that I may always keep fuch a watchful eye over my own conduct, as never to bring the leaft reproach on that religion which has been so graciously revealed, fo wonderfully propagated, and so faithfully tranfmitted from generation to generation, that every individual may with righteous Job exulting fay, I KNOW THAT MY REDEEMER
LIVETH, AND THAT HE SHALL STAND AT THE LATTER DAY UPON THE EARTH. AND THOUGH AFTER MY SKIN, WORMS DESTROY THIS BODY, YET IN MY FLESH SHALL I SEE GOD: WHOM I SHALL SEE FOR MYSELF, AND MINE EYES SHALL BEHOLD, AND NOT ANOTHER, AMEN.
A SUMMARY OF THE LIFE AND CHARACTER OF DEAN COLET:
SERM O N,
PREACHED IN THE
CATHEDRAL CHURCH OF ST. PAUL,
TUESDAY, JUNE XXIX, MDCCLVI.
GENTLEMEN EDUCATED AT ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL, AND PUBLISHED AT THEIR REQUEST.
BY D. BELLAMY, OF TRINITY COLLEGE,
SUMMARY of the LIFE and CHARACTER
JOHN COLET, D. D. DEAN of St. PAUL'S,
The Reigns of K. HENRY VII. and HENRY VIII.
PSALM CXII. 6.
THE RIGHTEOUS SHALL BE HAD IN EVERLASTING REMEM BRANCE.
S the principal and moft laudable design of this Anniversary Meeting, and all others of the like nature, is to promote brotherly love, and the focial duties of life, from the confideration of fome particular connections, by which, exclufive of what belongs to us in common with all men and christians, we are more nearly united and linked one to another; I conceived I could not enter upon any fubject more acceptable and pertinent to our present purpose, than the subject of Benevolence, and especially that fpecies of it which intends the good of pofterity: fuch a subject will naturally poffefs our thoughts with a lively warmth of gratitude towards that eminently great man, who established that feat of learn