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I suppose it is needless to inform the public, that the reason of printing these sermons, arises altogether from the favourable reception which the fermon given as a sample of them in 'TriSTRAM SHANDY met with from the world. — That sermon was printed by itself some years ago, but could find neither purchasers nor readers, so that I apprehended little hazard from a promise I made upon its republication, “ That if the sermon was liked, " these should be also at the " world's service;" which, to be as good as my word, they here are; and I pray to God, they may do it the service I wish. I have little to say in their behalf, except this, that not one of them
was composed with any thoughts of being printed ;- they have been hastily written, and carry the marks of it along with them.
This may be no recommendation ;-I mean it, however, as such :: for as the sermons turn chiefly upon philantropy, and those kindred virtues to it, upon which hang all the law and the prophets, I trust they will be no less felt, or worse received, for the evidence they bear of proceeding more from the heart than the head. I have nothing to add, but that the reader, upon old and beaten subjects, 'must not look for many new thoughts, ’tis well if he has new language : in three or four passages, where he has neither the one nor the
A 3 other,
other, I have quoted the author
SERMON Vi The Case of Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath, considered. A Charity Sermon.
Time and Chance.
.. SERMON IX. The Character of Herod. Preached on In
:: of Life, considered.