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you, hath already been the happy means to dry some aged eyes, and to revive some languishing parents' lives.
As you are members of the civil community, and as you wish to wipe off any disgrace from the state and policy, unite in this laudable undertaking ; which we hope may tend, thro' the zeal of good inen, and the vigilance of magiftrates, in due season, to wash away that nui. fance of our times, the pollution of our streets : in which surely, and in every undertaking that may tend to remove it, we should join hand and heart, if we wish to preserve in innocence and virtue, our children, our servants, our dependants of whatsoever fort ; if we wish to prevent unspeakable distress, and the most cruel injury, which too often the virtuous and guiltless have found, from the dire contagion of this promiscuous defilement.
And since, blessed be God, amidst the many evils toe justly complained of, and the inany depravities too notoriously reigning, benevolence and charity seem yet not to be wanting amongst us ; let us endeavour to promote these excellent virtues, as much as we may, upon the founda. tion of Christ's blessed gospel, and in imitation of his compassionate and heavenly temper. And while, with fincere hearts, each in our generation studies to advance the good of mankind ; let us always keep in view that great, that important F 4
hour, when every thing here below shall diffolve and vanish from our sight; and we ourselves shall stand at that aweful judgment-feat, where every external accomodation will be removed
; where no regard will be had to place, or to rank ; but they only shine with most distinguished favour and happiness, who have most distinguished themselves in this short state of trial, by works of benevolence, humanity, and compassion, springing from an unfeigned affiance on the all-complete and meritorious facrifice of an incarnate GOD.
To whose praise may we all live here below; for whose fake may we be zealous in this and in every other good work, and for whose merits may we all finally hear the applauding sentence,
IN AS MUCH AS YE DID IT UNTO THE LEAST
OF THESE MY BRETHREN, YE DID IT UNTO MI.
COME, YE BLESSED OF MY FATHER! RECEIVE THE KINGDOM PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE BEGINNING OF THE WORLD,
S E R M ON,
Preached at the
B E F O R E
His Royal Highness Prince Edward.
By WILLIAM DODD, M. A.
Published at the Command of His ROYAL HIGHNESS.
The Fifth EDITION,
HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS
Prince EDWARD AUGUSTUS,
DUKE of YORK, &c.
May it please your Royal Highness
RACIOUSLY to accept the follow
ing discourse ; which owes its publication solely to your Highness's command. To disobey this would ill become me ; otherwise; my former endeavours on this subject, might well have pleaded my exemption from another attempt: in which, similarity of sentiment, in various particulars, must be supposed to prevail ; and will need much candid acceptation as well from your Royal Highness, as from the public.
We congratulate ourselves on the favourable opinion your Royal Highness was pleased to express of our charity : where Lo many young, helpless, and truly piti