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flect upon our omissions of duty, and our actual depar tures from him, in thought, word, and deed, we are compelled to exclaim....who can understand his errors? The review is painful....but it is useful, it is necessary. It will lead us to admire the long-suffering of God, in bearing with us, year after year. Though we have proved such cumberers of the ground, he has still spared us. Though we have so often provoked him, he has not destroyed us. We may look upon each other this evening with astonishment, and say, "it is of the Lord's "mercies that we are not consumed, because his com"passions fail not."

It will be a call to repentance; this always commences in a conviction of sin, and is daily brought into exercise, by fresh discoveries of its remaining existence. "They shall come with weeping, and with sup"plications will I lead them."

It will humble us, and we need every check to pride, for we are prone to think more highly of ourselves, than we ought to think.. But what are we? Have we lived a day without being fools, loiterers, undutiful servants, unfaithful stewards? And what reason can we have to be proud?

It will promote charity. We shall be tender towards others, in proportion as we deal honestly, and severely with ourselves. The most effectual way to take us off from beholding the mote in our brother's eye, is to enploy ourselves in extracting the beam from our own. We have all our infirmities, though they may not be precisely of the same kind with those which lead us so rigorously to condemn others. We are all in the "body, and should consider ourselves, lest we also be " tempted."

It will be a spur to diligence. Do you ask, what are we to use diligence for? This depends in some respects, upon the condition you are in. Perhaps to this hour some of you have been anxious about every thing, except the pardon of your sins. While these remain unforgiven, the wrath of God abideth on you, and you are every moment in danger of sinking into the lowest

hell. It is obviously therefore your duty, immediately and earnestly to seek after an interest in Christ, by whom alone you can be justified freely from all things.

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But diligence equally becomes those of you who hope that you are already partakers of this blessing. You can never do enough for him who has saved you by his grace. You have much lost time to redeem and much lost ground to recover. When you ought to have been running, you have been standing still....perhaps drawing back. Some who began the divine life long after you, are now far before you on the heavenly road. You are surrounded with dangers, which require incessant vigilance and prayer. You have a thousand mistakes to rectify, and excellencies to acquire.---What is the life of a good man? What is it that distinguishes him from others ?....But a faithful investigation of his faults; an attention to moral improvement; an endeavor to make each day, a practical criticism on the past. He observes, how he was hindered and remarks where he fell, or was likely to fall. And thus he levies a contribution of profit even upon his losses; and derives wisdom from his ignorance, strength from his weakness, and zeal from his indifference.

To urge you to this four-fold review, remember the intimation we gave you at the beginning of this address, and which is so fully expressed in the words of the apostle...." so then every one of us shall give account "of himself to God." Therefore, judge yourselves, that you may not be condemned with the wicked. This account will be personal, public, and impartial. "He will bring every work into judgment, with every "secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil." And from whence will he bring them? From the book of his remembrance: there he has recorded all your means, and mercies, troubles and sins. From the book of your own memory: there also they are secured. For there is a difference between remembrance and memory the former often fails, but what is inscribed upon the latter, abides indelibly, and only requires something to shine upon the letters, to render it legible,

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Have you not observed that what seemed dead in the mind, only required circumstances to revive it? With what freshness and force, have things long forgotten, spung up in the memory, when recalled by occurrences? Thus all the history of man will hereafter be retraced....re-traced, in order to be tried....and tried in order to be approved or condemned. "Wherefore, "beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be dili"gent that ye may be found of him in peace, without "spot, and blameless."

With this solemn thought, let us close the period of our time that is now going to be numbered with the years before the flood. It has seen many carried down to their graves, and has brought us so much nearer our own. "The fathers....where are they? And the pro"phets....do they live for ever? Man goeth to his long "home, and the mourners go about the streets.' And when a few years are come, we shall go the way whence we shall not return. We are accomplishing as an hireling our days! and our neighbors, our friends, our relations, will soon seek us....but.... we shall not be. Let us sing,

"Lord, what a feeble piece,

"Is this our mortal frame?

"Our life, how poor a trifle 'tis,
"That scarce deserves the name !

"Alas, the brittle clay,

"That built our body first!

"And ev'ry month, and ev'ry day,

""Tis mould'ring back to dust.

"Our moments fly apace,

"Nor will our minutes stay ;

"Just like a flood our hasty days
"Are sweeping us away.

"Well, if our days must fly,

"We'll keep their end in sight,
"We'll spend them all in wisdom's way,
"And let them speed their flight.

"They'll waft us sooner o'er

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This life's tempestuous sea;

"Soon we shall reach the peaceful shore
"Of blest eternity."

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DISCOURSE III.

OUR IGN ORANCE OF FUTURITY.

(NEW YEAR'S DAY.)

-As soon as I shall see how it will go with me.—Phil. ii. 23.

I HAVE the pleasure to address you on the first day

of another year. The day is only distinguished from others by human institution....but this has given it various advantages and characters, natural and civil, intellectual and moral.

It is often a season of peculiar transactious; in which persons balance their accounts, commence business, form connections.

It is a period marked by humanity and benevolence. Children beseech time mercifully to spare the guides of their youth. The father and mother hope to see their dear offspring long coming around them. The husband congratulates the desire of his eyes, and the wife hails the companion of her journey. Frindship renews every lively desire....and all, however indifferent at other times, yield to custom, and wish your returns of this day to be many and happy.

It is a season of thankfulness and joy. We praise the Preserver of men, who has held our souls in life, and carried us through the unnumbered dangers of another year...while our feelings are tempered to solemuity by the reflection, that many have finished their course, and that we look for some of our own relations or acquaintances in vain!

For it is a period of seriousness and recollection. It

reminds us of the instability of the world, and the rapidity of time. Of this indeed, every day, and every hour should remind us; but the changes made, and the losses occasioned by these variations, are too common, and inconsiderable to awaken reflection-but the termination of a year rouzes even the careless, impresses even the insensible: and if we do not allow the subject to operate on the mind-who does not feel for the moment, the sentiment of Job; "when a few years are 66 come, I shall go the way whence I shall not return!" But there is another relation in which we may consider this day. When we begin a new division of time, we naturally look forward, and endeavor to penetrate our future condition. The prospect is intimately connected with many of our duties, and will become injurious, or profitable, according to the manner in which it is indulged. Let us then confine our attention to this view of the subject. And consider, I. Our inability to determine our future circumstances. II. Shew what use we should make of our ignorance. And, III. Search for something to satisfy and comfort us under all our suspension and uncertainty.

I. Though the endowments which distinguished the apostles, were extraordinary, they were not absolute, but limited in their exercise, by him who gave them. -In some cases Paul could discern spirits, and foretel things to come-but in others he was held in ignorance, and could only reason from probabilities. Thus he said to the church of Ephesus," and now behold I 66 go, bound in the spirit unto Jerusalem, not knowing "the things that shall befal me there." He was now a prisoner at Rome. His trial was depending, but the result of it he was unable to determine. He could therefore only form his plan conditionally, and resolve to send Timothy to the Philippians, "so soon as he "should see how it would go with him."

And will not this apply more fully to our circumstances?

When we look into futurity, all that meets the eye is

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