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CONTENTS OF THE FIRST VOLUME.
A SHORT Account of the Life and Character of Dr. Hugh Blair,
On the Union of Piety and Morality.
ACTS, X. 4. Thy prayers and thine alms are come up for a me-
morial before God,
On the Influence of Religion upon Adversity.
PSALM Xxvii. 5. In the time of trouble, he shall hide me in his
pavilion; in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he
shall set me upon a rock, 30
On the Influence of Religion upon Prosperity.
PSALM i. 3. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of wa-
ter, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also
shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper,
On our Imperfect Knowledge of a Future State.
1 CORINTH. xiii. 12. For now we see through a glass, darkly, 52
On the Death of Christ.
[Preached at the celebration of the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper.]
JOHN, Xvii. 1. Jesus lift up his eyes to Heaven, and said, Fa-
ther! the hour is come,
JAMES, iii. 17. The wisdom that is from above, is gentle 74
On the Disorders of the Passions.
ESTHER, V. 13. Yet all this availeth me nothing, so long as I
see Mordecai the Jew sitting at the King's gate,
On our Ignorance of Good and Evil in this Life.
ECCLESIASTES, vi. 12. Who knoweth what is good for man in
this life, all the days of his vain life, which he spendeth as a
PSALM iv. 4.
and be still,
On Religious Retirement.
Commune with your own heart, upon your bed,
ACTS, X. 2. Cornelius-A devout man—
On the Duties of the Young.
TITUS, ii. 6. Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded, 132
On the Duties and Consolations of the Aged.
PROVERBS, XVI. 31. The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it
be found in the way of righteousness,
On the Power of Conscience.
GENESIS, xlii. 21, 22. And And they said one to another, We are
verily guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the an-
guish of his soul when he besought us; and we would not
hear: Therefore is this distress come upon us. And Reuben
answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not
sin against the child; and ye would not hear? Therefore, be-
hold also his blood is required,
On the Mixture of Joy and Fear in Religion.
PSALM 1. 1L.. Rejcica with trembling,
On the Motives to Constancy in Virtue.
GAL. vi. 9. And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due
season we shall reap, if we faint not,
On the Importance of Order in Conduct.
1 CORINTH. xiv. 40. Let all things be done-in order, 192
On the Government of the Heart.
PROVERBS, iv. 23. Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out of
it are the issues of life,
The same Subject continued.
PROVERBS, iv. 23. Keep thy heart with all diligence: for out
of it are the issues of life, 211
On the Unchangeableness of the Divine Nature.
JAMES, i. 17. Every good and every perfect gift is from above,
and cometh down from the Father of Lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning, 222
JOHN, Xii. 43.
praise of God,
On the Compassion of Christ.
HEBREWS, iv. 15. We have not an High Priest which cannot be
touched with the feelings of our infirmities; but was in all points
tempted like as we are, yet without sin,
On the Love of Praise.
For they loved the praise of men more than the
On the proper Estimate of Human Life.
ECCLESIASTES, xii. 8. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher,
all is vanity,
PSALM Xxiii. 4. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the
shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for thou art with me; thy
rod and thy staff, they comfort me,
On the Happiness of a Future State.
REV. vii. 9. After this I beheld, and, lo! a great multitude,
which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and
people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the
Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands, 282
I CORINTH. xiii. 5. Charity-thinketh no evil,
On the Character of Joseph.
GENESIS, xlv. 5. 8. Now therefore be not grieved nor angry
with yourselves that ye sold me hither; for God did send me
before you to preserve life. So now it was not you that sent
me hither, but God, 306
On the Character of Hazael.
2 KINGS, viii. 12, 13. And Hazael said, why weepeth my Lord?
And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do
unto the children of Israel. Their strong holds wilt thou set
on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword, and
wilt dash their children, and rip up their women with child.
And Hazael said, But, what, is thy servant a dog, that he should
do this great thing? And Elisha answered, The Lord hath
shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria.
On the Benefits to be derived from the House of Mourning.
ECCLESIASTES, vii. 2, 3, 4. It is better to go to the house of
mourning, than to the house of feasting; for that is the end of
all men, and the living will lay it to his heart. Sorrow is bet-
ter than laughter; for by the sadness of the countenance the
heart is made better.
The heart of the wise is in the house
of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of
On the Divine government of the Passions of Men.
PSALM lxxvi. 10. Surely the wrath of man shall praise thee;
the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain, 339
On the Importance of Religious Knowledge to Mankind.
[Preached before the Society in Scotland for propagating Christian knowledge.]
ISAIAH, xi. 9. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy
mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the
Lord, as the waters cover the sea,
ROMANS, xii. 15.
with them that
On the True Honour of Man.
PROVERBS, iv. 8. Exalt her and she shall promote thee; she
shall bring thee to honour,
Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep
On the Improvement of Time.
GENESIS, xlvii. 8. And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art
On the Duties belonging to Middle Age.
1 CORINTH. xiii. 11.
When I became a man I put away
ECCLESIASTES, xii. 5. -Man goeth to his long home, and
the mourners go about the streets,