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The Notion of Pride stated, and the

Pretensions to it examined.

Not to think of himself more highly than be

ought to think, but to think soberly.

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pine at the unequal Portion, which
God has allotted them of worldly Blessings;
yet they are generally well fatisfied with
their Share of inward Endowments : it
being as hard to meet with a Person, who
humbly thinks he has too little Sense and
Merit, as it is to find one, who fancies he
has too great Riches and Honours.

What makes Men uneasy in their Cir-
cumstances, is that they are continually set-
ting to View the bright side of themselves,
and the dark Side of their Condition in Life;


Serm. I. the firft to find out their own Grievances,

and the last to discern their own Faults and
Follies, Whereas if they took a contrary
Method, they would perceive, that God
had been kinder to the Worst of Men, than

Best of Men could deserve.
Self-Love is a Passion interwoven in our
Frame and Conftitution; and if it be not
kept under due Regulations, Self-Conceit
will be the necessary Effect of it. For since
we are apt to believe, what we wish to be
true ; is it a Wonder, if we over-rate those
Perfections, which we have, and imagine
ourselves pofsest of those, which we have
no Title to?

In our Youth Pleasure has often the Ascendant, in the Middle of our Age Ambition; and Avarice brings up the Rear at the Clofe of Life. But this Vice, of which I am speaking, attends too many of us from the Cradle to the Grave: we being equally vain, whether we pursue Pleasure, Honour or Wealth : The Master Paffion of the Soul is the same, though it's Servants are often changed according to the different Stages of Life.

For this Reason the Apostle ushers in the Words of my Text with a peculiar Em


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