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To the First American Edition.
THESE Sermons, preach'd by William Penn renown'd, I long have read, and with delight profound: As there's a time for business to be done, All things a season here below the sun; The time bas come, most clearly in my view, To put these sermons into print anew; That those advanc'd to many years, and youth May hear the tidings that have flow'd from Truth. Tis surely not premeditation's code, But in extempore eloquence they flow'd.
This book will doubtless true acceptance find,
The piety of this great preacher's mind,
Penn, as a christian, was in manners mild, He sought the Kingdom as a little child : Though born to worldly honour; in his youth, Surrender'd all, to buy the Crown of Truth; Which was most precious-glorious in his eyes He sought for wisdom, and obtain'd the prize. A bright example, under Wisdom's ray, To youth who from the Holy Cross would stray. When persecutions fell upon him strong, With faith and patience he endur'd the wrongWhen thrown in prison by oppressive laws, He largely wrote, to aid religion's cause : He chose affliction, with the humble seed, Before the pleasures that to mis'ry lead. When honours great were on his head bestow'd, He travel'd in humiliations road-He never stray'd to vanity and prideEndur'd the cross-iu innocency died.
When we him as a legislator view, We there behold him to his subjects true; Not as a partial politician wild, By money, fame, and honour's love beguild: But those by him were unto honour brought, Who kad true wisdom, truth and virtue sought. His movements in administration prove, His views were social, universal love; From highest rank, down to the orphan child, And to the natives of the lonely wild.
When as a Gospel Minister he's view'd,
He calls to truth-to no external plan,
The reader young, who views the humble life