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Accept our good wishes, officers, and soldiers, you who after so many battles are going to war again, you who after escaping so many dangers are entering upon a new march of perils : May the God of battle fight incessantly for you ! May victory constantly follow your steps ! While you - subdue your enemies, may you experience this maxim of the wise man, he that ruleth his spirit is beller than he that taketh a city.

Young people receive our blessing: may yout ever be preserved from the contagion of the world you are entering ! May you devote the inestimable days you enjoy to your salvation ! Now may you remember your Creator in the days of your youth !

Receive our good wishes, old people, who have already one foot in the grave, let us rather say, who have already your heart in heaven where your treasure is : May you find your inward man renewed day by day, as your outward man perisheth! May you feel your souls strengthened as your bodies decay, and when your house of clay falls, may the gates of heaven open to you !

Desolate countries, to you also we extend our good wishes and prayers.

You have been many years the unhappy theatre of the most bloody war that ever was. May the sword of the Lord, drunk with blood, retire into its scabbard, rest and be still ! May the destroying angel, who ravages your fields, cease to execute his commission! May your swords be beaten into plough shares, and your spears into pruning hooks, and may the dew of heaven succeed the shower of blood that for so many years has been falling upon you.

Are our benedictions exhausted ? Alas! on this joyful day can we forget our griefs ? Ye happy inhabitants of these provinces, so often troubled with

a recital of our afflictions, we rejoice in your prosperity, will you refuse to compassionate our misfortunes ? And you,,fire brands plucked out of the burning, sad and venerable ruins of our unhappy churches, my dear brethren, whom the misfortunes of the times have cast on this shore, can we forget the miserable remnants of ourselves ? O ye groaning captives, ye weeping priests, ye sighing virgins, ye festivals profaned, ye ways of Zion mourning, ye untrodden paths, ye sad complaints, move, O move all this assembly. O Jerusalem, if I forget thee, let my right hand forget her cunning. Not remember thee! Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy! 0 Jerusalem, peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companions sake, I will now say peace be within thee! May God be moved, if not with the ardor of our prayers, yet with the excess of our afflictions, if not with our misfortunes, yet with the desolation of his sanctuaries, if not with the bodies we carry all about the world, yet with the souls that are torn from us!

And thou, dreadful prince, whom I once honored as my king, and whom I yet respect as a scourge in the hand of Almighty God, thou also shalt have a part in my good wishes. These provinces, which thou threatenest, but which the arm of the Lord protects; this country, which thou fillest with refugees, but fugitives animated with love; these walls, which contain a thousand martyrs of thy making, but whom religion renders victorious, all these yet resound benedictions in thy favor. God grant, the fatal bandage that hides the truth from thine eyes may fall off ! May God forget the rivers of blood, with which thou hast deluged the earth, and which thy reign hath caused

to be shed ! May God blot out of his book the injuries, which thou hast done us, and, while he rewards the sufferers, may he pardon those who exposed us to suffer ! O may God, who hath made thee to us, and to the whole church, a minister of his judgments, make thee a dispenser of his favors, an administrator of his mercy!

I return to you, my brethren, I include you all. in my benedictions. May God pour out his Huly Spirit upon all this assembly! God grant, this year may be to us all an acceptable year, a preparation for eternity! Drop down, ye heavens, from above, let the skies pour down righteousnes, let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation !

It is not enough to wish for these blessings, they must be procured, and we must derive them from the source.

It is not sufficient that a frail man utters benedictions in your favor, we must pray for a ratification of them by the happy God. We must

go to the throne of God himself, wrestle with him, earnestly beseech him with prayers and tears, and not let him go, except he bless us. Magistrates, people, soldiers, citizens, pastors, flock, come let us bow our knees before the Monarch of the world : and you birds of prey, devouring cares, worldly anxieties, be gone, and interrupt not our sacri fice.

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1 CORINTHIANS iii. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

Other foundation can no man lay than that, which is laid, which is

Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, bay, stubble ; every man's work shall be made manifest ; for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work, of what sort it is. If any man's work abide, which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burnt, he shall suffer loss : but he himself shall be saved, yet so, as by fire.

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have treated of this text in this place. Satisfied with meditating on it in the study, we would have chosen a subject, in which you would have been more directly interested. But what doctrine can we preach to you, which doth not engage you to some dispositions, that cannot be neglected without hazarding the great salvation, for the sake of which you assemble in this holy place ? Are we such enemies to truth, or do we so ill understand it, as to teach you a doctrine contrary to that, which the Holy Spirit hath laid down in scripture ? If so, you should remember the saying of an apostle, and, animated with a holy indignation, should

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