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SERMON or distress. Too many there
XVII. world, whose attachment to
are in the those they
call their friends is confined to the day of
As long as that conti
appear to be affectionBut as soon as their
nues, they are, or
your friend, commands esteem, even from SERMON those who have personal interest in opposing him. This honourable zeal of friendship has, in every age, attracted the veneration of mankind. It has consecrated to the latest posterity the names of those who have given up their fortunes, and have even exposed their lives, in behalf of the friends whom they loved ; while ignominy and disgrace have ever been the portion of them, who deserted their friends in the evil day. Thine own friend forsake not.
BEFORE Concluding, it must not be forgotten, that the injunction of the Wise Man in the text is accompanied with this remarkable expression; not only thine own friend, but also, thy father's friend, for.... sake not. These words bring back to our remembrance the days of former years; and suggest a sentiment which cannot but touch every feeling heart. Thine own friend may be dear; thy father's friend ought to be sacred. As long as life remains human breast, the memory of
SERMON connected us once with our father, and
our father's house. Thy father has perhaps, long ago, gone down to the dust. But when you recal the innocent days of childhood and youth; when you think of those family transactions, which once gladdened your hearts; your father's friend, in the midst of these, will rise to your remembrance. There was a time when you accosted him with respect, or looked up to him with fondness, and was made happy by his kindly notice. Does such a one now survive, and shall he not receive from you some portion of filial reverence and honour? To disregard and neglect him, is to spurn your father's memory; is to insult the ashes of him who now sleeps in the grave; is to transmit yourselves to those who shall succeed you, as unfeeling and base. Thine own friend, and thy father's friend, forsake not.
I HAVE pointed out some of the chief duties which belong to virtuous friendship; and some of the principal means by which this sacred bond should be preserved unbroken; this holy flame should
be kept alive in the human breast.
On the CONDUCT to be held with regard
to FUTURE EVENTS.
PROVERBS, XXvii. 1.
Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
these words I purpose to discourse of the proper conduct which we ought to hold, with regard to futurity, amidst the present uncertainties of life. Time and life are always going on, and to each of us are preparing changes in our state. What these may be, whether for the better or for the worse, we cannot tell; as it hath pleased the wisdom of Providence, to cover futurity with a veil which