What should hinder me from doing the same ?

OPPORTUNITIES for such exercises are continually afforded by the return of those days, whereon we conmemorate the heroic piety of ancient worthies, distinguished in the annals of religion ; whose story presenteth us with occurrences, not, like those related in fecular histories, of use only to politicians and generals, but universally interesting; instructing us in the art of governing the little kingdom within ; of atchieving the greatest conquests, and gaining the most glorious victories; since

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Better is he that ruleth his “ fpirit, than he that taketh a s city;" teaching us how to live the life, and die the death of the righteous; a twofold talk, which every man hath upon his hands, and in the performance of which he cannot fail, but at the hazard of fomething more valuable than crowns and sceptres

The author of the following Confiderations was directed, in the choice of his subject, by the circumstances of his situation, some parts of them having been delivered from the pulpit, as occasion called for them, in the .

chapel. shapel of St. Mary Magdalen College, upon the anniversary of the nativity of St. John the Baptift, before a learned and most respectable audience. The favourable manner, in which they were then heard, hath encouraged him to revise, enlarge, and digest them into their present form. The reader hath now before him a compleat hiftory of the Baptift, extracted from the Evangelists, and methodized according to the order of time, in which the events appear to have happened; with such observations and reflections, as the several parts of it


feemed to suggest, for the confirmation of faith, and the ad vancement of holiness.

An attentive perufal of the subsequent pages may, it is hoped, be of service to the younger students in theology, with a view to whom, and to those more particularly of the Society, whose welfare and profperity the author is bound by every tie to consult and promote, as they were at first composed, so they are now published; that, beholding the glories which display themselves in the exalted character here offered to their inspection, they may


be fired with a noble ambition to bear their testimony to the beft of masters, and, from a well spent retirement, come forth bright examples of temperance and purity, zeal and knowlege, integrity and conftancy, to preach repentance, and proclaim Salvation.


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