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with washing his eyes in the fountains of Sardinia. And the physicians hearing how he fell into his blindness, durst not undertake the cure of it

. And, as they who curse themselves, often smart for it, [consider of this, ye hardy wretches, who call upon the Almighty to damn you, which the devils themselves are not so hardy as to do!] so they who curse others, do horribly wound themselves in the recoil. You shall hear an example:

A debauch'd fellow had curs'd that excellent man, Governour Prince The Governour laid before the transgressor the great sin he had con mitted; and with a grave, holy, awful admonition, besought him to consider of that scripture in Psal. cix. 17, 18: “As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him; as he delighted not in blessings, so let it be far from him. As he clothed himself with cursing, like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels, and like oyl into his bones.” Quickly after this, a direfa! cancer smote the man; the cancer appear'd first in his lip, and so it et away his flesh, and his jaw down to his throat, where with inexpressible torments it kill'd him.

Behold, O man, “If thou desirest life, keep thy tongue from evil."

THE THIRD REMARK.There is a lying proverb, “A drunken man gris no harm.” We have seen the judgments of God upon drunkards most wofully confuting that lye. I am sure 'tis not a proverb of Soloma's: for he says, in Prov. xxiii. 29, “Who hath wo? They who tarry long at the wine." Is it no harm for a man to bring sickness on his body? Te have seen drunkards often perishing in diseases contracted by their debauches. Is it no harm for a man to bring disgrace on bis estetin We have often seen drunkards become very abjects, tho' they once were folks of some fashion and figure in the world. Is it no harm for a la to bring poverty on his estate? We have often seen the judgments of Gi fulfilling that word, “The drunkard shall come to poverty.” Surels, tis no little harm for men to debase and confound their own souls, and las themselves open unto the worst of all the temptations of the devil—the worst of all impieties. But, sirs, how often have we seen woful drunkari doing so? We have seen them turn beasts-yea, turn devils! But more particularly,

A drunken man is, in old English, as much as to say, a droined man. To see, then, & drunken man become a drowned man, is to see but a most retaliating hand of God. Why, we have seen this very thing more than three score times in our land. And I remember the drowning of one drunkard, so odly circumstanced: it was in the hold of a vessel, that las full of water near the shore. We have seen it so often, that I am amazed at you, O ye drunkards of New-England—I am amazed, that you can “harden your hearts” in your sin, without expecting to " be destroreủ suddenly, and without remedy." Yea, and we have seen the devil :ha:: has possess'd the drunkard, throwing him into the fire as well as into the

water. They have tumbled into the fire, and then kept shrieking, “Fire! fire!” till they have gone down to the fire that never shall be quenched. Yea, more than one or two drunken women, in this very town, have, while in their drink, fallen into the fire, and so they have tragically gone roaring out of one fire into another. O, ye “daughters of Belial, hear, and fear, and do wickedly no more."

The Fourth REMARK.—It was a thing once charged upon Sabbathbreakers, in Neh. xiii. 18, “Ye bring wrath upon Israel by profaning the Sabbath.” And have not we seen the wrath of God correcting profanations of the Christian Sabbath, with rebukes of thunder and lightning? And, indeed, some intelligent persons have noted it, that the dreadful storms of thunder and lightning, which have kill'd many among us from year to year, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah; they have mostly happened on or near the Lord's-day; as an intimation, that breaches of the Lord's-day have procured the firing of the great artillery of heaven upon us. However, our land sees little rest, through the judgments of God upon us, for the violations of the sacred rest which he has appointed for

And the many disasters which happen on the Lord's-day among us, may be so many judgments upon us for our not sanctifying the day unto the Lord. But all the more special examples of judgments coming for sins against the Sabbath, I will wrap up in this one piece of history:

I have been desired by many malefactors to be with them at their execution; and then, in those last and sad minutes of their lives, they have sometimes cried out, “This, this, is a judgment of God upon my Sabbathbreaking; I may thank my Sabbath-breaking for all this; 'Twas for my mis-spending of the Sabbath with vain persons, and in vain actions, that God has left me to that wickedness which has brought upon me all of this horrible misery!" Think of this, you that still say of the Lord's-day, "What a weariness is it?"


THE FIFTH REMARK.-Disobedient children! my heart akes for you; for I have seen the judgments of God, making such as you the most astonishing monuments of his indignation. It was a custom in Israel, that once a year this proclamation was made from the top of mount Ebal, in Deut. xxvii. 16: "Cursed be he that sets light by his father or his mother. And all the people shall say amen.” As from the top of that mount, I do this day proclaim it, that I have seen the curse of God making

quick work with such as have not honour'd their parents; while I have also seen those children who have honoured, and supported, and comforted their parents, wonderfully prospering under the manifold blessings of God. And I pray all the people to mind it.

Very few have died on the gallows, in this place, but what have wrung their hands upon the ladder, with this out-cry: “This is a judgment of

God upon me for my undutifulness unto my parents! My disobedience to my parents has brought me hither."

But this article of discourse may not be dismissed until we have singied out one particular example of the strange punishments which undutiful children bring upon themselves from the judgments of God.

A reverend minister of Christ, that often served him in that very pulpit where these words are uttered, once observed a son to behave himself undutifully towards his father in the ferry-boat which was carrying them over the river. Whereupon that man of God said unto the young man, "Young man, I am sorry to see you so little regard your father; I would seriously perswade you to repent of your undutifulness, or I will solemnly assure you that I expect the killing judgments of God will overtake you before a year come to an end.” And, behold, before that year was out, this young man was miserably murthered. Hearken, my young folks, and let not your eye mock your fathers

, or despise to obey your mothers, lest the ravens of the valley do pick it out

, and the young eagles do eat it!

THE Sixth REMARK.-Unto the contentious we have seen God recomapence indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish. Said the apostle once, in Rom. xvi. 17, “I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions." And I now say, “I beseech you, brethren, mark the places and the persons which by divisions have made themselves notorious: mark, what judgments of God have signalized them.” Something of what I have marked, I will freely tell you.

I have marked it, that those places which have kept up divisions and strifes, and schisms, have been direfully smitten with spiritual plagues, the plagues which are the direfullest. The most lively saints in those places have been soon snatch'd away by death, one after another: the "power of godliness” hath been lamentably lost among the survivors, and a leanness hath been sent into their souls: the work of conversion hath been at a deadly stand, and the rising generation hath “pined away in their iniquities.” Yea, there was one church among us, wherein an uncomfortable rupture happen'd; and a young man in the town was left unto an horrid self-murder: he drown'd himself; but he left behind him a writing directed unto his father, wherein there was this among other passages: “Father, my ruin was the stubbornness and unfaithfulness of my tender years; and evil counsel and evil company; and the differences in the church, by reason whereof I grew proud, and did not carry it in my place as I ought, which is the wide way to ruin.” God make this young man our warner; his name was WARNER.

Again, I have marked it that those persons who have been the grand incendiaries in divisions, have been often branded with some symptoms of the displeasure of God. Those persons have been very industrious to

blot the names of other men; and at last they themselves have died with a blot. This indeed is a point wherein we must be sparing; yet I may not forget that a counsel, sitting at a town, for the composing some ecclesiastical differences, our venerable old Mr. Wilson saw one man to be extreamly perverse above the rest, and most unreasonably to disturb the peace of the church. Whereupon, that zealous man told the counsel, he was confident that the jealousie of God would set a mark upon that man, and that the ordinary death of men should not befal him. It happened a little while after this that the man was barbarously murdered by the salvages.

Again, there was a quarrelsome woman in a church not far off; who, having accus'd a man in the church of a fault that she could not prove, she yet remain'd so irreconcilable, that she would never come to the Lord's Table as long as that man liv'd. He dying, she bragg’d unto her friends that now she would go to the sacrament at the Lord's Table. One of them solemnly told her that she might yet fear a testimony of the displeasure of God against her for her unchristian absenting herself from that ordinance. And, lo, she died suddenly, just before the next sacrament was to be administered: (tho' she had the repute of a godly woman.) Don't, then-don't sow discord, any of you, lest you be an "abomination to the Lord.” Be not unpeaceable or unplacable: God is not pleased with the froward.

THE SEVENTH REMARK.—We are assured in 2 Pet. ii. 9, 10, “At the day of judgment shall be punished chiefly they that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness.” And it is no rare thing among us to see judgment in this world also overtaking them. Father Latimer once presented unto a great man a New Testament, with this inscription emboss'd on the cover of it: "Whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.” And, indeed, how surprisingly, how amazingly may we see God judging that sort of sinners!

A famous Bolognian physician, in publish'd bills, profess'd a sovereign antidote against an horrible distemper which men bring upon themselves by their uncleanness. But when multitudes flocked unto him for his antidote, he only gave 'em the picture of a gallant with his nose eaten off. He bid 'em that, when they were going to debauch themselves, they would look upon that picture; and if that would not preserve 'em, nothing would.

Not much unlike to that is the course which I am now taking, to preserve you from unchastity.

We have seen many, many, many, to "die in their youth;" because their life has been among the unclean. We have seen 'em to mourn at the last, when their flesh and their body has been consumed. We have seen 'em getting a wound, and a dishonour, and a reproach that is never wip'd away. It may be, the just God says upon the unclean “Write this

person childless." Or, it may be, the Lord says, “I will kill their children with death." Or, 'tis possible, some very miserable disasters have attended their offspring: peccatum seminis punitur in semine.* Why? Because that some old acts of uncleanness have not been enough repented of.

'Tis said of uncleanness, “By means thereof a man is brought unto a piece of bread.” Some forlorn people have cried out unto me of their desperate poverty; and anon they have confessed that they believ'd the judgments of God made 'em and kept 'em so poor, to revenge the secret cursed, horrid adulteries which they had wallowed in.

Yea, how many have ripen'd themselves for the most capital strokes of the sword of justice by this wickedness! I have known several wbo, under a sentence of death for other crimes, wherein they thought themselves hardly dealt withal, have cried out, “Oh! 'tis for my secret adul teries that the holy God has brought all this upon me!" And how many young women have been executed among us for murdering their bastardinfants! But, at their execution, this has been their exclamation: "Ob, that all young people would beware of the snares of uncleanness! By continuing in those awful snares, without any speedy repentance, we have been ruined!" One of the first in this land that came to such an end (her name was Martin) had yielded unto a wicked man soliciting her chastity; but with such reluctances of soul, that in her prayers to God for help, she said, “if ever she were overtaken again, she would leave herself unto his justice to be made an example." She remembred not her vows, but was again overtaken. She conceived, she travailed, she privately destroyed her child, using two several attempts before she could wholly dispatch it Afterwards, upon a removal of the family, the murder strangely came to light. God made the infant bleed afresh before her, for her confusion; she own'd the whole truth, and she dy'd for it: but she was twice turn'd off before her expiration. Say, then-say, my friends, to all the temptations of uncleanness—"How shall I do this wickedness, and sin against God."

THE EIGHTH REMARK.-Let us a little súmm up the gains of those who have used irregular methods of oppression, or of dishonesty, to gain the world. I have done it: and I'll tell you what I have seen the sum total to be. The judgments of God have brought it unto that in Jer. xvii. 11: "He gets riches, and not by right; at his end, he shall be a fool.” Father Latimer would speak of a grievous cough which would come upon them that swallow'd unrighteous gains. Truly, losses have usually follow'd upon

such gains, like so many coughs, and men have cough'd and cough’d, until they vomited up all that they had got. It is the charge of our Lord Jesus Christ upon us,

that no man go beyond, or oppress his brother in a matter; because that the Lord is the avenger of all such. We are told, "If thou seest the oppression of the poor, he that is higher than the highest, regards

• The sin of the sced is punished in the seed.

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