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Preach'd before the
Or before the
By EDWARD MAYNARD, D. D.
Formerly Preacber to that HONOURABLE
in St. Paul's Church-Yard. 1722.
T HE following Sermons and
1. Preach'd, (long fince,) be-
When I was to begin the Study of Divinity, I thought, (and do fill think,) that I could not lay a better Foundation for such Studies, than by Examining and Considering distinctly, in the first place, How far the Light of Nature is able to carry Men in Matters of Divine Knowledge; Then, what Advances were made therein by the Mofaical Revelation; And finally, what New Lights were given the World by the New Revelation of the Gospel of Christ; and how All was Improv'd and brought to Perfection by That Revelation. Afterwards my First Preaching happening to be before the University, I thought the same Subject (the Subject of Natural and Reveald Religion) not Improper to be treated on before such an Audience, and accordingly made it the Subje&t of my two First Sermons.
But some Tears after, when the Storm; (which threatned the whole
Nation,) fell so terribly upon Magdalene College, (in King James's Reign, 1687.) and we were all instantly scatter'd from the Beloved Place of our Education, as I chanc'd, in that Unhappy Tear of Leisure, to entertain my self mostly, during that Retirement, with the Ancient Moralifts, That Sort of Reading naturally put me in mind of my First Sera mon; and gave me occasion to make a Review of it; Upon which I saw sufficient Cause to make some Alterations in it, with many Additional Quotations to it; and some Additions to the Second also. This therefore being the Case, I hope the Reader will easily pardon me, that I now present them to bim, not according to the First Draught, as they were drawn up for short Discourses from the Pulpit, but as it were in a Second Edition, with all their Enlargements, tho? in this Dress, the Firft Part especially, looks more like a Tract than a Sermon.