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Above One Hundred and Fifty SERMONS,

besides his POETICA I PIECES.

IN TEN LARGE VOLUMES OCTAVO.

F AL KIRK:

PRINTED BY PATRICK MAIR,
For PETER MUIRHEAD, Merchant, the Revd. John STEWART,
and HucH MITCHELL, Bookseller, the Publishers,

M.DCC.XCVI.

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PREFACE

BY

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PUBLISHER S.

POETICAL compositions, it will readily be ad.

mitted, are of a very antient original; and very early specimens of this kind of writing are yet to be found on record, both in facred * and profane story.-Writings in poésy have many peculiar excellencies in them, and particular advantages attending them: and when men, endued with poetical talents, employ them on subjects of real importance, the sparkling and flowery images, the magnificent and lofty expressions, and the striking figures and retorical embellishments, add such a native grandeur, dignity, and majelty to the subject, that the mind is not only, truly elevated, the attention, gained, the affections moved, and devotion excited; but the memory is gradually prepared to retain and be benefited by them, on ac. count of the beautiful and elegant manner in which the various topics are elucidated.

See the Song of Moscs at the Red Sca, Exod. xv. 1, -21. This Song is the most antient and fublime piece of poetry in the world: the images are natural; the arangement of its ideas is beautiful; and the strain of piety which breathes through the whole, is truly cvangelical.

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