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lowly: with an unfelt new ecstasy, multitudes strewed his way with garments and olive-branches, crying with loud gladness and acclamation, Hofannah to the Jon of David, Blessed is be that cometh in the name of the Lord! At this great King's accession to his throne, men were not en-, nobled, but fav'd; crimes were not remitted, but fins forgiven; he did not bestow medals, honours, favours, but health, joy, light, speech. The firít object the blind ever saw, was the author of Sight; while the lame ran before, and the dumb repeated the Hosannah. Thus attended, he entered into his own house, the sacred temple, and by his Divine Authority expell’d traders and worldlings that profaned it; and thus did he, for a time, use a great and despotick power, to let unbelievers understand, that 'twas not want of, but superiority to, all worldly dominion, that made him not exert it. But is this then the Saviour? is this the Deliverer? Shall this obscure Nazareno command Israel, and sit on the throne of David? Their proud and disdainful hearts, which were petrified with the love and pride of this world, were impregnable to the recepcion of so mean a benefactory
and were now enough exasperated with benefits to confpire his death. Our Lord was sensible of their design, and prepared his disciples for it, by recounting to 'em now more diftinctly what should befal him ; but Peter with an ungrounded resolution, and in a flush of temper, made a sanguine protestation, that tho' all men were offended in him, yer would not he be offended. It was a great article of our Saviour's business in the world, to bring us to a fenfe of our inability, without God's assistance, to do any thing great or good; he therefore told Peter, who thought fo well of his courage and fidelity, that they would both fail him, and even he should deny him chrice that very night.
But what heart can conceive, what tongue utter the sequel? Who is that yonder buffeted, mock'd, and spurn'd? Whom do they drag like a felon? Whither do they carry my Lord, my King, my Saviour, and my God? And will be die to expiate those very injuries? See where they have nailed the Lord and Giver of Life! How his wounds blacken, his body writhes, and beart heaves with pity and with agony! Oh Almighty Sufferer, look down, look down from thy tri
umphant Infamy: Lo be inclines his head to his sacred bosom! Hark, he groans! fee, he expires! The earth trembles, the temple rends, the rocks burst, the dead arise: Which are the quick? Which are the dead? Sure nature, all nature is departing with her Creator.
IF to inform the understanding, and 1 regulate the will, is the most lasting and diffusive benefit, there will not be found so useful and excellent an institution as that of the Christian Priesthood, which is now become the scorn of fools. That a numerous order of men should be consecrated to the study of the moft sublime and beneficial truths, with a design to propagate them by their discouries and writings, to inform their fellowcreatures of the Being and Attributes of the Deity, to possess their minds with the sense of a future state, and not only to explain the nature of every virtue and moral duty, but likewise to persuade mankind to the practice of them by the most powerful and engaging motives, is a thing so excellent and necessary to the well-being of the world, that no body
but a modern Free-thinker could have the forehead or folly to turn it into ridicule.
The light in which these points should be exposed to the view of one who is prejudiced against the names, Religion, Church, Priest, and the like, is, to consider the Clergy as so many Philosophers, the churches as schools and their sermons as lectures, for the information and improvement of the audience. How would the heart of Socrates or Tully. have rejoiced, had they lived in a nation, where the law had made provision for Philosophers, to read lectures of morality and theology every seventh day, in leveral thou. Tands of schools erected at the publick charge throughout the whole country, at which lectures all ranks and sexes without distinction were obliged to be present for their general improvement?
think those men, who should endeavour to defeat the purpose of ro divine an inftitution ?
It is indeed usual with that low tribe of writers, to pretend their design is on. ly to reform the Church, and expose the vices and not the order of the Clergy. The Author of a pamphlet printed the
other tioning the title, will on this occasion occur to the thoughts of those who have read it) hopes to infinuate by that artifice what he is afraid or ashamed openly to maintain. But there are two points which clearly shew what it is he aims at. The firit is, that he conftantly uses the word Priest in such a manner, as that his reader cannot but observe he means to throw an odium on the Clergy of the church of England, from their being called by a name which they enjoy in common with Heathens and Impoilors. The other is, his raking together and exaggerating, with great Spleen and industry, all those actions of church-men, which, either by their own illness or the bad light in which he places them, tend to give men an ill impression of the dispensers of the Gospel : All which he pathetically addresses to the consideration of his wife and honest countrymen of the laity. The fophiftry and illbreeding of these proceedings are so obvious to men who have any pretence to that character, that I need say no more, either of them or their author. Z