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der connection at home, and submits at once DISC.
to all the painful duties and hard fare of a
camp,
in an enemy's country.

He travels
through dreary swamps, and inhospitable
forests, guided only by the track of savages.
He traverses mountains, he passes and re-
passes rivers, and marches several hundred
miles, with scarcely bread to eat, or change
of raiment to put on. When night comes,
he sleeps on the ground, or perhaps sleeps
not at all ; and at the dawn of day resumes
his labour. At length, he is so fortunate as
to find his enemy. He braves death, amid
all the horrors of the field. He sees his com-
panions fall around him-- he is wounded,
and carried into a tent, or laid in a waggon ;
where he is left to suffer pain and anguish,
with the noise of destruction founding in his
ears. After some weeks, he recovers, and
enters afresh upon duty.And does the
Captain of thy falvation, Othou who
Atyleft thyself the soldier and fervant of Je-
fus Chat-does He require any thing like
this, at thy hands ? Or canst thou deem
him an austere Master, because thou art

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Disc. enjoined to live in fobriety and purity, to

subdue à turbulent paffion, to watch an hour fometimes unto prayer, or to miss a meal now and then, during the season of repentance and humiliation ? Blush for shame, and hide thy face in the duft.

More strange and inexcufable still will this conduct of the Christian appear, when we confider, in the

Fifth and last place, the rewards annexed to the practice of self-denial,

Many and great are it's advantages in the present life. The lightnefs of fpiri , the cheerfulness of heart, the serenity of temper, the alacrity of mind, the vigour of understanding, the obedience of the will, the freedom from bad desires, and the propensity to good ones, produced by a prudent and judicious abstinence, are inconceivable by those who have never experienced them, and fully justify to those who have experienced them the highest

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encomiums pronounced by the ancient fa- DISC. thers of the church on this evangelical precept, and the blessedness of observing it. For think not that the felicity, any more than the virtue, of man consists in gratifying at all times his own humour, and following his own will; since his humour is perverse, and his will depraved. We are, in very deed, the oldest of us, children, wayward children; and unless we would be miserable, as well as vicious, we must treat ourselves as we do our children. Now "compare the s child that is taught fubmission and obe“ dience, with him that is humoured in

every thing. How rational, cheerful,

agreeable, and happy is the one! How “ ridiculous, peevith, disagreeable, and un

happy is the other ! The smallest favour “ done the first, is received and acknowleged “ as a particular obligation : the greatest “ kindness done to the other, is either re

jected with disdain, or received with i thankless ill manners.

The more you ".strive to please him, the more difficult " he is to be pleased ; till at length nothing

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“ been obliged in all things..— Betimes “ therefore accustom your desires, like chil

dren, to disappointments. Deny them “every thing they ask for, that is improper “ for them to obtain; nay, every thing q.(be it what it may) which they ask for in an improper manner. This will be so far “ from souring the temper (as some have

weakly suggested in the cafe of chil“dren) that it will give you, as well as “them, a confirmed habit of acquiescing " in what is righta of cheerfuly submit"ting, when your wills are over-ruled; of

receiving every thing with pleasure and

gratitude, in which you are indulged ; " above all, of controuling every sudden paf"gion that may arise ; of commanding and

moderating every desire; of resigning to " the appointments of Providence, through "every situation and period of life.” And if this be not happiness, say, where is it to be found, and where is the place thereof? It is the happiness of a hero, the joy and the glory of a conqueror, returning

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from the field of battle triumphant through disc. grace, and dragging the enemies of his " VII. salvation fast bound to his chariot wheels. When felf-denial has thus wrought it's perfect work within

you, the kingdom of heaven is there and that kingdom is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghoft. 5ml ...

But felf-denial will not only thus-bring down heaven to you for a time it will carry you up to heaven for ever. Letras revert to the fifth chapter of St. Matthew's' Gospel, and consider well the promises there made to those holy and happy tempers, peculiar to Christianity, the essence of all which is felf-denial; and let us observe the manner in which the reward is adapted and appropriated to each several temper.

Blessed are the poor in fpirit; for " theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed " are they that mourn ; for they shall « be comforted. “Blessed are the meek; for so they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are ?

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