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LUKE xxiii. 28.
Daughters of Jerusalem, weep

not for me, but weep for your
selves, and for your

Children.
HIS is a Day of Trouble,

of Rebuke, and Blasphemy;
distinguish'd in the An-

nals of our Nation, and the Calendar of our Church, by the fad Sufferings of an excellent

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SERM. Prince, who fell a Sacrifice to the I. Rage of his Rebellious Subjects; and,

by his Fall, derived Infamy, Misery, and Guilt, on them, and their sinful Pofterity.

We are met here, to acknowledge our Sin, to express our publick Detestation of it, and to deprecate the Vengeance which hath pursued, and doth still, I fear, pursue us on the Account of it. In order to raise and improve these good Thoughts and Dispositions, Į have pitch'd on the Words spoken by our Blessed Saviour in his fad Procession towards Calvary, as the Ground of our present Meditations, --- Daughters of Jerusalem, &c.

Since Providence so order'd it, that one of the Lessons for that Day, whereon the Royal Martyr suffer'd, and which was read to him just before his ascending the Scaffold, should contain an Account of the Passion of our Lord; and the same Lesson is still by Authority appointed to be read in these annual Assemblies; I may

be allowed, I hope, from the History SERM. of that Passion, written by St. Luke, I. to take the Words you have heard, and apply them to the Subject I am now about to handle, without incurring the Imputation of drawing unseemly Parallels, and without giving Offence to any, but those, who are Offended with the Anniversary it self, and with our folemn and devout Manner of observing it.

As jesus went to his Crucifixion, St. Luke tells us, that there followed him a great Company of People, and of Women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus, turning unto them, said, Daughters of Jerusalem, Weep not for me, but weep for your selves, and for your Children: For, behold, the Days are coming, in the which they shall say,Blessed are the Barren, and the Wombs that never bare, and the Paps that never gave suck! His present Sufferings, and approaching Death, withheld him not from reflecting with Concern on the Calamities, which were ready to 0.

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Serm. vertake others, on his Account. And,
I. because the Women who follow'd him

to Calvary, out of a Tenderness of
Nature peculiar to their Sex, indulged
themselves in the loudest Expresfions
of Grief; therefore to These he parti-
cularly addresses the Admonition of
the Text; directs them to turn their
well-meant Compassion from him up-
on themselves, to reserve all their Tears
for a Time, now at hand, when the
whole Nation of the Jews would be
callid to a strict Account for spilling
his Blood, and be made an astonishing
Instance of Divine Vengeance.

The good Prince, whose unhappy
Fate we commemorate, did in this,
as well as other respects, follow the

Steps of the great Captain of his Sal-
Heb. ii. vation, who was made perfect throʻSuf-
10. ferings : For the last Moments of

his Life, which his Murderers allow'd
him, were employ'd in awakening a
drowsy Nation into a Sense of its
Guilt, and a Dread of its impending
Punishment. Secure of his own In-

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