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LUKE xxiii. 28.
not for me, but weep for your
of Rebuke, and Blasphemy;
nals of our Nation, and the Calendar of our Church, by the fad Sufferings of an excellent
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.
Serm. vertake others, on his Account. And,
to Calvary, out of a Tenderness of
The good Prince, whose unhappy
Steps of the great Captain of his Sal-
his Life, which his Murderers allow'd