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III. Their Indocility, or Stiffness.
IV. Their Logic, or, to speak more intelligibly, their Manner of Reasoning
V. Their Morals.
VI. Their Conscience. · VII. Their Want of Politeness, or Good Manners, "Tho this Subject has been handled with great Success a thousand times over, yet, Mr. S. in so short a space as a Sermon, presses his Arguments so home, that those whom he attacks cannot give any rational Answer...,
SERMON XII. preached on New Year's
Day, (On the Number of our Days, from Pfalm P. 423. Xc. 12. So teach us to number our Days, that we
may applý our Hearts unto Wisdom.) Our Au
chor supposęs chis Hymn to have been compos ::"", fed by Mofesy, the great Jewish Law-giver, on
occasion of the People's murmuring, mentioned Numb. xiv. and then gives a general and historical Idea of the Reason of the Text. He next examines what is understood by;
I. The Number of our Days, and
II. The Inférence drawn by Divine Wisdom P. 430. from the Number of our Days. .
And then concludes with Exhortations to his Audience suitable to the Occasion.
SERMON XIII. (Of a future Judgment, from Hebr. ix. 27. It is appointed unto-Men once to dies after this the Judgment.) Our Author consi
ders his Text under two Heads. p. 465. I. As he supposes himself to preach before
an Audience ålready persuaded of the Truth of a Judgement to come, he does not go about to prove it, but only furnish them with fome Abftance in order to carry these Proofs niet farther, and arm them against the Attacks of our Pretended Free-thinkers, and Unbelievers, the
Pest of Society, and Infamy of the Age we live in.
Here he' considers the Inequality of Rewards and Punishments in this Life, the little : p. 468, Thief put to death, and the great one rewarded ; the Hypocrite thundering out Anathemas, and persecuting the erring Christian, &c. and receiving Applause, and Panegyrick, for his furious Zeal: The Ingráte; who, whilst his Friend is in Prosperity, ever hangs on him, but afterwards turns his back upon him, as soon as Fortune frowns; 'arid several other Crines, which not being punished by human Laws, must receive Punishment in another Life..
II. WHAT is like to be the Destiny of those who make up his Audience in that great Day, when GOD will come, and determine the Fate of all Mankind.
Thoat first sight this Inquiry may seem difficult, yet Śr: Paul furnishes a perfect Answer to it. As many, says he, (Rom. ii. 12.) as p. 481: have finned without Law, mall perish without Law : (that is to say, the Levitical Law.) And as many as have finned in the Law, small be judged by the Law. To this Mr. S: adds, As many as bave lived under the Gospel, mall be judged by the Gospel. As to the Gospel, iç is, . 1. An Economy of Light.
II. An Economy of Proportion.
III. An Economy of Mercy. . All these he considers distinctly, and concludes with pathetical Counsets. "
At the End of this Volume is a Certificate from the Ministers, &c.' of Dort, of the Soundness of the Doctrine concaind in the foregoing Sermonis; wherein we find, that the Reverend No XIX. 1732:
Mr. Dumont, Minister and Profeffor at Rotterdam; appointed by the late Reverend Mr. 7. Saurin, in his Will, to publish what will be found fit for the Press, among his Papers, is the Editor of these two Volumes. It is pity they are To incorrectly printed.
THE Reverend Mr. James SAURIN, Author of the Sermons we have now given an Abftract of, was born at Nimes in Languedoc, in the Year 1667. In the Year 1685, or 1686, he was forced with his Father and Family, by the Perfecution stirred up in France againft the Reformed, to remove to Geneva, where he made a very astonishing Progress in his Studies. Among his Companions, some greatly commending to him the Profeffion of Arms, he, at sixteen Years of Age, lifted himself in the Army, and served as Cadet in the Earl of Gall. way's Regiment in Piemont; and the next Year was made Ensign in another Regiment. But the Duke of Savoy making a feparate Peace with France, he returned to Geneva, where he resumed his Studies, with greater Alacrity than ever. From thence he came, thro' Holland, co London, in 1701, where he entered into Priest's Orders, was married, and preach'd a few Years at the French Chappels, called the Greeks (in Sobo) and the Savoy. In 1705, he was invited over to the Hague, and soon after was chosen Minister to the Nobles, among whom he lived in great Esteem, and Familiarity. He died the thirtieth Day of December 1730, N. S. and was buried the fifth of January following.
He hack left a Widow, now in London, and · Wo Sons ; Philip, aged about 22 Years, and
Anthony, about 9. He has two Brothers alive, : Lewis, Dean of
in Ireland, and Mark Gentleman Usher to her Majesty of Great Britain.
I. His Works are 6 Vol. of Sermons.
II. HistorICAL, Critical, Theological and Moral Discourses, on the most memorable Events of the Old and New Testaments, 2 Vol. in fol., With a great Number of most beautiful Cuts ; published afterward in... Vol. 8vo. This work is unfinished..
III. A Catechism for the Use of a Charity: School, set up by some Dutch Noblemen, at his persuasion, at the Hague. 8vo. pp. 506.
IV. This same Catechism abridg'd.
V. The state of the Christian Religion in France.
As to this Gentleman's Character, we must refer our Readers to what has been already printed, concerning him, in the Foreign Journals. We only beg leave to say, that no Oratör ever had a sweeter Voice, a finer Action, nor a more graceful Utterance and Delivery.
This is what every one must own, who have heard him. As to his Works, the Public has shewn their Approbation of them. But if we may be allowed to speak our private Opinion of the Sermons we have now given an account of, they abound wich Flights and Flames of Wit, which may do well enough in a Declamation, chiefly when supported by those great and uncommon Qualifications this Orator was Mafter of; but will not so well fand the Teft of Print, where Readers have time to examine whether E2
there be any Justness of Thought in what they have read.
To do Justice to the Author, one may, with truth, affirm that in point of Eloquence, several of his Sermons may vie with the best Pieces of French Oratory. But it must be confessed, that; notwithstanding all their Merit, we cannot but give our BARROWS, TILLOTSONS, CLARKS, &c. the Preference over Mr. S. when we compare his Sermons to those of the great and profoundly learned Masters just mention'd ; who, aiming at nothing more than convincing their Hearers, made use only of the best and strongest Arguments to enforce their Doctrine, despising these needless Trappings, and Decorations, if I may use the Expression, and offered Truth to their Audience, adorned only with its native Beauties.
ARTICLE IV. Histoire Critique des Pratiques fuperfti
tieuses, qui ont séduit les Peuples & embarrassé les Sçavans. Par le R. P. Pierre Le Brun, &c. Prêtre del Oratoire.
That is, A Critical History of such superstitious
Practices, as have seduc'd the Vulgar, and puzzled the Learned, &c. By Father le Brun, Priest of the Oratory. ,
Q. ... : TT AVING given Extracts of the first and
o fecond Volumes of this curious Work, in our two last Journals, we now come to the third and last Volume of it, which is not, like