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• FIFTH VOLUME
RIGHT REVEREND FATHER IN GOD,
GEORGE . .
LORD BISHOP OF NORWICH,
WHEN I read the excellent Discourses you have given to the Public, I feel as if the world could not want any thing of the same kind from myself; and I consider your Lordship as one of the last persons to whom I ought to offer them. But, as they come abroad in consequence of your own advice to the Author, which, as you are now become my Diocesan, has the force of a çommand, they are sure of a favourable reception from yourself; and I am persuaded they will, on that account, be better received by the Public.. . :: A 3
* This Dedication was prefixed to the two Volumes of Sermons published in the lifetime of the Bishop.
In my late Lectures on the Figurative Language of the Holy Scriptures, I have carried the apostolical mode of interpreting them as far as I thought it needful; and have laid down rules from the scripture itself, by the observation of which, good and learned men may carry it much farther. I have therefore omitted, for the present, the publication of many discourses of the expository kind, which I have by me, and have confined myself chiefly to such subjects as tend to make the Christian wiser and happier, and more useful in the conduct of his life. I have followed your Lordship’s judgment in the choice of one moral subject with which these volumes are concluded*; and I wish young men of fortune would consider it for themselves, as earnestly as I have considered it for them.
Every age hath its favourite errors ; to which fashion gives dignity and influence. When these come in my way, I never spare them: yet I endeavour to
* The Sermons above alluded to are the 13th and 14th in the 6th Volume.