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him without delay. Now is the accepted time ; now is the day of salvation. TO-DAY if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts. He has said that Them who come to him he will in no wise cast out. Having such high encouragement, fasten your hope on his atoning blood ; throw yourselves unreservedly upon his precious merits; and plead, O Lord, in wrath remember mercy. Amen.

MERCY REMEMBERED IN WRATH.

A SERMON

The substanoe of which was preached on the 19th of February, 1798,

OBSERVED THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES,

AS A DAY OF

THANKSGIVING AND PRAYER.

SERMON III.

MERCY REMEMBERED IN WRATH.

PSALM CIII. 10.

He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor re

warded us according to our iniquities.

My BRETHREN,

The providence of God, which threatened the speedy punishment of our crimes, lately called us to humble ourselves under his mighty hand. We came to his sanctuary in the character of penitents; we professed to afflict our souls for the evil we had done in his sight; we addressed his throne in the language of contrition; we implored respite; we implored pardon. Abstinence from bodily food, in the self-denial of fasting, we employed as the symbol of inward bitterness and as an aid in the mortification of sin.

For purposes of a different nature do we this day tread the courts of the Most High. The oil of joy succeeds to mourning; and the garment of praise to the spirit of heaviness. We

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