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Cbrift-Church in Dublin,
Before their Excellencies the
Tuesday the 29th of May, 1711.
By JOSEPH TRAPP, M. A.
Moon in St. Paul's Church-yard. 1711.
ISAIAH i. 26. And I will restore thy Judges as at the firft, and thy
Counsellor's as at the beginning ; afterwards thou Mbalt be callid the City of Righteousness, the Faithful City.
He Folly and Ingratitude of Men appear in
no Instance more than in this; That they
are apt to be regardless of the ordinary Blesfings they enjoy, and to be affected with none but those which are New, and Surprizing. A wonderful Deliverance makes fome Impresion upon 'em ; but they take no notice of being in such a Condition, as to need no Deliverance. Nay, they are influenc'd only for a time, even by those uncommon Occurrences; even tbose are soon nighted, and forgotten by them. Most Men seem to expect the same Proofs of God's Power and Goodness, as some do to prove the Truth of the Chriftian Religion ; both requiring a frequent Repetition of fresh Miracles, the Former to revive their Gratitude, as the Latter to begin their Faith.
Now tho' it be very unreasonable for Men to expect new extraordinary Favours, to refresh their Memories, and put them in mind of old ones; yet the Providence of God has been pleas’d to afford even that Privilege to us of these Nations. Besides former Deliverances from the many imminent Dangers which threatned our Constitution ; we have had at least One, since That which we this Day commemorate.
But the present Occasion obliges me to in large chiefly upon That: And That indeed is so very fignal and re
markable, that it is of it self more than sufficient to furnish Matter for any one Discourse.
In speaking upon this Subject, the Words which I have chosen seem very proper to be insisted upon; not only my Text, but this whole Chapter, being applicable to our prefent purpose. Which indeed is not to be wonder'à at; our Case fo nearly resembling That of the Jews: Since, like Them, by the peculiar and signal Providence of God, we enjoy the purest Religion, and the best Establishment in the World, with respect to both Church, and State; and I wilh I could not say that, like Them too, we are particularly remarkable for our Perverseness, and Rebellion, and for our ungrateful Abuse of such inestimable Privileges.
This whole Chapter therefore, I say, is almost as exa&tly adapted to our Circumstances, as if it were purposely calculated for them. Besides some other Passages which I shall have occasion to mention in the Progress of my Discourse, These which follow are a perfect Description of the State of these Kingdoms,especially in the Times of Those who overturn'd our Constitution and made a Restoration so necessary a Blersing. The Prophet, or rather God by the Mouth of his Prophet, begins his Expoftulation with his People in these sublime, elegant, and pathetical Expressions, which no Human Eloquence can equal, or imitate. Hear O Heavens, and give ear 0 Earth; for the Lord hath spoken. I have nourisli'd and brought up Children, and they have rebell’d against me.
The Ox knometh his Owner, and the Ass his Master's Crib; but Israel doth not know, my People doth not consider. Ah! sinful Nation ; A People laden with Iniquiry; a seed of evil Doers; Children ihat are Corrupters; they have forsaken the Lord, they have provok'd the Holy One of Israel to Anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken
any more ? Ye will re. polt more and more; The whole Head is sick, and the whole Heart faint. From the Sole of the Foot even unto the Head there is no Soundness in it; but Wounds, and Bruises, and