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empt from afflictions ; but they bear them best , and improve them most . Seldom too is the hour of trouble so afflictive as it might be ; The poor may be in health , the rich are in circumstances which may alleviate man } " afflictions . Though the body be
disordered ^ the mind may be cheerful and sound . Friends also enable their friends the better to endure their sorrows Man's strength is generally proportioned to his day . If
anguish has bee p , sh arp ^ it has not perhaps been long ; or if long , habit renders it more easy to be bortie . Still possibly many com ** forts are left , or afflictions could not have occured more se&sopably . They who are unjustly censured , may rejoice that thejf are not justly . Many afflictions admit of consolation or cure * If diseases be not remedied by attention and skill , the mind may be ' enabled by the comforts of sympathy better to endure them .
In all such circumstances , whilst prayer yields great consolation , hope In every situation is the chief cordial of human , life . At last death will end pain and distress . None will groanr
in that land of silence . Every grief will be forgotten in placid , slumber . Resides ^ paiu is not immortal , and the storms o £ life drive the vessel to a quiet , if not happy haven . At least they who keep a good character cannot igiss the port ; this hope is the anchor of the soul .
They who are thus grateful in adversity as well as m , prqs «» perity , recommend themselves to God , and will finally experience his favour and blessing- Even in the deepest affliction , the mind ought not to forget its former mercies . Such blessings
perhaps have been long enjoyed . They who have lost friends , have had them to lose . Nor are such blessings lost , as they arc real pleasures to those who can reflect upon them witth the spirit of grateful piety ; so such characters < pnay be assured that they
will finally be restored to them . They are not lost whilst their good effects remain , nor will they cease to have their proper
influence , as long as the mind is disposed to extract from them whatever good they are capable of affording . The sermon entitled , Man the Property of God , may be
regarded as one of the most insulated in the volume , unless it be considered as introductory to the discourses which succeed on the love of God , and . against the unreasonable love of pleasure . That however man is strictly the property of God , the author has argued in an eloquent and animated manner : he is a creature brought into being by the Divine Providence g , nd power ; he bears , marks of God ' s workmanship , in the frame *> f his body and mind ; only by the Divine influence is he pre-
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Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 35, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/35/