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THANKSGIVING SERMONS , ARTICLE V . Preached t > ecemBer 5 , i 8 dj > , on Occasion of the Victdry of the British Fleet , under the Command of Lord Nelsen , over the Combined Fleets of France and Spain , off Cape Trafalgar , October ai , 1805 .
HeflectioThs on Victory ; a Sermon preached in Argyle Chapel , Bath . By W . Jay . Second Edition . Williams , Smith , Hatchard , and Ogle . Is .
This discourse , we are told in an advertisement , is published In consequence of the importunity of friends , and its selling so
readily as to come in a very short time to & second edition , justifies the statement . It is deeply tinctured with the spirit of piety and humanity , and though not wholly unobjectionable is
yet excellent . 2 Sana . xix . 2 . " And the victory that day was turned into mourning /* The author femarksy that his subject is victory .
and considers tfoose victories that terminate i « joy and those that are attended with sorrow , . cc Of the first sort are our itedeertiei * s victory © vet all fits enemfes *
and our * s , and the moral and spiritual victory of the Christian 5 of the latter sort are the victory of the young man over the farce of a pious education , of the seducer , and of the iimde ] , and such was tfte victory of Joab , referred to in the text , such in some respects are all national victories , and such , in a memorable " circumstance , is the victory of "lYafalgar , Thfe joy excited Hby this victory should be tempered with : seriousness , prayer , xkmss , beneficence ^
Here the preacher concludes with a warm appeal to the feelings and piety of his hearers on behalf of the Patriotic Fund . Mr . Jay ' s style is animated but abrupt , and the sermon reads
less pleasantly on account of the injudicious and tasteless quotation of several stanzas from Dr . Watts * s Hymn-book . A prayer precedes the sermon , with which we are highly pleased ^
for it is composed chiefly of scripture-language . We make four brief extracts , of which fifie first is a just cfe-3 : riptioii ; the second a tender and humane reflection ; the third ' ( we are sorry to sav ) a mere conceit j the last a bold
apostrophe . 1 . cc The gloty tfoat attends the conqueror is so dazzling , that it unhappily prevents our observing sufficiently th $ wickedness of his cha * racter > the injustice of Ms means , and wretch ^ dnesg of his exploits * 2 * " Moviratiil is the Joss of lives ; for where is the humaa being that
lives > and speaks , and instructs , and edifies mankind ^ in % k persons of those whom his counsels ^ as a father and a tutor , have trained up to piety and usefulness !
43 Thanksgiving Sermons *
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 42, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/42/