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with his hearers , as to raise on its behalf , as he himself tells us in a note , more than eighty-one pounds .
A Sermon preached to the Society who support the Sunday Evening Lecture in the Old Jewry , by the Revi John Edwards . Johnson . We know not whether we more admire the eloquence of % ome passages of this discourse , or wonder at its leading principle ; it is so hostile to the spirit of religion , so ifreconcileable to the interests of justice and humanity , so novel as the doctrine of a Dissenting minister , and so truly extraordinary as the doctrine of the eloquent eulogist of that martyr to the liberties of mankind—Dr . Joseph Priestley ! Psalm 95 . 5 . « 4 The sea is his , and he made it . ** M r *
Edwards introduces his sermon with some oratorical and beautiful observations upon the various aspects of the ocean : " its regular ebbing and flowing ; the beauty of its surface-when calm , or the still greater beauty of that surface when dimpled by soft breezes into myriads of smiles ; the sudden and dazzling
whiteness of its foam , when the last wave is broken along the shore ; its incessant roaring when disturbed by heavy gales , and especially when agitated and roused by storms , it pours its liquid mountains upon the rock , with a noise that drowns- the
loudest peals of Heaven's own thunder ; ' * and next proceeds to delineate its uses , and particularly with relation to Great Britain , where , Mr . E . observes , 4 < the day labourer is greater than sovereign princes in some countries ^ than consuls and Emperors in past ages . He lays every quarter of the globe under contribution ; Asia , Africa , America , all toil for him i "
The principle and argument of the discourse we lay before our readers in the following extract : c < If the sea belong to God , not onl y as being Its possessor , but also as having been its Maker , the original and only Creator of all that it contains , from whose power , wisdom , and goodness it derives all its wonderful powers and adaptations to usefulness , then it follows by inevitable consequence , tjiat God can give ihe empire of that sea , which is his and which he made , to whomsoever he pleasetb ; and accordingly , should we , from the earliest times of navigation , advert to the records
of history , we shall find that the empire of the ocean hath , at different periods , been conferred by the Divine Providence upon different powers , and in the revplutioji of ages hath often changed hands . We iind , in very high and remote antiquity , the dominion of the sea in -the hands ot the Phoenicians , afterwards the Tyrians possessed it , then it devolved upon the Carthaginians , from whom , under God , it was wrested by the invincible bravery and perseverance of the Romans . Venice , Genoa , Spain , Holland , ( I stand not upon chronological exactness , I aim not # t # complete enumeration , ) all thesg in their turps have possessed the
Thonksgiving Sermons . 45
Monthly Repository (1806-1838) and Unitarian Chronicle (1832-1833), Jan. 2, 1806, page 45, in the Nineteenth-Century Serials Edition (2008; 2018) ncse.ac.uk/periodicals/mruc/issues/vm2-ncseproduct1720/page/45/