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Preach'd before the
University of Oxford,
Or before the
By EDWARD MAYNARD, DD,
Printed for JONAH BOWYER, at the Rofe in
Here prefent the Reader with another Volume of Sermons, long fince preach'd before the fame Learned Auditories that the Others were; being thereunto led, not only by Private Friends, but alfo by the Judgment of fome who are, and others who very lately were, very deservedly in the higheft Stations of the Church.
It may perhaps be taken Notice of, that I multiply Sermons on the fame Text; and I acknowledge that I have ftill been very apt fo to do: Not
Not out of any Affectation; but because I always found, that there was scarce any Subject in Divinity which I at any Time chofe to treat of, that I thought I could do any tolerable Justice to, in fo fhort a Time as Custom allows us for one fingle Sermon. Variety and conftant Change is, I know, most grateful to Itching Ears, but not moft Ufeful to Serious Hearers or Readers, who ponder Things in their Hearts. Nor can I conceive why the Profecution of the fame Subject in feveral Sermons, under feveral New Heads of Difcourfe, fhould be more Improper, or more Tedious and Unacceptable, than
any Book divided into feveral Sections, all relating to the fame general Subject, and carrying on the fame Design.
And there is one Thing farther which I must own to the Reader, That fome of the Difcourfes which I now offer him, as (upon an accidental Delay,) they lay by me all the laft Year, under my Eye, ready prepared for the Prefs, have received the Addition of fome New Thoughts; Chiefly fome of the Four First Sermons, which are all upon the Subject of DEATH; as is also a Part of the Laft Sermon. This is a Subject fo fuitable to my Age, that I could not but indulge my Thoughts a little