THE MEEK SHALL IHERIT THE EARTHREV. HERY WOODWARD, A.M.St. Matthew v. 5.Blessed are the meek : for they shall inherit the earth.That the meek, the mild, and the gentle should bein a peculiar sense the care of heaven, is a truth which,even if it had not been revealed, all men would beready to admit. It might, however, be natural tosuppose that persons of this class must, even more thanothers, look for their reward in softer regions, and inclimes more congenial than the present world. It mightbe thought, that for brisker spirits and more resistingtempers, the good things of this life were more attain-able; that amidst the oppositions of interest and thecollisions of efifort — that in that race of rivalship whichso many are running, and where the prizes are so few,the gentle must be thrust aside, and the meek-spiriteddecline the contest. And so it would be, in a greatmeasure, if happiness consisted in objects of outwardsplendour and vain ambition.But in the words before us we are taught a fardifferent lesson. We are told that the meek are happy,and that to such a temper and disposition of the soulbelongs, in a peculiar manner, not merely happiness inreversion, but happiness in present possession ; in a word.SERMO II. ISthe utmost enjoyment allotted to man while here below.Blessed are tlie meek^ for tliey s/iall in/ierit t/ie earth. Letus then devote the opportunity now afforded us to a fewreflections on so calm and delightful a subject.