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Peace

Peace

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY SAMUEL HORSFALL

Genesis VIII. 11. And the dove came in to him in the evenings and loy in her mouth, ivas an olive leaf pliickt off: So Noah knew that tlie ivaters were abated from off the earth.
BY SAMUEL HORSFALL

Genesis VIII. 11. And the dove came in to him in the evenings and loy in her mouth, ivas an olive leaf pliickt off: So Noah knew that tlie ivaters were abated from off the earth.

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PEACE BY SAMUEL HORSFALLGenesis VIII. 11. And the dove came in to him in the evenings and loy in her mouth, ivas an olive leaf pliickt off: So Noah knew that tlie ivaters were abated from off the earth. THE dove announcing to Noah the abatement of the waters from the face of the earth, by producing a leaf which she had plucked from the olive-tree, intimated to him an approaching restoration of tranquillity to the agitated bosom of nature: even so, metaphorically speaking, has peace, like the dove, her truest emblem, having long found no rest for the sole of her foot, at length returned to our isle, Avhile under the sheltering branches of the olive we may sit, and enjoy her serene and tranquil delights, " And none shall make us afraid." * Preached June 1st, 1802, the Day appointed for a General Thanksgiving. SERMON X. 141
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The turbulent passions of men, ever since the fall of Adam, from the tranquil state in which God created him, have been justly compared to the bois-terous waves of the deep, w^hose waters cast up mire and dirt. Every evil, every sin, which does so easily beset us, arises from the headstrong torrent of our passions, and till we admit the still small voice of reason, the dove with the olive of peace, into the ark of our bosoms, we shall produce no-thing but " The overflowings of ungodliness." We have long, my brethren! seen the factious and discontented spirit of man produce such num-berless causes of misery to mankind, during the war we have now terminated, as nothing parallel thereto can be found in history. The civil wars of our vmfortunate monarch, Charles I., can alone bear a comparison therewithj which- begun, not in-deed with an open defiance of Providence, and an avowed blasphemous denial of the living' God, but what was neanlry aS; bad, they commenced with an hypocritical pretence of defending the reformed religion, while their restless spirits laboiu'cd only
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for the, full and entire gratification of their bound-less ambitjon. U2 SERMON X. Examine every history from the remotest period, and it has ever been the case, that men of ambi-tious minds have strove to shelter their arrogant designs under some plausible pretence. The de-struction of empires and kingdoms, the fall of the greatest sovereignties have ever been brought about by men who endeavoured to give their am-bitious designs some appearance of rationality; which plainly indicates an innate sense of a Deity being deeply and naturally engraven on the hearts of men: but seldom has it occurred, that a syste-matic unbelief, founded on a long-digested plan for the overthrowing all notions of God and reli-gion, has stirred up in its votaries, a spirit of dia-bolical malice and persecution against principles inherent in the mind, and established therein, by the innate conviction of truth and justice. This
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