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Proverbs xxvil 1.

Boast not thyself of to-morrow : for thou knoivest
not ivhat a day may bring forth.

Proverbs xxvil 1.

Boast not thyself of to-morrow : for thou knoivest
not ivhat a day may bring forth.

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INUNDATION. BY SAMUEL HORSFALLProverbs xxvil 1. Boast not thyself of to-morrow : for thou knoivest not ivhat a day may bring forth. '^ In the midst of life we are in deatli 1" an obser-vation fatally verified by the calamitous circum-stance that lately occurred in this place. Acci-dents, which are sudden and unexpected, shock and terrify us, especially when attended with the loss of life to our neighbours. There is no element, in these inland parts, from which we imagine we have so little cause to apprehend danger as water. On the maritime parts of our island, Ave expect, as the indubitable consequence of every storm, to see the most horrid devastations, where that element * Preached at Silkstone Maj' 10th, 1807, being the Sunday after the Fu -neral of the Persons who were drowned the 2iid of that ^tonth bvthc Intjndation.
184 SERMON XIII. rages in all its dreadful terrors, and almost con-tinually exhibits spectacles of wreck, and wafts the bodies of the wretched sufferers on the shore. But to see a peaceful brook, that seldom rises above its usual channel, suddenly increase to a headlong torrent ; sweeping every thing along with it^ impetuously bursting through every obstacle 5 and in a moment rushing into the dwellings of the astonished inhabitants, allowing them no time to escape from the danger, but overwhelming them with a sudden destruction; fills every person with the most awful impressions, who has any feelings of humanity. When the approaching tempest blackens the face of the sky, and the clouds are big with threa-tening storms; when thunders roll with incessant din through the troubled air, and the lightenings dart with tremendous flashes ! — then we fly to our
habitations, and beneath their sheltering roofs, we deem ourselves perfectly secure: but alas! this calamitous event shews us, that even there we are not safe, when the Almighty pursues to destroy. The clouds burst and the rain came forth — the tor-SERMON Xlir. 185 rents poured down the hills; every brook swelled beyond its customary bounds; and uniting in the narrow vale, instantly rose to a rapid river, that destroyed every thing as it rushed onward, sparing neither man nor beast. We, who have witnessed a scene so awful, and now deplore its fatal consequences, have here a lesson presented to us, which we cannot study too much, in order to profit by so clear a manifesta-tion of the power of God. It is not the loss only of a neighbour we lament, or the commiseration we feel for those who have been deprived of their dearest relatives by this circumstance ; but there is

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