and pursuits. The time of our sojourning here is but short, and the survivor, in whose memory the good man lives, shall himself soon pass away and be forgotten. A few illus- trious characters, whose lot enabled them to perform great exploits, and to act a distinguish- ed part on the theatre of the world, may live for ever in the page of history, and receive the praises and the blessings of all future genera- tions of men. But with regard to the great bulk of mankind, even the pious, the upright, and the good, their love and their hatred and their envy soon perish, and, in a little time, the place which once knew them shall know them no more. The Psalmist, therefore, means that the memory of the righteous shall 196 SERMO XI. not speedily be effaced from the hearts of those who knew and valued their integrity and worth, but shall be often and long recalled with sentiments of honour, gratitude, and af- fection. In illustration of this subject, I propose to inquire, 1. By whom the memory of the just is blessed, and held in respectful and grateful remembrance. ti. Why we ought to hold the righteous in everlasting remembrance, and 3. i^or^; we shall most properly and effec- tually perpetuate the remembrance of the righteous.