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THE first volume of these Discourses having met with a very favourable reception, the Editor has been induced to publish a second. As Mr. Lavington's Sermons were not written by him with a view to publication, it was considered advisable to make some retrenchments and verbal alterations in the former volume, before it was at first committed to the press. Several of his friends, however, have requested that the following Sermons should be printed as they were copied from the Author's own Manuscripts. The Editor has readily complied with their wishes: and he mentions it to the candid Reader, as an apology for any inaccuracies which he might discover. But as the greatest part of these Sermons had been transcribed by Mr. Lavington himself, for the use of his friends, it is presumed that they will be, in general, found more correct than if they had been immediately copied from the short-hand original.
Some Readers may object to the number of Funeral Sermons which appear in this volume. But as the circumstances attending the Lake family, for whom six of them were preached, were remarkable ; and as these Discourses are connected and interwoven with each other; it was determined to publish them without any omission. As to others which are of a funeral description, the subjects are so important, and the manner in which they are treated is so interesting, that it is believed they will be generally very acceptable.
ON THE DEATH OF MR. WILLIAM LAKE.
1 Cor. xv. 55.---O death! where is thy sting?.
ON THE DEATH OF MISS MARY LAKE.
LUKE Xii. 40.---Be ye therefore ready also; for the Son of
Man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
PSAL. xxxi. 5.---Into thy hand I commit my spirit: thou
hast redeemed me, O Lord God of truth..
ON THE DEATH OF MISS JANE LAKE.
PSAL. xvi. 11.---Thou wilt show me the path of life....... 57.
ON THE DEATH OF MR. JOHN WHITFIELD.
ECCLES. vii. 2.---It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting; for that is the end of
ON THE DEATH OF MR. LAKE (THE FATHER.)
2 SAM. xxii. 5.---Although my house be not so with G.
he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, Odwi din
all things, and sure : for this is all my salvation, anii all
JER. xxxi. 15.---Thus saith the Lord, A voice was heard in
Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping : Rachel weep-
ing for her children, refused to be comforled for her
children, because they were not....
ON THE DEATH OF MRS. LAKE (THE MOTHER.)
Heb. iv, 9.--- There remaineth, therefore, a rest to the peo-
Exod. xxxii. 26.---Then Moses stood in the gate of the
camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side ?.