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II. The prophet's answer contains: 1. a reprehension of confidence in
These duties are good by their conformity to the will of God, 536, and by
Opened in a SERMON, preached before the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Aldermen and Common-Council of London: on the day of Solemn Thanksgiving unto God for his long and gracious preservation of that great City, from Pestilence, Fire, and other Dangers.
TO THE HONOURABLE
SIR ROBERT TITCHBORNE, KNIGHT,
LORD MAYOR OF LONDON,
THE ALDERMEN AND COMMON-COUNCIL
OF THAT GREAT AND FAMOUS CITY.
Instead of a dedication, I must make an apology, that this short Sermon hath been so long in the second birth of it from the press; for besides my various diversions and indisposedness, by reason of infirmities, to spend much time together, in revising, transcribing, and maturing short notes for a public view; I had at the same time another service of the like nature upon me, which having been before begun, I could not, till finished, conveniently attend this. It pleaseth the Lord still so to continue those mercies to this city, for the thankful recounting whereof, he put it into your hearts to appoint this service, that as the duty was very seasonable when it was performed; so I hope the publication (though too long after) may not be altogether improper, to mind us all of the Lord's great goodness, in continuing those comforts unto us, and of our duty, daily to resume and revive the memory of them. If this weak endeavour of mine to quicken you and myself unto that great work of praising