a century sermon

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 3SERMON. ECCLES. i. 4. ONE GENERATION PASSETH AWAY, AND ANOTHER GENERATION COMETH ; BUT THE EARTH ABIDETH FOREVER. Tt E live in a changing world ; this truth is evident from our text, from our observation, and from our experience. We have no need of going to the Bible to discover, that one generation passeth away, and another generation com- eth : we know it by our own observation. Where are the people who Avere old, twenty five years ago? They are dead, with only one exception. I remember that Mr. Joseph Cody was an old man, when 1 first saw him. All the rest are dead ! textit{-. Where are those who were twenty five years ago, in the midst of life, active, useful and promising ? All who are living, have now become old, and are drawing toward the grave ; for the grey hairs are growing thick upon their heads. Where are those who were young twenty five years ago ? They have come forward to the midst of life, and fill the most active, honorable and useful stations. Some of them are Deacons of the Church. Magistrates of the Commonwealth. Selectmen of the Town. Military Officers of various grades. And others in more private stations, acting in different town offices; members of civil society ; heads of families, and c. And what shall 1 say more ? Shall I say that more than half our inhabitants have been born within that time ? It now lacks less than twenty five days, of twenty five years, since my first coming to this place, to preach to thispeople. At that time I had only arrived to a state of manhood ; I had youth, activity, and a considerable share of sprightliness on my side ; I am now old. 1 have lived to see more than half a century ; the grey hairs are growing upon my head ; the grinders cease because they are few ; the keepers of the house tremble ; my infirmities indicate, that I hav...
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