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Heaven the Residence of the Saints.
S E R M ON
Occafioned by the sudden and much lamented DEATH of the
Rev. GEORGE WHITEFIELD, A.M.
Countess of HUNTINGTON.
DELIVERED AT THE
O&tober il, 1770.
By EBENEZER PEMBERTON, D.D.
Pastor of a Church in Boston.
To which is added,
By P HILL IS,
Belonging to Mr J. Wheatley of Boston.
BOSTON, Printed : LONDON, Reprinted,
For E. and C. DILLY in the Poultry;
I ST PETER I. fui To an Inheritance-reserved in Heaven for you. .
THE Desire of Happiness is common to all
1 intelligent Beings : It is fo interwoven in the Constitution of human Nature, that it can never be separated from it: It animates the Prince upon the Throne, and the Peafant in his humble Cottage: It springs up in our Breasts in the early Dawn of Life, it attends us in our maturer Age, it does not desert us at the Gates of Death, but accompanies us through every Period of our Existence.
We all desire to be happy - But the greatest part of Mankind know not where this Blessing is to be obtained. They erect their Altars' to ima. ginary Idols, and seek Satisfaction in sensual Indulgencies, which inevitably disappoint their Expectations.
The Complaints of all Ages are sufficient to convince us, that this Earth is not the place where Happiness is to be found. Its brightest Days are shaded with melancholly Clouds : Its sweetest enjoyments are infected with many bitter Ingredients : Its highest Pleasures afford only a transient Flath of Delight, and frequently end in Saciety and Disguft.