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est mirth and jollity. The libertine may flatter himself as he pleases; and think to deceive others, by putting on an air of gaiety and pleasantness; but, it is certain, his mind can never be long at rest, while he carries about him a faithful monitor, that will be continually upbraiding him for his folly and madness; representing before his eyes thedangers he is exposed to, and crossing him, as it were, in his way, while he is in full pursuit of his unlawful pleasures. 'Tis true, indeed, vice has its present pleasures as wellas virtue: but then there is this difference between them; the pleasures of sin are weak, shortlived, and only varnished over; they begin and end almost in the same moment, and can never be purchased but at the expence of a deal of succeeding trouble, shame, and self-condemnation. Yet, if we consider the reason why death is so

terrible to most men, we thall find their unwillingJeth the de- ness to leave this world occasioned by that great fire of long fondness and passion, which the generality of manlife.

kind retain for this present life; insomuch that, whatever glorious things they hear of a future state, they being of the earth, earthly, only like what they see; and not expecting to better their condition, chuse to stay in this life; so that it is a double death to these, when snatch'd away from their darling pleasures. In such a case, nothing would be more effectual to moderate our desires for things of this nature, now we are alive and well, than seriously to reflect, in what light they will appear to us, just at the article of death. No one can be more miserable than the men of the world, who seldom thought of any thing beyond it, when they are not to continue any longer in it. And, as it will be in vain to fet about to persuade them, that the next world is a happier place than

this, the best way will be to endeavour their con

version, by setting before them the terrors of a future state, where the devil, his angels, and the unhappy souls of unrepenting finners, departed this life, are confined for all eternity in lakes of fireand brimstone. Ask that mereworldling, what shall it profit him to gain the whole world, and to lose hisown soul, or what can hegive inexchange for his soul? In a word, drive such men on to dread and fear the consequences of a mis-spent life, till the fear of death cures their vicious passions and thirst after this world; and then the fear

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of death will by degreescure itself of thatirksomeness socommon in human nature. And consequently they, who intend in good earnest to set about the cure of this fear of death, shouldıortify all remains of loveandaffection for this world, and withdraw themselves as much as possible from the conversation thereof, using it sparinglyand with indifference, rather to supply the wants, than to enjoy the pleasures of nature: and then they will find no more difficulty to leave this world for heaven, than a traveller does, when he leaves a foreign country, to return to his native land. Now,

VII. Whoever can thus meet death is arrived to the beight and perfection of christian virtue; for this is the true The beiebe mortification of the flesh, with its affections and of chrijiian lusts. This is the way to die to this world, and to perfection. live unto God; and when we are dead to this world, the fear of dying and leaving it will cease: for what should a man do in this world, who is dead to it and all things therein ? So, when we are alive to God, nothing can be so desireable as to go to him: for here we live only to God by faith and hope; whereas the place, where God dwells, is the proper place for this divinelife. Behold then! I have laid before you the happy state of good men at the hour of death. The consciousness of having in some measure lived holily and unblameably will makeaman look up with a chearful assurance to the great Supporter of his being, and inable him to see through the darkest clouds of sorrow andaffliction, and to behold with an eye of faith that heavenly country, whither he is travelling, and where he hopes shortly to arrive. In the hour of death he considers the pains of his dissolution to be nothing else but the breaking down of that partition, which stands betwixt his soul and the light of that Being who is always present with him, and is about to manifest itself to him in fulness of joy: and he will look into eternity without terror ;

Its comfort where, instead of a court of justice, he is to ap- to the joul of proach a throne of grace ; instead of a judge, rigo- a dy ng fer

fon. rous to mark what is done amiss, he will meet with an Advocate and a Saviour, who died for us, and has redeemed us at the price of his own blood: Such a soul as this casteth away fear, possesses a perfect calm and serenity, and, transported with joy and triumph, magnifies the Lord, and

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rejoices in God its Saviour, who is ready to pronounce it bleffed, and to crown it with glory. This is the death of the righteous : and God grant, that our latter end may be like his; that in the agonies of death, and in the very jaws of the grave, we may not be discomposed with disturbing thoughts, nor distracted with guilty fears; but that we may depart this life with all thejoyful tokens of eternal rest. Therefore, says the apostle to the Corinthians, My beloved brethren, be ye stedfait, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. And what a glorious incitement now is this to all men to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world! that no good action, that we do, shall be lost and fall to the ground; but that in a little time all our services will be infinitely rewarded; that every grace and virtue, which we exercised in this life, and every degree of them, shall receive their just recompence at the resurrection of the just; and that if we believe in God, and serve him faithfully and fincerely in this life, we may be assured, that through the tender mercies of our heavenly Father, and the merits of our Redeemer, we shall be received into a place of everlasting rest and peace, where we shall adore and praise the author of our falvation, and contemplate the glorious perfections of his majesty, with a joy and satisfaction infinitelyexceeding all that we can now possibly conceive! when mortality shall be swallowed up of life, and death and sorrow shall be no more! when we thall be eased of all our pains, and resolved of all our doubts, and be purged from all our sins, and be freed from all our fears, and be happy beyond our hopes, and have all this happiness secured to us beyond the power of time and change! I shall therefore conclude with my earnest request for the good of The danger

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immediately enter upon the of putting practice of what

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have read in this book, and off our turn- are taught to be your duty, and the duty of every

christian. Delays are dangerous, and especially in a matter of so great importance, as the care of our souls: and one moment of time may deprive us by unforeseen accidents of those means of grace, which now God has

put into our hands: Make therefore no long tarrying to turn to the Lord, and put not off from day to day. Ecclesiasticus v. 7.

The End of the THIRD PART.

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DE VOTIONS:

Containing
Directions and Prayers

FOR

MORNING and EVENING:

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Occasional PRAYERS, fuited to various

Circumstances of Life.

To which are added,

Prayers proper for Sick Perfons,

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For such as receive the Holy Sacrament of

the Lord's Supper ; with Heads of SelfExamination before receiving the same:

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INSTRUCTIONS for the more profitable Reading of

The HOLY SCRIPTURES.

The TWENTY-FOURTH EDITION.

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The Lord is nigh unto all them that call. • upon

that will call upon him faithfully. Ile also will bear their cry, and will help them. Pf. cxlv. 18, 19.

L 0 N D 0 N : Printed only for S. A. CUMBERLEGE, at the King's-Arms, Paternoster-Row.

M.DCC.LXXXIII.

To the READER.

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of Man) that Prayer is every Man's Duty; that the practice of it is Advantageous and Necessary; and that the Objections usually brought against it are very unreasonable and fallacious; I rather chuse to refer you to what I have there faid, than to trouble

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