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MEDITATIONS AMONG THE TOMBS.

Page Occasion of the Meditations Solitary walk in a church Handsome altar-piece; gratitude celebrated

ib. Solomon's temple; his woble sentiments at the dedicatiou; the passage ulustrated The Holy Ghost dweiding in our hearts; a rich pri

vilege; an obligation to holiness The floor covered with funeral inscriptions

6 Wisdom of meditating on our latter end Promiscuous lodgment and amicable agreement of

corpses suggest humility and concord Monument of an infant; its fortunate circumstances;

superior felicity of survivors Monument of a youth ; grief of the parents ; miti

gated or aggravated by the prospect of the invisible state; exhortation to educate children

religiously Monument of a young man, cut off in his prime;

how unexpected and afflictive the stroke; the frailty of all sublunary happiness

14 Reflection on the three preceding exits; the uncertainty of life; call to be always ready

16 This farther urged from the instance of a person

killed by a misfortune ; nothing casual, but all

ordered by Providence Case of a lady, who died in childbed; her character:

with regard to earthly things, we know not what is really desirable, or truly good ; remarks on Mrs. Stonhouse's monument, in the great church at Northampton

21 A religious father taken from his young family ; bis

behaviour on a dying bed; their support in a fa. therless state

26 Monument of a middle-aged person, immersed in

business ; disappointment of his schemes , his dying acknowledgments; the folly of worldly-mindedness; very bitterness in the end

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The graves of the aged; the difficulties and hazard

of a late repentance; youth entreated to enter

upon a course of holiness without delay
The singular wisdom and felicity of the righteous ;

the rest of their bodies; the calmness of their de-
parture; the safety of their disembodied souls;

their delightful situation till the judgment-day
Monument of a warrior, slain in battle ; reflections

on the death of Christ, that it was voluntary, fore-
seen, undergone for enemies; was most torturous,
lingering, and ignominious
The meanness of being obliged to a monument for

perpetuating our names: author's wish for himelf;

true method of eternizing our characters
The vault; its awful aspect; grandeur in abase-

ment; the vanity of pleasures, honours, and riches
The clock strikes ; a warning to redeem the time
The wonderful change which takes place in the tomb,

displayed in several particulars
Soliloquy of a lover ; admonition to the ladies ; true

beauty of the fair sex
Sin the cause of our dissolution
Subject of mortality brought home to our own case;

incitement to improve life; this the best embalming
View of our Saviour's sepulchre ; his lying in the

grave has softened it for his people ; faith in his

dying love disarms death
The resurrection of the righteous; their meeting the

Judge; their acceptance at the great tribunal
Sickness, sin, and death destroyed ; bliss or misery

unchangeable ; observation on eternity
The wicked; the anguish of their last sickness : no

hope but from the religion they despised; that
very precarious ; the horror of their dissolation;
this the beginning of sorrows; their treatment in
the invisible world ; réserved to the judgment of

the great day
They rise, though reluctant; are distracted with

terror; covered with contempt; condemned to

endless woe
To be instrumental in saving our fellow-creatures

from this misery, the truest exercise of benevolence
A reflection on the vast importance of these truths ;

a persuasive to act under the believing consider-

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REFLECTIONS ON A FLOWER GARDEN.

Walk in the garden ; summer norning; a soaring

lark; invitation to early rising

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Vastness of the heavens ; greater extent of divine

mercy

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The sun; its rising glories ; emblem of Christ, in

its enlightening, fructifying, cheering, and ex-

tensive influences

Dews; their transient brightness; their refreshing

nature; their immense number : difficult passage

in the Psalms cleared up

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The various, but harmonious, procedure of Provi-

dence and grace

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View of the country, and its principal productions ;

particularly of an orchard, and kitchen garden;

chiefly characterised as useful

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Christ made and recovered, upholds and actuates

all; address to mankind on this occasion
Observations contracted to the garden; fields of

literature left for the study of the Bible

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Fragrance of flowers; its fugitive nature, another

motive to shake off sloth; the delightful situation

it creates, faint representation of Christ's sacri-

fice; all our performances polluted, this the cause

of our acceptance

Colours of flowers, how perfect in every kind, with

what skill disposed; fineness of the flowery tex-

ture; inducement to trust in Providence

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The folly of pride in dress; our true ornaments dis-

i played

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Flowers naturally inspire delight; what pleasure

must arise from the beatific vision

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Solomon pictures out the blessed Jesus by the most

* delicate flowers; beauties in the creature lead us

to the Creator

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Diversity of flowers, in their airs, habits, attitudes,

and lineaments; wisdom of the Almighty Maker ;
the perfection and simplicity of his operations

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Difference between individuals of the same species ;

emblem of the smaller differences among Pro-

testants

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Regular succession of flowers; some of the choicest

sets described ; pleasing effects produced by this

ceconomy; a benevolent Providence apparent in

conducting it

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This beautiful disposition, and all that is admirable

in the creation, referred to Christ as the author ;

to consider the things that are made, in this view,

has excellent influence on our faith and love

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The structure of flowers so correct, could not be

altered, but to their prejudice; the time of their

appearing, chosen with the nicest precantion :

these circumstances a striking argument for re-

signation to the disposals of heaven

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Quotations from Casimir and Juvenal translated

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A favourite tenet of Mr. Pope's rightly stated

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The brute creatures unaffected with flowers: their

fine qualities peculiarly intended to delight man-
kind: all things constituted with a particular re-
gard to our advantage ; this an endearing obliga-
tion to gratitude; but a more engaging motive is,
the gift of an immortal soul

ib.
Remark on the notion of a great poet

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The cultivated garden, an image of a well-nurtured

mind; address to persons concerned in the edu-

cation of yonth

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Flowers in the bud, figurative of a niggard ; flowers

in full expansion, expressive of a benevolent dis-
position

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Sun-flower; its remarkable attachment to the sun ;

such should be our adherence to the Saviour

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Passion-flower; its description ; with a religious

improvement

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Sensitive plant; shrinks from every touch ; such
should be our solicitous care to avoid sin

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The delicacy of flowers, and coarseness of their

roots; the ennobling change of our bodies at the

resurrection; this should reconcile us to the

thoughts of dissolution

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Passage from Theocritus

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The perfections of flowers soon decay; the charms

of complexion scarce more lasting

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Instances of transitory continuance in the noblest

flowers; the honours of the future state unfading

All the delights of the flowery season pass away,

the celestial entertainments know no end

Not flowers only, but the most durable things in na-

ture, are perishing; their felicity stable, who have

God for their portion

Retreat into an arbour ; practice of St. Augustine,

pattern for our imitation

Coolness of this shady situation; the insufferable

beat that rages abroad; our safety in all the
dangers of life, and amidst the terrors of eternal
judgment, if sheltered by the Redeemer's pro-

tection, and interested in his merits

The bees; their ingenuity; their industry; set an

example for the author

A distant prospect of the whole scene, with its va-

rious decorations, reminds the beholder of heaven;

its glories not to be described, but most passion-

ately desired

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CONTEMPLATIONS ON THE NIGHT.

A delightful evening-walk; the unmolested enjoy-

ment of such pleasures, owing to our late victory
over the rebels

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The setting sun

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Twilight; its usefulness; serious consideration

ib.
The dewy coolness; its beneficial influence on na-

ture ; returns of solitude equally useful to man 205
Angels our spectators ; God ever present; comfort-
able improvement of this truth

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