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of all ages and of all countries. "Doubtless," say Dr. WATTS, "there is a way which God, the Creator Spirit, has ordained, whereby created spirits, which are social beings, shall maintain society and friendly communion, when they are in their native state, separate from their material engines."*" There," says Bishop GREEN, we shall meet with many of our righteous acquaintance and friends, who died in the fear of God, for whom we shed many a tear, and whose loss was so grievous to us. All those good persons, whom we loved, and whose company was so dear to us while they lived, shall then again be restored to us, or rather we to them; and so restored, as never to be separated any more."-" Worcesters' good Bishop," HOUGH, in the funeral sermon of a deceased lady, says, "she waited her final call, and watched for it, not only with resignation, but with pleasure. Her heart was fixed upon those joys that are substantial and unchangeable. She knew

* Philosophical Essays, p. 179.

she should leave mortality behind her; that death would be swallowed up in victory; that she should not be held a moment under the dominion of it; and that the Sun of Righteousness would immediately rise upon her." In a letter to another lady, on the death of her son, he says, "We think doubtfully of some that are gone, and uncomfortably of others but, of the good and virtuous, we can have only pleasing reflections. Faith, when lively and active, opens the regions of eternal bliss, and discovers those, who have been bright examples in this world, in so glorious a state there, as animates hope, abates regret for their absence, and invigorates our endeavours to follow them. Who can conceive the transports of joy that will attend such a meeting? and how insignificant will the former short separation appear! The variable and transitory state, in which we now live, will soon pass over; when we and our friends shall find ourselves together again, inseparable, and unalterably happy for evermore.

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• Wilmot's Life, &c. of Bishop Hough.

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Most true it is, that every individual, who strongly engages our affection, has some endearing characteristic distinction, which gives it an appropriated place in the heart and, whenever such individual is removed, the vacant recess remains unfilled, as if sacred to the memory of the departed guest. Thus is it wisely ordained that, while our present companions assist us to pursue our journey with cheerfulness and alacrity, the tender regret for those whom we have lost, extends our wishes and our hopes to the end of it; giving a delightful prospect and anticipation of our arrival at that universal home, where the imperfect system of human happiness will be rendered complete, by the re assembling of all those, who have shared our trials, and animated our virtues, through different stages of our mortal passage. Such a pleasing anticipation becomes more and more lively, as we approach nearer to that period, when we shall be purified from all mixture of human frailty, and exalted to our highest

perfection in His presence who is bound

less love.

This progressive advancement of the soul towards celestial blessedness, while enshrined in a mortal body, evinces the dissimilarity of its nature to the frail tabernacle of clay that is mouldering down. And in no other sense can we regard the beautiful assertion of Solomon, where, contemplating man as a pious pilgrim journeying from earth to heaven, he says, "the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day." That is, as the sun, which nothing can impede in its course, acquires, from its first rising, additional splendor, till it attain its meridian; so does the sublime hope of immortality, which animates the breast of a just person, glow with additional fervour in his progress towards eternity, till what was hope becomes enjoyment. Neither, in heaven, will this divine advancement cease; but, under the benignancy of that Being, whose happi

See Correspondence of Mrs. Carter and Miss Talbot.

ness consists in dispensing happiness, it will go on from perfection to perfection; where kindred spirits, no doubt, will share the fulness of joy in His presence for ever

more.

"I do think," says Archdeacon PALEY, "that it is agreeable to the dictates of reason to believe, that the same great God, who brings men to life again, will bring those together whom death has separated." And this learned man very properly annexes to this soothing persuasion the following instructive inference: "Do we seek, do we covet earnestly to be restored to the society of those, who were once near and dear to us, and who are gone before? Be assured, it is only by leading godly lives, that we can hope to have this wish accomplished. Do we prefer, to all delights, to all pleasures in the world, the satisfaction of meeting again, in happiness and peace, those whose presence, while they were amongst us, made up the comfort and enjoyment of our lives? It must be by relinquishing our sins, by parting with our criminal delights and guilty pur

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