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the old man, which is corrupt through the deceivable lusts, and put on the new man, which after Thee is created in righteousness and true holiness, and so walk circumspectly.

Let my meditations of thy goodness be so constant, and my thoughts of thy mercy lie so deep in my heart, that there may be no room for melancholy troubles. Enable me to lay down all busy hopes, and all vain regrets, when I lie down to sleep ; set my mind free from terrestrial things, that

my heart may no longer dwell upon

the things which be of men, upon those things which are of Thee, O God. Though I know not the hour in which the bridegroom cometh, grant that my soul may be prepared to meet Him, lest when the night is come of my evil-passed day, I may slumber and sleep, as I have slept too



long in helpless unconcern, and only waken when the door is shut, and I have no light to guide me on my dark and unknown way, and hear the dreadful voice, “ I know you not.”

Let the consideration that I am not yet

consumed for all my past faults, give me hopes of thy mercy upon my true repentance; let me hope that Thou art still my portion, O Lord, that I may joyfully wait my salvation. Comfort and sanctify all those who are dear to me, and especially all such as may now be suffering from sickness, or extreme and bitter poverty, or heaviness of heart, or any other trouble and adversity. Grant us patience and resignation to praise Thee cheerfully, and utter hymns of thanksgiving, as did thy holy Apostles at midnight, even from the prison of our sinful flesh, and rejoice in the

blessed hope that this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.



We see, but we are ourselves unseen: we dwell in flesh, but we are not that flesh, for our members are only instruments of righteousness or unrighteousness. We behold through the eye until it becomes dim by use and time; we listen within to the sounds which come through the hollow cave of the ear; but we have also a perception of things when the ear does not attend, and the eye is closed; we can suffer many things in the troubles of a dream. The soul suffers often when no member of the



body“ suffers with it.” We receive a letter, which tells us some afflicting circumstance; the eye through which we read sustains no injury, but the sad tidings prey upon the mind; sometimes a faintness comes

the heart, and we seem to die. The soul, in that deep grief, withdraws into itself, directs no motion, receives no impression, gives manifestation of life no more ; are said to revive, though life has never ceased, when we again give signs of animation.

When our immortal spirit has departed from the body, it will live, though it animates our flesh and blood no longer, though none can follow it to its dread Creator's presence, discern whither it is gone, or trace one sign of its existence. There is one spiritual sense which tells of this hereafter the sense of right and

wrong, implanted in us by our Sovereign Creator, the conception of our own accountableness to an invisible tribunal. There never was a heart that hath not in some midnight moment trembled as it thought of judgment to come.

If there was future retribution, we should have no dread or thought of it; we might have pain and sorrow for the present hour, but no apprehension beyond ; there would be no fear if there was no futurity.


And have hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust. And herein do I exercise myself, to have a conscience void of offence towards God, and towards men. Acts xxiv. 15, 16.

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