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Man was Buried. And hence it may not improbably be conjectured,
First, That seeing the burying of the poor Man's body is not at all mentioned, as the rich Man's is, that either he had no burial, no Man had so much humanity (at least not the rich Man) as to see his Body interr'd; or else if he had any Burial, it was but a very homely and obscure one. It may be he was either removed a little out of the way, and cait into some place, where the Dogs that licked his fores when alive, might eat up his flesh being dead; or else some of the rich Man's Servants might, instead of giving him a decent Burial, throw him into some Hole or Ditchi
Whatever became of his Body, whether it was Buried according to the usual Custom or no; yet we may do well to consider thus much. That tho' it very well becomes our surviving Friends, both to signifie their own humanity and affe&tion towards us, and to testifie their faith and bope of a Refurre&tion of the Body from the dead; to see our Bodies in a decent manner, and not without some Religious Rites, committed to the ground : Yer good Alen will not be very sollicitous about this matter, that is, they will not be very niuch concerned, what shall become of their Bodies when they are dead. As the Body is but the lefs part of a pious Mans care whilst he liveth; his chief study and business being to provide well for his soul; and for the Body no farther, than to keep it a pure and cleanly habitation, and a fit in Arument of the Soul during this natural life : So when he is about to die, it is much less his care, as a thing now growing, as now it is useless to his Soul ; and all that he can with any earnestnefs delire is, that it may in some decent manner, as
bebecomes the Body of a Christian, be put out of the way, and not lie so, as to be offensive to his Friends or any other. Where-ever it shall be be laid, he knows it will be in the hand of God; and he will take care to restore it again to him á glorious Body in his own due time.
Secondly, 'Tis probable, that the rich Man had ( as such men usually take too much care to have a very pompous and costly Faneral. Our Sa. viour here faith no more, but that he was buried; “yer having said how Lazarus was carried by the
Angels into Abraham's Bofom, why may we not also understand by the rich Mans being Buried, his being carried in great state by Persons of some Note, with much Solemnity unto fome costly Sepulchre which was provided for him? Thus much I say may seem intimated in this, that our Saviour not only faith, that the rich Man also died, but addeth these Words, and was Buried; that is, I suppose he was buried as such rich men used to be, with a great deal of solemn ceremony. And this, if it was so, may well set forth unto us the great vanity of this rich Epicure. Indeed, it is usual with such Gentlemen as he, seeing their lives afforded nothing to commend them for, and fearing their trencher-friends and pot-companions will then fail them ; who flattered them so much whilft they lived, and could feed them, that they have no flattery tofpare for their names, after Death hath left them nothing but the hungry remembrance of their old good Fare to feed on; to take a great deal of care to be buried as sumptuously as they lived; and that their rotting Bodies may wear as costly Monuments, as they used to do Cloaths when alive. Yea, it is now become the almost universal vanity of the World,
and and more especially of those in it, who have most foleninly renounced it,with all the pomps and vania ties of it, to take all the care they can that they shall not all go quite out of it when they die ; that their dust, at least, may be laid up here in state; and that, if possible, it may never be forgotten where it was laid ; but when it is mixed and blended with the earth wherein it was laid, that the one can no longer be distinguished from the other; yet a Stone laid upon it may inform those that come after that there it is. Something mult be done to keep us alive one way or other in this world when we are gone out of it; we think not Heaven deserving of us wholy; a name at least upon a Grave Stone shall acquaint the World how well we loved it. As much cost is too often by the last Will and Testament bestowed on a senseless Carcass, as would plentifully maintain such an one as poor Lazarus his whole Life time. One would think, that Churches, Schools and Hospitals, well endowed for the maintenance of Religion, Learning and the Poor, should be the most creditable and durable Monuments for the Rich; and for others, who have less to leave behind them (the most make it appear by this vanity that they have too much) the bellies and backs of the poor well fed and cloathed, and children well educated, would far better preserve a remembrance of them, than a light and flattering Funeral Sermon, or a heavy Gravestone.
Thirdly, That the Soul of every good Man is his principal care both so long as he lives in Health, and when he is a dying. This is it, which he looks upon as Himself, and what becomes of his Body he cannot be much concerned, whilst he
feels his Soul in Health, and perceives it now about to be translated by Death into a State, wherein it will be past all danger of dying or suffering any evil thing. Therefore, I suppose, our Blesfed Saviour speaks of Lazarus his Soul, as if it were the whole of him. If Lazarus his Soul be carried into Abraham's Bolom, then is Lazarus carried thither. The Body will in due time follow the Soul, whither foever it goes; Death cannot part these two for ever. Let us therefore take care of our Souls, and we take care enough of our felves ; if the Fewel be safe, it shall not always want a Cafe or Cabinet. On the contrary,
Fourthly, The Body of a Worldly and Carnal Epicure is all his care; and thence may our Blessed Saviour be thought to speak of it, as if it were the whole of the rich Man, because it is too often all that such an one accounts himself, or hath any, either love or sence of. If the Body of the rich Man be Buried, then is the rich Man Buried. His Soul whilst he lives was, tho not in its Nature, yet in its affections, as Earthy as his Body ; and therefore may it be with good fence said of him all when he is Buried, Earth to Earth. What is it that the brave Gentleman now regards, or labours in every thing to please, but an Eartby Body? This he Feafts, and this he Recreates, this he Dawbs and Gilds, and this he would have Adored, Cringed and Bowed to, and this he would have advanced ro rule the World if he could. But alass, these Bodies of ours, how gay and gawdy things foever we now make chem, will shortly fall down into Corruption and Rottenness, and all their Glory be hid in a dark
and dirty hole. They that make so much of their Bodies now, as if they were nothing else but Body, will quickly feel to their forrow, that they have Souls too, which when their beloved Bodies, much against their Wills, shall die, tho' fain they would have them die too, can never die. There can find no rest with their Bodies in the Grave, nor take any pleasure at all, nor find any ease in those rich Monuments which cover them. Their Bodies, how insensible foever they now lie in the Earth, shall one day follow their Souls thither, where no Bodily pleasure can be found.
But let us leave a while the Rich Man in his Bed of Dust, and observe the poor Beggar's happy change by Death; that is, from the Rich man's Gates, and the Company of his Dogs, which was the best Entertainment he could meet with here on Earth; be in Soul is carried by the Angels into Abraham's Bosome.
First, Whatever became of his ulcerous body, and whether any one upon Earth had the Charity for him, to throw a litcle Earth upon it, or no? His Soul immediately upon it's departure out of it, is waited on by a Train of glorious Ana gels; God sends the Courtiers of Heaven to conduct it into its resting place, where it is to be lodged in Peace and comfort, amongst the Souls of good Men, till the dawning of the last Day; and the Angels come again with its glorious Redeemer, to call it into perfect blessedness, and for ever to be with the Lord.
See here the honour which is done unto the meanest Servant of JESUS Christ. See I say, and burst with Envy, all you proud and blustering Gerson tlemen, who value more your Dogs, than the poor Chriftians, which almost familh at your