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Quit with Satisfaction. And as Christians ought always to be thus dif pos'd, fo now the Motives are more prevalent and particular: Now I fay, when the World feems ready to fink, and lyes all in Storm and Convulfion. When Terrible things are in fight, and Worfe expected, what can be more acceptable than a fpeedy Difcharge? If your Houfe was old and decay'd; if the Timbers were rotten, the Walls shatter'd, and the Roof ready to tumble, would you not be glad to get out as foon as you could? If when you are upon the Seas, you should be barter'd with a Tempeft, and in danger of being wreck'd, wou'd you not put into the next Port with all Expedition? Look abroad then; the Creation totters, the Frame of Nature is unbraced, and the World's not only old, but agonizing And have you not reafon to blefs God for being rescued from fuch difmal Events, and that Life is not lengthen'd for a fhare in the univerfal Ruin? Beloved, we should frequently confider we have disclaim'd the World; and that here we are but Guefts, and Foreigners. Let that Day be joyfully entertain'd, when we fhall all be convey'd home, and fettled in





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our proper Dwelling: When we shall
efcape the Snares of a Dangerous
World, furmount Temptation; and
when Pain fhall give place to Paradise.
What Traveller is not glad to fee an
End of his Fatigues, to recover his old
Friends, and return to
and return to his native
Country? Now Paradife is our Coun-
try, and the Patriarchs our Ancestors
are there Why then don't we haft-
en to fee the one, and falute the
other? There's no fmall numbers of our
intimate Friends, of our Parents, of
our near Relations, are longing for
our Coming Secure of their own
Condition, but concern'd, for ours.
What Congratulation! What mutual
Transport must be the Confequence of
fuch a Meeting! What a Pleafure must
it be to live always in fuch benevo-
lent Society, in fuch impregnable and
glorious Circumftances! To be under
no Apprehenfions of Decay or Disfólu-
tion; to have Happiness and Immorta-
lity incorporated, and dwell together!
There's the glorious Company of the
Apostles, the goodly Fellowship of the Pro-
phets, the noble Army of Martyrs, now
Crown'd for their Service and Suffer-
ing. There are the triumphant Vir-
gins who pafs'd by the Amusements




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of this groffer State, reach'd towards the Angelick Life, and convers'd in Flefb and Blood as if they had been without it. And there we shall find thofe good-natur'd compaffionate Spirits, who have been liberal in their Diftributions, fupported, and refreshed the Poor: Who according to our Sa viour's Command, have tranfported their Effects beyond the Gulph, and remitted their Wealth to Heaven. Beloved, let our warmeft Wishes make hafte to this Place of Reft, to this blef fed Company: Let our Affections be thus exalted and refin'd: And God Who fees through our Thoughts, will confider us accordingly; and increase the Reward, in proportion to the Purity of Defire,

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Part of Saint Cyprian's Letter to his Friend Donatus, where after a Recital of the Benefits of Baptifm, he proceeds to Defcription of the Manners of the Ages


E tells his Friend,that before he had receiv'd the Sacrament of Baptifm, he thought the promis'd Advanta ges incredible; he could not imagine that Water, and the rest of the Adminiftration, could rife to fo great a Remedy; that these myftick Rites could conquer inveterate Habits, change the Af fections, and reinforce the Mind to so wonderful a degree: For which way can Nature be metamorphos'd, and ill Cuftom thus broken on the fudden? When do you fee a Man that has us'd to regale his Palate, ftrike off to Slender Diet without Compulfion? Thofe who love Gold and Purple on their Backs, seldom discharge their Fancy, and appear in a Plain Garb. When Magiftracy and Pofts of Honour are a Man's Inclination, 'tis hard to reconcile him to a Private Station. Those who are ambitious to have their Levees crowded, and move with a Train about them, would be trangely mortify'd to live Alone. Appetites long indulg'd will hold on their course,

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