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fures of life, and an aversion to the pomps of it; and therefore, his appetites being no ways increafed by his fortune, he had no occasion to enlarge the scene of his enjoyments. .
He was so far from overvaluing any of the appendages of life, that the thoughts even of life it telf did not seem to affect him. Of its loss hc fpake often, in full health, with great unconcern; and, when his late distemper attacked him (which, from the beginning, he judged fatal) after the first surprise of that fad ftroke was over, he fubmitted to it with great meekness and relignation, *as became a good man and a good Christian.
Though he had a long illness (considering the great heat with which it raged) yet his intervals of sense being few and short, left but little room for the offices of devotion ; at which he was the less concerned, because (as he himfelf then faid) * he had not been wanting in those duties, while "he had strength to perform them. Indecd, on : the Lord's day which immediately preceded this
illness, he had received the facrament; and was,
therefore (we have reason to believe) wben the 7 M fter of the house foon afterwards came, prepa- red and ready to receive him.
As the bleflings of God upon his honest in "dustry had been great, so he was 'not without in"tentions of making suitable returns to him, in acts of mercy and charity. Something of this kind he hath taken care of in his Will, drawn
up at a time, while his family was as numerous * as it is now, and his circumstances not so plenti. * ful." One part of the benefactions, there directa
ed, was worthy of him ; being the expression of
a generous and grateful mind towards the persons who had molt obliged him; and of a pious regard to the place of his education. More he would probably have done, had not the disease, of which he died, seized him with that violence, as to render him incapable of executing whatever of this kind his heart might have intended.
He is now gone, and his works have followed him: Let us imitate his example, that, when we also depart this life we may share his heavenly reward, and be as well spoken of by those who survive us!
Now to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, be ascribed all majesty, might, and glory, now, and for ever. Amen,
S E R M 0 N
Preached before Her
On Sunday, O&tober 28, 1705.
A Standing Revelation, the best means
LUKE xvi. 31.
THE Happiest of mankind are often subject
1 to this great infirmity, that, overlooking those solid blessings which they already have, they fet their hearts upon somewhat which they want ;
some untried pleasure or advantage, which if they could but taste, if they could but obtain, they thould then be certainly and completely blest. And yet, no sooner have they climbed that hill, which thus determines their view at a distance, but a new prospect is opened to them, and they find themselves as far removed from the imaginary point of happiness, as ever. s
In like manner, the standing evidences of the truth of the gospel, though in themselves most firm, folid, and satisfying, yệt make but faint impreflions on the minds of many Christians ; who, after all the old miracles done by our Saviour and his apostles, are still ready to demand new ones; to desire, that fome fpecial proof should be given, some extraordinary application made, to them in particular: And then; they would resign all their scruples, believe without doubt, and obey without reserve. Thus do the ungoitly renfor with themselves, but not aright, as the lips of truth have assured us: for, if they hear not Moses and the prophets, néit ber will they be fern fuarled, though one rose from the dead.
The assertion is our Saviour's, though uitered by him in the person of ibraham, the father of the faithful; who, on the account of that character, is very fitly introduced, in the parable concerning the rich man and Lazarus, declaring, what arguments and notives are most likely to produce in men that firm, unshaken faith in God, of which he himself was so illustrious a pattern.
The parable was intended against the voluptuaries of that time (such as one of the apostles of shis day, St. Jude, describes throughout his e.