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angel, kind, affectionate, and beneficent, that statedly, came to his solitary recess; but that, he knows not bow, has ceased to appear. But he has had recourse to some strong dream of the soul, to account for this lamented absence, or to make bim forget it. And it is happy that the comforting dream has, as it were, at his will, a regularly modified shape, and can be rendered, without tiring the lofty bụt deluded mind, continuous and lasting.-pp. 31, 32... * This is not only descriptive of the disease, but poetically sublime--and is only equalled by the description of his late Majesty's situation, in the author's sermon on the death of her late Royal Highness the Princess of Wales :--than that passage, and the call on us to meditate on death, and its effects, we know none finer in all Bossuet. Speaking of the “ general sorrow” which the nation felt under the “ dire calamity" of losing' its beloved Princess, snatched away, with her infant, “in the bloom of youth, and amidst the splendour of greatness,” the Doctor exclaims,
Can we close (our discourse) without casting a melancholy look on our aged and venerable Sovereign ? No: we cannot forget him, rendered sacred, as it were, by his deep misfortune. · Yes, my brethren ; our love hovers round the confined and mournful abode of him whose range was once a great kingdom: we look back on what he was, and what he did ; and our regret and our siglos attend him, as if he 'were dead. In an ideal world of his own, he is far removed from the knowledge of this general calamity. As the songs of triumph and victory, and of his kingdom's glory, that
lately rose foud to heaven, could not reach him ; 30; as a balance, mercifully given, he perceives not now the public woe ; he hears not, understands not, what in his bright days would have wrung his soul with the bitterest anguish_for he was benevolence itself! May angels quiet the slumbers of the amiable Monarch! If his illusions continue, may they be pleasing. Where truth is rudely chased away, may innocent and delicious error feed the soul ; like a delightful dream that cheats the tediousness of night, and makes pain and wretchedness to be forgotten !--pp. 39, 40.
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,: Meditate often on the change in our condition which death effects. It is by a thin partition that we are here separated from what is inconceivably great and awful; for the spiritual and eternal world is near. At the moment of death, this partition is broken : the dark veil that is between us and the other world is rent; and we are instantly, amidst a new and amazing state of things, awake and conscious in the world of spirits. What a wonderful and important situation! The very thought is almost overwhelming. The spiritual world bursting in upon the soul and its faculties, in the vastness of its extent, the newness of its objects, the splendour, the glory, and the might of its inhabitants, and * the importance of its demands on the stranger that has entered it, presents' what is greatly filled with alarm. And du you not think that you shall then need support, and a kindly ministering hand to lead and guide you? You are not destitute, Be disciples of that Mighty Saviour, who died as your friend, but who lives for evermore ;, who has gone before to provide mansions, and prepare a place of rest and delight for his followers. Seek now to be faithful, and amidst all that might appal you in that unknown land, Hes will bear you up; " He will receive you to bimself ; that where he is, there you may be also.”—Pp. 31, 32.
LIBERTY AND NECESSITY--FALL OF ADAM.
- SATAN, ET Through all restraint broke loose, now wings his
way Not far off Heav'n, in the precincts of light, inn Directly tow'rds the new created world, And man there plac'd, with purpose to assay 1 If him by force he can destroy, or worse By some false guile pervert; and shall pervert; .. For Man will hearken to his glozing lies, And easily transgress the sole command, Sole pledge of his obedience : So will fall,'..., He and his faithless progeny: Whose fault?,
v t Whose but his own ? Ingrate, he bad of mero IT All he could have; I made him just and right, u t Sufficient to have stood, though free to fall, or se's Such I created all th' ethereal Powers And Spirits, both them who stood, and them who
faild; Freely they stood who stood, and fell who fell. Not free, what proof could they have given sincere
Of true allegiance, constant faith or love, 3.,'67,43
receive ? : :
d an Their freedom, they themselves ordain’d their fall. The first sort by their own suggestion fell, Self-tempted, self-deprav’d: Man falls, deceiv'
d By th’ 'other first : Man therefore shall find grace, The other none : in mercy and justice both,
Through Heavin, and Earth, so. shall my glory
excel,:. ;. iiie'... } . min., ... Bạt mercy first and last shall brightest shine.
UNCERTAINTY OF HUMAN LIFE.
m ity or she A Man is a bubble (said the Greek proverb), which Lucian represents with advantages and its proper, circumstances, to this purpose, saying, All the world is a storm, and men rise up in their several genera.. tions like bubbles descending à Jove pluvio, from God and the dew of heaven, from a tear and drop of man, from nature and providence: and some of these instantly sink into the deluge of their first : parent, and are hidden in a sheet of water, having had no other business in the wor!d but to be born, that they might be able to die : others float up and down two or three turns, and suddenly disappear, and give their place to others; and they that live longest upon the face of the waters are in perpetual motion, restless and uneasy, and being crushed with a great drop of a cloud, sink into flatness and a. froth; the change not being great, it being hardly possible it should be more a nothing than it was before. So is every man : he is born in vanity and sin; he comes into the world like morning mushrooms, soon thrusting up their heads into the air, and conversing with their kindred of the same pro