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from an eminent Bishop of our Church; the remnant of his strength he manag'd for the exercise of his private devotions, upon which account be excused himself
from receiving the frequent vifts that would bave been made him by many of his acquaintance: be bore his languishing condition without the least' fhadow of discontent, and though his mind was eagerly bent upon Heaver, he never betrayed the least defre for the removal of his pains, till God's appointed time should come, and was willing to bear yet longer those preffures under which he lay, if God thought fit to continue them, even though they delayed that happiness be so earnestly desired, and to comfortably expected, which answers S. Augustin's character of a good Christian, Qui patienter vivit, & delectabiliter moritur.
No words can furnish us with a clearer Idea of his true Christian firmness of mind, than those which fell from his own mouth upon the immediate approach of death, when he expressed himself in this manner: I am entring upon my last labour, the Lord gave and he is now taking away, blefled be the Name of the Lord; for I thank my God I am going without any distrust, without the least misgiving, to a place of rest and joy and
everlasting bliss; there is no life like to à happy death. I have endeavoured even from my youth, to approve my self a faithfull servant to my Great Master: I have taken some pains in writing several Books; I have seriously considered them, and am fully satisfied (looking on those about him) that you may find in them the way to Heaven; the Christian duties contained therein have been my practice as well as study, and now I find the advantage of it, and therefore be carefull to read them often and seriously and live suitably thereunto, that when you come to the condition I am now in, you may die with comfort as you see me do: I have some little pain indeed, but my pain is nothing fo extraordinary as my hopes; for I have earnestly repeneed of all my firs, and verily believe, that through the tender mercies of my God, and merits of my Bleffed Saviour Jesus Christ, I shall be carried up into Abraham's bosome. After which he made this fort Prayer. renden not long ; I am ready when thou my God calls for me, yet can stay with patience till thou pleasest, for thy time is the best time, and thy pleasure the best
pleafure. Such a carefull and wife provifoon bad he made for his last hours, as to be able to look death in the face, not only without amazement, but even with a great degree of joy and confolation.
In short, he w.is Learned without Pride; Wife and Judicious without Cunning; he served at the Altar without either Covetousness or Ambition; he was Devout without Affectation, Sincerely Religious without Moroseness, Courteous and Affable without Flattery or mean Compliances ; Fuft without Rigour, Charitable without Vanity, and heartily zealous for the Inte. rest of Religion without Faction. Maywe that survive imitate the pattern of his piety, that we may attain that happiness which he now poreles as the reward of it, and in confort with him and all those blessed Souls who have departed this life in the faith and fear of God, fing Allelujabs to the King of Saints, salvation and glory, honour and power to him that fitteth on the throne, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Amen.
14. Dec. 1695.
On Philip. 4. 13. I can do all things thro
Christ which strengtheneth me.
How to form such a Purpose of fincerè Re
pentance, and intire Obedience, as will
be effectual for this purpose, Pag. 77 On Acts 11. 23. And exhorted them all,
that with purpose of Heart, they would cleave unto the Lord.
How to take the truest Wisdom of worldly Men in their Managements, and
apa ply them with admirable use and Advantage in the Improvement, and Per. fection of Holy Obedience, p. 103 On Luk. 16.8. For the Children of this
world are wiser in their Generation, than the Children of Light.
About the Return of Prayers; or when we
may, when we may not Promise our selves the particular Things we ask for,
p. 143 On Matt.7.7, 8. Ask and it shall be given
you, for every one that asketh receiveth.