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VICAR OF CHARLES,
They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward,
Jeremiah l. 5.
Hebrews xi. 13.
PRINTED BY T. FLINDELL.
It was not until that I had passed a very considerable portion of time in the life of man, that I felt the full conviction of my being but a stranger and a pilgrim upon the earth. And it becomes even now, one of the most astonishing circumstances, in the new view of things which are continually opening before me, that there should have been so much ignorance in the mind by nature, on a subject, which in itself appears so exceedingly plain and evident. Not that I was altogether void of apprehension, that the present life formed a bounded prospect. But yet my ideas were, like those of the great mass of unawakened characters, who believe as though they believed not; and who, though ready enough to confess in the general, that man is but a dying creature, yet in the particular instance, as it concerns themselves, live as though they never thought to die. .
I pause in the moment of recollection, to look back upon the whirlpool, in which for so many years I was hurried on by the unceasing