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strength to strength; yet whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, we shall have the satisfaction of knowing that we have done our own duty, and therefore may rest assured of meeting with a due reward. Whenever therefore the uplifted arm of death shall smite us, we shall lie down on the bed of mortality with an undisturbed mind: we shall take our last leave of the dear pledges of conjugal affection without any wounding reflections or painful remembrance on our side ; and having done all for their happiness, which prudence, precept and example empowered us to do, we shall address them in some such language as this: Behold, my children, I
of all the earth, and I know that ye shall see my face no more. My faultering tongue is now unable to add to the friendly pre-. cepts I have already given, and my example will soon be no more before your eyes. I can only therefore now entreat you to call to mind, how I have walked before you in all righteousness, and to remember, that by the space of many years I ceased not to warn every one of you,
night and day, with tears. having fought the good fight of faith, and finished my own course, it only remains for me, finally, to commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritancc among all them which are sanctified.'
I am sensible, I have already trespassed long, much too long upon your patience: yet suffer me to request your indulgence one moment longer on a subject of such general concern; whilst I entreat every vicious or careless parent to consider, how much, besides their own sins, they have to answer for ; even no less than the present and eternal welfare of their children.
And, on the other hand, let me no less earnestly request those, who have virtuous and honest parents, to consider seriously, how much they have to answer for, if they deviate from their good example; to consider, how heavy a crime it is to bring down grey hairs with sorrow to the grave; ; M 4
how, shameful it is to heap reproach and infamy upon an unspotted family; and lastly, how dreadful are the.curses, which are denounced against those who are disobedient or unthankful to, parents. If therefore any such hear me this day, let them seriously lay their wickedness to heart ; let them see, from the daily. examples before their eyes, in what their wickedness, will certainly end; and may God grant, that seeing it, they may turn from the error of their ways, and live!
LUKE xvi. 19, 20, 21,
. There was a certain rich man, which was
clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every duy:--And there was a certain beggar, named Lazarus, whichwas laid at his gate full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.
THERE is not throughout the whole
Gospel a more affecting picture than that which is here given under the characters of a rich voluptuous glutton and a poor despised; beggar; whether we con: sider the difference of their circumstances
when living, or the difference of their fates when dead.
The one is represented to us under all the circumstances of regal affluence and splendour, clothed in purple and fine linen, and faring sumptuously every day. The other under all the bitter evils of misery and destitution; naked and full of sores; desiring only to be fed with the crumbs which fell froin the rich man's table; which seem however to have been cruelly denied him. Nor does he appear to have received any other relief, than that the dogs, more benevolent than their master, came and licked his sores.
We are not long kept in suspence with regard to the event of this shocking scene, which does so much dishonour to humanity. For soon a new and dreadful change succeeds, which clears up the wisdom and justice of Providence. The poor despised beggar dies, and leaving behind him all the wants and miseries of afflicted mortality, is carried by a guard of angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also