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strain their Inclinations, deny their Ap-
petites, and even cut off their Right-
Hand, and pluck out their Right-Eye,
if they become the Occasions of Sin, and
cast them from us : It being infinitely
better for us, to enter into Life maim'd
and blind, than having two Hands or
two Eyes to be cast into Hell-fire.

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2. Since the Holy Scriptures assure us, That there will be a Restitution of our lost Parts, a Renovation of our corrupted and putrify'd Bodies : That they thall not lie for ever under the Power of Death, but be restord to the Saints all fair, and beautiful, and glorious : Why should we be unwilling to part with them for a while ? Nay, why to escape a temporary Imprisonment or Death, should we venture them upon the Precipice of Everlasting Ruin? Our Great Mafter graciously vouchsafes us much wiser Directions;, and I humbly beseech the most Blessed and glorious Author of them, that we may all, from the Highest to the Lowest, be obedient, and hearken to them. My Friends, fays Luk. 12.4, he, be not afraid of them that kill the Bo- s. & Mat. dy, and after that have no more that they 10. 28. can do. But I will forewarn you whom

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you shall fear : Fear him, who after he hath killed, can destroy both Soul And Body in Hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear Him. Nay, if we suffer Indignities, and Reproaches, Persecutions and Death for His fake, He pronounceth us

happy, and bids us greatly to rejoyce. (7) Mat. s. Blessed, (o) says he, are they, which are 10, 11, 12, persecuted for Righteousness Sake, for theirs

is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are ye, when Men Mall revile

you, cute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you fallly for my Sake : Rejoyce, and be exceeding glad, for great is your Reward in Heaven. Why then, (i say again ) considering these most glorious and everlasting Advantages, should any Christian fear a Temporary Imprisonment or Death? Why should he be afraid of a Man that shall dye? or of the Son of Man, who, however great and powerful now, will, e're long be as Grass ; and by a shameless Prostitution of his Conscience to his fecular Emoluments, renounce his standing and Eternal Interest in his Maker, and Redeemer, the mighty one of Jacob? Alas! there is nothing this World can lay upon us, that we need be very careful to avoid : For what, in plain

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Terms, is the loss of your Estates, though never so great and plenteous ? If you keep them as long as you can, Death will dbortly take them from you; and though your Posterity (which is the utmost you can wish) should porsess them throughout all Generations, even to the Worlds End; yet thep will they be consum'd in the Universal Conflagration. What are the closest and most nauseous Prisons of this World, if compar'd to those Dungeons of Torment and Despair, that except prevaricating, hypocritical, trimming, pufillanimous, apoftatizing Spirits in

the next ? What, lastly, is Death, even 1 in its most pompous and magnificent

Terrours ? The sacred Oracles assure us,
That to a good Man; one, who thro

the Grace of God has refind and puriį fy'd his Soul from the Fæculencies and

Stains of the Animal Nature, and is
throughly awaken'd into the Divine
Life and Likeness, 'tis but a Sleep.
When St. Stephen was ston'd to Death
by the Jews, exosueñon, (i) says St. Luke, (i) A&.
he fell asleep; and our (k) Lord him-

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Λάζαροι και φίλG. ημών κεκοίμηται, Οι
Friend Lazarus sleepeth. Nay, the very

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Heathens will tell you as much. Tv

Odvard did uncoves; and, Est CorSanguineus Lethi Sopor: Sleep and Death, Clay they) are Coulin-Germans, Brethren and Twins. But what harm ( I pray) is there in all this? When a good Man has finish'd his Days Work, and is happily arriv'd at the end of the fore Labour and Travel of his Life, the manifold Toils and Drudgeries of a most vexatious and troublesome World, can it be i any Inconvenience, any Disadvantage to him to lay himself down, and to fall asleep? In a word; when a good Man dies, either by a violent or natural Death, 'he doch not suffer any Loss or Detriment, but only makes a Changes and that a most Blessed, most Wonderful, and most Glorious Change.' A Change, that we shall then only truly understand, when we shall have the Notices of Spirits, the Intellects of Angels, and the unconceivable Enlargements of Immortal Beings. He changeth Dross for Silver, Brass for Gold, Earth for Heaven; yea, this dirty Planet (as some call it) for the Stars of God, those immense and stupendous Orbs of Glory, which shine in the uppermost Firmament of Heaven. He changeth a Complication

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of Sorrows and Affiliations for a Constel·lation of Joys and Pleasures; a load of Sin

and Misery for a Weight of Glory; the Company of Vile Worms for the Society of Saints and Angels, and (which is more than all) for the Intuition of his Makers Beauty, which he shall enjoy till the Restitution of all things, when his Body shall thake off the Dishonours of the Grave, and be rais'd to the same state of Immortality and Glory. Then will his Soul joyfully fly down from its blissful Mansions to the sides of the Grave, and gently wake its fleeping Confort with a Rise

up, my Love, my Fair one, and i come away. The Body will immediate

ly perceive these ravishing Whispers, e and smilingly open its Eyes, and rise,

and take Wing, and fly away to the Companies of the Saints, who in the Air shall stand in White Robes at the Right-Hand of their Saviour, and melodiously fing

Hosannas to the King of Glory. Then I will they be abundantly recompens'd for

all the Contradictions they have endur'd from Sinners: For the Calumnies and Reproaches, the Injuries and Affronts, the Calamities and Disasters, which they un

derwent in this world. They will no 5. longer be despis'd and rejected of Men ;

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