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dream without the awful fanctions of heaven and hell. Virtue is but a shadow, if it be stripped of the terrors and the promises of the Gospel. Morality is but an empty name, if it be destitute of the principle and power of Christianity. Oh, my dear fellow-servants ! take warning • by my fad fate, never be tempted away « from a fober service for the sake of a
liule more wages : never venture your immortal fouls in houses where God is $ not feared. And now hear me, O my
God, though I have blasphemed thee! forgive me, O my Saviour, though I • have denied thee! O Lord most holy, "O God most mighty, deliver me from “the bitter pains of eternal death, and “ receive my soul for His fake who died for finners.
Mr. Trueman would never leave this poor penitent till he was launched into eternity, but attended him with the minister in the cart. This pious clergyman never cared to say what he thought of William's ftate. When Mr. Fantom ventured to mention his hope, that though his penitence was late, yet it was fincere, and spoke of the dying thief on the cross as a ground of encouragement, the minister, with a very serious look, made this answer: “Sir, that instance is too often “ brought forward on occasions to which “ it does not apply: I do not chuse to
say any thing to your application of it “ in the present case, but I will answer
you in the words of a good man speak
ing of the penitent thief: There is one 6 fuch instance given that nobody might
despair, and there is but one, that no“ body might presume."
Poor William was turned off just a quarter before eleven; and may the Lord have had mercy on his soul!
TWO WEALTHY FARMERS.
Mk. Bragwell and Mr. Worthy happened to meet last year at Weyhill-fair. They were glad to see each other, as they had but seldom met of late; Mr. Bragwell having removed some years before from Mr. Worthy's neighbourhood, to a distant village, where he had bought an estate.
Mr. Bragwell was a substantial Farmer and Grazier. He had risen in the world by what worldly men call a run of good fortune.' He had also been a man of great