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shall rejoice if I may contribute, though but a mite, to your comfort.

Were I, indeed, acquainted with the peculiar circumstances of your loss, I should employ particular confiderations : but a paper like this can have only a general aim; which is to acquaint the heart, at a favourable moment, with its grand concerns :-to give it a serious impression when softened; and an heavenly direction when agitated.Let us, there. fore, fit down humbly together in this house of mourning:--If the heart of the wise is foundb here, your experience I hope will prove that here also it is formed and let us calmly contemplate some momentous Objects intimately connected with it, and viewed with peculiar advantage from it.

OUR GOD is the first; with whom we feldon form any close acquaintance till we incet him in trouble. He commands silence

» Excl. vii, 4.

now,

now, that He may be heard; and removes intervening objects, that He may be seen. -A Sovereign Disposer appears, who, as Lord of all, hath only resumed what he lent;-whose will is the law of his creatures; and who exprefly declares his will in the prefent affliction. We should seriously confider that all allowed repugnance to the determinations of his government (however made known to us) is fin: and that every wish to alter the appointments of his wisdom is folly : -we know not what we ask. When God discovers himself in a concern, those who know him, will keep filence before him. Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty inAtruet him ?-how excellent was the reply ; Behold I am vile !--what shall I answer thee?

hand upon my mouthd.'

I will lay my

The Scriptures which so strongly inculcate the disposition of a child, variously exemplify it. There we meet one, looking from

• Hab. ii. 20. a Job xl. 2, 4.

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his sınitten sons to his God and holding his peace :-another filencing his heart with It " is the Lord":"-a third crying “ I was dumb, because thou didst its:" and a fourth blessing the name of him who took away as well as gave".-May we be numbered with such!

But the Sovereign Disposer is also the Compassionate FATHER.--Among other instances of his tenderness you must have observa ed the peculiar supports he affords under peculiar trials.-Let us mark, and acknowledge the hand which mingles mercy with judgment, and alleviation with distress.--The parents I have just mentioned lost their chil. dren under circumstances far more distressing than ours ;—The desire of your eyes (if not the idol of your heart) was, perhaps, almost a stranger :-you strove hard to detain it, but He who took the

young

children into his arms and blessed them, took yours; and taking it,

• Lev. X. 3.

ra Sam, iji. 18. & Pl. xxxix. 9. Job. i. 21.

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seemed to say, what I do, thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafteri;—patiently suffer this little one to come unto me, for of such is my kingdom k composed :-Verily ! suy unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father'.-" If I take away your

child, I take it to myself—Is not this infi

nitely beyond any thing you could do for it? “ –Could you say to it, if it had lived thou “ shalt weep no more,--the durys of thy mourn.

ing are ended ? -Could you shew it any

thing in this world like the glory of God and of the lamb" ?-Could you raise it to any ho

nour here like receiving a crown of life°?"

The voice of the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort' speaks as distinctly in the death, as in the birth of an infant. A voice was beard in Ramah, lamentation and bit. ter weeping ; Rachel weeping for her children, refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus faith the Lord, ' refrain

* Matth. X. 14.

i Matth. xviii, 10. • John xiii. 7. s Isa. XXX. 19.

Rev. xxii. 23.

James i. 12. 1 2 Cor. i. 3.

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thy voice from weeping and thine eyes from tears; * for there is hope in thine end, faith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own borderġ. It is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones should perish","

Is it a pious Friend that has just yielded up his breath ? -The same voice seems to say turn from him, or rather turn from his clay,

his faded garment,- he himself is taken from the evil to come ;-he shall enter into peace'.

Whatever notions one who lives without God in the world' may form of dying, we should learn of Him to regard it merely as a Translation,-a change, in which nothing is lost, which is really valuable.--As surely as we believe that Jesus died and rose again; fo surely do we believe that them also which seep in Jesus, will God bring with him", -Taught of God, we should view Losses, Sickness, Pain, and Death, but as the several trying

9 Jer. xv. 17.
, Matth. xviii. 14.

, Ha. lvii. 1. l.
Eph. ii. 12.
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