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would prepare him to die, should repress their unscasonable zeal. If, when we require you to speak to us alone on your death-bed, we be animated with any human motive; if we ain to penetrate into your family secrets; if we wish to share your estate ; pardon traitors, assassins, and the worst of murderers : but let national justice inflict all its rigors on those, who abuse the weakness of a dying man, and, in functions so holy, are animated with motives so profane. ' In all cases, except in this one, we are ready to oblige you. A minister, on this occasion, ought not only not to fall, he ought not to stumble. But how can you expect that, in the presence of a great number of witnesses, we should fully enpatiate on some truths to a sinner? Would you advise us to tell an immodest woman of the excesses, to which she had abandoned herself, in the presence of an easy credulous husband? Would you have us in the presence of a whole family discover the shame of its head?

Here I finish this meditation. I love to close all my discourses with ideas of death. Nothing is more proper to support those, who experience the difficulties, that attend the path of virtue, than thinking that the period is at hand, which will terminate the path, and reward the pain. Nothing is more proper to arouse others, than thinking that the same period will quickly embitter their wicked pleasures.

Let every person of each order, to which the text is addressed, take the pains of applying it to himself. May the meanness of flatterers; may the pious frauds of indiscreet zealots ; may the fear of persecution, and the love of the present world, which make such deep impressions on the minds of apostates and Nicodemites; may the partiality of judges; may the sinful circumspection of states

men, may all the vices be banished from among us. Above all, we, who are ministers of truth! let us never disguise truth; let us love truth ; let us preach truth ; let us preach it in this pulpit ; let us preach it in our private visits ; let us preach it by the bed-sides of the dying. In such a course we may safely apply to ourselves, in our own dyingbeds, the words of those prophets and apostles, with whom we ought to concur in the work of the ministry, in the perfecting of the saints. I have coveted no man's silver, or gold, or apparel. I have kept back nothing that was profitable. I have taught publickly, and from house to house. I am pure from the blood of all men.

I have not shunned to declare the whole counsel of God. O my God! I have preached righteousness in the great congregation : lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord thou knorvest. I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation; I have not concealed thy lovingkindness, and ihy truth from the great congregation. Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord; let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually perserve them, Eph. iv. 12. Acts xx. 35. 20. 26. &c. Amen.





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